Posted on February 22, 2023

Florida Woman Wielded Gun After Demanding a Free Cookie at a McDonald’s, Police Say

Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, February 21, 2023

A Florida woman was arrested after police say she pointed a loaded gun toward a McDonald’s drive-thru window and attacked a worker in the restaurant over a free cookie.

Amari Bente Hendricks, 24, is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill, battery causing bodily harm, improper exhibit of a firearm and resisting an officer without violence {snip}

Amari Bente Hendricks

Amari Bente Hendricks

{snip} Hendricks was at a McDonald’s drive-thru window in Altamonte Springs on Feb. 16 when she became upset because she thought she should have received a free cookie after a restaurant employee didn’t ask her “about a rewards program.” That’s when, police say, she started yelling and demanding the sugary treat. {snip}

But after the employee gave her a free cookie, detectives say Hendricks grabbed a gun, inserted a magazine, and chambered a bullet. {snip}

{snip} Police say several employees then scrambled to lock all doors to the restaurant but that Hendricks “forced” her way through the front door as a worker was trying to secure it.