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Man feared for his life after McDonald's manager pulls gun on him

Theodore Bailey (SOURCE: SCSO) Theodore Bailey (SOURCE: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A few friends looking for some water after playing basketball received a frightening experience instead when they went through a McDonald's drive-thru.

They said the manager, Theodore Bailey, became angry and pulled a gun on them at the McDonald's on Summer Avenue.

"We were real thirsty and didn't have any money," Bailey Hardin said. 

Hardin said he and some friends went through the drive-thru at McDonald's on Summer Avenue and asked for cups of water.

According to police documents, Bailey told Hardin to move forward and he would bring his water to him. He brought the water, but only half the amount Hardin requested.

When Hardin asked for straws, Bailey told him that he "didn't have time to fool with him."

Hardin said he went inside and got the straws, and that's when Bailey went to a nearby car, pulled a gun, and said he would pull the trigger unless he left.

"Just scared to death, like what did we do wrong that could cause this?" Hardin said. "I thought I was going to die. I thought that was my last breath right there."

Police said Bailey and Hardin had been arguing and said Hardin used racial slurs toward Bailey. That's something Hardin denies.

Bailey was fired from his job as a manager at McDonald's and arrested. He is charged with aggravated assault.

McDonald's released a statement regarding the incident:

"The safety of our staff and customers is one of our top priorities. We are aware of the incident at the McDonald's on Summer Ave and are investigating. The employee has been terminated."

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