Fortunately, the projectile reptile was safely released into a nearby canal, but James now faces charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator.
According to police, James admitted to finding the gator on the side of the road and tossing it into the fast food restaurant. His mother, however, failed to understand how her son's "prank" had broken the law.
Palm Beach Sheriff's Department
"I don't even get that, I don't get it," Linda James told WPTV. "How can you not think something like that is a prank?"
On Tuesday, James' bail was set at $6,000. As a condition of his release, he must stay out of all Wendy's restaurants, undergo a mental health evaluation and avoid contact with any animals other than his mother's dog.