Armed Tennessee vegan demanded restaurant staff 'take the burger to the hospital to have it tested,' police say

Source: Unsplash; Knox County Sheriff's Office

Dec. 6 2021, Published 10:24 a.m. ET

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A Tennessee man was arrested after an argument over a vegan burger at a Knoxville restaurant.

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The manager of the Sunspot Restaurant reportedly asked Knoxville police to remove an allegedly unruly man from the restaurant.

A customer reportedly got hot under the collar while questioning whether his vegan burger was actually vegan. A witness claimed the man asked the staff to "take the burger to the hospital to have it tested," according to WATE 6 News.

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Officers reportedly spoke with Larry Beal, who police said was in possession of a gun and a digital scale with marijuana residue.

Knoxville Police said the 20-year-old Powell man was charged with criminal trespassing, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

There was no word from police if they checked to see if the burger was actually vegan.


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