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Man Calls 911 To Get Out Of Working His Fast Food Shift And He Almost Pulled It Off

Polk County Sheriff's Office/Facebook

A Hardee's employee took calling in sick for his shift to the next level.

He dialed 911.


The Polk County Sheriff's Office said that Brian Anderson of Dundee, a small town in the Lakeland-Winter Haven area of Florida, reported a fake crime.

The 32-year-old called the emergency number on Saturday, according to the Miami Herald and claimed he was robbed by two armed men while standing on the intersection off of Highway 27 and Lincoln Avenue.

He said his necklace, money and phone were stolen, but the robbers threw his phone to the ground and proceeded to make a run for it by jumping into a black Ford Crown Victoria.

Dispatcher's of course make their judgements on the spot as every call is taken seriously and deputies responded with Air and K-9.

"That's a heck of a story, eh?," wrote the Sheriff's Office on their Facebook page.

Anderson immediately came clean to the deputies and admitted his stunt.

His reason for the ruse, alone, was a crime.

The Polk Sheriff's Facebook post read:

"Deputies quickly learned that the robbery never happened, and Brian confessed that he made up the story because…you'd better sitting down for this…because he didn't want to show up for his 11:00 a.m. shift at the restaurant where he works."


Anderson was taken into custody and charged with misuse of calling the emergency number and for lying to authorities, both charges of which carry a $500 bond.

Comparisons were drawn to actor Jussie Smollett.

"Jesse Smollett did much worse and is free. How pathetic!," wrote one commentor on the Facebook post.

"Well jussie smollett set the bar on those charges...i guess let him go," wrote another.


Polk County Sheriff's Office/Facebook


Polk County Sheriff's Office/Facebook




One member of law enforcement was flabbergasted over the ridiculous report.


Polk County Sheriff's Office/Facebook

And another commented on Anderson's non-existent work ethic.


Polk County Sheriff's Office/Facebook



The Polk County Sheriff's post ended on a positive, yet snarky note.

"On the bright side, Brian didn't have to go to his 11:00 a.m. shift at the restaurant."



What is it about Florida?



Anderson spent his scheduled Hardee's shift at the Polk County jail, with no pay.