A fraud security measure commonly used by businesses throughout the country allegedly upset a 22 year old patron of TGI Friday’s in Oak Lawn on January 26th shortly after 7:15 p.m. and ended up costing him a trip to the village’s adjudication court.
According to police reports, Deshaun Earls of Chicago, placed a food order through the internet to pick up at TGI Friday’s. When Earls came to the restaurant to pick up his food, he was reportedly asked for identification and the credit card that he used to place the order.
Businesses often require customers to show identification and the credit card to provide assurances that the order was placed legitimately by the true owner of the card. When Earls was told by the staff at Friday’s that its policy required the customer to produce a photo identification and the credit card to complete the order, he told the staff that he did not have either card.
According to the police report, the manager at Friday’s claims that Earls became angry when he was told he could not take the food without providing a photo ID and the credit card. As Earls was leaving, the manager told police, he grabbed gift cards that were near the counter and threw them on the floor.
The manager claims that he demanded that Earls pick up the cards and Earls refused leading to a police call at the establishment. Officers interviewed both the manager and Earls to compile the report. Earls was charged with disorderly conduct but was only charged with a Village of Oak Lawn ordinance violation rather than a state criminal charge.
Earls is scheduled to appear at the Village of Oak Lawn’s adjudication hearing on February 7 at 6 p.m. TGI Friday’s punishment may be more severe since Earls has now been banned from the establishment.