Sorry, Burger King Is Not A BYOB Establishment

A man in Florida was arrested for allegedly firing a weapon into a dwelling after he lost his temper. The “dwelling”? A Burger King. The “weapon?” A beer bottle the fast food establishment wouldn’t let him bring inside.

Seth Andrew Bullen was in an argument with the supervisor of Burger King on Mary Esther Road about bringing a beer into the business, said an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s report.

The supervisor asked Bullen to leave the business.

A few minutes later, Bullen returned and threw the beer bottle through the glass door, breaking both the bottle and the door.

We were a little confused as to how throwing a bottle is firing a weapon and a Burger King is considered a dwelling, so some legal research was in order. Here’s the relevant statute. Emphasis is ours. Here’s what the law expressly forbids.

Fla. Stat. § 790.19 (2009)

Shooting into or throwing deadly missiles into dwellings, public or private buildings, occupied or not occupied; vessels, aircraft, buses, railroad cars, streetcars, or other vehicles

Whoever, wantonly or maliciously, shoots at, within, or into, or throws any missile or hurls or projects a stone or other hard substance which would produce death or great bodily harm, at, within, or in any public or private building, occupied or unoccupied, or public or private bus or any train, locomotive, railway car, caboose, cable railway car, street railway car, monorail car, or vehicle of any kind which is being used or occupied by any person, or any boat, vessel, ship, or barge lying in or plying the waters of this state, or aircraft flying through the airspace of this state shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree,

The good people of Florida should feel safe knowing that their laws specifically prohibit firing a missile into a monorail car.

Man not allowed to bring beer inside Burger King, throws at glass door [Northwest Florida Daily News]

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