A 16-year-old Burger King employee was taken into custody after allegedly shooting a customer with the customer’s own gun during a dispute over sauce.
The incident occurred last week at a Burger King location on Fairview Road in Ellenwood. The customer, who had ordered from the drive-through, discovered unwanted sauce on his sandwich and entered the restaurant to confront the staff, resulting in a heated argument and ultimately a shooting.
Witnesses reported that the customer entered the restaurant around 11 a.m. on Thursday, and the situation rapidly escalated. The customer allegedly threatened the employees and claimed to have a gun. While authorities are still investigating the origins of the physical altercation, it is known that Tyarius Wilcox, another Burger King employee, and the customer were involved in a fistfight.
During the altercation, the 16-year-old employee reportedly grabbed the customer’s gun and fired at him. The injured customer, whose identity has not been disclosed, is expected to recover from his wounds. Several days after the incident, Wilcox was arrested on charges of fighting and obstructing officers.
Some other customers, who chose to remain anonymous, expressed their belief of who was truly responsible for the shooting. They claim that the customer, not the Burger King employees, should face charges.
One anonymous customer emphasized the challenges faced by fast food workers, who must deal with a wide range of personalities and situations. They noted that employees may already be upset from previous interactions, and it is difficult to know what customers or workers are going through at any given moment.
The investigation into the incident continues, with authorities working to determine responsibility and appropriate charges for all parties involved.