Tricked By Prank Caller, Burger King Workers Break Windows To Relieve 'Gas Pressure'

Apr 11, 2016 07:36 AM EDT | By Mark Jason Alcala

Close
NZX 50 Index Constituent Companies
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 29: Burger King Restaurant on December 29, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. The NZX 50 Index is the main stock market index in New Zealand and is comprised of the biggest stocks trading on the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
(Photo : Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

A convincing prank caller was able to persuade employees of a Burger King Coon Rapids, Minneapolis, Minnesota outlet to break the restaurant's windows. This is because of a supposed rising gas pressure that may lead to an explosion.

A worker from the gasoline station next door called the police and reported what seemed to be vandalism in progress. But when the police appeared, it turned out they were Burger King employees, a manager and three other employees, who ran outside to their cars grabbing tire irons to smash all exterior glass windows of the restaurant, Yahoo News reported.

They thought they were trying to save the restaurant, and their lives, by relieving the pressure of the supposed gas leak the prank caller had convinced them.

Fortunately, no customers were hurt in the incident as they were ushered out before the window smashing started. According to police Captain Tom Hawley, all ground-floor windows were already shattered before they arrived. However, firefighters who were called to the scene found no traces of gas leak, confirming the call to be a hoax.

The restaurant's manager told the responding police officers that the caller, a man who identified himself to be from the fire department, seemed knowledgeable of commercial fire safety systems. In addition, the caller gave the impression that he was remotely monitoring the situation, giving the manager updates on the rising gas pressure. This culminated with the caller insisting that the gas buildup reached critical levels and an imminent explosion will surely follow unless the windows are immediately broken.

Other restaurant outlets have been targeted by the same prank. According to CNN, one Jack in the Box, one Wendy's and three Burgers Kings in Arizona, Oklahoma and California have been victimized. Hawley confirms that the perpetrator could be charged with felony terrorist threats and felony criminal damage to property.

 

© 2018 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
Food Biz
The Gift of Food at Christmas: What’s most popular?

The Gift of Food at Christmas: What’s most popular?

Food is always an excellent gift choice at Christmas. But how do you select which edibles to give your loved ones? Well, help is at hand. Take a look at the following food gift ideas so you can decide who should receive them.

Modern Appliance Excellent Food Packing Machine Online

Modern Appliance Excellent Food Packing Machine Online

Are you interested to keep food fresh longer? Different types of tricks and techniques used to preserve food for a long time and to extend the shelf life of food. One of the best recommended food preserves is a vacuum sealer which meets all the requirements of interested people and a perfect appliance you surely need.

TOP WEDDING FOOD TRENDS FOR 2020

Top Wedding Food Trends For 2020

Tired of the conventional three-course meals at wedding receptions? Want something different? Give the menu a twist with our trendy wedding food ideas.

Food Tech
Night Markets in Asia

Night Markets in Asia

Traveling to new cities is always an exciting adventure. One of the best ways to see a city and try local food is by visiting famous night markets. Night markets are always bustling and full of locals and foreigners trying the delights.

All that you Need to Know about Weight Loss Process

All that you Need to Know about Weight Loss Process

Bearing an excess of weight feels awkward, and it can likewise harm your health. As per the research of the CDC, obesity rates have soared in the United States in recent years. As of 2019, more than 33% of American grownups were viewed as obese, characterized as having a BMI of 30 or higher.

The Rudiments of Excellent Steak Grilling

The Rudiments of Excellent Steak Grilling

Grilling a steak to perfection is both a science and an art and there are many ways for this small miracle to horribly wrong, especially without some perspective and experience. But, by understanding the following 10 principles of perfecting the grilled steak, you too can be on the way to steak mastery.

Real Time Analytics