Surveillance footage clearly shows Charles Barry and his minivan pulling up to the drive-thru window. As the Barry transacts with the cashier, he waves a Sheriff's badge and is allegedly demanding a 10 percent discount based on the claim that he's a U.S. Air Marshal.
What the footage doesn't clearly show: he has a concealed revolver, and he displays it to the cashier, saying "See? I'm a cop!"
Captain James Mallo of Pasco County said "He mentioned to an employee that he was a U.S. Marshal at one point. He also mentioned that he was an Air Marshal, which also raised a flag to the employees. Sheriff Chris Nocco felt something needed to be done before Barry's cop fantasy became a little too real. "He brandished a gun. What's the following step after that? Where is he going to take his fantasy?" he wondered.
Barry is no law enforcer; he works at a print shop, but plays "police" for fun. Police have indicated Barry got the badge from his father, a former New Jersey police officer, and repeatedly solicited the Dunkin Donuts discount.
The manager of the Dunkin Donuts said Barry came through every day, often with his family to get his discount donut fix. Fellow customers of the establishment, like Steve Hepworth, expressed their disgust: It's just not right. It's like claiming you're in the military when you're not in the military... To me, that's just as cheap as you can get."
Captain Mallo said they arrested Barry this past Tuesday when he returned for his regular donut fix. "He was very sorry he did what he did. I believe he was even crying on scene," Mallo added.[Image via Wikimedia Commons]