By Barry Cameron
August 02, 2019

In a scene reminiscent of an old western, a woman is now facing a number of charges after firing a gun inside a McDonald's in Garden City, Georgia. Apparently, the 27-year-old woman left with her food only to discover her fries were cold. She returned to complain and the manager went to get her some new fries. She followed him into the kitchen, drew a gun and fired a shot into the floor. The owner of the restaurant gave her a refund and she left.

An officer saw her speed away and engaged in a pursuit lasting 10 to 15 minutes. She finally pulled over, was arrested and now faces aggravated assault, armed robbery, battery, possession of a firearm, reckless conduct and fleeing a police officer for a felony offense.

All because of what? Some fries? 

I don’t like COLD fries or OLD fries. But going back to complain and firing a gun in the floor?

I’ll leave the discussion about whether or not we should be eating fast food for another time. Besides, I love a Big Mac every once in a while and I worked at a McDonald's when I was in college. My focus in these limited lines is to point out the lack of civility and common sense in our society. 

I don’t like COLD fries or OLD fries. But going back to complain and firing a gun in the floor?

According to several sources, the manager at the McDonald's tried to make things right by giving this woman some fresh, hot fries. It was also reported she was given a refund. But as far as I know she never got to eat her meal and, if she was running from the police for 10 to 15 minutes, her fresh fries had to get cold again. But this time it would’ve been her own fault.

Wouldn’t it have been easier and better to let that manager make things right instead of getting arrested, facing multiple charges, possible fines and prison time? And, if the manager didn’t want to make it right, isn’t there usually a Burger King or Wendy’s close by?

As bizarre as it may seem, often we face similar situations in the church. Not people getting upset because they got cold fries, but there is a limitless list of things people do get upset about. It’s rarely doctrine or the fact not enough people are coming to Christ. Usually it’s about personal preferences or “the way we used to do it” or “the way we did it at our last church.”

Here’s the point: if you’re at McDonald's or any other place of business and something’s not right, give them a chance to make it right. Maybe he or she won’t. But you won’t lose a thing by giving them the opportunity to do it and may save yourself a lot of heartache.

And when you’re at church …

 © 2019. Barry L. Cameron


Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.