If you plan on robbing a McDonald's at 7 a.m., don't expect to steal from the lunch menu.

By Mike Pomranz
April 30, 2021
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Most people know that you can't order from McDonald's regular menu during breakfast hours: You can only order breakfast. But hey, most people also know that it's both immoral and illegal to rob a McDonald's at gunpoint. A British thief was reportedly unaware of either of these things, demanding Chicken McNuggets during a morning holdup—but being forced to flee with a McMuffin instead.

According to the Bristol Post, back in February, 22-year-old Rudi Batten entered a McDonald's in Yate—a town in South Gloucestershire, England about 10 miles northeast of Bristol—at about 7 a.m. He reportedly took money from a till, brandished an imitation pistol to demand the manager take him to the safe, and then—for his final request—asked for Chicken McNuggets. It was then that Batten was informed that only breakfast was being served at the time, so along with his cash, Batten was forced to leave with his second choice… a double sausage McMuffin.

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Certainly, the breakfast versus lunch menu mix up is humorously relatable, but the judge who sentenced Batten didn't find anything funny about the crime. "The staff were clearly terrified as anyone would be," Judge William Hart, who proceeded over the court case where these bizarre details came to light, was quoted as saying. "It's the last thing people would expect in a quiet takeaway in that part of the country."

And yet, the McDonald's incident apparently wasn't even Batten's only robbery of a takeout restaurant in the past 24 hours: The night before, at around 6:20 p.m., Batten was identified robbing Miss Millie's, a fried chicken restaurant.

Some may assume Batten simply had an intense craving for chicken, but during the court case, the real reason for his crime spree came to light. The Scottish Sun reports that he needed the money to pay back a debt. "He is utterly ashamed and embarrassed," the defense was quoted as saying. "He is horrified he behaved in this way. He is deeply deeply sorry he committed these offences."

Hopefully, Batten has learned a lesson.  Well, two lessons—though the whole "McDonald's doesn't serve McNuggets at breakfast" lesson is far less important.