Monday, September 10, 2007

Small-Town Law

View Larger Map                                     Mcdonalds -- Union City, Georgia

Cop Arrests McDonalds Worker for Salty Burger

In Union City, Georgia, a small town outside Atlanta, a cop working the night shift threw a 20-year old single mother in jail for the night because he got sick after eating a burger on which too much salt had been spilled.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Police Officer Wendell Adams learned Friday there can still be a cost to a free lunch.

For McDonald's staffer Kendra Bull, Adams' lunch also came with a price.

Adams is the Union City patrolman who got sick on an overly salty burger at a McDonald's on Jonesboro Road in his city. Bull, who said she accidently doused the officer's burger with salt, was charged with a reckless conduct, a misdemeanor, for her role in the food preparation.

The 20-year-old noted that while Adams got his meal free which she says is customary for police at her restaurant and is back at work, she's out of a paycheck and spent a night in jail before getting out on a $1,000 bond.

All because of what she calls a big accident.

"It is a big problem for me financially," she said. "I'm on leave "no pay. They didn't say how long."

Investigators don't know if Bull was targeting the officer with the Big N'Tasty blue-light special, only that she admitted putting the salt on the burger, said Officer George Louth, spokesman for the department.

"It is questionable whether she even knew it was for a police officer," Louth said. "She knew it was not up to their standards and served it anyway."

While Bull perhaps didn't know an officer was getting the burger, somebody at the restaurant had to know, so that the cash register wouldn't record a full price on the discounted meal, Louth said.

"In the middle of the night the only people they discount for are their employees or a member of the Police Department," Louth said.

Asked why someone would try and salvage the burger, Bull said she wasn't sure.

"They've been saying we've been wasting too much meat," she said.

Bull, 20, said she accidentally spilled salt on hamburger meat and told her supervisor and a co-worker, who "tried to thump the salt off."

On her break, she ate a burger made with the salty meat. "It didn't make me sick," Bull told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

But then Police Officer Wendell Adams got a burger made with the oversalted meat, and he returned a short time later and told the manager it made him sick.

Bull admitted spilling salt on the meat, and Adams took her outside and questioned her, she said.

"If it was too salty, why did (Adams) not take one bite and throw it away?" said Bull, who has worked at the restaurant for five months. She said she didn't know a police officer got one of the salty burgers because she couldn't see the drive-through window from her work area.

Police said samples of the burger were sent to the state crime lab for tests.
Oh you have GOT to be kidding.

I worked at Macs when I was fifteen. Blackmailed the manager into giving me a job.

We gave cops free meals 'cause we wanted cops around, keep the robberies down. Worked too. We only had one or maybe two stickups in the year I worked there. (Long time ago; memory fades.)

Anyway, this is the biggest bunch of petty bullshit I've heard from small town cops in ages. Give me a freaking break. This kid, working damn near minimum wage at McDonalds to support her baby girl, has a accident and reports it to her manager. She goes back to doing her job. The manager -- not her -- decides to salvage the meat and sell it. She doesn't have a clue a cop gets one of the tainted burgers. None of this is her doing. Yet she's taking the fall, all the way down to being put on administrative leave. Betcha as soon as the stink of publicity dies down, the local Macs dumps her like congealed shortening under the fryer. Gods that stuff was hard to scrape off the floor.

A line employee at McDonalds doesn't have the authority to dump a whole load of meat. Oh sure, in theory she does. But if she tried -- "They've been saying we've been wasting too much meat." -- she'd be out on her ass. It's Georgia. And she has a one-year old.

The cop gets a free meal but that's not good enough. A free meal is his right, just the way it is. He gets sick so it couldn't possibly be an accident.

If we could pierce the Blue Wall -- and there's something for a good defense attorney to have fun with -- we'd find this loser's got a LONG track record of screwing up and playing tin God. Guaranteed.

No -- the cop knows the bad burger's no accident. People have been dosing his food since high school Someone's fucking with him. Again. And now, finally, he's got a badge and a gun and he's going to FUCK them back, you just watch! Because he knows everyone hates cops. Hey lamer -- you know why people hate cops sometimes? Because of bullshit crap like this! (And oh yeah, because of racist violent sexist right-wing bullshit crap. But this will do for today, Georgia.)

I'm not big on physical retribution but in this case I think that cop should be forced to eat at McDonalds for the next month. And no donuts.

Fucking small town cops are the WORST. Give them a badge and they think they're Gods.