This article was originally published in 2018.
On March 22, at around 8.30 PM, a man named Santo La Rocca ordered two double cheeseburgers, two large chips, nuggets, and a couple of frozen cokes at the Bass Hill McDonald's drive-through in western Sydney. He then paid his money, took the food, and cheerfully drove home.
It was when he got home that he realised he’d received the wrong order.
“My daughter was a bit annoyed because she didn’t get her nuggets but I said just suck it up and we ate it,” Santo told Kate Bastians at the Daily Mail .
Santo claims to be a law-abiding kind of guy. He says he paid cash for the meal, which was worth around $17, and definitely had no idea that he’d just taken someone else’s Maccas.
“I couldn’t be bothered to take it back because how many times do they stuff up your order when you go through the drive through?”
But later that night, at about 10:30 PM, two police officers showed up at Santo’s house, wanting to know why’d he’d stolen someone else's food. “They accused me of stealing McDonald’s and I thought it was a joke,” he said. “The (McDonald’s staff) told police I just ordered two frozen Cokes but I ordered more than that.”
Police confirmed with the Daily Telegraph that they’d attended the house but “will not be taking any formal action.”
And sure, this all sounds fairly batshit crazy, but this story has yet another twist. Because when contacted for comment, a McDonald's spokesman claims that the real reason they called the cops was because Santos filmed their staff on his phone. As the spokesperson said, “Our employees felt intimidated by the person filming them without consent.”
For his part, Santos claims he’d filmed Maccas staff “for a bit of harmless fun” on Snapchat. He also alleges that the police were much more worried about the food switcheroo than the filming.
So, basically, this is one of those stories where everyone has gone totally off script—except for the NSW police, for whom hassling a guy about his Maccas order is pretty standard police work.
This article originally appeared on VICE AU.