Front Page Detectives

McMayhem: Florida McDonald's Worker Accused of Shooting at Customers After Drive-Thru Complaint

Florida McDonald's Employee Arrested After Fight Over Wrong Order: Cops
Source: Lakeland Police Department; Unsplash

Chassidy Gardner argued with the customers at the drive-thru window and then threw a drink at them as they were leaving the drive thru, police said.

Jun. 21 2024, Published 12:01 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to FlipboardShare to Email

Police in Florida say a McDonald’s employee has been arrested after customers got more than they bargained for when ordering a late-night meal.

Around 1 a.m. on June 14, officers in Lakeland were called to the shooting at a local McDonald’s. According to law enforcement officials, the worker allegedly fired at the customers' vehicle after chasing them down when they said their order was wrong.

Article continues below advertisement

Investigators said the incident started when the customers complained about their order and the employee, 22-year-old Chassidy Gardner, threw a drink at them as they were leaving the drive thru.

According to surveillance footage shared by police, two of the customers exited their vehicle and opened the drive thru window. They then, footage shows, started throwing drinks at Gardner, who allegedly armed herself with a handgun, according to police.

The customers left the drive-thru, but Gardner headed outside with her gun and fired at the vehicle as it was pulling out of the parking lot, authorities said.

The vehicle was struck at least one time.

Article continues below advertisement

Police released two surveillance videos from the store. One showing the incident at the drive-thru window and the second showing Gardner walking outside and then returning to the restaurant with the gun in hand.

Gardner was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

Never miss a story — sign up for the Front Page Detectives newsletter. Be on the scene the moment news breaks.

The McDonald’s employee handbook does not mention weapons inside restaurants, but WOFL reported that the company abides by state and local laws.

In Florida, gun owners do not need a permit to purchase a firearm, a registration for a firearm, a license to own a firearm, or a permit to carry a rifle. However, handguns require permits to carry.


Become a Front Page Detective

Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.

More Stories

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.