Man Arrested for Calling 911 Over McDonald’s Order

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ALBANY, Ga. (CNN) - A Georgia man found out the hard way that 911 operators don't really care about your McDonald's order.

Lorenzo Riggins is defending his call, though.  He says he says he thought his disagreement with a restaurant manager was an emergency.  Police didn't think so.

Riggins was hungry when he walked into the East Albany McDonald's on Wednesday night.

"I went in to order seven McDoubles and one Chicken, and one fry," he said.

But after he walked outside, he says he noticed that wasn't what he got.

"I left out the store without checking it, but when I got to my truck and I got ready to leave I looked in my bag and come to find out I didn't have but six McDoubles."

Riggins says he took the bag back inside and talked to an employee hoping to get his other hamburger, but things didn't turn out so well.

"She was trying to get an attitude with me and I said I'm going to call the police," said Riggins.

And that's what he did.

"I'm up here at McDonald's up here.  And I ordered like seven burgers.  And I went to my vehicle, right?  And I came back in and they took a burger from me," Riggins said.

But that call sent him to jail.  When a police officer arrived at the restaurant, Riggins was arrested and charged with violation of emergency 911 telephone.

"I called the police and thinking that everything all cool by calling the police,
said Riggins.  "I didn't know I was misusing 911.  I never thought that."

Riggins spent the night in jail and bonded out Thursday.  He's upset because he says he never got a chance to explain his side of things to police.

"I want justice, I want to be treated like a person with respect and any other person with respect, but I never knew that I was misusing 911," Riggins said.

Riggins also has a message for you.

"I would like to say check your food before you leave, always be careful when you go buy food anywhere you go."

And if there's a problem, don't call 911.

Riggins says he still plans to eat at McDonald's despite this incident.  WALB says it reached out to the McDonald's in question but workers there refused to comment.