Wendy's Worker Allegedly Throws Tantrum When Told He Can't Go Home Early - Then His Life Goes from Bad to Worse


CORRECTION, Feb. 8, 2023: An earlier version of this article failed to follow The Western Journal’s editorial standards for describing criminal suspects. The article and its headline have been revised to make it clear Carlos Morales is presumed innocent.

Sometimes children break things when they don’t get their way, and life goes on.

When adults break stuff, many times, the police get involved.

According to police in Palm Bay, Florida, a worker at a local Wendy’s restaurant was so distraught that he couldn’t clock out of work earlier than scheduled that he broke thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment, the Sebastian Daily reported.

A police probable cause affidavit said officers responded to the restaurant Jan. 9 after a manager reported the employee — identified as 22-year-old Carlos Morales — was causing a disturbance and breaking numerous pieces of electronic equipment.

The affidavit said the worker had a spat with his supervisor because he wasn’t allowed to leave work early. It doesn’t indicate why he wanted to take off before his shift was over.

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The worker “began dumping liquids on computer equipment and smashing the computer screens” and then “then threw the computer into the kitchen area, breaking it into pieces,” the police affidavit said.

The affidavit said a review of video footage at the Wendy’s confirmed the supervisor’s account.

Officers said they then went to Morales’ residence in Palm Bay, where an interview with him “yielded a confession of his actions.”

He was taken to the Brevard County Jail for processing and released on $2,000 bond.

A district manager told police the computer was a server for all the terminals at the restaurant and was worth about $8,000.

Because of the high value of the equipment that he is accused of destroying, Morales now finds himself in a legal and financial mess.

In addition to the replacement costs, the 22-year-old faces a felony criminal mischief charge.

The type of behavior described in the police affidavit certainly isn’t exclusive to younger generations. Still, it seems like it’s most often seen among today’s youth, and there are so many reasons work ethic has taken a plunge compared with where it was just a decade or more ago.

Whether a worker wants to leave early to go home and play video games with his friends or to attend to a family emergency, smashing equipment isn’t the answer if the request is rejected.

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Those important lessons are learned throughout childhood in the home, church and even school.

Sure, in a post-pandemic world where workers are bizarrely still in short supply, employees have more leverage than they’ve had in a long time.

But that doesn’t mean they get to break things when they don’t get their way, the same as an angry toddler would.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Ryan Ledendecker is a former writer for The Western Journal.
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