ROYAL PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION) – A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it wasn’t expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive thru window by a patron.
Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told local broadcaster WPTV.
“We thought we would pull a prank on our friend who worked at Wendy’s and just go throw it at him through the drive thru window.,” James said in an interview with NBC News.
His friend wasn’t working the drive thru that day but James and his friends went along with the idea. “We took off. I think one of the guys in the car her heard scream,” he said.
The twenty-three year now faces charges of aggravated assault, unlawful sale, and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, media outlets reported. The incident took place in October.
James said he found the 3-foot alligator on the side of the road and led the reptile into his truck.
“Oh we were just like fishing, hanging out, and we stumbled upon an alligator,” he said. “Ideas started popping and one thing led to another,” he added.
He drove to the Wendy’s restaurant and placed an order, received a drink at the drive-thru window, and then threw the alligator through the opening, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report said.
The report contains a photo of the alligator sitting on the floor of the restaurant, media outlets reported.
The alligator was released back into the wild.