• Utah gets a bad rap at McDonald’s

    Date: 11.12.09 | by Judge Tom.

    Four teenagers in American Fork, Utah, will think twice before rapping in public again. In October, 2009, they went to the local McDonald’s and, for fun, rapped their order into the outside speaker.

    The lyrics were from a popular video on YouTube. They sang:

    I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce; Don’t be frontin son – no seeds on the bun; We be up in this drive thru, order for two; I gots a cravin’ fo’ a numba nine like my shoe; We need some chicken up in here, in this dizzle; For rizzle my nizzle, extra salt on da frizzle; Doctor pepper my brotha, another for ya motha; Double-double sapa size and don’t forget the fries. Crispy.

    One of the boys, 18-year-old Spenser Dauwalder, said there were no cars behind him, contrary to the manager’s story. “We thought, you know, just teenagers out having fun,” Spenser told a local radio station. The rappers drove off without buying anything.

    The police found the boys at school and cited each of them for disorderly conduct. Reportedly, the employee who took their order felt that her safety was at risk. The boys plan to fight the tickets. In November, 2009, Spenser pleaded not guilty and trial was set for January, 2010.

    The rap was based on the following YouTube video:

     

    What do you think? Was this just a prank or did the boys break the law? Where do you draw the line between having fun at someone else’s expense and violating someone’s rights? If the rappers are found guilty of disorderly conduct, what would be an appropriate penalty?

    Update:  In May, 2010, the court found Spenser Dauwalder not guilty of disorderly conduct.

    And for your entertainment, check out this cone-ing video:

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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