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He wanted McDonald's vegetable oil for his hair clippers — and a gun came out, Delaware cops say

Delaware police say 40-year-old Robert Oldham asked employees at a McDonald's in Wilmington for vegetable oil for his hair clippers — and pulled out a pellet gun when they refused. He fled on a bike and was later arrested.
Delaware police say 40-year-old Robert Oldham asked employees at a McDonald's in Wilmington for vegetable oil for his hair clippers — and pulled out a pellet gun when they refused. He fled on a bike and was later arrested. Delaware Police

Robert Oldham had an unusual request for employees at one Delaware McDonald's — vegetable oil, police say.

It wasn't for his food, however. Instead, the 40-year-old man from Wilmington walked into the fast food joint on Sunday just after 6 p.m. and said he needed the oil for his hair clippers, according to 6ABC. Police allege that workers at the restaurant told the man that they couldn't give him the vegetable oil because of company rules.

Oldham didn't take that answer too well, according to police. The man started to argue with the employees, The News Journal reported, and revealed what appeared to be a black handgun stashed in his waistband.

He also issued a warning to the employees there, according to First State Update.

"I'll get my oil, one way or another," police allege he said.

Oldham, who didn't steal anything from the restaurant or harm anyone, then hopped on a bicycle and left the McDonald's, police say. Officers found the 40-year-old in the area later that day, they say, and discovered that the weapon he had in his waistband was really a pellet gun, per First State Update.

He now faces charges of aggravated menacing, terroristic threatening and carrying a concealed and dangerous instrument, The News Journal wrote. He was sent to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Sometimes, McDonald's and allegations of strange crime seem to go hand-in-hand.

A masked robber shoved a gun in a cashier's face and demanded she open the register after crawling through a drive-thru window at a DeKalb County, Ga., McDonald's.

Police say one Australian man drove around the fast food joint’s drive-thru four times in a bout of anger in November after he was told that chicken nuggets were not on the breakfast menu. Then the 30-year-old man tried to order 200 hashbrowns from the McDonald’s. He continued to wait in the drive-thru, police say, until authorities eventually arrived and allegedly found he had a blood alcohol level of 0.175.

In February, one McDonald's employee, identified just as Kivona, said a customer shot her in the face with a paintball gun after she said the ice cream and frappe machines were down for cleaning. The employee said that the man decided to order sandwiches and chicken nuggets — and fired the paintballs at the drive-thru window.

“He drove up and I opened the window halfway to take his money,” she told WXYZ. “He shot me with a paintball gun and drove off.”

And in Florida, police arrested a woman after she allegedly to agreed to perform sexual acts on an undercover cop in exchange for $25 and some chicken nuggets from McDonald’s, the Miami Herald reported.

The Herald noted that it is not known how many McNuggets the woman was promised.

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