TULSA, Okla. – A Tulsa man’s Facebook post about being asked to leave McDonald’s over his son’s toy gun is going viral.
“This lady comes in and I think she’s with what looks like her daughter and two granddaughters,” he said. “She says, ‘You need to take that gun out of here. This is a safe zone for children.’ I said, ‘That is a toy gun. It’s not hurting anybody.’ She said, ‘You need to leave with it’ and I said ‘You need to mind your business.'”
Snow says that woman complained to management, who then asked Snow and his son to leave.
The man told the local news station that when he refused to leave, McDonald’s management called 911.
“I said, ‘No, I’m not taking the gun out, it’s a toy gun and we’re in a playground,'” he said. “It’s an obvious toy gun, it’s got the big red cap on the end. I mean it’s about three inches long.”
The father and his son left before police arrived.
“He still kept insisting, ‘Daddy I want to go, I want to go,'” Snow said. “I felt really bad so instead of winning the argument and standing my ground, I thought I’m not going to make my son go through this.”
Snow took to Facebook to write about his experience.
His post has since gone viral, with more than 36,000 shares.
McDonald’s officials told KJRH that the manager asked Snow and the woman involved in the argument to leave because of the escalating situation, not because of the toy itself.