Not lovin’ it: drunk man who punched and smashed Kwinana McDonald’s drive-thru window sent to anger management

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A MAN who ran through a McDonald’s drive-thru, screamed into the speaker box and smashed a service window was ordered to partake in anger management courses by Magistrate Richard Hutson.

Danny Hodge pleaded guilty to damaging property when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on October 9.

The police prosecutor said Hodge made several distressed calls to the police call centre on July 21.

When police arrived to check on his welfare at 4.15am they found him in the rear carpark of McDonald’s in Kwinana.

Police attempted to speak to him and he abused them, then ran away through the drive -thru screaming and yelling into the speaker box, punching signs and then ran to a service window where he punched and smashed it.

The restaurant was forced to close for safety reasons until the broken glass could be cleared away and the window repaired.

Hodge was arrested and taken to Kwinana Police Station where he told police “I told you I was upset and would do something stupid”.

The window cost $400 to repair.

The duty lawyer said Hodge had been at a house playing drinking games earlier that evening and as a result was heavily intoxicated.

She said he went to McDonald’s because his cousin worked there.

She asked for a spent conviction as he wanted to work in the furniture removalist business and would need a clean record to work in people’s homes.

Magistrate Hutson had trouble understanding why Hodge had reacted the way he did on the night.

“It’s quite difficult to work out what was going on for you that night,” he said.

Hodge said he did not know he had done it.

Magistrate Hutson said an order may help.

“If it was the case that you drunk so much that made you so angry it does seem to me you need intervention,” he said.

He placed him on a community based order for nine months with programs for anger and drinking and order he play restitution to McDonald’s of $400 for the window.

“It’s not trivial and you have a prior good character,” he said.

“It’s a marginal case.

“You having intentions to work in the furniture removalist business being trusted to go into someone’s home and remove furniture.

“It’s marginal but I’ll grant a spent conviction.”

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