A few weeks ago, my wife and I were shopping in Fort Gratiot, and we decided to stop at the Fort Gratiot McDonald’s to have some lunch, as we have done many times before. We pulled in a parking space, turned off the car, and then spotted something that caused us to decide to go somewhere else. In the few seconds it took for me to restart the car, we saw several customers hurriedly rush out of the restaurant with panicked looks on their faces.What was it that we spotted? A man carrying a gun into the restaurant.
I had to fisk the whole thing. Enjoy.
For the better part of the past 35 years, I have been a frequent McDonald’s customer.
You and millions of others.
When I was in high school, my friends and I would frequent Mickey D’s, as we were perpetually broke teenage boys and it was an affordable meal. Of course, it was also where the perpetually broke teenage girls would go, so there was always the potential to get a date as well.
So basically you hung around the McD’s to get equally broke chicks who knew you were broke and probably didn’t give you the time of day.
I had friends who worked there as well, so we would go and visit our friends on our Friday movie nights. One told us how he hated making the McRib, so we always made sure to visit his store and order McRibs, because that’s what friends do.
Nothing says friendship like being an asshole, gotcha.
McDonald’s is one of the few foods I can eat while traveling that doesn’t make me sick, so over the years, and hundreds of thousands of miles traveled, it has become my de facto restaurant.
I really do not know what to say to this. You are on a trip and get invited to a good steakhouse and say no because you can only have a Big Mac when you travel?
Not any more.
And how come?
A few weeks ago, my wife and I were shopping in Fort Gratiot, and we decided to stop at the Fort Gratiot McDonald’s to have some lunch, as we have done many times before. We pulled in a parking space, turned off the car, and then spotted something that caused us to decide to go somewhere else.
And what was it? Cher naked and dancing to “I got you, babe”? IRS agents trying to audit you? A pack of rabid dogs? Godzilla?
In the few seconds it took for me to restart the car, we saw several customers hurriedly rush out of the restaurant with panicked looks on their faces.
Must have been your friend still making McRibs that set the panicked rush.
What was it that we spotted? A man carrying a gun into the restaurant.
STOP THE PRESSES!
Because Michigan is an open carry state, it is quite legal for someone to walk into a busy McDonald’s with a firearm. Why do it? Because it is your right?
Short answer? Yes.
Given that there were Canadians in that restaurant, and they don’t have the same gun culture that we have, how do you think that made them feel? I can’t speak for the Canadians, but I can speak for myself — seeing someone other than a police officer walking around with a firearm does not make me feel safe; quite the opposite.
And since you did not even bother to get out of the car, How do you know it was not a cop dressed in civvies? They have those in Michigan too.
How am I, just an average person, supposed to know if the person with the firearm is a “good guy” or a “bad guy?”
No, you are an idiot. Average person looks at the totality of the picture. If the guy with the gun orders your friend’s McRibs, fries and sits to eat calmly, chances are he is just a guy carrying a gun, nothing else. Now, if you were really telling the truth and in fact were worried about the intentions of the person, why the flock didn’t you call the cops? You ran away and left people in harm’s way and did not do your basic civic duty? And you have the nuts to preach us?
Or maybe the event did not happen…. nah, he wouldn’t be lying to us, right?
Suppose that I am armed, too.
Here we go.
Should I fire preemptively at the other person with the gun just in case that person is a “bad guy,” and take the chance of killing a “good guy,”
I hate to repeat myself, but if the guy happens to be a cop in regular clothes, you’d become a cop killer. But don’t fret, Michigan does not have the Death Penalty. You will become somebody sex toy in prison, but that should enhance your mental horizons and at least one body orifice.
or should I hold my fire and take the chance that the other person will not be a “bad guy” or be a “good guy” and think I am a “bad guy” and fire at me first?
Let me guess: you are the guy who has eaten the same crap at McDonald’s for 35 years but still gets to the counter and spends 15 minutes reading the menu, trying to decide if that is the day you will go for something different, but does not.
Is there a secret handshake that “good guys” use to identify each other? If so, what if a “bad guy” uses that secret handshake to pretend he is a “good guy” and then performs his nefarious acts?
There is no “secret handshake.” We shake hand like regular men and women. In all probability you would scream in pain like a little girl if you were the recipient of a regular handshake….by my wife.
I speak for myself, and I am confident I speak for many others — I don’t need armed vigilantes protecting me from criminals.
Newsflash: We ain’t your protective service. We don’t carry to keep you safe.
I grew up in Saint Louis, one of the most violent cities in the country. I spend several days a week driving around Detroit, also one of the most violent cities in the country. I have walked through housing projects, and I am still alive to write about it. I don’t need your protection.
You have all the spidey senses that protect you from evil shit in all those evil places, yet they failed you when a guy entered a McDonald’s with a gun on his side. I am guessing the Special Sauce is your kryptonite.
The overwhelming majority of crime involves people who are familiar with each other; violence against strangers is much less common.
Wrong. Not “familiar with each other” but “known each other” a term that includes just about every person you may see on a regular basis but do not have regular interaction or are not in your circle of friends and family.
Walking around with open firearms is provocative; just because you have the constitutional right, doesn’t mean you should.
So is writing faux editorials, but you don’t see us trying to restrict newspapers, do you?
Businesses need to make some hard choices as to who is valued more as a customer, those who feel it is OK to open carry even if it makes others uncomfortable, or those who want to not feel nervous they are going to get shot eating a hamburger or fries?
I’ll take “People that spend money in my business, not broke, pimpled-faced teenagers trying to get McRibs for free.” for $200 Alex.
Belonging to the second group, I will not be patronizing the Fort Gratiot McDonald’s any longer.
So what if the guy was a fellow traveler who just stopped there for a quick bite and then go on home in another state, perhaps never to return to that locale? Or the cop I mentioned above. Does your decision sound rational at all?
Michael Schrader of Port Huron is a Times Herald community columnist.
And first class whiner with a penchant to be a wee bit exaggerated in his writings.