DOCUMENT: Crime

Man Pleads To Tattooing Minor Inside McDonald's

Illegal inking done in restaurant dining room

NOVEMBER 17--A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty to charges that he gave a minor a tattoo while seated at a table in the dining room of a McDonald’s restaurant, according to court records.

Brandon Presha, 29, last month copped to a pair of misdemeanor counts in connection with the illegal inking at a McDonald’s in Laurens, a city about 35 miles south of Spartanburg.

Seen at right, Presha was convicted of tattooing a minor and tattooing without a license. He was sentenced to nine months in custody, but a judge suspended execution of that jail term in favor of 18 months of probation supervision.

Presha was also ordered to perform 30 hours of community service and pay fines and court costs of around $300. Presha was freed on $25,000 bond following his arrest last August.

Police learned of the McTattooing after a female customer--frustrated by a Friday night backup in the drive-thru line--peered into the restaurant and spotted Presha applying a tattoo to the minor’s arm. The woman recorded Presha in action, and the video clip was subsequently sent to cops.

As she filmed, the patron complained that Presha and the tattoo recipient were “out here doing tattoos instead of getting food orders out.” The minor who Presha tattooed was an employee at the McDonald’s (pictured below).

According to police, Presha’s tattooing collar was not the first time he had been arrested at the McDonald’s location. In October 2020, he was busted for allegedly stabbing a man twice during a confrontation in the bathroom of the eatery (where Presha’s girlfriend was employed).

Originally charged with “assault/attempted murder,” Presha later pleaded guilty to assault and battery and was sentenced to three years in jail on that felony conviction. However, a judge suspended service of the custodial term and instead placed Presha on probation for two years.