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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A man hungry for a chicken sandwich said he feared for his safety after a Burger King employee became upset with him over his order.

Dale Clark, 29, said a Burger King employee nearly attacked him after he returned a chicken sandwich he described as being cold.

"Oh man, not my way, it was his way," Clark said.

Clark said a Burger King employee at the 13680 Metcalf Avenue location in Overland Park came at him Sunday night with a box cutter when he tried to return a cold chicken sandwich.

"It was crazy, just over a sandwich -- a cold, Burger King sandwich," Clark said.

Clark said the worker in the drive-thru window was mad because Clark had taken a few bites out of the sandwich.

"He said F--- this and F--- that, and he came around the corner with a knife and said that he was going to attack me," Clark said.

He told FOX 4's Rob Low that other workers had to jump in between him and the employee to prevent bloodshed.

"If it wasn't for the employees coming out and standing in front of him and blocking us, he could've cut me with the knife over a sandwich," Clark said.

Clark left the fast food restaurant stunned and was even more stunned when he went back a hour later seeking an apology from the manager.

"No new burger, nothing," Clark said. "I come back and the guy is still working, making other people's food."

FOX 4 spoke to District Manager Gordon Bradshaw, who confirms there was an incident that led to an employee being disciplined but would not say if the worker was fired.  He also confirmed that he called Clark Monday morning but he would not say if he apologized.  Clark described the phone conversation to FOX 4 as a weak apology.

"He was like, 'I don't know how to put it, I don't know the words, I don't know what to say' and I was like, 'Well, I've never been to a restaurant that I had to worry about getting attacked by an employee with a knife.'"

On Tuesday, Burger King sent FOX 4 the following update:

"The safety and well-being of all BURGER KING® crew members and guests is our top priority. Burger King Corp and the franchisee who owns and operates the BURGER KING® restaurant where this incident took place maintain a zero-tolerance policy for workplace violence and the employee has been terminated."

Overland Park Police said they're investigating and hope to obtain the restaurant's surveillance video to see exactly what happened.

Email: rob.low@wdaftv4.com
Twitter: @roblowtv

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