The way police describe it, Billy Joe Compton did not react well to his firing
from a Shoney's restaurant near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Compton, disgruntled over the firing, shoved a fork against a man's neck, stole
his car from the restaurant's parking lot, and drove off, according to an account
in The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge.
Police told the newspaper that Compton and his wife were staying at a nearby
motel when he learned of the firing. The couple then asked another man who was
at the motel visiting friends to give them a ride to the Shoney's so the Comptons
could get some money, police said.
Upon arriving at the Shoney's, Compton pulled a fork, put it to man's neck,
and told him to give up his car. The man complied, but Compton's wife ran off.
Compton didn't get far, however. Police said they found him hiding under a highway
overpass, just a few yards from the restaurant. The car, abandoned at a nearby
strip mall, was out of gas.
Compton was charged with one count of carjacking.
Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana