A 21 year old Oak Lawn man will learn a lesson that even if you crave the taste of White Castle hamburgers you can’t help yourself without paying.
Helping the resident, John McManus, learn this elementary lesson will be the Cook County Court system, where he now stands accused of theft and resisting arrest.
The story began on November 7th at about 3:30 a.m. when McManus allegedly asked the employee at White Castle for free food because he didn’t have any money. When the employee told McManus he had to pay for the food, he allegedly hopped over the counter and took between two and five sliders.
The witness at White Castle told the police that McManus walked across Cicero Avenue toward the Currency Exchange. Officers quickly found McManus at about 49th Avenue and noted that he matched the description of a white male, with brown hair, wearing a camouflage shirt with blue jeans. The officer stopped McManus in an alley and told him to place his hands on the hood of the squad car.
The police allege that McManus ignored the police, turned away and attempted to flee the area. The attempted run was unsuccessful and the police captured McManus shortly thereafter.
The employee at White Castle, allegedly identified McManus as the man who jumped over the counter to satisfy his craving. The total value of the food was less than $5.00.
McManus, a 21 year old white male, was given a December 1st court date in Bridgeview. He provided an Oak Lawn address as his residence.