Man DID NOT Try To Trade Kidnapped Baby For 15 Big Macs At McDonald's

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  • by: Jeremy Smith

There is a NOT TRUE story making the rounds on the internet about a man in Arkansas with the header "Man Tries To Trade Kidnapped Baby For 15 Big Macs At Arkansas McDonald's". NOT TRUE. The story comes from a known hoax site but some people don't scroll all the way down the page to see the fine print.

The story starts with "A three month old baby has been reunited with her parents after being kidnapped by a man at Riverfront Park in Little Rock, Arkansas. There are not many details on how the man acquired the baby at the park. However, it's what he did with the baby after he kidnapped her that has the community shocked". NOT TRUE.

The NOT TRUE story goes on to say:

According to employees at McDonald's, a heavyset man, 45 year old Henry Osterman, entered the restaurant on Monday around 2:30 PM with a baby wrapped in a blanket. He seemed a bit nervous, and told the employee at the cash register that he had the munchies as he ordered 15 Big Macs. According to reports, when the cashier gave him his total, he handed over the baby to her. "I look to him and said 'Whatcu think I'm gonna do with that,'" said Chandra Wilkins head cashier at the Little Rock McDonald's. "He told me he didn't have any money but I could take the baby. I said 'Fool you need to back the f*ck up'. Then that's when he threw the baby at me, ran behind the cash registers and grabbed every burger on the food warmer. That white man was crazy."

The story continues:

Two other employees stepped into action and tackled the would be 'Hamburglar.' Unfortunately, the size of the man was too much for the employees to take down the kidnapper. That's when eyewitnesses say a third employee, Todd Williams, clotheslined the man with a broom handle and took him down to the ground. "That was a big dude," said Williams. "I grabbed the broom, swung at real real hard, and crack that punk in the neck. He fell and hit his head on the floor, knocked him clean out. My aim's on fleek"

The NOT TRUE story concludes:

Police searched Osterman's 1972 cargo van that was parked in the McDonald's parking lot where they discovered another infant strapped into a car seat, approximately 6 months old. They also recovered several firearms, knives and a neatly displayed collection of baby toys, bottles and other baby related items. They also recovered several roles of duct tape, rope and 20 bottles of Benadryl. Osterman was taken into custody and charged with kidnapping, assault, theft and child endangerment. He is currently being held on an $800 bond.

The image that is associated to the story of the McDonald's crime scene actually comes from a TRUE story from April 2014, with the header "Man hospitalized in shooting at Lauderhill McDonald's; suspect at large". As for the inset mugshot, it comes from a story from a November 2010 story titled "KSAT reports: Man killed in retaliation after alleged sex assault".


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Jeremy Smith is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is an editor at Lead Stories,, mainly focusing on debunking hoax stories. 

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