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Old 21-May-2010
Rapping at McDonalds not illegal, decides judge

Spenser Dauwalder was cited for disorderly conduct in October last year, after he and his friends imitated a rap from a popular YouTube video that begins 'I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce.'

Fourth District Judge Thomas Low delivered the Not Guilty verdict on Tuesday in American Fork, about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Dauwalder had pleaded not guilty and pledged to fight the citation.

'We thought, you know, just teenagers out having fun,' Dauwalder told KSL Newsradio last year. 'We didn't think it would escalate to that.'

The 18-year-old has said employees at the fast-food restaurant told him and his friends they were holding up the line and needed to order or leave. But Dauwalder said no one else was in line. He and his three 17-year-old friends left without buying anything.

A manager wrote down the car's license plate number and called authorities.

Dauwalder told The Associated Press on Tuesday he wasn't even the one rapping. He says he was just driving the car.

'I was pretty scared,' he said. 'I didn't really know what would happen in court. It was kind of intimidating. ... I'm just glad the truth really came out.'

Kasey Wright, who represented the city, said that although Dauwalder wasn't the one rapping, he was complicit in what was going on. He added that the case was never about the rapping, but it was about disruption of the business and alleged threatening behavior toward a restaurant employee.

But Wright said the judge ultimately found the activity did not rise to the level of disorderly conduct. 'We were disappointed in the ruling,' Wright said.

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