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Monday, September 3, 2007

"I've always been all over the lot in my writing. Except for poetry -- even though they say all the old-time sportswriters use plenty of it. Maybe it's just part of what we do."

--Frank DeFord, 2006

Sonic customer creates a ruckus ending with calls to police

By Laura Mecham

April 19, 2007 | A Sonic customer yelled and swore at employees of the fast-food restaurant Monday because he claimed his hamburger tasted "stale."

According to reports, upon tasting his hamburger the 21-year-old customer told a Sonic employee that his food didn't taste right and demanded a new sandwich. The manager asked the cook to make the man a second hamburger, and after biting into this one, the customer declared that it wasn't good either. He told the manager that Sonic's food tasted "foul." According to reports, the customer continued to yell and told employees he would not leave the restaurant until he got, what he said, was good food.

The manager proceeded to have the cook make a third burger for the customer, and according to reports, this attempt was not good enough for him either. He continued to yell and swear at the manager and Sonic employees, telling them how terrible their food was. The man then left the store in a gray truck, and the woman in the passenger seat was recognized by Sonic employees as a fellow member of their staff.

According to Logan police Sgt. Louise Speth, soon after the customer left the store, a Sonic employee called into the Logan City Police Department to file a report on the customer. She said the customer also called in a little later to give his version of the story. After getting the customer's information, Sonic had the customer barred from its Logan property.


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