Second to the kebab shop on a Friday or Saturday night, McDonald's will always have interesting stories during its nocturnal hours. I can't count the number of times my 20-piece nugget order has been interrupted by drunken shenanigans.
Thinking about it, one thing I have never come across during any of my night time visits is drug used. People were probably out of their minds on something coming into the restaurant beforehand, but there seems to be some unspoken respect for the sanctity of the Golden Arches. Either that, or I'm too faded to see anything, and just have tunnel vision for my meal.
For all the incidents at McDonald's that go undocumented, there's always one that gets everyone's attention. This time, our story comes from the Bronx in New York City, and it involves a Happy Meal with an illegal substance.
New York authorities arrested 26-year-old Frank Guerrero, a night shift manager in the Soundview section of the Bronx, for offering sides of cocaine with his Happy Meals.
The arrest comes after a three-month undercover investigation dubbed “Operation Off the Menu”, according to the city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridget G Brennan.
“The conduct was so blatant it would be comical if he weren’t committing a serious narcotics crime. Ordering coke took on an entirely different meaning on the night shift at this McDonald’s.”
Guerrero allegedly sold cops $10,900's worth of cocaine, in eight separate sales out of the franchise at 1600 Bruckner Boulevard. Even though this McDonald's only took late-night orders through a drive-thru window, Guerrero allowed his drug customers to enter the main restaurant, officials claim.
For one "transaction" to an undercover cop at the counter, the dealer allegedly concealed cocaine in a cookie bag, which he placed inside a larger McDonald’s order of two cheeseburgers, a soda and fries, authorities said, all while other employees were milling about nearby.
On another occasion, Guerrero took a break from flipping burgers to sell $6,250's worth of cocaine to a different undercover cop, inside the fast-food chain's public toilet. The hustle never stops, it seems.
Five more sales were conducted in the McDonald’s parking lot. Police surveillance allegedly revealed that Guerrero took the time to regularly sell cocaine to buyers during his shift, and went unchallenged as to what he was doing.
His drug-dealing came to an end earlier this week at five o'clock Wednesday morning, after authorities executed a search warrant on his home in the Pelham section of the Bronx. 200 grams of cocaine and $5,300 in cash were seized from his place. He had just wrapped up a late shift.
The arrest sees eight years of working at McDonald's come to an end, and it is unclear whether he had been doing this from the start. He faces multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as one count of unlawfully dealing with a child. An ultimately rare turn of events, I suppose, but as my dad always said: you should double-check your order so you're not surprised when you get home.