Cash Money Records’ Busta Rhymes is making some not-so-pleasant headlines today (April 3) as reports claim he allegedly burst into a Miami fast food restaurant, verbally insulted employees and had the cops called on him.
According to Miami’s Cheeseburger Baby owner Stephanie Vitori, Rhymes stormed into her restaurant early Wednesday morning and worked up a storm.
When Busta rolled into Cheeseburger Baby, Vitori says, it was 5:45 a.m., a time that’s typically busy for the restaurant, as servers are slinging burgers to partiers on their way home from clubs. Busta wanted to be served first, and the restaurant refused. “He got very upset when we wouldn’t take his order first when he was the last one to come in. We treat everyone as equals here at CBB. You can’t skip the line of ten people waiting in front of you,” Vitori explains. Instead, he returned to his car to wait for his order. But after his food was delivered to him in the car, Vitori says, “He came back in the restaurant and started becoming outwardly angry. He was calling our delivery driver Santiago a ‘f*g’ multiple times, and me a ‘b*tch’ and [telling] me ‘to shut the f*ck up’ because we put his salt, pepper, ketchup, and mayo — that he asked for — on the side.” (Miami New Times)
She went on to claim it took her calling the police before Busta would leave the spot.
“He caused such a scene I was forced to call the cops on him. This is when he exited the restaurant.” Busta’s freakout didn’t end there, though. “Top it all off, a few minutes later he called us to let us know there was no cheese on his burger, which was untrue, and that he was going to ‘come get us,'” Vitori says. Damn, Busta. We’ve all felt that late-night, booze-fueled rage in the after-hours, but throwing a full-fledged adult tantrum, complete with sexist and homophobic slurs, over a cheeseburger? That’s low. Vitori concurs. “I deal with drunk and disorderly people all the time. I have been doing this for 11 years, but never in my life have I felt more disrespected as a business owner or woman.” (Miami New Times)
Coincidentally, fellow New York rapper N.O.R.E. found himself in handcuffs after a Miami burger visit turned sour back in 2009.
Police said he disrupted the “normal flow of business” at a Fatburger by yelling at another customer, ripping up a bouquet of flowers and throwing a cup filled with a yellow liquid at the customer. Authorities said the rapper punched the man in the face, and yelled “Do you know who I am?” Santiago was charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct; he was taken to the Miami-Dade county jail and released. (Associated Press)
N.O. eventually stepped forward to provide some context on what really went down.
“I walk in the Fatburger,” Nore said. “I have to use the bathroom. So I go to the bathroom and this guy, he basically stops me and says ‘Yo, have a drink with me’ so I’m telling the dude I don’t really drink and when I do drink, I don’t drink this…Cognac…so I went to the bathroom hoping this would be all over and I come out and this guy’s basically waiting in the bathroom…The guy kept going at me…He had a drink in his hand and I don’t know how it necessarily ended up in his face…I actually never hit the guy. I swung, I tried to…but I have a friend who was with me who connected very well…The four people they arrested, didn’t do anything, including me.” (Angela Yee’s Lip Service)