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Lakeland police: Man beat McDonald's manager over slow service

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 04:06 AM

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A man who jumped over the counter at a McDonald's was not trying to rob the restaurant – he was angry about the length of the wait, Lakeland police say.

Police initially described the confrontation, which happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, as an attempted robbery.

Investigators now consider it an assault and battery. They are still looking for the person responsible.

According to Lakeland police, the man came to the McDonald's at 715 E. Memorial Blvd., waited for a while and was not served. When a manager asked if he had been helped, the man said he had not, and that the same thing had happened to him the day before.

The man demanded a corporate phone number, and the manager gave it to him, but the man threw down the paper and left.

About 20 minutes later, the man came back to McDonald's with a baseball bat. He jumped over the counter and demanded food.

He hit the manager twice with the bat, according to police, and said "All I wanted was some (expletive) food." Then he left the store.

Police say the store manager was struck in the ribs with a baseball bat, and transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Lakeland Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact police at (863) 834-6900.

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