Unhappy customer allegedly threatens to shoot employees at Quincy clam shack

A 28-year-old Dorchester man allegedly threatened to shoot the employees at a Quincy clam shack Monday night when he wasn’t happy with his meal.

Robert Bullock was arrested shortly after the incident at Tony’s Clam Shop and arraigned later Monday in Quincy District Court on charges of threatening to commit a crime, threats with serious public alarm, and disorderly conduct, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s office.

Robert Bullock

Robert Bullock

Police responded to the restaurant around 9:42 p.m. after receiving a call that a customer was threatening to shoot the waitstaff, Quincy Police Captain John Dougan told Boston.com.

Witnesses told police Bullock placed an order at the shack and then complained the food was overcooked, Dougan said. When employees took back the dish and returned with a fresh order, Bullock told the waitstaff the portion was not as big as the first plate, according to police.

Bullock then allegedly started yelling and swearing at the shop’s employees, saying he was going to “shoot the place up,” Dougan said. Nervous, all the employees ran into the kitchen and one male worker approached Bullock to tell him he would give him his money back.

Bullock allegedly told the employee he was going to “light this place up and shoot all of you” and “the women will get it, too.”

Before officers arrived on the scene, Bullock drove away, Dougan said. He was stopped by state police at Neponset Circle and arrested by Quincy police. No firearm was found on Bullock at the time of his arrest, according to police.


His bail was set at $1,000, and he was ordered to stay away from the shop, witnesses, and victims involved. He was also ordered not to possess any firearms.


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