(WARNING: Video contains strong language)
By CBS Police say a prank caller fooled workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding.
The Coon Rapids Police Department says employees got a call Friday night from someone claiming to be from the fire department. The caller said the restaurant was pressurized and could explode, so they needed to relieve the pressure. Employees and the manager believed the caller and smashed all the windows on the ground floor.
“It’s nothing I ever came across so I didn’t know what to do,” said employee Ethan Grewe.
Grewe was one of the workers frantically breaking windows. He said that a caller told his manager that it had to be done, otherwise the building would explode because of a gas leak.
“I guess I was a little scared. My other co-workers were doing it so I just followed along,” said Grewe.
Investigators are trying to identify the caller.
Police say there have been similar deceptions at fast-food restaurants elsewhere in recent months.
KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City reports someone placed a similar call to a Burger King in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Thursday night, claiming high levels of carbon monoxide. Window damage was put at $10,000.
A similar call about a gas leak a Burger King in Morro Bay, California, resulted in $35,000 in damage in February.
Customers trying to get inside on Saturday were met by locked doors, but the drive-thru remains open until the windows are fixed. Christa Jones’ son works at Burger King but was not on duty Friday night. It leaves her with a lot of questions for the prank caller.
“It’s just a waste of time for everybody. They do this prank but it costs everybody money,” said Jones.
As police investigate, they are advising employees that if they get a call like this they should walk out of the building and call 911. Coon Rapids Police say they will never tell businesses to damage their own property, and they should assume any calls like this are pranks.
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