A robber named Rudi Batten decided to rob a McDonald’s in the UK and get something to eat while he was at it. He demanded chicken nuggets during the hit but reportedly had to settle for a sausage McMuffin instead because it was too early for lunch.
Batten, 22, allegedly brandished a fake gun in the attempt. He didn’t get the food he wanted and, surprisingly, he turned himself in. The robber pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, two counts of having a fake firearm with the intent to commit an indictable offense, and one count of possession of a knife in a public place.
During the robbery, he allegedly pointed what turned out to be an unloaded air pistol at the manager’s head and demanded money from the register. Then he forced the manager to open the store’s safe so he could get at the contents contained within.
It was on his way out that he reportedly demanded chicken nuggets. He also allegedly said: “I’m being forced into doing this. I don’t want to do this.”
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But it was apparently too early in the day for the fast-food chain to be serving lunch menu items and only breakfast items were available at the time. Evidently, Batten was not willing to wait for the nuggets to be cooked since he was in an obvious hurry to leave.
The robber allegedly took in excess of $600 from the fast-food restaurant as well as the breakfast sandwich. But the whole incident was caught on video by CCTV camera and he was quickly identified. Batten then turned himself in to the authorities later in the day at approximately 3 p.m. The gun that he used in the crime was reportedly an unloaded .177 air pistol. He also reportedly had a knife that he was holding during the robbery.
It was reported that the night before the McDonald’s hit, the hungry thief allegedly robbed another restaurant named Miss Millie’s and took fried chicken as well.
For his crimes, a judge sentenced Batten to six years in prison. He claimed during his trial that he robbed McDonald’s to get enough money to pay off a debt. According to his attorney, Batten was ashamed and embarrassed by what he had done.
“He is horrified he behaved in this way. He is deeply, deeply sorry he committed these offenses,” the attorney declared. “The lack of sophistication, the lack of any disguise are indicative of the desperation with which these offenses were committed.”
“He had got himself involved in drink and drugs and with that comes the problem of paying for it,” the lawyer remarked. “He had no way of paying it back. He was really quite terrified about what would happen.” The court also heard that he suffered from depression and anxiety and was currently being treated with medication.
A six-year sentence has been given to Rudi Batten, 22, who used an imitation firearm to rob two takeaways in Yate in February.
DC Katie Wright said Batten had no thought for the innocent people working at the time who he threatened.
— Avon and Somerset Police (@ASPolice) April 30, 2021
As Judge William Hart sentenced him, he said: “The staff were clearly terrified as anyone would be.”
“It’s the last thing people would expect in a quiet takeaway in that part of the country. A chilling aspect of that robbery is the way the gun was held,” he stated.
“It’s clear the impact this sort of offending has. There was considerable alarm in the community,” the judge pronounced. Before Batten was sentenced, Judge William Hart said: “This was a young man who didn’t know how to deal with the situation he found himself in.”
Victim impact statements from employees at Miss Millie’s and McDonald’s were read out loud in court.
One employee said: “Any interaction with a customer makes me really tense, on edge, and panicky. There have been times when I haven’t been sleeping.”
Another employee noted that he was having nightmares and flashbacks and was now on medication.
Twitter commenters snarked away with this one:
— Paul Martin (@RealPaulMartin) April 30, 2021
What about a McWammy Burger? Was that on the menu? pic.twitter.com/lcJwxhbWH3
— Paul Spector (@speccy_paul_) April 30, 2021
Even at Gunpoint rules are rules!
— MJ 🏴 (@mjh_wales) April 30, 2021
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