In what has been described as a prank gone wrong, a Florida man faces 3 charges after he tossed a 3 1/2′ alligator through a Wendy’s drive-thru window.
“Investigators identified Joshua James, of Jupiter, Fla., as the man who tossed the 3½-foot reptile into a Wendy’s last fall, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report.
He faces three charges related to the incident: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; unlawful sale, possession or transporting of an alligator; and petty theft. James, 24, was taken into custody and booked into the Palm Beach County Detention Center on Monday, as first reported by NBC affiliate WPTV.”
“While the attendant has her back to the window and is at her register, the male driver reaches across the inside of his vehicle in the passenger area and throws an alligator from his vehicle into the drive through window,” the report reads.
A photograph in the report shows the American alligator flat with its legs splayed on the fast-food restaurant’s kitchen floor. An officer responding to the incident captured the alligator, taped its jaws shut “for safety” and released it into a nearby canal, according to the report.”
This case clearly demonstrates the need for common-sense alligator-control. Unfortunately, James found and captured the alligator along the side of the road without submitting to a background check. He exploited the “pick it up along the side of the road” loophole which must be closed. For the children.