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PlayStation taken in failed attempt at joke
Joke backfires at McDonald's drive-though

Date published: 1/21/2010

BY KEITH EPPS

This joke didn't exactly leave them rolling in the aisles.

It did leave a local woman without her PlayStation 3 game system and some of her video games.

Fredericksburg police Capt. Rick Pennock said the strange incident took place about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at the McDonald's in Central Park.

A woman reported that she, her husband and a friend were in the drive-through when the friend requested some iced tea.

When told she wasn't getting the tea, the friend put the victim's PS3 and nine games on the ground as a joke.

By the time the victim's vehicle circled back to retrieve the items, a passenger in another vehicle had grabbed the game system and three of the games.

He got back in his vehicle, which sped away before the victims could get a good description.

Pennock said police have no suspects or witnesses at this time.

Pennock said he was not sure what the intent of the reported joke was, "but whatever it was, I don't think it worked out like it was supposed to."

New PS3 systems generally cost $300 to $400, according to various Web sites that sell them.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com