10 June 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, June 10 (UPI) -- A pair of New Mexico fast food workers were hoodwinked by a prank caller into stripping to their underwear and breaking the restaurant's windows, sources said.
The sources told KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, that the two male What-A-Burger employees received a phone call Monday night at the restaurant from someone claiming to be a representative of the fast food chain's corporate office.
The caller told the men to test the fire suppression system and warned them to shed their clothes after they were covered by the yellow powder released by the system. The caller then told the men to break the restaurant's windows for ventilation, the source said.
Some witnesses dialed 911 while the men used rocks to smash the windows. "He was actually talking to somebody on the phone and he looked like he was nervous. He said, 'OK, hold on' and he threw the first rock," one 911 caller said.
What-A-Burger manager told police $10,000 worth of damage was done to the store.
"This situation is completely unacceptable," the vice president of What-A-Burger said in a statement Tuesday. "What-A-Burger is working with the Albuquerque Police Department to identify the individuals responsible for these actions and will pursue full compensation for damages."
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