The arrest of Richard Troupe, 52, for shedding his pants and asking a worker at a Burger King if she'd like to hold his Whopper strikes plenty of people as hilarious, for obvious reasons.
But Longmont Police spokesman Jeff Satur isn't laughing, and neither is the young woman who turned down Troupe's offer.
"There's been some humor in some of the comments I've seen about this," Satur says, "but this was a very serious event for the young lady who had to witness it. She was very scared, very concerned for her safety."
Here's Satur's account of the incident, which took place very early on a Tuesday morning.
"About 3:25 a.m., the clerk saw a car drive through the drive-up window," he notes. "He didn't order anything and then parked by a nearby business [an Applebee's]. Then he came back a second time."
The clerk "had all kinds of thoughts, like that she was going to be robbed. But when he came through a second time, he had his pants off, exposing himself. He had his penis in his hand and he made the comment" -- the one about holding his Whopper.
Shockingly enough, the young woman turned down this offer, and as the man drove away, she jotted down his license plate number and called the police. In short order, Longmont officers ran the plate, identified its owner as Troupe and called him on his cell phone, which he answered while behind the wheel. He was stopped by the cops near his house, and when they smelled alcohol on his breath, he was cited for driving under the influence. After the Burger King worker positively identified him and his car, indecent exposure was added to the mix.
According to the Longmont Times-Call, Troupe has no history of sex offenses, but he was banned from Oskar Blues for slapping a server on the butt last November.
Predictably, a piece in the Boulder Daily Camera prompted a blizzard of wacky comments from readers. A sampling:
what ever happened to having it your way?
The woman asked, "Where's the beef?"
A whopper? Somehow I doubt that!
And if nothing else, Richard, PLEASE hold the mayo!
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Satur's not surprised by this reaction, but he'd like to refocus the conversation. "I don't think any father would want their daughter to have to go through something like that -- or his son," he maintains. "What he said may have had some humor associated with it, but it was very upsetting to the victim."
Troupe's probably regretting his special order about now, too.
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