A Minnesota woman allegedly sprayed mace on several Wendy’s employees in a beef, as it were, over fresh-or-not french fries.
The 25-year-old suspect who resides in a Minneapolis suburb was apparently concerned that her fries might be stale, which prompted an argument at the drive-thru window.
She allegedly tried to reach into the drive-thru window at which point an employee threw a soda at her. The suspect then pulled out a can of mace and allegedly started spraying in the direction of the window. “The manager of the restaurant was hit directly in the face and another employee was also hit,” CBS Minnesota, WCCO, explained about the encounter that occurred last Thursday afternoon.
According to a probable cause statement posted by The Smoking Gun, the manager’s eyes started to burn and both she and the other worker had difficulty breathing after they were maced. A third employee also was hit by the spray.
The suspect was charged with using tear gas to immobilize, a felony, ABC St. Paul affiliate KTSP reported, an offense that carries a maximum five-year jail sentence and/or a fine between $3,000 and $10,000 upon a conviction.
According to the Daily Mail, the suspect allegedly has prior convictions for petty misdemeanors.
As the Inquisitr has chronicled, fast-food drive thrus have been the scene of some odd incidents around the country.
Last August, a Maine mom reportedly got her fast-food restaurants mixed up when she pulled up to a Dairy Queen drive-thru and tried to order a McDonald’s Happy Meal for her two young kids. Police charged the woman, who had the kids in the car at the time, with a drunken-driving-related offense in the incident. DQ workers suspected the customer might be intoxicated and stalled unto cops could respond.
Over the years, what only could be called drive-thru rage is sometimes involved, requiring police intervention.
In a Florida incident, the two hungry Burger King customers in a Ford Ranger at the drive-thru window exited their vehicle to confront the worker about how long their order was taking. Burger King’s traditional slogan is “have it your way” which apparently was taken to an unacceptable extreme by the suspects. The police report detailed that one of the suspects allegedly jumped the counter and start throwing stuff around the restaurant. When the worker, 46, followed the suspects outside and was calling 911, one of them allegedly punched him, causing the phone to fall the ground in the process. The suspect grabbed the phone and threw it, which cracked the device. The duo then fled the scene.
In an incident caught on cell phone video that perhaps gives a new meaning to “takeout order,” a 16-year-old McDonald’s employee in Louisiana was allegedly pulled by her hair through the drive-thru window by a female customer and then beaten by several other females in the parking lot, according to local police in September 2015.
In February 2014, a Michigan woman who received the wrong fast-food order twice allegedly fired a shot at the McDonald’s drive-thru window.
Elsewhere, one man smashed the drive-thru window with an axe when he received cold McDonald’s French fries. In another occurrence, a plain-clothes cop pulled a gun on a drive-thru slow poke. Separately, a Dunkin’ Donuts employee was pistol whipped after he made a mistake on a drive-thru order. In separate encounter, a man suffered a “meltdown” at a Wendy’s drive-thru window when he received a cheeseburger rather than a hamburger. In Pennsylvania, a customer allegedly groped a female Arby’s drive-thru worker as she handed him his food at the window. Police in “hot pursuit” managed to apprehend the man by following a trail of curly fries and sauce.
Do you think that fast-food customers, in general, can be too emotionally invested in the slowness or perceived slowness of service, and/or accuracy or inaccuracy, or freshness of their orders?
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