Anyone who thinks that working in a fast food restaurant is an uneventful job is probably right… 99.9% of the time. An endless stream of hamburgers, milkshakes, Happy Meals, and ‘sorry, that’s not on the menu’ is not much to write home about. But even in a place as apparently boring as McDonald’s, some pretty crazy shit can go down when you’re least expecting it.
That’s exactly what happened to staff at a McDonald’s in Pennsylvania when Steve Stephens – the man who broadcast his murder of a man on Facebook last Sunday – dropped in for Chicken McNuggets and fries.
Despite being the subject of a police and FBI manhunt for a murder he had broadcast to the world, Stephens couldn’t resist popping into McDonald’s for a snack. One of the employees recognised Stephens, called the police, and took his time preparing Stephens’s order.
‘We told him we were waiting on his fries for a minute, to buy some time for the cops,’ Henry Sayers, the manager of the Erie County restaurant, told the Erie Times-News.
‘I am pretty sure he figured out that we were on to him,’ said Thomas DuCharme Jr., owner and operator of the McDonald’s, according to the Times-News. ‘He didn’t want to wait for his fries.’
37-year-old Stephens ended up driving away without his fries. State troopers caught up with him two miles away from the restaurant. But before they could arrest him, the suspect pulled out a pistol and shot himself. Stephens was wanted for the murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin, who was shot while walking home from an Easter meal on Sunday. Stephens had posted a video of the shooting to Facebook.