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Manager strip-searched teen
DentonRC.com ^ | 03-27-04 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/28/2004 12:37:15 AM PST by jaykay

Manager strip-searched teen

Act ordered by caller claiming to be police

08:41 PM CST on Saturday, March 27, 2004

Associated Press

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. - Authorities are investigating a report that a manager of a fast-food restaurant conducted a strip search of a teenage female customer. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said an unidentified caller pretending to be a police officer directed the 39-year-old manager of a Taco Bell restaurant to conduct the search Monday after giving a general description of a theft suspect.

The girl, a 17-year-old high school student, was taken to a back room. There, she was strip-searched, cavity-searched and forced to do jumping jacks by the manager, who reportedly was acting on directions from the caller, authorities said.

The girl's parents notified sheriff's deputies. Sheriff Arpaio said no arrests have been made in the case. But similar calls have been made in several other states, including Alaska, Utah, Ohio and Massachusetts, said the sheriff, who said he's sending a letter to Phoenix-area restaurants warning employees of the fraud.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: dimwit; imbecile; moron; numbskull; pervert; stripsearch; stupidity; tacobell
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an unidentified caller pretending to be a police officer directed the 39-year-old manager of a Taco Bell restaurant to conduct the search

That's his story and he's stickin' to it.

Jumping jacks? By that point, you'd think this manager would have figured out that it was a scam, unless he was having to much fun to care.

People must be getting stupider, 'cause I doubt that it's just me gettin' smarter.
1 posted on 03/28/2004 12:37:16 AM PST by jaykay
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To: jaykay
Cavity search?

Oh c'mon. The manager had to be in on it.
2 posted on 03/28/2004 12:41:09 AM PST by Bogey78O (I voted for this tagline... before I voted against it.)
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By the way, it wouldn't be a bad idea to tell wives, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, etc... that if any store or restaurant manager or rent a cop tries this, ask for the cops to be called. Yell and scream if necessary.
3 posted on 03/28/2004 12:41:50 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: jaykay
Stupid is no excuse.

This "manager" should have known better. He better darn well be charged.
4 posted on 03/28/2004 12:42:43 AM PST by DB ()
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To: DB
This "manager" should have known better. He better darn well be charged.

In this case, stupidity is a crime. Forced sterilization of said manager would also be a good idea in order to prevent perpetuation of his genes.

5 posted on 03/28/2004 12:44:49 AM PST by Young Rhino (http://www.artofdivorce.com)
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To: Bogey78O
Yep someone at the very least needs to kick this "managers" butt to show him he better dare not do such a thing again. If this had happened to my daughter when she was 17, I would have felt obligated to do something about it.

One good reason to raise assertive children is to equip them to stop such silliness. And I know the police were not involved this time, but a cop did a similar thing recently in Pensacola which is part of the reason the cops can do no wrong you should always be 100% compliant crowd around here is all wet.
6 posted on 03/28/2004 12:45:15 AM PST by JLS
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To: Bogey78O
Yeah, nobody could be that dumb. You'd think somebody in a position of responsibility would be smart enough to tell the 'cop' on the phone to come over and get the 'suspect.'
7 posted on 03/28/2004 12:45:28 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: jaykay
You would think the manager would be more intelligent than to believe something like that.
8 posted on 03/28/2004 12:46:35 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: Bogey78O
39-years old????

A pre-teen should know something like that was bogus.

9 posted on 03/28/2004 12:47:11 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: Young Rhino
Forced sterilization of said manager would also be a good idea in order to prevent perpetuation of his genes.

At age 39? Prob too late.
10 posted on 03/28/2004 12:47:13 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: Young Rhino; JLS; DB
where in the Taco Bell Manager HandbookTM does it tell them they have this kind of authority over a customer??

False imprisonment and sexual harassment should be charged at least.

11 posted on 03/28/2004 12:48:58 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: jaykay; mhking
Its still hard to believe anyone could be THAT stupid. And at 39!
12 posted on 03/28/2004 12:50:14 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: GeronL
Probably a Democrat.
13 posted on 03/28/2004 12:50:44 AM PST by Fledermaus ( Frm ^;;^ says, "I give Dick Clarke's American Grandstand a 39...you can't dance to it.")
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To: GeronL
Well, if this girl gets at least a marginal attorney, she'll own that Taco Bell and the managers house, car...
14 posted on 03/28/2004 12:51:28 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: jaykay
Where do you guys get this was a Male Manager? I am almost certain this was a FEMALE manager.
15 posted on 03/28/2004 12:52:31 AM PST by johnmorris886 (It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot he free.)
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To: Fledermaus
what do you mean probably?? I guess there is a chance he never votes...
16 posted on 03/28/2004 12:52:45 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: Fledermaus
Hopefully a Democrat. I think we can do without this one.
17 posted on 03/28/2004 12:53:00 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: jaykay
LOL. The person is toast, just like their IQ
18 posted on 03/28/2004 12:53:42 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: johnmorris886
I heard the Maricopa County Sherriff, Joe Arpaio on the radio talking about this case. He said that the manager was a man.
19 posted on 03/28/2004 12:54:38 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: johnmorris886
Check out this story, Notice how the "Customer" Changed to "Employee".

Taco Bell worker stripped, searched

Laura Dobbins The Arizona Republic

Mar. 27, 2004 12:00 AM

FOUNTAIN HILLS - Authorities say a 39-year-old Taco Bell manager forced a 17-year-old female employee to strip and endure a body search after a caller posing as a police officer gave him instructions to do so at the Fountain Hills restaurant this week.

The girl was taken to a back room in the restaurant and told to disrobe, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Once naked, she was asked to do jumping jacks and was then subjected to a body search, Arpaio said.

The apparent ruse began when a caller posing as a police officer called the Taco Bell this week giving a general description of a female employee he said needed to be detained as a crime suspect.

The Taco Bell manager carried out instructions as the caller listened on the phone, Arpaio said. It appears the scam has been circulating since 1999. A person or persons call fast-food restaurants pretending to be law enforcement officers or corporate directors looking to arrest store employees, Arpaio said.

Parents of the victim were furious when they learned from their daughter what transpired. They contacted the Sheriff's Office, which launched an investigation.

"No law enforcers would ever have a civilian detain and search someone," Arpaio said.

The Sheriff's Office has issued letters to all Valley corporate fast-food offices warning them of this scam. Taco Bell administrators have also contacted stores nationwide.

"Employees have been instructed to take the caller's information and pass it on to local law enforcers," said Laurie Schalow, Taco Bell spokeswoman. Arpaio said he doesn't know whether the girl has received counseling. The manager has been placed on administrative leave with pay during the investigation.

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20 posted on 03/28/2004 12:54:59 AM PST by johnmorris886 (It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot he free.)
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To: johnmorris886
It doesn't have to be a male. This was a customer. The manager has no authority to be strip searching minors or customers based on a phone call.

It was a retarded move either way. Probably why we guys assume its a guy.

21 posted on 03/28/2004 12:55:04 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: DB
the manager was probably only 18 himself.
22 posted on 03/28/2004 12:55:24 AM PST by cajun-jack
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To: jaykay
Dumber than dust!

They are obviously too stupid to even pay attention to the mainscream news; otherwise, they would KNOW there is an epidemic of this going on around the country.

And to think they are allowed ot vote!
23 posted on 03/28/2004 12:56:15 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: johnmorris886
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_478921.html

Bogus policeman's call gets girl strip searched

A 17-year-old girl was strip searched after a caller convinced a burger bar manager he was a policeman.

The man had phoned the Indiana restaurant to say he was investigating a purse theft.

The manager became suspicious after the caller began asking intimate questions.

He told the 20-year-old female manager he was a policeman investigating a theft by an employee of Arby's resturant in Noblesville.

He asked the manager to describe each employee and then the caller picked out the girl. He then ordered the manager to strip search her.

The manager told police she took the girl to the women's toilets and conducted the search, reports The Indianapolis Star.

After about 45 minutes the employee called her parents and the manager called the police.

24 posted on 03/28/2004 12:56:16 AM PST by johnmorris886 (It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot he free.)
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To: johnmorris886
employee or not.

Its still idiotic.

"No law enforcers would ever have a civilian detain and search someone," Arpaio said.

duh!

25 posted on 03/28/2004 12:57:07 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: cajun-jack
He's 39! More than old enough to know better!
26 posted on 03/28/2004 12:57:14 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: cajun-jack
he was 39
27 posted on 03/28/2004 12:57:34 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: johnmorris886
It happened at an Arby's too... lol
28 posted on 03/28/2004 12:58:40 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: ApplegateRanch
an epidemic of this going on around the country? This particular scam? I hadn't heard of it before today!
29 posted on 03/28/2004 12:59:53 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: GeronL
missed that part...but he was probably only 18 mentally.
30 posted on 03/28/2004 1:00:34 AM PST by cajun-jack
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To: All
I don't think it was right for a Manager to strip search the girl, I just was wondering Why everyone takes News Stories for "Fact".

Notice that two different news stories have two different accounts of what happened.

There have been previous stories about this in other states, I posted one, They all seem to involve a 17 year old girl, It sounds to urban legend like to me.

31 posted on 03/28/2004 1:00:46 AM PST by johnmorris886 (It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot he free.)
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To: cajun-jack
12 mentally. Maybe less. Doesn't take a rocket science to be manager. Although, I doubt they'd hire me...
32 posted on 03/28/2004 1:02:11 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: johnmorris886
Arby's too? Even the oven mitt should know better.
33 posted on 03/28/2004 1:02:19 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: johnmorris886
It does. But some people really are this stupid. darwin awards and other websites are dedicated to highlighted stupid people..
34 posted on 03/28/2004 1:03:41 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: DB
who said it was a he?
35 posted on 03/28/2004 1:04:06 AM PST by Robert_Paulson2 (the madridification of our election is now officially underway.)
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To: johnmorris886
Notice that two different news stories have two different accounts of what happened.

Aren't they two separate incidents?
36 posted on 03/28/2004 1:04:23 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: GeronL
"False imprisonment and sexual harassment should be charged at least."

Agreed, as a start.
37 posted on 03/28/2004 1:05:21 AM PST by DB ()
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To: Robert_Paulson2
I first heard this on the radio news and the local Sheriff said "he" referring to the manager.
38 posted on 03/28/2004 1:06:30 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: DB
This genius is going to end up collecting aluminum cans for a living
39 posted on 03/28/2004 1:08:53 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: cajun-jack
"the manager was probably only 18 himself."

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40 posted on 03/28/2004 1:08:56 AM PST by DB ()
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To: jaykay
similar calls have been made in several other states, including Alaska, Utah, Ohio and Massachusetts,

This was an old Internet joke that a lot of sicko pervs on the Internet have been carrying out. Hopefully, they all end up in jail.

Until then, it would be nice if fast food managers were less gullible.

41 posted on 03/28/2004 1:10:33 AM PST by rogueleader
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To: jaykay
There was NO call. If it was my daughter, the only call would be to the coroner's office, telling him to pick up the body of the manager...
42 posted on 03/28/2004 1:11:21 AM PST by dandelion
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To: jaykay
however to me, who only read the article, and had not the benefit of that UNIQUE TO YOU knowlege, the article doesn't say....

now I know about a dozen Taco Bell managers down there.
not ONE is a man. Not even amongst the "assistants" hence the reason for my question.

and they are not all that smart either.
I can see at least five or six who might fall for this.
43 posted on 03/28/2004 1:13:51 AM PST by Robert_Paulson2 (the madridification of our election is now officially underway.)
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To: jaykay
This particular scam, yes.

From Post #20: Arpaio said. It appears the scam has been circulating since 1999. A person or persons call fast-food restaurants pretending to be law enforcement officers or corporate directors looking to arrest store employees, Arpaio said."

We had a case here in SD earlier this month for sure, and I believe a second before that this year.

There was a case on the east coast a couple weeks prior; there is the list of states at the end of this particular article.

There's the Indiana case cited in the Ananova story, in post #24.

Most I've heard about are identical: Caller poses as cop; asks about a female employee who is 'wanted'; tells manager to strip search; always mentions 'jumping jacks'.
44 posted on 03/28/2004 1:14:33 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: DB
If there was a physical cavity search.
genital rape or anal rape charges would be appropriate.
45 posted on 03/28/2004 1:15:08 AM PST by Robert_Paulson2 (the madridification of our election is now officially underway.)
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To: jaykay
I think lesson here is to teach your children to be independent and assertive. I can't imagine a female from my family going along with this kind of invasion of privacy. Cavity searches by a male manager??? Have people become such total sheep that they do anything and subject to anything when a supposed cop is doing the ordering? Unbelievable.
46 posted on 03/28/2004 1:18:14 AM PST by Truthsayer20
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To: GeronL
License plates may be more appropriate...
47 posted on 03/28/2004 1:19:15 AM PST by DB ()
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To: Robert_Paulson2
Hmm, now that you mention it, I wonder why they don't mention the gender of the manager in the article. Seems like too pertinent a fact for the reporter and editor to leave it out.
48 posted on 03/28/2004 1:22:03 AM PST by jaykay (He who laughs last thinks slowest.)
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To: jaykay
Okay, the strip search is bad enough, but a cavity search? What kind of moron would think that a cop would have the manager of a fast-food restaurant do something like that?

And I thought dropping a phone in a bucket of water for some test that the phone company is supposedly putting on was ridiculous.
49 posted on 03/28/2004 1:23:48 AM PST by scott7278 ("FR will NOT be used to help replace Bush with a Democrat." -- Jim Robinson, 2/01/04)
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To: Truthsayer20
It reminds me of those talk and FM radio host calls to stores in the middle of the night and get those people to do really stupid things.
50 posted on 03/28/2004 1:24:01 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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