ST. CLOUD, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- Police in St. Cloud, Fla., say McDonald's customers mistook two dressed-up teenagers for robbers.
City police said the boys' appearance -- dressed in black from head to toe, including black masks -- scared patrons at the fast-food restaurant into calling 911, Orlando's WFTV-TV reported Friday.
"We saw two masked men walking into the McDonald's; their faces were completely covered with black masks," one person told a 911 operator.
Police surrounded the restaurant while the boys were still ordering their food and at least eight officers waited with guns drawn for the boys to come out.
"They had all types of guns out; AK-47[s] and stuff, it was crazy," said a witness.
Police did not expect to see two teenagers coming out of the restaurant, with food in hand.
"They said they just wanted to have fun. These kids came out with masks on and we had guns drawn and it could have gone in a bad direction. Luckily things worked out," said Sgt. Kirk Zilke.
The two 17-year-olds could have been charged with misdemeanor wearing a mask in public, but the police decided not to, saying this was all just a big mix-up, and released the teens to their parents.