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A week ago, I heard about a cop in Denver named Derrick Curtis Saunders, who pulled a gun on the drive-thru employee of McDonald's.

Now, my first response to the cop would've been "Are you hear for the Hamburglar?"

No, he was there for his breakfast and just thought things were taking a bit too long. Hey...we can all understand the frustration. So often the "fast" in "fast food" doesn't seem to apply.

It might've made more sense if he pulled the gun the way Michael Douglas did in Falling Down, because he missed the time they stop serving breakfast by five minutes. Although, having worked there all thru high school, I can tell you...switching the grills from breakfast to lunch is so hard, you need to have a cut-off point.

We always did a seven minute window, or anyone that was in line when the switch happened at 10:30 a.m.

Tonight on CNN, I heard a story involving guns and drive-thru, this time in Dallas.

A man has robbed 10 different fast food places. A few he didn't succeed in getting any cash. And I immediately thought about how his success rate should be zero.

Imagine a guy pulling a gun in drive-thru. I'd shut the window and duck. I mean, that might be tough luck for the person bringing the bag of food to the window, but at least I'd be in the clear.

I don't think the "fast food bandit" is the same person that shot himself in the leg at a Taco Bell last week.

Why are so many people packing heat at food joints?

Remember Robert Blake? His wife was shot in the parking lot of an Italian restaurant, while he went to get the gun he left IN the restaurant. I'm surprised a valet didn't pull out an Uzi and stop the crime in progress.

With the Taco Bell patron...probably the first time something went thru their body quicker than those 99 cent burritos. But I digest.

As of now, the fast food bandit is still on the loose. So be careful honking in line at that soccer mom that's ordering 18 happy meals for her kids. She might turn around with a Glock.

And to any fast food employee that might be reading this...I have a way you can catch them.

When he pulls the gun out and asks for a bag of cash, do what you always to do me. Smile and say, "If you could pull forward, we'll get your order together and bring it out to you."

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Funny. When I was in jail awaiting trial for Armed Robbery of a fast food restaurant,everyone,including the jailers called me The Hamburglar.

July 25, 2009

You should change your screen name to that.

July 25, 2009

That's bizarre.

Mindy, do you remember the "6 window steps" that all McDonald's employees need to know?

We had a girl, very nice and shy, sweet to everyone. On the first day, her register was short. Because she took a $20 bill, that was really a $1, with "20s" taped over each corner. I know, it's hard to imagine someone wouldn't notice that...but on a Saturday afternoon, with little league teams lined out the door and things being busy....

July 25, 2009

i don't understand why anyone would waste a 20 dollar bill to make a $1 look like a $20. i'm confused...please explain..

July 25, 2009

oh yeah, i didn't think about that :)

July 25, 2009

No, here is what they did.

They would cut ONE CORNER off a regular 20. And tape it to the corner of a $1. Then, they'd take the 20 off a different 20 dollar bill, and tape that two the second corner. They'd do this with 4 different 20s, because most businesses have no problem taking a $20 with one number slightly ripped off a corner.

Now, if things are slow, you can see something isn't right. But, you get handed bills so quickly, that if you just glance at the 20 in the corner, you might not notice.

I believe just the act of copying money, is illegal. I believe I read that somewhere once.

July 25, 2009

Pete and Mindy, I found the newspaper account of your robbery:

A man enters a McDonalds, shows the cashier a $20 bill and asks the cashier for change for the $20. Upon the cashier opening the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun on the Circle K employee and demanded money. The cashier complied, but when the crook left, he forgot his $20 bill. He left it on the counter. When he fled the scene, he was carrying $15. His net total from the robbery: negative $5. Who says crime always pays? Sometimes it’s the criminal that pays.

July 25, 2009

"If you copy it, I think it comes out backwards anyways. You'd have to flip the image on a computer."

:)

July 25, 2009

anti sometimes you really crack me up lol :D

July 25, 2009

Seems like cops using the drive through is almost always bad news:

In this case, a cop thinks he was short changed and pepper sprays a 17 year old. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPseyY...

In these two cases, the employees add a special ingredient to the cop's meal: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1026051loogie1.html http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0616092spit1.html

Here, an old lady got arrested by the impatient cop waiting behind her.

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/01/24/grandmother-arrested.html

The first class of Day 1 at the academy should be, walk inside!

July 26, 2009

Well...at our McDonald's in Mira Mesa, there was this huge, big break room downstairs. We weren't allowed to take breaks sitting in the main lobby. The last thing we wanted, was slow service, and people to look around the lobby and see a bunch of us, in our uniforms, NOT working.

I'd think the police would have similar things, about going to restaurants in their uniform. Some places try to give the cops free food, and that's a big no-no. So many weird things can happen when a cop walks in.

July 26, 2009

Josh:

Do you ever eat at McDonald's? People always say they'd never eat at a place they've worked before, especially Mickey D's. Its why I never got a job at In-n-Out. I always though it would ruin it.

July 26, 2009

The smell of McDonald's breakfasts always made me sick to my stomach. But, to answer your question sfmc...I don't eat there much, ONLY because I'm trying to watch my weight. And, it's hard to go there without getting a double cheeseburger or Big Mac (I've always thought the quarter pounders were gross).

But...the problem with the logic of people that work at a place is this...EVERY RESTAURANT is going to have some funky stuff going on. You might see a cockroach (we once had them in our shake machine, which is odd, since they were taken apart and washed each night).

It's the same reason I laugh when my friends say "You can't be rude to a waiter, they'll spit in your food." First, why would anyone be rude to a waiter in the first place. Second, who cares if someone spits in my food. Unless they have swine flu, I'm not gonna know, and not gonna care.

Sometimes food was dropped on the floor and still served, but not usually. Sometimes people didn't wash their hands after a break, but that too, was rare.

So....no, working there didn't kill it for me.

July 27, 2009

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