Birthday boy Jon Benson narrowly missed an armed robbery at a McDonald’s in Peterborough, England, thanks to a well-timed bathroom break.
The electric contractor, who visited the restaurant while working in the city, joked about the near miss, saying, “Birthdays are getting a bit depressing now that I’m 39, so it was great to have something to talk about over a pizza that evening.”
He added, “My wife is a trainee dietician, so she was more concerned by the fact that I’d been to McDonald’s than my safety.”
Nobody was hurt after a man wearing a balaclava toting a handgun burst into the fast-food eatery. Meanwhile, local police are investigating any leads relating to the robbery. Benson told Metro about his lucky escape.
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You missed the armed robbery, but did you manage to get your meal?
I only went in there for a coffee but obviously I didn’t get [it]! It was weird walking out of the toilet into an empty restaurant – I was trying to work out what was going on. I could see police and staff outside and one girl, a member of staff, was petrified.
Did people wonder what you were doing walking out of the scene of the crime?
I got a few stares. The weirdest thing was that I was expecting someone to come over and say, 'Who are you' or 'what’s going on?' But they didn’t. I mean I could have been an accomplice.
What’s your impression of Peterborough?
[Laughs] I’ve never been before. I was just there to price up a job but I was keen to see what the town center was like because there was a sign saying 'Historic Peterborough.' I thought it might be a nice place to go for a weekend. But after the robbery, I just wanted to get back to safe London [chuckles].
Ten minutes in the loo is quite a long time for a bloke, so just what were you doing?
Without sounding crude, I couldn’t use my phone in the car. People had been texting and Facebooking me for my birthday and I was filtering through a few things on my phone in the toilet. A lot of people have taken the piss for taking 10 minutes in the toilet.