There’s a new prank that is as much genius as it is evil and destructive — convincing fast food employees to smash their own restaurant windows. It turns out, it’s not all that hard.
Last Friday, a man called the Burger King in Coon Rapids, Minn. and told the store manager that he was a fireman before explaining that gas levels in the building had reached a dangerous level and an explosion would soon result. The “fireman” then told the manager that everyone had to flee the building and smash the windows to allow for ventilation.
Coon Rapids police sergeant Rick Boone told the StarTribune:
“Officers arrived and found that the manager and employees of the Burger King were smashing out the windows. The manager explained they’d received a phone call from a male who identified himself as a fireman who said there were dangerous levels of gas in the building and they had to break out all the windows to keep the building from blowing up.
“The manager was frantic and actually believed the building was going to blow.”
Coon Rapids police department released a statement explaining that they “WOULD NEVER call a residence or business to ask them to take action of any kind.”
They also provided instructions of what to do if anyone receives a similar call and warning:
“Calls for service come into the 911 dispatch system from someone calling to report a problem, and only then do police, fire and emergency responders respond. In the event you receive a call from someone claiming to be from a police or fire agency asking you to take some kind of action, consider it a prank and call 911 immediately.”
On the plus side, smashing windows and things at your work can be a great stress reliever, especially if you work in fast food.