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A man was refused service at a Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Pasadena, California on Feb. 3 for not wearing a mask and returned to the restaurant with a gun.

After being turned away, the suspect went to his car and came back to the restaurant around 5:40 p.m., demanding all of the chicken and waffles they had and then ran off.

He entered through the restaurant’s back where he approached one of the cooks, Robert Gonzalez, with a gun demanding food.

“Comes straight towards me with the gun, pointing at me and saying, put all of the chicken in the bag,” Gonzalez told ABC7.

The suspect only wanted chicken and didn’t take any money from the cash register. 

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“He didn’t take any cash; he took actually chicken, and before he walked out the door he took syrup for his chicken,” the manager of the restaurant, Angela Prieto, told ABC7.

The man was angry because the cashier refused him service for not wearing a mask and was told he could come back if he wore a mask.

The California mask mandate is still in place, meaning all people within six feet of others and restaurants, stores and other public places must wear a face covering

“They were really scared, especially my cashier; she was very, very scared and afraid,” Prieto said. “When I first talked to her, she was basically hysterical, but after a while, she calmed down and started laughing about it because she realized all he did was take some chicken.”

No one was harmed during the robbery. Pasadena police are still looking for the suspect.

Written ByLauren Akabori

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