McDonald's Employee Pulls Gun Over Mask

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

When it comes to employment, many of us consider Mcdonald’s to be something of a baseline job. It’s the entry-level job anyone can get a job at. Many people sneer at such work.

However, honest work for honest pay is never truly a thing to look down upon. Especially considering the crap fast-food workers get on a regular basis from their customers.

That doesn’t really excuse stuff like this.

DeKalb County police are investigating claims of a woman who said an employee at McDonald’s pulled a gun on her. She said it all started from what she believes is a misunderstanding over a mask. The incident was captured in video and showed the chaotic scene inside the store

[Christa Burton] said there was a simple misunderstanding over a mask which escalated.

“I asked if they had any mask available. I guess they thought I heard their conversation, but I didn’t. They started yelling ‘didn’t I tell you that we didn’t have any mask available’ and I’m like ‘whoa why are you yelling’, Burton said.

Burton claims the employee smacked her phone from her hands.

“I ran over to get my phone and when I got back up and turned around she pulled out a gun. She had a black bag and pulled out the gun. She threw the black bag back over the counter, and she proceeded to square up with me like she wanted to fight and was waving the gun,” Burton said.

Burton told the employee that she wasn’t a threat to her, but by then it was really too late. The damage had been done.

And really, there’s a lot to unpack here and there’s a little something for everyone.

For the anti-gun types, the McDonald’s employee shouldn’t have been able to have a gun/have one at work. That’s wrong, of course, because unless she was a prohibited person, she can and should be legally able to get a firearm. Further, if McDonald’s doesn’t have a policy forbidding one to carry a gun, there’s no reason she shouldn’t have had it.

Under sane circumstances.

For a lot of other people, this is the inevitable result of the hysteria surrounding COVID-19. After all, while Burton said she wasn’t threatening anyone, there are those who would argue her not having a mask on was a threat in and of itself. The constant fearmongering likely made a rather silly situation into an armed confrontation.

To be clear, I don’t know that’s the case, but I can definitely see that argument being made.

As it is, there’s probably more than enough “blame” to go around, but at the end of the day, if Burton’s story pans out–and it may not–then the real blame lies on the employee for completely losing it like that.

As noted, the Dekalb County police are looking into it. If the situation is as described, it looks like that particular McDonald’s will soon have a job opening if anyone needs to work.

Hell, even without charges, they may still have an opening. I can’t imagine they’d find what happened to Burton as good for customer retention when all else is said and done.