It was a bold plan: walk into the local Denny's, claim to be the new general manager, and start cooking your own lunch. Even after James B. Summers was handcuffed by police, he had a sense of humor, shouting to patrons as he was led away "This is why you don't dine and dash, kiddies." Balls the size of Denny's breakfast platters my friend.
America’s diner is always open, but police say a 52-year-old man toting a briefcase and packing a stun gun took the slogan too far when he walked into a Denny’s restaurant, claimed to be the new manager and cooked himself a cheeseburger and fries. A Madison police report gives a flavorful description of the bizarre Tuesday afternoon incident at a Denny’s on Thierer Road:
He never announced he was one of the pros from Dover, but the briefcase toting gentleman wearing a maroon tie and long black trench coat was quite clear: he had been sent by corporate. He claimed he was the new general manager, that he had worked for the restaurant chain for 30-years and was starting his new job - right now.
Police say the gray-haired man with a goatee proceeded to walk into the office of the 38-year-old restaurant manager, and the two got into a “nose to nose … as the man asserted his new role as she told him she thought not.” While the manager began making calls up the corporate chain, the man walked into the restaurant's kitchen and proceeded to cook himself a cheeseburger and fries. The manager then called 911.
Officers confronted the man and found a stun gun on his belt beneath his trench coat and suit jacket, along with what appeared to be two crack pipes. “He was cooperative with the officer, but as he was about to be led from the restaurant, he yelled out to those eating: “This is why you don’t dine and dash kiddies,” according to the police report.