Archive for Friday, October 30, 2009

No happy meal for Utah teens cited after McDonald’s rap

October 30, 2009


— A rap by four teenagers at a McDonald’s has gotten them a bad rap in one Utah city.

The teens were cited by American Fork police earlier this week for disorderly conduct after they rapped their order at a McDonald’s drive-through.

The teens said they were imitating a popular video on YouTube. They rapped their order, which begins with, “I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce … ” once quickly before repeating it more slowly.

Spenser Dauwalder said employees at the restaurant told him and his friends they were holding up the line and needed to order or leave.

The 18-year-old said nobody was in line. He and his three 17-year-old friends left without buying anything.

American Fork Police Sgt. Gregg Ludlow says a manager wrote down the car’s license plate number and called police. The teens were later cited by officers at a high school parking lot outside a volleyball match.

“We thought, you know, just teenagers out having fun,” Dauwalder told KSL Newsradio. “We didn’t think it would escalate to that.”

Disorderly conduct citations are issued when someone does something to cause annoyance or alarm, Ludlow said. The citation is an infraction similar to a speeding ticket, Ludlow said.

“It was not just that they were rapping, they continued to hold things up,” Ludlow said.

Ludlow said the teens were asked several times to speak plainly and that ultimately the manager came outside.

The owner-operator of the McDonald’s said in a statement that the issue was about employees’ safety at the restaurant in American Fork, about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.

“The employee in question felt that her safety was at risk as a result of the alleged actions of these individuals in the drive-through, not as a result of them rapping their order,” franchisee Conny Kramer said in the statement. “As such, she contacted the local authorities.”

But Sharon Dauwalder, Spenser’s mother, said they will fight it nonetheless.

“We have to,” she told The Associated Press on Thursday. “The citation is there.”


coolmom 8 years, 6 months ago

that sounds a bit over the top. must be a slow town to have feel threatened by obnoxious teens. i remember my time at the burger king drive thru on 6th. there are some wild stories about what we saw.

denak 8 years, 6 months ago

I worked at McDonalds for years when I was in college. I don't think most people know just how stupid/hostile some customers can get. Contrary to what these teens think, it was probably not as funny or original as they thought. The drive thru person probably had already heard this rap or a version of it, a dozen times already. Futhermore, McDonalds has a policy of "non-engagement" that is really detrimental to its workers. No matter what, you do whatever it takes to make sure a situation doesn't escalate even when the customer is clearly wrong and clearly hostile. So, I think if it got to the point that the manager had to come out, then the joke probably went to far. The teens should just pay the citation and be done if for no other reason than double cheeseburgers don't have lettuce on them to begin with. If you are going to rap your order, at least get it right.

Dena :0)

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