Burger Kings in several states were the target of a bizarre prank late last week. It started on Thursday, when employees of an Oklahoma City location were told by phone that there was a gas emergency and the restaurant could explode — unless they saved the day by smashing the windows. They did, and the location subsequently sustained $10,000 in damages, but the building was never going to light up. The prank didn’t stop there. On Friday, Burger King employees in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, received a similar call from a man claiming to be a member of the Fire Department, and so did those of a Morro Bay, California, location the following night. The Burger King there sustained an estimated $35,000 in damages after duped employees smashed every window on premises and a manager inexplicably rammed his car into the building.
Surprisingly, these aren’t the first reported instances of the prank, either. Tucson, Arizona, police say local Jack in the Box locations received similar calls in February, and a Wendy’s in Phoenix was also subject to the prank. It’s not established yet whether this is all the work of one very odd prankster or if there are copycats. But whoever is behind it could face felony charges, not to mention the creepy wrath of the Burger King himself.