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The Hamburglar could never.

At an In-N-Out located in Temple City, California, an attempted burger thief was finally arrested by cops—but not before 12-hour standoff.

We can imagine how exhausting this may have been, or what better things (or more dire crimes) those cops could have been responding to. But you could say they made lemonade from lemons when they decided to order a few In-N-Out burgers for themselves (from a different location), you know, because folks get hungry within a 12-hour span.

What moved said hamburglar to barricade himself inside the restaurant is totally beyond us. Maybe he was a disgruntled ex-employee. Maybe he was just hungry. Regardless, we’re glad the situation didn’t end up as bad as it could have.

“They did contain the area and repeatedly asked him to exit the location so they could speak with him, and find out if he did have authorization to be inside the building,” Deputy Trina Schrader, a spokeswoman for the police department, told local news.

“Police responded to an alarm call in the early hours of Monday morning, arriving at the local In-N-Out to find an unauthorized suspect on the scene,” TIME explains further. “With the help of a law enforcement canine named Deek, they located the man barricaded in the ‘roof structure’ of the restaurant and attempted to make contact, although ultimately were forced to evacuate the area of bystanders and wait him out — for roughly a dozen hours. He ultimately came away peacefully and is in custody, according to the L.A. Sheriff’s Department.”

Stranger things have happened at chain restaurants. Never forget the time when an angry Taco Bell employee launched a gooey bean burrito at their boss before storming out and quitting their job (they were allegedly called a “crybaby”).

Things just get real sometimes.

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