Hoax caller duped managers of more than 70 fast food outlets in 31 US states into strip-searching, humiliating and sexually abusing customers and staff. The officer stayed on the line and told Summers that in order to preserve evidence she must instruct the girl to strip naked, put the clothes in a bag and take them away. The assistant manager did as she was told. Terrified Louise was just the latest victim of one of the strangest and cruelest phone hoaxers ever. The same caller — believed by cops to be year-old prison warder David Stewart — is thought to have duped managers of more than 70 fast food outlets in 31 US states into strip-searching, humiliating and sexually abusing customers and staff.
But he and James U. Smith III, who represents employers, said they've never heard of an employer strip-searching a worker and that it would be permissible only in the most limited settings, such as a defense plant entrusted with protecting military secrets. Experts on employment law say companies should train every new employee that they don't have to submit to a strip-search under any circumstance, regardless of who orders it. Companies also should periodically inform operators and franchisees about strip-search hoaxes and other current scams, said Atlanta lawyer Mary Ann B. She was a high school senior who had just turned 18 -- a churchgoing former Girl Scout who hadn't received a single admonition in her four months working at the McDonald's in Mount Washington. But when a man who called himself "Officer Scott" called the store on April 9, , and said an employee had been accused of stealing a purse, Louise Ogborn became the suspect. Identifying himself as a police officer, the caller issued an ultimatum: Ogborn could be searched at the store or be arrested, taken to jail and searched there.
A manager at McDonalds strip-search a young woman at the behest of a man insisting he's a police officer. The events were dramatised in Compliance , definitely worth a watch. There was a movie that it was based on, Compliance, which has already been linked, and also an episode of Law and Order SVU called 'Authority' which was based on the scam. Robin Williams played the caller.