An argument in a McDonald’s drive-thru got heated in St. Louis County, Missouri, with a woman shooting an employee. The two were arguing over discounts on french fries

Terika Clay, the 30-year-old, was arguing at the drive-thru window, and when the employee went on a smoking break later, the customer continued the fight. She allegedly hit the employee over the head with her gun, before opening fire. Police reports say she was shot once in her upper body. 

Since the incident, Clay has been charged with armed criminal action as well as first-degree assault. Her bond was set at $150,000.

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Luckily, the victim suffered a superficial wound and was soon released from the hospital. However, at the time of Clay’s hearing, the judge made it clear that if she was released on bond, Clay couldn’t contact her victim, or other employees working for McDonald’s. Further, she’d have to stay 1,000 feet away from the outlet, at the very least. A hearing for the reduction of the bond amount is set for next week. 

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The Normandy Police recounted how Clay showed up at the 1700 block of South Florissant Road in Cool Valley. The entire incident was caught on a surveillance camera. Mark Hall, the chief of the Normandy Police department, spoke about the matter, saying, “This is something that this community, Cool Valley, is really not used to. We’ve had some issues in this area with some people going through driving erratically, but nothing of this nature.” 

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While Hall said that they would increase patrols in the area, as a form of precaution, the police chief was rather confident that the incident was an isolated one, and not linked to anything larger. 

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There have been separate incidents of gun violence at drive-thrus of fast food chains in the US. There was a shooting at a Wendy’s drive-thru on January 13. December too saw violence at Wendy’s, while there was a shooting at a Taco Bell drive-thru in January.