According to WFSB Eye Witness News, a man threatened to shoot up Burger King because breakfast time was over, and he wanted breakfast. Police were notified, and Gary Kuhn was arrested and charged with threatening and breach of peace.
Police said the Manchester, Connecticut, man went into the Center Street Burger King on Sunday and made reference to the movie, Falling Down, where a man threatens a fast-food restaurant with a gun for not serving him breakfast.
KMBC News reported that Kuhn was held on a $10,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on April 30. The irony of the whole story is that the hungry man was not carrying a gun. However, Burger King employees and customers didn’t know he didn’t have a weapon.
Burger King manager said customers were afraid because it was on a Sunday when many children were in the restaurant. However, no one was harmed.
According to a movie review, the film mentioned in the police report is a 1993 crime-drama-thriller film starring Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster, a divorce and unemployed former defense engineer. Foster goes on a violent rampage across the city of Los Angeles because nothing is going right for him. The title of the film, referring to Foster’s mental collapse, is taken from the nursery rhyme “London Bridge Is Falling Down.” Foster felt his life was falling down like the bridge.
At a fast food restaurant, Foster attempts to order breakfast, but it after the time for breakfast. The restaurant had switched over to the lunch menu. After an argument with the manager, Foster pulls out a gun and accidentally fires into the ceiling. After trying to reassure the frightened employees and customers, he orders lunch. He becomes annoyed when the burger looks nothing like the one shown on the menu board.
Too often people act out what they see in the movies. The manager of Burger King didn’t want to take chances with customers’ lives. He was glad nothing more seriously happened.
Several things are worth mentioning from this recent incident at Burger King. Kuhn proved that Burger King’s slogan doesn’t always work. The man didn’t “have it his way.” Even though Gary Kuhn didn’t get to eat breakfast, it turned out to be a very expensive trip to Burger King. A $10,000-bond is no chump change. Prior to this act, Kuhn had no criminal record. It might have been a case of mental illness just like in the movie.
[Image via Manchester Police Department]