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Cold Fry Throwdown In NYC McDonalds Results in Gunplay

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Cold french fries are gross, right? We have all gotten cold fries at a fast-food joint. It’s unavoidable. The lack of help most places have, and the fact that most are poorly run and disorganized often results in messed up orders and bad food. Turns out a 15 dollar an hour wage didn’t really help. Who’d have guessed?

I was a fast-food manager in another life, and I certainly saw my fair share of crazy stuff in the restaurant. Yea, we used stuff off the floor if we were in a hurry, fine I admit it. And there was a time or two or three when we may or may not have “tampered” with someone’s food, especially if they were being rude or we knew them. Take a note kids, DON”T act a fool in a restaurant or send food back unless 100 percent necessary. Bad things happen in the kitchen. Bad things, man.

Well, depending on where you are these days, bad things may happen out front as well. Especially if you give someone cold french fries. Check this out from the New York Post:

The mom of the man held in the shooting of a Brooklyn McDonald’s worker over cold french fries told The Post on Tuesday that her son said afterward he did what he had to do.

Lisa Fulmore, 40, revealed her 20-year-old son’s chilling comments while describing exactly what led up to Monday night’s shooting that left a 23-year-old fast-food employee clinging to life.

“I talked to my son with the cops. My son is just saying that he gotta do what he gotta do and the [victim] came after him and whatever happened, happened,’’ she said.

Very eloquently put. But seriously, what justifies shooting someone over cold fries? Why would you risk your own freedom and potentially take a life over something so stupid?

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Turns out, criminals gonna criminal. Apparently the 20-year-old shooter has a rap sheet longer than a McDonalds menu.

“The fries were cold,’’ Fulmore said. “I asked the girl to change the french fries because the fries was cold. She went to the french fry machine for maybe 10 seconds and brought back fries, so I thought they was new fries, so I had left.

“So I taste the fries, and after I got to the third one, it was a cold fry still. So I went back to take the food back.

“I asked her, ‘Why would you give me the same fries and just put one or two on top to make me think that you gave me new fries?’ She started laughing, and all of them started laughing, acting like it’s funny,’’ Fulmore said.

This for me is where the story starts falling apart. I literally have years of experience in that industry and have never seen crew people just randomly all start laughing at a customer like they just pulled off a prank. A prank by the way that they couldn’t have orchestrated due to the timeline.

Could she have gotten a couple fries from the fry bin that weren’t as fresh as the rest? Of course, but it’s highly unlikely that the worker just threw a couple on top as a goof.

Fulmore said she asked to speak to their boss and the workers said the manager had stepped out.

“Everybody started laughing again,’’ she said.

Again, almost undoubtedly false. Never in my experience would a restaurant manager leave the premises and leave a bunch of teenagers in charge. Especially a place that is as tightly corporately regulated as McDonalds.

About that time the woman calls her son and explains the situation and we can all guess where it went from there.

Predictably the son comes to the restaurant.

“This is when I was on the phone with my son. I was like, ‘They in this McDonald’s playing with me.’ I was like, I got kids their age, I’m not going to sit here and keep arguing with these little kids.

“He was like, ‘I’m coming down the block.’

“I was like, ‘All right.’ … Then I told him, ‘No, don’t come to McDonald’s because I don’t want you to get in trouble,’ ” the mom said.

“My son said, ‘Come outside’ to the boy in the back,’’ she said, referring to the worker who was later shot.

The employee didn’t exit the restaurant at that point, and Fulmore said she then told her son to just leave “because I didn’t want him to get in trouble.

Then 10 or 15 minutes later, the male worker came over to Fulmore asking, “Where your son at?,’’ the mom said.

She said she told him her son had left and to mind his own business.

But “he went looking for my son,’’ she said. “The next thing you know, maybe like 10 minutes later, you hear a gunshot. So I ran to the door. I said, ‘Who’s shooting?’ ”

She said someone replied, “Your son.

The timeline is incredibly messed up. So, did she get hot fries? How did that get resolved? Was a manager ever spoken too? Why was the woman still at the store 10-15 minutes later?

Was Lisa Fulmore still at the store 10 more minutes later when she heard a gunshot? Did the victim argue for ten minutes with her son outside? Obviously, he didn’t walk 10 minutes away if she heard a shot and he was wounded on the sidewalk outside.

There’s a lot to unpack with this story, but one thing is clear; the story doesn’t add up. There are too many holes, and the timeline is to skewed for this to be accurate.

Whatever the situation turns out to be, it’s a shame a life has to be thrown away and perhaps another one lost because someone felt like they “had” to do something over cold fries.