On Monday at around 12:15 p.m., police were alerted to a ‘bomb threat’ made by a “regular customer” by the employees of a Home Depot in Wichita, Kansas.
The threat wasn’t a real one, police say. The customer who allegedly made the bomb threat was giving a playful warning to an employee who just entered the bathroom.
According to the Wichita Eagle, a customer told an employee standing at a public bathroom urinal “Somebody told me there’s a bomb in the building, you need to leave the building,” as he exited the stall.
The employee then asked the customer for clarification on his comment, and the customer reportedly uttered the statement two more times.
After leaving the restroom, the employee told the store’s security of the customer’s comments. A security guard then called 911 to report a “bomb threat.”
Another employee in the store recognized the man who gave the “warning” as a customer who frequently shops at the home improvement store and was able to help police identify him.
In a phone call with police, the customer said that the comment was “meant to be funny” and that he didn’t mean to cause a scare, according to the Wichita Eagle.
The unidentified man reportedly told police that another person in the bathroom warned “You all need to get out of here because I’m fixin to blow it up,” and had a good laugh.
The “regular” customer told police that he then tried to use a similar gag with the store employee, and the Home Depot employee must have just misunderstood that he was joking.
After hearing back from Wichita Police, Home Depot decided against pressing any charges.
Listen to the full audio of the 911 call here.