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Florida Woman Arrested After Threatening McDonald's Staff Over Dipping Sauce

Indian River County Sheriff's Office

There's nothing worse than a dry burger or chicken nuggets without a condiment.

But it is not worth raising hell over.


The story of an "irate" customer throwing an obscenity-laden tantrum after McDonald's denied her dipping sauce comes to you courtesy of the state of Florida.

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The Vero Beach location of the golden arches started 2020 on a sour note when Maguire Marie McLaughlin, 19, pulled into the drive-thru on New Year's Day at 4 a.m. McLaughlin felt her order was incomplete and said she would rob the establishment if she did not get some dipping sauce.

According to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun, McLaughlin threatened the Mickey D's employee by saying she would obtain the condiment "by whatever means necessary."

She was heard yelling:

"Where's my dipping sauce you b****es!!?"

Depending on the branch, McDonald's that are franchised can charge extra for additional ketchup or special sauces if they are not part of a 'set meal' and the prices vary. McLaughlin's order was not specified in many of the media reports, but she may not have ordered a meal that would include a dipping sauce.

The restaurant's website describes what meal options include sauces.

"Chicken McNuggets, Chicken Selects and some promotional side offerings such as Wedges, Mozzerella Dippers and Onion Rings."

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office report stated that McLaughlin was enraged over being charged for the dipping sauce:

"The employee advised McLaughlin that dipping sauce cost 25 cents at which point a verbal altercation ensued."
"McLaughlin further stated that she would be getting the sauce by whatever means necessary, however, could not specify what she meant by that."



The employees, fearing for their safety, were prompted to call the police.

By the time the cops arrived, McLaughlin was still sitting inside her parked silver Honda at the drive-thru window. She was taken into custody for disorderly conduct.

But her tantrum did not subside.

An officer was forced to use mechanical restraints due to the fact that she was being uncooperative.

The report said that as the officer escorted her to the agency patrol vehicle, she continued shouting obscenities and began:

"locking her legs refusing to walk forward."

The affidavit also mentioned that the officer could smell the odor of an "alcoholic beverage emitting from her mouth" and that "her eyes were glossy and speech was slurred."

McLaughlin also refused to get into the back of the vehicle by putting her legs in the door jamb.

Eventually, two officers forced her to the ground to put a hobble restraint device on her before getting her into the vehicle.

If the sunshine state had any intentions of starting the new year off with a clean slate, that record was short-lived.





While Twitter was quick to mock her exasperation over the missing condiment, some glared at the beloved fast-food chain for not offering free sauce.



Charging twenty-five cents may be a point of contention among patrons of Mickey D's, but it was nothing compared to the $1,000 bond posted for McLaughlin.

She is scheduled for a court appearance on January 28.

If you do manage to get your condiments with your drive thru order, these handy Dip Holders Suitable for All Kinds of Cars, available here in 3 color options: red, black and white.

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