A Perth father enraged by the antics of three "drunk girls" at a McDonald's restaurant has defended calling them "sluts" and pulling one off a counter.
The encounter at the chain's Innaloo store has drawn mixed reactions after a video of it went viral on YouTube and made international headlines.
The two-minute video filmed on a mobile phone about 9.30pm on Saturday has attracted more than 288,000 views since it was uploaded on Monday.
It shows the women, believed in their late teens or early 20s, throwing food before one climbs on the counter in a short skirt.
The man comes into view and pulls her off the counter, sending her falling to the floor.
He tells the women to "stop acting like sluts" and orders them to clean up the mess.
The women claim they were not responsible for the mess before the man says: "Either get out or clean your s..t up."
Some social media comments label the man a hero and legend who "deserves a medal".
Others criticised him for laying a hand on the young woman.
A friend, who did not want to be named, said the women were university students and it was not their normal behaviour.
"They're nice girls," he said.
A woman who claimed to be friend rang 92.9FM this morning and said the girls were distraught.
She said they were university students.
One had been unable to go to work today because of the publicity surrounding the incident.
She said they had been to a 21st birthday party.
The man, who wanted to be known only as John, told 6PR he was "a little bit embarrassed" about what happened.
He had hoped the incident would simply go away but it soon showed up on social media.
He said he was in the restaurant with his girlfriend and a family when the women started making noise and throwing food around next to them.
John said he grabbed one by her shoulders and took her off the counter in a non-aggressive way before she fell over. He said staff had felt threatened.
Given the chance, he would confront the women again but in a "not so argumentative" way.
"I thought, 'I've had enough of this' and I just went over there and I pulled her off the counter," John said. "I did use a word that I'm not that proud of."
He believed they were drunk and there was "a total mess" around their table.
"It's not the sort of thing that should be happening in a family restaurant," he said.
He felt sorry for the young women because of the negative comments on social media.McDonald's said such behaviour by intoxicated customers was not tolerated.
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