Man named Gross exposes self after he can't get chicken at restaurant

May 21, 2011 6:48 AM
Kevin Ellis

A Gastonia man suspected of taking off his pants and exposing a fast food worker to his private parts over the restaurant’s lack of chicken legs has been arrested.

Jason Douglas Gross, 32, of 30 Ross St., was released on an unsecured bond after turning himself in around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Bojangles’ worker Jaqueline Green said Gross came through the drive-through window of the Bessemer City Road store around 8 p.m. on May 16. He was a passenger in a minivan driven by an unknown woman who had ordered a chicken leg dinner.

When they arrived at the pick-up window Green told them Bojangles’ had run out of chicken legs.

She tried to substitute the legs for something else.

But once the couple found out they were out of chicken legs, the man went berserk.

Green said the man asked her twice, “You don’t have any f------ legs?”

When she replied no, the man said “Here’s a f------ leg for you,” and pulled his jeans down slowly and then his boxer shorts, fully exposing his private parts, Green said.

“He did it gradually,” Green said the day after the incident. “It’s going to be forever engrained in my head.”

Green called the manager to the window and explained what happened. Green and the manager were able to get license plate number on the minivan and called police.

Green said as a fast food worker she’s come to expect rude behavior from some hungry customers. This crossed the line though.

“I was obviously not going to get an apology,” Green said earlier. “This past week, it’s just been beyond what I would call normal rude behavior because with fast food, we’re perceived to be the lowest of the food chain and people think they can do what they want to us.”

Green said fast food employees deserve to be treated like human beings instead of petty servants – even when they don’t have any chicken legs readily available for purchase.

“It’s not OK, just because we work in fast food to do that. We’re still people and we’re not there to take abuse,” she said of the incident. “It went past what I perceive to be rude.”