Trinity, FL (The Weekly Vice) - Charles "Chuck" Barry, a 48-year-old Florida man, was jailed Tuesday after he allegedly pretended to be a law enforcement officer to get a Dunkin' Donuts discount.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Barry pulled into a Dunkin' Donuts drive thru Tuesday morning, placed his order, and then pulled forward to the cashier's window in his Volkswagen minivan.
Upon arriving at the window, Barry became "irate" when he learned that he would no longer be receiving a "law enforcement officer" discount on his purchases.
Investigators say Barry and his family visited the restaurant on a regular basis, and argued with employees over getting the discount. The staff reportedly knew that Barry wasn't a real law enforcement officer because he sometimes claimed to be a federal air marshal while displaying a deputy's badge.
Each time the store tried to withhold the discount, Barry would argue in the drive thru, holding up traffic, until the store gave in to his demand.
The store eventually contacted the sheriff's office, who set up a surveillance system to record Barry's next visit. That didn't take long.
On Tuesday morning, video surveillance cameras captured Barry as he verbally assaulted the cashier after learning that his LEO discount had been discontinued.
At one point in the confrontation, Barry allegedly raised a .38 revolver and stated "See, I'm a cop."
Deputies arrived at the scene as Barry was leaving the drive thru. Deputies stopped Barry and questioned him about his gun and asked to see his law enforcement credentials. Barry allegedly showed deputies the gun, his badge and stated "I did a stupid thing. I showed a badge to get the law enforcement discount on my food."
He was immediately taken into custody.
Barry was booked into the Pasco County Jail and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and improper exhibition of a firearm. He was released after posting $5150 bond.
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