WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 19-year-old girl dressed as a stormtrooper for a restaurant’s Star Wars day promotion.
- Police were called because the stormtrooper was reportedly carrying a weapon.
- The costumed employee was forced to the ground and handcuffed before police realized it was a plastic toy.
May the 4th is Star Wars Day, a pun on the franchise’s slogan, “may the force be with you.”
For promotion, a Star Wars-themed restaurant named Coco Vanilla Galactica Cantina, asked an employee, a 19-year-old girl, to stand outside dressed as a stormtrooper with a toy blaster and wave to customers.
On Monday, two 911 calls were made to the Lethbridge Police Service in Alberta, reporting that a person wearing a stormtrooper costume outside the restaurant was carrying a weapon.
Two squad cars and at least three officers were captured on video surrounding the 19-year-old stormtrooper employee, their weapons drawn.
The costumed girl immediately dropped the toy gun when they told her, but couldn’t get down on the ground because her costume was restricting her movement.
Bradley Whalen, her boss, told Lethbridge News Now that she tried yelling at the police that she couldn’t kneel down. “In that stormtrooper costume, you can’t even sit down in it.”
Eventually, two cops have the girl sobbing while she lies on the pavement as they handcuff her.
It was by then that they realize the gun was a plastic toy.
Police said the employee didn’t get on the ground when they requested her to.
Whalen told the Calgary Herald that the gun was obviously fake, “even 10 feet away” and that “It wasn’t a matter of her not wanting to cooperate.”
The girl was arrested and sustained a minor injury that didn’t require medical attention. She was later released without charges.
A probe into the incident was launched according to Lethbridge Police.
Source: New York Post