HR Strange But True!
October 28, 2005

Credit the manager of a McDonald's restaurant in Rochester, Minnesota, for figuring out that the briefcase-toting man who had shown up in her back room wasn't there to conduct an audit, as he had claimed.

The manager asked for paperwork or identification, but the man kept stalling, saying he was from the corporate office. And there were other things about him that made her suspicious. For one, he wore sunglasses indoors. He explained them by saying he had just had his eyes dilated. But there was also the pink makeup on his right cheek and the piece of tape on his left ear lobe, apparently put there to cover a piercing. Finally, the man rubbed a mole on his face--and it smeared.

The man eventually took the manager to the break room, pulled out a knife without exposing the blade, and told her she was being robbed, police said. He made her write down her name and address and give him deposit bags from the safe. He then walked out the door with her and ran away.

But police have made an arrest in the case, identifying the man as Michael Adam Skurdahl, 29, of Byron, Florida. He is charged with one count of aggravated first-degree robbery, one count of making terroristic threats and one count of felony theft. Police said they recovered nearly $7,000.

Source: Associated Press, via San Francisco Chronicle

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