Police said Gary Kuhn, 55, tried to order breakfast at 10:55 on Sunday morning and was informed that Burger King’s breakfast service ended at 10:30, according to the Hartford Courant.
“Have you ever seen the movie ‘Falling Down’ with Michael Douglas?” Kuhn asked the cashier, according to police. “It’s a movie you should watch.”
At that point, police said, Kuhn informed the cashier that film’s protagonist shoots up a fast-food joint after he’s denied breakfast.
“That’s what I feel like doing,” Kuhn added, before throwing a coupon at the cashier and exiting the restaurant, according to police.
Kuhn’s actions — as relayed by police to the Courant — bear only vague resemblance to his cinematic homage. In the film, Douglas’s disgruntled William Foster character removes a gun from a black leather bag and berates terrified employees before accidentally firing multiple rounds into the ceiling. Foster then eats a hamburger.
Police said Kuhn was not armed when he threatened the Burger King employees — and that he did not opt for the lunch menu after being told he couldn’t order breakfast.
When authorities eventually arrested Kuhn and asked him if he wanted to waive his right to remain silent, he replied that “he only wanted a sandwich; he was still hungry,” police spokesman Christopher Davis told the Courant.
Kuhn has been charged with first-degree “threatening” and second-degree breach of peace, police said. Local NBC affiliate WHO reported that Kuhn will appear in court on April 30.