Ten worst restaurant freak-outs
When you're forking over $6 for your coffee, $5 for a footlong sandwich, or $2 for a blended ice-cream thingy, you're typically calm, cool and collected, right? We know you're not one of those problem customers -- they of the scream-insult-and-kick variety, all pissed off because of an incorrect order or otherwise small infraction. We call those people spoiled adults, hypoglycemics, or the uninitiated -- they who have simply never worked in the restaurant industry. But watch out, because they will fucking choke you out, bro if they don't get their Big Mac.
In the spirit of normal people acting awfully, here's a compendium of the ten worst restaurant freak-outs.
Honorable Mention: Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants
This is an honorable mention, and while no video exists of this $2.86 million coffee spill, here are the facts of the case. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)
On February 27, 1992, Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, ordered a 49¢ cup of coffee from the drive-through window of a local McDonald's restaurant. Liebeck was in the passenger's seat of her Ford Probe, and her grandson Chris parked the car so that Liebeck could add cream and sugar to her coffee. She placed the coffee cup between her knees and pulled the far side of the lid toward her to remove it. In the process, she spilled the entire cup of coffee on her lap. Liebeck was wearing cotton sweatpants; they absorbed the coffee and held it against her skin as she sat in the puddle of hot liquid for over 90 seconds, scalding her thighs, buttocks, and groin.We'll stop there, but her burns were no joke -- third-degree, in fact. So while this isn't quite an unnecessary freak-out, it still counts. Liebeck died on August 4, 2004, at the age of 91.
10. New Year's Day McNugget Rage
This one is fairly recent and this incident occurred in Toledo, Ohio. From WUPW: "Surveillance video from Jan. 1, 2010, of Toledoan Melodi Dushane, who, in a fit of rage, complains and threatens McDonald's employees after she was denied an order of Chicken McNuggets. She ordered the McNuggets at around 6 a.m., when the fast food restaurant was serving breakfast."
9. Woman Flips Out over Wait for a Table
East Hampton Village police are on the lookout for Amy Paul, 57, of Rye, NY. She had a reservation for 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Palm restaurant on Main Street, according to cops, but showed up at 9:55 p.m. with four extra people. When the maitre d' told them they'd have to wait for a table to be set up, Paul "became irate and ripped pages out of the reservation book and then removed her shoes (heels) and went outside and began breaking the land scape lighting with her shoes until family/party members stopped her and removed her from the property," according to the police report. Read more in the New York Post.
8. Beef About a Burger Sends Woman Into Rage
From the AP: "Police in Kansas City say a woman is facing criminal damage charges after she got upset over her hamburger at McDonalds and threw a bucket of water, cookies, a sign and three cash registers over the counter." Is this a sign of the downfall of our society, or just a hungry, misbehaving lady?
7. Cops Eject Starbucks Customer Who Wouldn't Use Their Lingo
But after ordering her multigrain bagel, she was peppered with the irksome question, "Do you want butter or cheese?" And that's when she snapped. "I just wanted a multigrain bagel," Rosenthal tells The Post. "I refused to say 'without butter or cheese.' When you go to Burger King, you don't have to list the six things you don't want. Linguistically, it's stupid, and I'm a stickler for correct English. I yelled, 'I want my multigrain bagel!' The barista said, 'You're not going to get anything unless you say butter or cheese!' "Read more in Gothamist.
6. Denver Cop Who Threatened an Aurora McDonald's Employee with His Gun
Sources familiar with the case, and the fast food worker's account of what happened, say two off-duty Denver police officers placed an order from their car in the early morning hours of May 21. But once at the drive-thru window, the employee said the men became agitated and angry at how long their food was taking. The men thought they were being ignored, according to contacts familiar with the worker's account. The male clerk then said one of the officer's flashed his police badge and pointed a pistol through the drive-thru window in a threatening manner, before driving off without paying. Read more at CBS 4 Denver.