A smoking McDonald’s customer fired a gun at a worker in the drive-thru row

An enraged customer pulled a gun at a McDonald’s employee after he tried to exit a drive-thru queue.

Arthur Walker had attempted to opt out of drive-thru when the victim, who was trying to troubleshoot traffic problems at the Gateshead store, attempted to direct him.

The father then produced a realistic-looking imitation gun on his car window and threatened the restaurant worker, according to Chronicle Live.

Police then recovered ammunition for the BB air pistol from the offender’s home.

Newcastle Crown Court learned of how the terrifying ordeal unfolded outside the fast food chain in Team Valley on June 23, 2020.

Kevin Wardlaw, head of prosecution, said the victim had been asked to resolve issues related to the build-up of traffic outside.

He told the court: “He was on traffic control, making sure everything was going well.

“The defendant was in his car in a line of traffic and he decided to leave the line, which caused problems for the other vehicles and for the plaintiff.

The BB gun

“The accused objected to being told what to do and took out a BB pistol, an airgun, and placed it against the window and threatened the complainant, which caused him some concern.

The victim said: “I come to work to protect the public and do not expect to be threatened for doing my job.”

Walker, 45, of Portobello Way, Birtley, Gateshead was found through his car registration and the gun was found at his home with plastic pellets.

Mr Wardlaw said: “He said it was a stupid thing to do and he expressed remorse.”

Walker, 45, who has three previous convictions, pleaded guilty, pleaded guilty to possession of a fake firearm with the intent of frightening.

Recorder Ben Nolan QC sentenced him to 16 months suspended for two years with rehabilitation.

The judge told him, “You have teenage children and I guess you would be appalled if they did what you did and no doubt they will be appalled and extremely embarrassed to know what you did.

“I am convinced that you have been under a lot of stress and the reason does not need to be elaborated.

“It clearly crosses the threshold of custody, but I believe that given your guilty plea and remorseful attitude, I can suspend the inevitable sentence.”

The court heard he had acted inappropriately and Tony Cornberg, defending, provided Walker with references.

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