A 46-year-old man allegedly threatened to gun down everyone at Carl’s Jr. in San Carlos after he was confronted about stealing coffee, prosecutors said.
Douglas Walter Malone pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of threatening bodily harm and burglary in connection with the fast food eatery outburst.
Authorities say Malone regularly hassles employees at Carl’s Jr. and feels entitled to filling up his coffee cup without paying.
Around 6 a.m. Tuesday, he helped himself to a cup as usual, but then became outraged when another regular customer swiped his cup and poured out the coffee, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Malone “started yelling and screaming, telling victims that he was going to get a gun and kill everyone in the restaurant,” Wagstaffe said.
Responding sheriff’s deputies found and arrested Malone near the restaurant. During the arrest he repeated religious sayings, stating the Lord would save him, Wagstaffe said.
Malone remains in custody on $10,000 bail. The case is set for jury trial on Sept. 12, with a pretrial conference on Aug. 25.