It's a fact: Crazy things happen at fast-food restaurants. But we always assumed that people who did things like dial 911 for McNuggets or stiletto-stomp patrons at Taco Bell were predisposed to such behavior despite their diet. But turns out, if they favored wheatgrass over Whoppers, things could be different. Recently Ohio State University announced a research project that seeks to link fast food to the body's reaction to stressful situations (like, say, not getting McNuggets right now.) And in that spirit of academic pursuit, we've put together a list of the ten most outrageous fast-food freakouts. All the people on this list behaved poorly, but don't judge. Science might just be on their side.
An overnight Dunkin' worker in New Jersey, caught trading sexual favors for cash at the drive-through window, was nabbed last year in a sting dubbed "Extra Sugar."
Apple Pie Robbery
This past February, an enterprising California felon robbed a bank, claiming that he had a bomb. He actually had two apple pies from McDonald's stuffed into a Mickey D's bag.
A wild melee broke out at beloved Philly cheesesteak parlor Geno's after 2012's Winter Classic. Philly Flyers fans beat a New York Rangers fan to a bloody pulp on the floor of the restaurant.
This month, a Long Island hot-dog peddler was caught offering sex alongside her weiners. Just where to go when your beloved no longer cuts the mustard.
In 2010, an Ohio woman was caught on tape slugging a McDonald's drive-thru worker after being told that chicken McNuggets aren't on the breakfast menu. She later apologized, blaming drunkenness ...
... But that's nothing compared with the Florida woman who called 911 three times in 2009 when her local McD's ran out of nuggets and tried to convince her to order a cheeseburger instead. (It didn't work.)
None other than Dina Lohan had a major meltdown at a Long Island Carvel in 2010, calling the cops after being told that she couldn't use daughter Lindsay's coveted Carvel black card for free ice cream.
Get Outta My Grill
Two Manhattan women brawled at a Greenwich Village McDonald's after an evening of tequila shots in October 2011. They jumped the counter and were beaten by an employee with a metal grilling rod, who claimed self-defense. The ladies later fought in front of police, with one asking the other, "Why did this happen? Why don’t you love me the way I love you?"
Sping Break 2011 turned violent when bikini-clad partiers went wild at a Miami Burger King, rushing the counter after workers took too long to whip up Whoppers, dousing workers in soda and ketchup.
Transvestite Taco Tiff
A chalupa run turned violent in 2009 when a group of drag queens faced off at a San Diego Taco Bell while comparing physiques. (A Taco Bell diet is always figure-enhancing!)
Most Viewed Stories
Watch a Tokyo Chef Explain the Rules of Eating Sushi
What You Need to Eat and Drink Before Summer Is Really Over
Restaurant Review: At Nomad Bar and Bar Primi, Bar Food Gets Some Serious Upgrades—but Bring Earplugs
A Coffee Stand Made Millions Selling Sex on the Side
What to Eat at Birds & Bubbles, Opening September 9
Search by name
Or, search by
Latest News on Grub StreetDunkin’ Donuts Adds Almond Milk Just in Time for Worst Agricultural Crisis in Recent Memory
Looks like the coffee giant picked the wrong week to start pouring the nut-based milk.Oops! An Oregon Newspaper Accidentally Told People to Eat an Extremely Hallucinogenic Mushroom
One tastes good and makes a good risotto; the other causes bad trips.The Modern Reopens September 15
It closed after service on August 18 when a pipe burst in its dining room.A Trip to Habit Burger, a Celebrated California Chain That’s Now Colonizing New Jersey
Shake Shack has nothing to worry about.Fast-Food Protests Will Continue This Week With Biggest Strikes Yet
Organizers promise sit-ins and other forms of civil disobedience.Fusilligate: Who Really Created Marea’s Famous Octopus-and-Bone-Marrow Pasta?
New evidence suggests a chef other than Michael White actually put the famous pasta together.A Coffee Stand Made Millions Selling Sex on the Side
Its bikini-clad baristas were pulling in $15,000 a month.What to Eat at Birds & Bubbles, Opening September 9
There's a lot more than just fried chicken and Champagne.What You Need to Eat and Drink Before Summer Is Really Over
Ice cream, fried chicken, rosé, and burgers, of course.Here’s Todd English’s Mug Shot
The celebrity chef was pulled over in the Hamptons and charged with a DWI.
Two stars apiece for these high-decibel dining destinations.We’re Starting Our Last-Minute, Late-Summer Road Trip a Few Hours Early
Have a great Labor Day weekend.Food Event at Housing Works; FeelFood’s Fashion Week Special
Today's Leftovers.Someone Went on an Emoji-Themed Diet for a Week
Hope they like rice.Your Almond Consumption Is Killing California’s Salmon and Honeybees
The nut's unprecedented use has a few consequences.Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Berg’n, Bâtard, and Lots More
Find out where to eat in Grub Street's weekly ranking of the city's most-buzzed-about restaurants.On-Break EMTs Rescue Applebee’s Customers and Staff From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Restaurant had no sensor, despite a death at nearby Legal Seafoods earlier this year.Iconic Katz’s Deli Has Sold Air Rights, But the Pastrami Is Safe
"The most important thing is that the future of Katz’s is secure — at the end of the day, no developer can ever come in and knock us down to put in a high rise."Jared Leto Stops at Bar Primi; the Clintons Dine at Sotto Sopra
This week's Celebrity Settings.You Should Totally Apply to Become Noma’s Next Pastry Chef
"Expect lots of craziness, lots of action, and a trip to Japan," says Redzepi. Also, there's an eight-month training period.
For those customers begging for "a bolder flavor."Poet Patricia Lockwood Dreams of Roasted Pturkeydactyls
"Is the yogurt having sex, in my mouth, as I eat it? Is it some sort of dairy orgy?"Fair Folks Opens Coffee Bar in the East Village; Labor Day Parties
Today's Leftovers.Maryland Stadium Unveils 1-and-a-Half Pound Pretzel Smothered With Cheesy Crab Dip
It serves four, and at $17.50, that's a steal.Obamas’ Personal Chef Taking Over Stone Barns on Saturday for Giant Wedding
The so-called political "'It couple' of the year" are keeping it low-key.Ex Employee Sues Little Caesars for Denying Same-Sex Spouse Insurance Benefits
Spouses at Little Caesars are "the opposite gender from you."Magnolia Bakery Just Opened a Terribly Timed Moscow Location
The empire-building sweets chain is optimistic about locally sourced buttercream.Community Board Says Pranna’s Bottomless Brunch Has to Go
It's on a three-month probation after neighbors' complaints last night.Watch a Tokyo Chef Explain the Rules of Eating Sushi
Don't even think about putting that pickled ginger on the fish.Stephen Tanner on Being a Germophobe, Killer Boston Pizza, and Why He Hates ‘Munchies’
"That’s an abomination."
Finally, a flavor everyone can get behind.Labor Day at M. Wells; Erica Jong at Contrada
Today's Leftovers.There’s a Real Friends Central Perk Coming to Lower Manhattan
It's the perfect place to go if it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.You Can Now Get Mission Cantina’s Full Menu Delivered
Chicken wings and beef-tongue tacos and spare ribs.Subway Inn's Eviction Order Blocked Yet Again
Now head over there right now and get a celebratory beer.Cool New Restaurant Opens in Lower Manhattan This Weekend
Discerning patrons will want to try the $300 Dom-and-pancakes special.Dairy Queen Served a Chemical-Cleaner-Laced Milkshake to a Kid
The tainted drink made the 7-year-old's mouth start "bubbling."Corn Dogs and Peach Pie Concretes Return to Shake Shack This Weekend
Also, it's your last chance to get a pint of Shack X IPA.Brooklyn Fare Manhattan Is Two Light Fixtures Away From Opening After a Chef Shuffle
The original Brooklyn location will close while César Ramirez concentrates on the new location.New Report Finds 40% of Restaurant Workers Live in Near Poverty
Workers outside the industry make almost twice as much.
This week's roundup.Tim Hortons Rolls Out Monstrous ‘Buffalo Crunch’ Doughnut
The Canadian chain is serving a prototype doughnut with spicy crushed tortillas and a pool of Buffalo-wing sauce in the center.Curry Night at Achilles Heel; Special Coffee at Joe
Today's Leftovers.This? Just an Excellent Walter White Portrait Made With Ketchup
"Heinz-enberg."Dirty French Opens September 2
The tarte au citron will be made with preserved lemons.5 Things Alex Stupak Learned About Tacos al Pastor in Mexico
The biggest takeaways that the New York chef will apply to his own version of the iconic street food.Uber Begins Testing 10-Minute Food Delivery
Maybe prepare for $35 surge-priced chicken-noodle soup.Small Town Isn’t So Sure It Wants to Host Giant Party for 1,000 Bud Light Fans
They certainly don't want the beer company to paint all of its lampposts electric blue.French Chefs Launched a Petition to Ban Negative Online Reviews
More than 1,700 people have signed it.An All-Nutella Restaurant Will Open in Park Slope
It just has to outpace Nutella manufacturer Ferrero's spry legal team first.