Weird Crimes

Man Tells 911 His Grandmother Had A Stroke In Order To Get Free Ride To Hooters

He offered to pay for his ride. Oh, he'll pay for it alright. 

It’s one thing to be dishonest, another to be cheap, and quite another to be a horny horn dog. One Florida man embodies all three and his alleged faults have now landed him in a mess of trouble.

Police in Brevard County say he called 911 to get a free ride to Hooters, the restaurant chain featuring hot wings, cold beer, and scantily clad waitresses.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Jonathan Clayton Hinkle called 911 in the wee hours of March 5 and told an operator his grandmother had just suffered a stroke in a Hooters parking lot. Police picked him up at a nearby 7/11 gas station and drove him to the restaurant. According to the arrest report, the responding officer said Hinkle was “in a panic state and was really concerned for his grandmother’s safety.” However, upon arriving at the scene he “took off in a full sprint across the parking lot and headed west.”

Police meanwhile searched for the grandmother. After three hours they finally located her, at her daughter’s house, where she had been staying since being released from the hospital a couple days earier. In a sworn statement the grandmother said no, she hadn’t been at Hooters, no, she wasn’t having a stroke, and no, she never called her grandson to ask for help. In fact, her only call to her grandson was to ask him to get his belongings out of the house where she was staying. 

Police later found Hinkle at a Burger King near the Hooters, where he was helping his girlfriend with some car trouble. They arrested him Tuesday night on charges of misusing 911. He was released Wednesday after posting $2,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office.


[Photo: Brevard County Sheriff's Office]

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