Restaurant Strip-Search Hoax

According to the Wall Street Journal a strange prank is becoming a real problem for restaurants throughout America. A phone prankster calls up a restaurant, pretending to a police officer, and asks the manager of the restaurant to strip search the store's employees. The reason given is usually that the police are searching for stolen money or drugs. And time after time the store managers comply with the request. I've seen cases of this prank reported in the news before, and I assumed they were unrelated to each other. But police suspect that all the cases might be the work of one guy, operating out of North Florida. Tom Briggs, of the National Food Service Security Council, notes that "Whoever this caller is must be a hell of a good con man... You'd think nobody would fall for this." Numerous restaurant chains have fallen victim to the prank, including Burger King, Wendy's, and Applebee's.

Law/Police/Crime Pranks

Posted on Tue Mar 30, 2004


This actually happened at a restaurant in my town. Except the manager had hired a guy to call so he could search a female worker. Maybe it's related though. The manager here got a jail sentance for unlawful detention (he held her for several hours) and sexual assult (on top of the strip search, he made her do naked jumping jacks).
Posted by Cathy  on  Tue Mar 30, 2004  at  08:13 PM
I actually watched some news report about this. They actually had a girl jog in place naked to 'shake out anything she may be concealing'. Some people are so stupid.
Posted by Dracul  on  Sun Jan 15, 2006  at  01:11 PM
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