The McDonald's cashier who beat up two customers who slapped him and then jumped over the counter at the West Village location appeared in court yesterday. Rayon McIntosh, 31, was charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon for using a metal rod to hit Denise Darbeau and Rachel Edwards last week. His co-worker testified that Darbeau was offended that McIntosh wanted to check the authenticity of the $50 she used to pay for her food, taunting, "Bitch ass n--ga, checking my money like it's fake."

According to DNAinfo, cashier Michael Joseph also said that Darbeau "was calling [McIntosh] Mexican and [saying] 'f--k you."" Joseph said that a manager had jumped over the counter to stop a drunk woman from using the bathroom and suggested that Darbeau thought the manager wanted to fight her ("She got in her defense mode and was like, 'Oh, you want to fight?'"). Then, Joseph testified that Darbeau said to McIntosh, who was returning with her food, "F--k you — I hope you get deported. Your mother's a b--ch. So then he replies, 'No, your mother is a b--ch,' and she smacks him."

The beating was caught on a cellphone video, and it shows McIntosh beating Darbeau and Edwards behind the counter. Darbeau's skull was fractured: Her mother says she may have brain damage and her father said, "I don't want to hear about self-defense. [McIntosh, who is 6'2"] was defending himself against what, a 5-1 female?... Although she was culpable, the attack itself was vicious and it shouldn't have happened. When he hit my daughter, she was out the first time. There was no reason to hit her again." Prosecutors agreed, "The defendant could have handled the situation in a manner which did not lead him to repeatedly strike Ms. Darbeau and Ms. Edwards."

Still, many think McIntosh, who served ten years for the manslaughter death of a friend in 2000, acted in self-defense. His lawyer argued, "It's very clear [the two women] were coming after my client, who had in effect retreated to the rear part [of the kitchen] and was not seeking a confrontation."

McIntosh was ordered to be held on $40,000 bail and is next due in court on December 2.