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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Police Called to McDonald's After Fight Over Fries

Posted By on Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Just give me the fries, and everybody goes home to their families.
  • "Just give me the fries, and everybody goes home to their families."

This is a great Christmas story (we’re still on the holiday tip) because despite being straight from the more ridiculous annuls of the police blotter, it’s anchored in some gosh darn messy love between a man and his missus.

French fries are the source of the conflict here. According to the Sandusky Register, 45-year-old Robert A. Quilen decided to stop by the McDonald’s in Perkins township to pick up an order of the salty sticks for his wife before she went to work last Sunday. He noticed the fast-food joints' employees served him up an order from the discarded stack of fries, and Quilen demanded a fresh batch for his wife.

Manager Sean Rine told the man the fries were fresh.

Rine tried to give Quillen his money back but the man said he was not leaving until he got fresh fries for his wife. That is when employees called Perkins police.

When police arrived at the fast food restaurant, Quillen told them an employee swung a mop at him, hitting him in the arm.

A witness told officers that an employee acted like he was going to hit Quillen, but he never saw the employee actually strike the man.

The person also said he heard the customer call the employee a derogatory name.

Was Quilen really in the wrong on this one? Just wanted some quality product for his number one woman. They make the damn fries right there, they couldn’t just cook up some new ones? Questions to ponder, dear readers.


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