A Pasco County man thought a badge and gun could score him a discount on doughnuts from an unwitting Dunkin’ Donuts employee who would mistake him for a law enforcement official.
What it scored him, however, was a stay in jail on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer and improper exhibition of a firearm.
Pasco sheriff’s deputies said Charles T. “Chuck” Barry, 48, of Trinity, used the ploy twice in the past week to get discounts in the drive-thru at Dunkin’ Donuts, 10829 State Road 54.
According to deputies, Barry first visited the store last Wednesday, displaying a sheriff’s star badge and identifying himself as law enforcement.
Investigators said that when the store employee refused to offer a discount, Barry held up a firearm in a holster and said, “See I am a cop!”
The worker said Barry never pointed the firearm at him or took it out of his holster but did display it, deputies said.
The store manager wrote Barry’s vehicle tag when he came to the drive-thru the next day, deputies said.
On Tuesday, deputies set up surveillance and pulled over Barry after seeing him drive away from the stores.
During the stop, a deputy said he observed Barry carrying a law enforcement badge in his wallet and a .38-caliber revolver in his front pocket.
Barry was charged after store employees identified him, deputies said.