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Prank callers target Burger King restaurants, convince employees to smash all windows

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Pranksters targeted Burger King restaurants in Oklahoma and Minnesota this week and convinced employees to smash the windows because of possible safety concern.

Employees at a Burger King in Shawnee, Okla., received a call from someone who claimed to be with the fire department Thursday night, according to KFOR. That person told employees they had to break all the windows because of a gas leak.

“The employee stated that a person called them and told them there were high levels of carbon monoxide in their building, and they needed to break out all their windows,” Shawnee Fire Department’s Thomas Larman told KFOR.

The workers believed the caller and in a panic, slammed chairs against the windows. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they detected no signs of a gas leak, KFOR said. The caller’s number was also blocked.

“It is a little upsetting that they would try to give the fire department a black eye,” Larman said. “We would never do anything like that. We’re here to serve the public, protect the public.”

The Burger King faces $10,000 in damage, KFOR reported.

The restaurant’s drive-thru remains open, but inside seating is closed for repairs. The shattered windows were covered with wooden boards.

The Shawnee police are investigating the incident. They put out a notice advising nearby restaurants to be careful about prank calls.

On Friday, an anonymous person called the Burger King in Coon Rapids, Minn. and told employees the store was pressurized, according to KSTP. The employees had to break all the windows to prevent the restaurant from exploding.

The employees followed the orders and starting smashing the windows, which was all captured in a YouTube video. Police believe the call was a prank and are investigating the incident, KSTP reported.