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Man Uses McDonald’s Toilet, Misses Armed Raid

It was his birthday and everything.

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Jon Benson had a lucky escape after he decided to use the toilet in a McDonald’s in Peterborough.

(Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty)

The 39-year-old emerged from the lavatory to discover an armed robber had stormed the restaurant in Eastgate.

He told Peterborough Today: “I had been in there just 10 minutes and when I came out the place was deserted.

“The staff and customers were in the car park and there were two armed police officers. The atmosphere was really tense.

Just come out of the toilet at McDonalds in Peterborough to armed police. Place got robbed whilst I was in there. And it's my birthday.

Jon Benson@jonbenson1975

Just come out of the toilet at McDonalds in Peterborough to armed police. Place got robbed whilst I was in there. And it's my birthday.

11:10 AM - 17 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"As I came out everyone turned to look at me but no one spoke or approached me.

"I decided that I was going to leave but as I drove out I spoke to a member of staff who was putting cones across the car park entrance.

"She was terrified and shaking and told me that a guy with a shotgun had carried out an armed robbery."

Who said having your birthday on a Monday is boring? I went to this mad place called Peterborough. Its like sierra leone. #guncrime

Jon Benson@jonbenson1975

Who said having your birthday on a Monday is boring? I went to this mad place called Peterborough. Its like sierra leone. #guncrime

08:59 PM - 17 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He added: “I was in Peterborough on work. I have never visited the city before and thought I’d just freshen up and have a coffee before I went back home. It’s so weird and it’s my birthday.

"But it was a memorable day. I was driving up to Peterborough feeling a little disappointed that birthdays are a bit flat the older you get.

"At least I had a good story to tell my family over dinner."

Cambridgeshire Police confirmed to BuzzFeed two men had been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on bail.

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