McDonald’s employee accused of pulling gun on customers in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A McDonald's manager is off the job after court records say he pulled a gun on customers.

It happened at the McDonald's on Summer Avenue near the I-40 overpass.

"I was pretty sure he was going to shoot me," said Bailey Hardin. "I was like 'hold up, hold up, I don't mean for this, all I wanted was water dude.'"

Hardin said he was terrified when a McDonald's employee pulled a gun on him.

He said it happened on August 18 after he and his friends went through the drive-thru.

"We just got done playing basketball and wanted some water," said Hardin.

He said they asked for three glasses of water and then one more.

"We kind of got on his nerves he said."

Hardin told WREG the employee, Theodore Bailey, asked him to pull around the restaurant to get the waters.

He said they then asked for straws, and Hardin ended up getting out of the car himself to get them.

"As I came out, he was at his car. When I was walking to my car, he had a gun," he said.

He said the suspect held the gun at his waist and pointed it at him.

"I'm scared to death, like am I about to die?" said Hardin.

The victims left, and Bailey's now charged with aggravated assault.

He was arrested this week.

We went to his house to get his side of the story, but no one was home.

Court records said he told police the victims yelled racial slurs at him, and he felt intimidated.

Hardin denied those claims.

"It was no reason to take out a gun; we weren't really doing nothing," he said.

WREG reached out to McDonald's for a comment, but so far, no one's gotten back to us.

Court records said Bailey was fired after the company looked into the incident.