WEST UNION – An altercation in the drive-thru line at the Wendy’s on state Route 41 ended up with a gun being pulled.
What West Union Police Chief Roy Stricklett called an “ongoing feud for years” boiled over when John Bays, 51 of Manchester was ordering food at the drive-thru speaker and Andrew Bear, 61 of West Union came up to him shouting obscenities at the driver.
Both parties are being charged with disordely conduct according to Stricklett.
“I was getting into my car to go to the bank and I saw this guy come up and start yelling obscenities at the other guy,” Wendy’s employee Shirley Sweet said. “I thought they were joking at first but then he went over to the driver’s side window and started yelling more obscenities and then all of he sudden he starts yelling, ‘Call the cops, he’s got a gun!’”
The driver then pulled up to the drive-thru window where another employee saw him load his handgun and threaten the man who was yelling at him.
“The guy with the gun pulled up to the window,” Debbie Nichols, another Wendy’s employee said. “I watched him load his gun and he said, ‘If you don’t get him away from me I”m going to blow his head off.’ I just started asking him a bunch of questions to try to distract him from the other guy as long as I could.”
Nichols said the man with the weapon never threatened her, other employees or customers, but nevertheless she was still fearful the situation would escalate.
“My biggest fear is that the guy with the gun would shoot at the other guy and miss and hit one of my employees or one of my customers,” Nichols said.
Stricklett said it was determined that Bays was protecting himself.
“I presented evidence to prosecutors and it was determined that (Bays) was protecting himself since he assumed (Bear) was going to hurt him.”