Man arrested after throwing live alligator through drive-thru window

A man has been arrested after he tossed a live alligator through a Wendy’s drive-thru window.

Joshua James, 24, received a drink from an employee through the drive-thru before throwing the 3-and-a-half-foot reptile into the restaurant, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report.

“While the attendant has her back to the window and is at her register, the male driver reaches across the inside of his vehicle in the passenger area and throws an alligator from his vehicle into the drive through window,” the report stated.


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James, who admitted to picking up the alligator on the side of the road, has been charged with  aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; unlawful sale, possession or transporting of an alligator; and petty theft.

His mother told WPTV that it was just a stupid prank.

“It was just a stupid prank that he did that’s now turning into this; it’s stupid – He’s a prankster. He does stuff like this because he thinks it’s funny.”

James has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.


Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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