Prank callers across the country have created a lot of damage as they impersonate firemen claiming that a building will explode if the windows are not broken out.
Most recently a prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows to keep it from exploding.
Police said the manager got a call Friday night from someone claiming to be with the fire department saying the restaurant would explode, so they needed to relieve the pressure. So they did!
“Officers arrived and found that the manager and employees of the Burger King were smashing out the windows,” Sgt. Rick Boone told the Star Tribune. “The manager explained they’d received a phone call from a male who identified himself as a fireman who said there were dangerous levels of gas in the building and they had to break out all the windows to keep the building from blowing up.”
A similar prank call was made to a Burger King in Shawnee, Oklahoma last week, claiming there were high levels of carbon monoxide in the building.
In February, a Burger King in Morro Bay, California, also got a similar prank call about a gas leak. Besides smashing the windows, the manager went as far as ramming his car into building.
Police in Tucson, Arizona, say that several similar prank calls were placed to Jack in the Box restaurants also in February, but only succeeded in fooling workers at one store.
The prank was also tried at Wendy’s in Phoenix in late January.
“It is a little upsetting that they would try to give the fire department a black eye,” one fireman said, “We would never do anything like that. We’re here to serve the public, protect the public.”
“For a prank, this is very bizarre. I’ve never heard of anything like this,”
Insane. Funny is funny. This prank is not funny. I hope they catch these people.