We know that people are passionate about caffeine, but this is taking it to such an extreme and unacceptable level!
The holidays are upon us, and tensions are high. Most of us turn to coffee to give us that much needed energy boost to help us make it through these last few days before we get to take the night off and tuck into a holiday meal with family, friends, alone or with strangers.
Ray Hunter Shortridge, however, reached a new level of extreme when, after getting into a disagreement over the price of coffee in a Starbucks drive-thru, he allegedly brandished a freaking firearm at the poor barista at the window!
According to Patch, Shortridge, 59, was booked into the Bartow County Jail and charged with aggravated assault and possession of schedule II drug and drugs not in their original container.
At around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 14, an employee recalled the entire scary ordeal to the police who arrived at the scene.
"Once Mr. Shortridge pulled up to the window, he had an unknown type polished pistol with an unknown gold engraving on the slide in his right hand," the incident report states. "Mr. Shortridge's finger was on the trigger and stated that, 'The price would be $1.50, correct?'"
How terrifying is that? We wouldn't want to be the poor barista who had to inform Shortridge that he owed more money, if that were the case!
However, apparently the employee played it totally cool, and had the nerve to even inform Shortridge that not only was his price estimation one dollar too little (the coffee cost $2.50), but he went so far as to tell Shortridge to "take his finger off the trigger due to a safety concern."
We are not worthy! That is so cool!
"Mr. Shortridge was heard in the recording describing the firearm as a 45 long slide with a 6 inch barrel," the report states. Shortridge apparently also stated that "the gun was unloaded and the gun would blow him right away."
Luckily, Mr. Shortridge was booked into the Bartow County Jail, which must be a relief to the employees, one of whom stated to Patch that this was "not the first incident that Mr. Shortridge has showed up to the window with a firearm at the window."
Stay safe this holiday season, everyone!