Off-duty officer post on Facebook about toy gun at McDonald's goes viral

Posted at 10:40 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 07:32:11-04

A Facebook post from an off-duty police officer is garnering serious attention. His post has been shared more than 26,000 times, as of Thursday evening. 

Jeff Snow says this incident has resulted in more than 200 new friend requests on Facebook. He says it's all because of a toy gun. 

Wesley Snow is a bouncing, energetic 6-year-old boy. He loves running, jumping and using his imagination. 

"Zombies, which is his favorite thing to do," his father Jeff Snow said. 

But according to his father, that imagination rubbed someone the wrong way at a local McDonald's. 

"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 the lady complained to management and they were asked to leave. When they refused, Snow says 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."

Snow says his son felt uncomfortable, so they left before authorities 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."

In the future, Snow says he and son will get their fast food elsewhere. 

McDonald's officials say the manager asked both parties to leave not because of the toy itself, but because of the escalating situation between the customers.