According to police, Jeffrey Coley went through the drive-thru at a KFC in Rock Hill and threatened employees with a gun and demanded that they hand over cash from the restaurant's register.
Chick-fil-A corporate spokesman Mark Baldwin told the Rock Hill Herald that Coley was fired for not showing up for work two days in a row.
The 50-year-old was arrested a day after the robbery after he led police on a car chase. When the suspect was arrested, the KFC cash drawer was still in his car. Police also found less than a gram of methamphetamine.
Coley was charged with armed robbery, possession of a gun during a violent crime, failure to stop for police and possession of methamphetamine.
The fast-food workers who Coley allegedly threatened are still traumatized.
"Neither one of these young ladies has worked since the incident," KFC area manager Norman Dobson told a judge during court proceedings. "They're terrified; they're not getting a good night's sleep. He's turned their lives upside down. They're out there trying to make an honest living and this is what they got."