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Deputies: Man upset over invalid coupons pulled gun on workers at Burger King drive-thru window

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Spartanburg County deputies said a man faces multiple weapons charges after he reportedly threatened Burger King workers with a gun.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Burger King on US 221.

According to incident reports, the restaurant’s manager told deputies that a man became upset when the restaurant could not honor coupons that he was attempting to use at the drive-thru window.

Employees said the man drove off, then drove back around to the drive-thru window a second time, and picked up a gun off his lap and pointed it at the restaurant workers.

"He pulled up to the window, he continued to keep cussing and then that's when he pointed a gun at me and the girl manager," said Joe Nix Jr, the manager on duty.

The man then said he would return and drove off, reports state.

"I was kind of in shock, I didn't have time to really be scared or upset you know," Nix said. "I was just kind of in shock like he's got this pulled on me. I thought I just need to get this situation over with and I tried to get him out of there as quick as I could." 

The manager said the coupon in question was for a free Whopper. 

"I know a Whopper is a good burger but I don't think it's nothing to pull a gun out for," Nix said.  

Deputies said they located the suspect’s vehicle and performed a traffic stop. A firearm was found inside.

Deputies said the suspect, 29-year-old James Beavers, admitted that he argued with the manager and cursed when the restaurant would not accept his coupons but denied grabbing the gun.

Deputies said surveillance video showed Beavers’ interacting with restaurant workers but a gun couldn’t be seen.

A judge found enough evidence to sign warrants for unlawful carrying of a firearm and two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm.

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