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Madison man pretends to be restaurant GM, makes own meal

James Summers James Summers

MADISON (WKOW) -- Police arrested a man they say pretended to be the new general manager of a Denny's restaurant and then proceeded to make his own meal.

Officers were called to the Denny's on Thierer Road around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

The restaurant manager told police James Summers, 52, of Madison walked into the restaurant and told her he was the new general manager.  The restaurant manager said she hadn't heard anything about that from corporate, but Summers continued to argue that he was indeed the new GM.

The restaurant manager decided to make some calls to corporate to determine whether the man was a fraud.  During this time, police say Summers made himself a cheeseburger and fries and got himself a soda.

The restaurant manager confronted Summers at this point, saying she had talked to corporate and that he was in fact not the new GM, but Summers denied her remarks, saying she just had not yet gotten the memo.

Police were called and Summers was arrested.  Officers found a stun gun beneath his trench coat.  Police say he did not have a permit to carry the weapon, but told them "It's in the pipeline."

Officers say as Summers was being led from the restaurant, he yelled out to those eating, "This is why you don't dine and dash kiddies."

Summers is now charged with possession of an electric weapon, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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