Yeah, I know. But, just when you think you have a handle on this story...check this out. From IMDb:
- When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no-one is left unharmed. Based on true events.
- Compliance is a 2012 American drama film written and directed by Craig Zobel, and starring Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, and Pat Healy. The plot focuses on a prank caller who pretends to be a police officer and convinces the manager of a fast food restaurant that one of her employees committed a crime. It is based on the Strip Search Prank Call Scam.
- The McDonald's strip search scam was a series of incidents occurring for roughly a decade before an arrest was made in 2004. These incidents involved a man calling a restaurant or grocery store, claiming to be a police detective, and convincing managers to conduct strip searches of female employees or perform other unusual acts on behalf of the police. The calls were usually placed to fast-food restaurants in small rural towns.
- Over 70 such occurrences were reported in 30 U.S. states, until an incident in 2004 in Mount Washington, Kentucky finally led to the arrest and charging of David Stewart, a 37-year-old employee of Corrections Corporation of America, a private-commercial firm contracted by several states to provide corrections officers at private detention facilities. On October 31, 2006, he was acquitted of all charges. These incidents were the inspiration behind an episode of Law & Order: SVU featuring Robin Williams as the scammer, and Monica Raymund as the victim, and an award-winning short film Plainview which played the festival circuit in 2007/2008. In 2012 a film by Craig Zobel entitled Compliance, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is also based on these events.