- Fast-food restaurants have been the site of a number of crimes over the years.
- A worker’s rights group counted over 700 violent occurrences at McDonald’s locations in the last three years, CBS News reported.
- From a fight in a McDonald’s restaurant to an ATM robbery in a Dunkin’ location, here are 10 crimes that have happened in fast-food restaurants so far in 2019.
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These days, fast-food employees need more than an apron and hat — in many instances, they may need protection.
Workers in a Chicago McDonald’s location filed a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration in May, after workers counted more than 30 instances of crime-related activity in the restaurant over a six-month period.
The National Employment Law Project counted more than 700 violent incidents over the last three years in McDonald’s stores, with 72% of the incidents involving guns, CBS News reported.
And, it’s not just McDonald’s. From an ATM burglary in a Dunkin’ restaurant to a man accused of stealing a safe in a Wendy’s, here are 10 strange crimes that have happened in fast-food restaurants so far in 2019:
McDonald’s kicked off 2019 with an odd crime in one of its Florida locations in January.
A viral video showed a fight between a McDonald’s employee and a customer who was apparently upset about the lack of plastic straws available. St. Petersburg, Florida — where the McDonald’s was located — had recently banned the giving away of unlimited plastic straws in fast-food restaurants.
In the video, the customer is seen grabbing the female employee by the shirt, with the employee responding by hitting the customer in what looked like an effort to get him to release her.
The suspect was arrested on two charges of simple battery.
At a South Carolina McDonald’s location, a customer was arrested after he was accused of throwing hot coffee on a McDonald’s employee at a drive-thru window.
The customer was reportedly angry for having to wait for his French fries to be ready, local news reported.
Another drive-thru incident occurred at a Florida Taco Bell in June.
A man was arrested and charged in connection with an attack on a Taco Bell employee at the drive-thru window, local news reported.
Police say the man attempted to hit the employee after an argument at the window, and that the employee responded by hitting the man in the face.
According to police, the man then kicked and shattered the restaurant door and proceeded to punch the employee. He was later charged with battery, burglary, and criminal mischief.
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