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Man arrested after refusing to leave drive-thru because pizza wasn’t fresh, police say

The Utah County Jail in Spanish Fork, seen here on Wednesday, July 13, houses roughly 900 inmates on any given day.
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Adam Sotelo, Deseret News

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Lehi man was arrested Tuesday after police say he refused to move out of a drive-thru line until he got a refund because his claimed his pizza wasn’t fresh.

The 32-year-old man was at the drive-thru of a Little Caesar’s Pizza, 89 E. State in Saratoga Springs, demanding a refund and refusing to move, according to a police affidavit,

“He was asked to pull to the front of the business so employees could talk with him and still serve other customers. The male remained in the drive-thru for approximately 15 minutes, during which time several vehicles behind him left,” the affidavit states.

Police were called and when officers arrived, they said the man was still parked in the drive-thru line.

The man “was argumentative with officers, refused to listen to what was happening and refused to leave the business without a refund,” according to the affidavit. “(He) stated his intention was to disrupt the business in order to get his money back because his pizza was not fresh.”

Police said they attempted to explain to the man that the employees could not give a refund at that time, but he could return to the store the next day when a manager was present.

The man initially refused to provide his identification to police and was “very aggressive and displaying erratic behavior,” officers noted in the report.

The man kept claiming he “knew his rights” and refused to cooperate with police, including refusing to show his hands, and officers noted in the affidavit that he appeared to keep reaching for something near his seat. Officers said he refused to get out of his vehicle and they pulled him out while threatening use a Taser and arrested him.

Saratoga Springs police reported finding a machete between the driver's seat and door.

The man was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of commercial obstruction, failing to disclose his identity, and interfering with an arresting officer.