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Weird Prank Leads to Smashed Windows at Fast Food Restaurants

Updated on April 12, 2016
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Lilith Fair is a freelance writer living in the Southwest. Her articles often address issues of race and the nature of politics.

A Whopper of a Crime


Fast Food Frenzy as Employees Smash Windows

A recent string of bizarre hoaxes has a number of fast food chains on edge, after a reckless prank caused Burger King employees to bust out all of their windows yet again. Reportedly, police in Coon Rapids, Minnesota received a call, advising them that Burger King employees were busting out all of the restaurant's windows. Upon arrival, employees stated that they had received a call from the fire department, warning them of a gas leak and instructing them to smash out all windows. While this turned out to be a careless hoax, one might say that the perpetrator of this act definitely had it their way.

Just the night before, Burger employees in Shawnee Oklahoma received a similar call, telling them there was a carbon monoxide leak in the restaurant and advising them to smash out all windows immediately. According to reports, this resulted in $10,000 worth of destruction.

It appears that these Burger King pranks begin in February, in Moro Bay, California, where a manager drove a car into his restaurant after being warned of a gas leak that never existed. My guess is that he remembered that he could have used the door for entry shortly thereafter.

Hoax Causes Mayhem at Burger King

Wendy's and Jack in the Box Are Next Victims of Hoax

Burger King should not feel left out, as similar pranks have occurred at a Jack in the Box in Tucson, Arizona and a Wendy's in Phoenix, Arizona. Both calls that were made to the restaurants, involved warnings of gas leaks and in both instances windows were smashed out by employees. The perpetrators in all cases remain at large. My guess is someone has a serious grudge against fast food.


Radio Station Threatens Lawsuit in Prank Call to McDonald's Employee

It appears that fast food pranks do not always result in destruction of property. Some have involved call-in pranks by radio stations. It would be hard not to find such calls amusing, that is unless you're the victim. As for me, I haven't been able to stop laughing.

McDonald's Prank Call


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