Man Walks Into Denny's And Cooks Himself Dinner

James Summer Denny's cooked mealThere's no such thing as a free lunch, or dinner. James Summers learned that lesson on Tuesday afternoon, police say, when he strolled into a Madison, Wis., Denny's with a briefcase, claimed that he was the new general manager, cooked up his own cheeseburger and fries, and grabbed a soda

Even when police arrived, he stood his ground, and insisted there must have been a paperwork mixup,
reports Channel3000, a south-central Wisconsin news site.

Here's what police say was the sequence of events: The gray-haired 52-year-old (pictured at left) entered the restaurant around 4.30 p.m. in a maroon tie and long black trenchcoat. He went to the office door of the current general manager, insisted that he was a three-decade veteran of the fast food chain, and had been sent from the corporate offices to immediately start his job as general manager.

The current manager told Summers that he must have gotten the wrong restaurant, and the interaction turned into a "nose on nose," in her words. He left and told her that he was going to start work. His first task: cooking himself dinner.

The current manager started called her supervisors, and ignored the knocks on the doors from the bemused kitchen staff. The intruder was chowing down when she told him that he was definitely not who he said was. He continued eating, and said she just hadn't got the memo.

By the time the police arrived, Summers was leaving the scene. He agreed to return, insisted again that he was the general manager, and although the police couldn't confirm the facts, they arrested him. An officer discovered a stun gun in his belt, and when he asked Summers if he had a permit, he replied, "it's in the pipeline."

Summers now faces charges of fraud hotel or restaurant keeper, possession of electric weapon, disorderly conduct, and possession of drug paraphernalia. As he was taken away from the restaurant by police, Summers allegedly shouted out: "This is why you don't dine and dash kiddies." A good lesson for us all.

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to whoever wrote this article-- I'm appalled by the grammar. Did this person proofread the article before publishing it?

March 18 2012 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sweet Sue Ohio

Sounds a bit looney to me.

March 18 2012 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A few years back it took so long to get waited on at Denny's that we left. Maybe we should have used this more direct approach?

March 17 2012 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why didn't he just apply for a job as a cook? He showed his razzle dazzle on the grill.

March 14 2012 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doggone it

I know a guy who would do stuff like that. He was such a handsome and charming liar that the restaurant of the coffee shop he did that at actually let him do it - several times. This was late at night and in a small town truck stop. I think the women who worked there were lonely...

March 12 2012 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

With that kind of guts and gall, the guy should be the manager.! I'd hire him.

March 12 2012 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's funny!

March 12 2012 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


March 11 2012 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He sounds like he is mentally sick if not he should set his sights a little higher than Dennys but we will spend untold thousands on hi m getting him help or incarnate we pay no matter what we have to many laws to enforce and they pick and choose which one they want to in force and on who this is no longer a free country but this man did need to be removed from this situation by the law its all the other nit picking that is killing us we cannot keep giving people records where they have to be supported bu us from no own maybe break this prohibition on drugs would be a start

March 09 2012 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I want to hear the story about the man who walks into a dentist office and gives himself a root canal. That would impress me. lol

March 07 2012 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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