Man Absolutely Rages on Family at Australia McDonald’s

Victim Leigh Barham was buying Happy Meals for her two young boys at the Nambour McDonald’s when the violent rage attack began.

Her attacker, Troy Shane Kuskopf, 37, was yesterday sentenced to two years’ jail but did not even turn up to hear his fate in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

Outside court, a quietly spoken Ms Barham told The Courier-Mail the unprovoked assault on Australia Day 2011 had left her so terrified she now avoided fast food drive-thrus and always locked her car doors.

She said the car chase down Currie St had been just as terrifying as the physical punches to the face.

The family, including the children’s grandmother in the driver’s seat, had been placing an order when they saw the man behind them yelling abuse and calling names.

“It (the drive-thru) was all full so nobody could move anywhere, and he just, I guess, assumed that we were holding him up on purpose,” she said. “He started just yelling abuse at us, got out of his car and we could hear him being rude.

“And then he came up and spat at the window and kicked the tyre when we were just about to leave and I said to my mum, ‘Come on, let’s go.’ ”

Ms Barham said the family exited the driveway on to the main street of Nambour.

“We left and drove about 100m and my son just yelled out, ‘He’s coming,’ so he chased us all the way to the service station, about 600m.

“We had to pull up at the red light, we just didn’t want to drive through it and hurt somebody else.

“And he came up right behind us. I thought he was going to ram us, but he pulled up inside of us, just reefed my door open and pulled me out of the car, smashed me in the face a few times.

“My son was at the window and he punched my son’s window and just threw me on the ground.”

Police prosecutor Sgt Nick Nitschke told the court Ms Barham had needed dental work to the cost of $3000. She required a new plate in her upper jaw and false top teeth.

The court heard the children, aged four and eight at the time, were so shaken they suffered bed wetting and sleeping problems for months. They developed issues with driving in the car and would check doors and windows obsessively for about a year.

Depressed and stressed, Ms Barham had to quit her youth worker job – that had taken her three years of study – because she could no longer deal with the volatile teen environment.

The family visited psychiatrists and Ms Barham remains on antidepressant medication.

Sgt Nitschke sought the toughest sentence, pointing out that Kuskopf had fled the scene, evaded police, failed to attend court and not offered an early plea.

Magistrate Simon Young strongly condemned Kuskopf who he said had shown no remorse and had not even “deigned” to appear in court for his hearing or sentencing.

He described the road rage attack as “disturbing and serious”.

He ordered Kuskopf’s arrest, with eligibility for parole after eight months, and $1000 in restitution for the victim.



Man Makes Anti-Gay Remarks and Slashes McDonald’s Patron

The NYPD has made an arrest in a razor attack inside a Manhattan McDonald’s.

Police arrested Keith Patron, 44, of the Bronx on Monday night. He faces hate crime assault charges.

Police say a 22-year-old man was attacked with a razor blade inside the restaurant on West 3rd Street on last Wednesday evening.

Police say the Patron made anti-gay remarks to the victim at about 7 p.m. It turned physical and then the suspect took out a blade.

He slashed the victim in the face, back, neck and elbow before running away.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and required multiple stitches for his injuries.


2011: Occupy Wall Street Protester Throws Tantrum After Not Getting Free Food from NY McDonald’s

An Occupy Wall Street protestor was arrested early Friday after a violent rampage at a McDonald’s that refused to offer him free food.

The NYPD says it happened at about 2:45 a.m. at a McDonald’s near the make-shift tent city in Zuccotti Park.

The man, who had not been identified, went into the world’s largest restaurant chain and demanded free food, apparently craving a burger over the gourmet food being served in the park.

The people behind the counter, who are working instead of protesting, were not about to offer the man free food.

The protester then turned violent, even breaking a machine inside of the store before police arrived and arrested the 27-year-old.

There have been growing concerns about security and lawlessness among the protesters. Earlier this week, a cook at the camp was arrested on sex charges.


Inmate Escapes, Gets Nabbed at Albany McDonald’s

An inmate who walked away off his job May 19 was found Monday night at McDonalds in Albany and is back in Parish Prison, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Joseph Pomares, 42, 9174 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, walked away on May 19 from his job at the Sheriff’s Office’s Central Substation, 13016 Gurney Road. He had been arrested April 5 on counts of unauthorized use of an access card and illegal possession of stolen things, to which has been added a count of simple escape, prison records show.

Soon after Pomares was located at the McDonalds, located on La. 43 near Interstate 12 he fled, sparking a short chase, Hicks said. A sheriff’s deputy working with the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force made the arrest, she said.


2012: Minnesota Viking Jerome Felton Arrested for DWI at McDonald’s

Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton wasn’t on a highway or freeway early Saturday when he was arrested on a second-degree DWI charge.

Instead, Felton was waiting in the drive-thru lane at a McDonald’s in Eden Prairie.

In an e-mail Monday, an Eden Prairie police spokesperson wrote that police responded to the McDonald’s on Prairie Center Drive at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday because of a report of an intoxicated driver waiting in the drive-thru lane.

Police conducted field sobriety tests on Felton.

He was arrested for second-degree driving while intoxicated with an aggravating factor of refusal to take an alcohol breath test. That is a gross misdemeanor. He also was charged with third-degree DWI with an aggravating factor of one prior DWI conviction within 10 years (gross misdemeanor); as well as careless driving (misdemeanor).

Felton, 25, was booked into the Hennepin County Jail at 5:51 a.m. Saturday and released by noon after posting $12,000 bond. The Eden Prairie City Attorney handles prosecution of gross misdemeanor cases. No further details of the arrest were available.

An initial court appearance is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. on July 18 at Ridgedale Courthouse in Minnetonka.

A fifth-round pick in 2008 by Detroit who has appeared in 56 games for the Lions, Carolina and Indianapolis, Felton signed a one-year deal with the Vikings in March that included a minimum base salary and a $50,000 bonus tied to workouts and making the 53-man roster. He entered the offseason program as the favorite to be the Vikings’ starting fullback.


Four Arrested in Stabbing at Montreal McDonald’s

MONTREAL – Four people were arrested after a 17-year-old was stabbed early Friday in a fight at a downtown McDonald’s restaurant.

The male victim ran off from the scene at Ste. Catherine St. W. and Mackay St. about 2:30 a.m. and took refuge at nearby police station 20, said Montreal police spokesperson Danny Richer.

Police tracked down four suspects – two men age 25 and 29, and two women age 18 and 19. The men are known to police, Richer said. The weapon was seized during the arrest.