Michael Palacios, 31, was inside the Delancey Street McDonald’s just before 2:30 a.m. early Friday with his yellow bike when he got into a shouting match with four other men. The video recording their interaction begins just as Palacios leaps over a trash can to yell closer into their faces. The person taping is just far enough away to not quite capture what the men are arguing about.
Palacios throws the first punch at one man, which ignites two more to band together to punch him repeatedly in the head. Despite being outnumbered, Palacios simply turns his back to the three men and rests his chin in his hand leisurely.
Once the three men give up hitting Palacios, he steps aside to open his backpack and rummages through it. One of the three men sees this and approaches the man with his palms up, seemingly in an attempt to calm him down. Instead, Palacios produces an ax.
He immediately swings the ax to smash a plastic table where no one was sitting into shards. Then he swung at a wall, approaching one of the men involved in the fight. Palacios moved closer to him, smashing a glass barrier into tiny pieces. From there, he begins pointing the ax at the other two men, smashing another table where a woman who appeared to be with them was sitting. He slaps one of the men out of his chair until he falls to the ground, turns around, and leaves with his bike and ax in hand.
“Just another day in NYC,” the original TikTok video was captioned.
“NYC always good for some chaotic mayhem,” a subsequent video on Twitter was captioned. “He didn’t hurt anybody, but could have been ugly!”
Police charged Palacios with criminal mischief and three counts of menacing and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.