Around 3 a.m. on Feb. 10, a disgruntled customer shot a pistol round into the drive-through window of a McDonald’s in Grand Rapids, Mich. The shot was fired when an employee stepped away from the window, and no one was hurt. According to a local news website, the shooting was the result of a second wrong order in several hours.
Problems first arose when two women received an incorrect burger order on Sunday evening, Feb. 9. When the customers complained, they were offered a free meal during their next visit. At 3 a.m., the women returned to place the same order, and again received the wrong meal. One woman got out of the car to argue with the drive-through attendant, and then fired her pistol into the window before returning to the car and fleeing the scene.
Subsequently, the women were taken into police custody. The shooter was arrested and is expected to be charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and firing the weapon. The driver was released from custody.
It’s not the first time that a fast food restaurant has attracted violent crime, despite McDonald’s once claiming, “There’s no room for violence under the Golden Arches.” According to this condensed history on Slate, McDonald’s alone has been the setting for several violent incidences: the videotaped assault of a transgendered customer, a 16 year-old girl getting punched in the face after she complained about being cut in line, a woman driving through a crowd of people in a McDonald’s parking lot, and more.
In 2007, a Wendy’s employee was assaulted by a customer after she reportedly neglected to tell him to “have a nice day.” The Week has a longer list of more fast food fights that includes several of the chains you know and love.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.