Police say a prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding on Friday, mirroring similar deceptions at fast-food restaurants in other states recently. The AP reports employees at the restaurant in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids got a call Friday night from someone claiming to be with the fire department. The caller said dangerous levels of gas building up could cause the restaurant to explode, so they needed to relieve the pressure. The manager and other employees believed the caller and smashed all the windows on the ground floor. Police are trying to identify the caller.
A similar call placed to a Burger King in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on Thursday night resulted in $10,000 of damage to the windows. A similar call to a Burger King in Morro Bay, California, in early February resulted in $35,000 in damage. Not only did employees smash the windows in that incident, but a manager went as far as ramming his car into building. And police in Tucson, Arizona, say several similar prank calls were placed to Jack in the Box restaurants there in early February, fooling workers at one store. A similar incident happened at a Wendy's in Phoenix in late January.