Donna Jean Summers, Rewarded Criminal at Large.

It’s hard to believe that grown adults could not recognize a seriously wrong situation, let alone adults that were trusted enough to be hired as an assistant manager of a restaurant. Good judgment out the window. Morals, out the window. Intelligence, zero.

April 9th, 2004 – Mt Washington, Kentucky

Asst. Manager Donna Jean Summers [51] gets a call from an unidentified caller telling her that an employee, Louise Ogborn [18], is being accused of stealing a purse. The “caller” tells Donna Jean Summers that he is a police officer. Without any proof of any kind who the person is on the other end of the phone, Donna Jean Summers begins to do everything the caller asks of her. As Donna is instructed by “caller”, she tells Louise she is to be searched, then strip searched or be taken to the police.

After watching this video (originally airing on ABC News Now and edited by Opie and Anthony) you may have about 100 questions popping into your head about the entire incident. Before we get into some of them, the following are the facts as they are today:

  1. Louise Ogborn sued McDonalds for $200 million and is awarded $6.1 million.
  2. Donna Jean Summers was fired and plead guilty to wrongful imprisonment and given 1 year probation.
  3. Donna Jean Summers sues McDonalds for $50 million and is awarded $1 million by the jury.
  4. Walter Nix Jr[42] is arrested and convicted for his part in this crime and other related crimes.
  5. David Stewart[38] a prison guard in Panama City, Florida is arrested and acquitted of being the culprit in this crime. (other charges pending in other similar cases) [special note, all calls of this nature to fast food restaurants have stopped since Stewart’s arrest]
  6. McDonalds did send warnings to their stores about prank phone calls two weeks prior to this incident (confirmed).

Now to the questions that came to mind while watching this. A store manager arbitrarily follows the instructions of an unidentified caller to perform police work knowing full well she is not qualified to perform police work, such as a strip search, let alone any kind of search of another person without a warrant. Not even reasonable suspicion will authorize Donna Jean Summers since she is not a law enforcement officer or even remotely trained as one. Donna Jean Summers illegally detains a subordinate, an employee under her care, and removes her victim (Louise Ogborn) of all possible defenses and means to defend herself and imprisons Louise using an effective means that prison guards employ to reduce the number of attempts to escape custody. A psychological ploy that reaches deep into the human psyche is the embarrassment and humiliation of being in public naked/nude and challenging authority. On an 18 year old female, this would be especially effective in keeping her prisoner without any effort. Donna Jean Summers, being an adult female, should have recognized the helplessness of this feeling immediately.

Donna Jean Summers took Louise’ car keys, cell phone and clothes, effectively imprisoning Louise in her office. Was Donna Jean Summers under a spell? Was she drugged? Was she being commanded to perform these acts with a gun held to her head? Why didn’t Donna Jean Summers just ask the “caller” to come to the store and do this himself, if he was truly a law enforcement officer, since the police station was only 5 minutes down the road from that particular McDonalds.

Donna Jean Summers was then instructed to bring her boyfriend/fiancé (Walter Nix Jr.) to the restaurant and perform guard duty. The second unqualified person to perform police work and Donna Jean Summers still doesn’t question anything that she is doing at the command of an “unknown” person on a phone. Keep in mind, this all transpired over the course of approximately 3 hours. Jason Bradley, 27, a cook who Donna Jean Summers at one point called in to watch Ogborn, refused to go along with the caller’s instructions to remove her apron and describe her.

While Louise was held prisoner against her will in a McDonalds store office, stripped of her defenses, stripped of her dignity, the 42 year old Walter Nix Jr (an adult) comes to take over by the “caller’s” request. Why would a 42 year old male, upon witnessing the situation, not immediately question this activity or the authenticity of the caller? We now know why and we now see the true colors of Donna Jean Summers and her judgment of those she “trusts.” What law enforcement authority would command one person to perform sexual acts on another? What idiot would follow such an order?

While Walter Nix Jr is enjoying the commands of his new boss “the caller”, Donna Jean Summers is more interested in keeping her subordinates out of the area of the office by attending to what must have been an “onslaught” of customers that were more important than the seriousness of the supposed situation in the office. If Donna Jean Summers had any true conviction that she was dealing with a real officer on the phone, and believed in her heart that this situation was legitimate and real, why wasn’t she at the side of her subordinate the entire time tending to this supposed more important issue, rather than feeding hungry people, which she had employees for? Donna Jean Summers enters the office at one point and ignoring that Louise is naked walks right past her to fiddle with the computer and looks for gift certificates at which point Walter Nix Jr then tosses Louise the apron to cover herself. Donna Jean Summers had abandoned a defenseless, helpless 18 year old female under her care [who Donna Jean Summers had personally rendered helpless and defenseless] to two adult male strangers, one with physical contact and the other on a phone giving commands. Donna Jean Summers was then shocked and surprised that anything “wrong” was going on even when she walked in on a fully nude Louise at one point.

Some time later, one Thomas Simms [58] was asked into the office and spoke with the “caller” to which he also refused to comply with a stranger on the phone. Donna Jean Summers was shocked and surprised to hear he was asked to remove Louise’ apron as well. Still Donna Jean Summers found nothing wrong with this entire incident, found no reason to stop it and never questioned the morality or violation of a subordinate Donna Jean Summers was responsible for or that persons rights and freedoms, including due process. Donna Jean Summers was in fact a willing participant.

Eventually other managers arrive on the scene (apparently contacted by Donna Jean Summers herself) and the real police were called to the scene who arrive in, you guessed it, 5 minutes.

McDonalds claims they sent warnings about phone pranks and hoaxes to all stores via voice/email two weeks prior to this particular event. This has been confirmed, however, whoever was the first to see this voice/email, somehow discarded it and “forgot” to tell the other managers or employees of this warning. Lisa Siddons, the manager there, said in her deposition that it didn’t mention strip-searches (see special note at the bottom). Apparently it was more important to get the word out that the McRib was back or that happy meals have a better prize in them.

If you look at just how bizarre this incident is in relation to Donna Jean Summers participation and her fiancé’s participation and how they both willingly believed the “caller” was law enforcement, but yet Walter Nix Jr had no problem with an officer telling him to command an 18 year old girl to perform sexual acts with him, and Donna Jean Summer had no problem strip searching one of her own subordinates without question or cause or a flicker of skepticism. Maybe the whole idea of Donna Jean Summers being commanded by a stranger to perform sexually exciting things to an 18 year old female turned Donna Jean Summers on. Maybe it turned on Donna Jean Summers AND her fiancé to have a stranger on the phone command them both to perform sexual acts with an 18 year old female. Maybe it was their secret fantasy to spike their own relationship, but it had to be with someone at least 18 but not old enough to fight back. Wait, that can’t be. There aren’t any people in this world that are that sick and demented, and there is no way that Donna Jean Summers and Walter Nix Jr could ever have been in league with or in partnership with this mysterious “caller” and set this whole thing up so that Walter Nix Jr would be readily available at a moments notice and that it would only be a matter of time before Donna Jean Summers called for some extra help at the end of a particular shift of a person that had already expressed her willingness to help out whenever she could for the extra spending money. Naw………too ridiculous……..or……….is it?

Special Note – McDonald’s employee manual clearly notes its policy against strip-searches. It also notes that no non-employee of McDonalds will be allowed into the restaurant offices.


25 responses to “Donna Jean Summers, Rewarded Criminal at Large.

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  3. I cant believe that evil lady Donna Summers got rewarded and now she is millionaire,

  4. What a horrible human being. She takes no responsibility for her huge mistakes! And that she gets money out of the situation is disgusting and pathetic.

  5. I can see how Donna Summers having been taken in by this prank then became a victim of it. However, it seems grossly unjust that she should profit from this incident whereby her actions resulted in a prolonged act of degradation and sexual abuse upon a young woman who was under her management and care and who she had rendered utterly defenceless. A court or jury considering damages could have awarded a nominal $1 to recognised that she had been a victim but also to reflect the perversity of awarding compensation to a person involved in such abuse.

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  7. Donna needs to got to jail for a long, long time. If Donna is a victim of anything, it is stupidity. She is far too stupid to be let loose into society.

  8. The fact that this moron woman was awarded money for abusing a young girl is horrifying. She should of been locked up or institutionalized for being too stupid to be part of society!!

  9. What she did to this girl is, at the very least, psychological rape. Making her strip and subjecting her to a parade of ‘guards’ is beyond disgusting. I watched her interview on 20/20 (I think that was the show) and was appalled at how callous she seemed. I kept thinking while watching ‘Compliance’, don’t any of them watch cop shows?
    1. No warrant
    2. No ID from the ‘cop’
    3. Not one adult thought to tell this girl to ask for a lawyer or her parents
    4. No questioning why the cop couldn’t be there. If the premise in the movie is based on the truth (that he was conducting a search of Louise’s home), how did he have time to spend hours on the phone?

    As far as I’m concerned, Donna Summers committed a crime as serious as Stewart’s.

  10. As much as I would like to THINK Donna Summers is literally one of the most stupid people to walk the face of this Earth, the facts do not add up at all that she was “duped” and “tricked”. She is a manager, is supposed to know the McDonalds rules (which she violated all) and an adult! Think of this: would we want our fiance to be in the room with a mostly nude, young and attractive lady (or man)? Why was she so comfortable leaving her nasty fiance with this naked young lady? Did she not think anything was odd when she comes back in the room and she is naked (without the apron) right in front of her fiance?

    The fact this disgusting thing Donna Summers got off and got a cool MILLION dollars from McDonalds (how the heck she sued McDonalds for this and WON is beyond me and scary to think about!). She unlawfully detained an employee, let strangers in the room, paraded different men to “watch over” this naked young lady and it was all because the “officer on the phone” told her to? Come on! She seems like she got off on this in more way then one! Funny how of all people, her and her Fiance are the only ones lacking common sense in this whole thing….or did they? Seems like a nice setup for Nix, he gets a young, naked woman to spank, sodomize, and get oral sex from. Convenient he was availlable and ready to come at a moment’s notice and he seems to have no trouble complying with the “officer’s commands”.

    As for Louise Ogborn, she is only 18 years old. Yeah, she was a lot naive and a little ignorant of the law, but she was humiliated and left defenseless by Donna Summers, ignored by Donna Summers when she pleaded for help, and was already abused by Nix before she did the sex acts. She was likely afraid for her life, or what else could happen to her. She was also afraid of being in trouble for crimes she did not commit.

    Louise and McDonalds are the victims here. McDonalds has rules about strip searching and I am sure about detaining employees. While Louise may be ignorant of the law, which states an officer cannot interrogate or strip search over the phone. McDonalds also sent emails out warning of such scams. The one who was most at fault here was Donna Summers. Whatever Jury awarded her money needs to be jailed themselves.

    Things like this make me lose my faith in people and our justice system. But if Donna really is that stupid…….

  11. Stupid americans..what else can you say

  12. “You weren’t there, you wouldn’t know” is Donna’s favorite line in all her interviews. She’s right. We weren’t there, but we also aren’t as stupid as Donna. Aparently she thinks everyone in the world is completely unintelligent drones, willing to participate in whatever sick things we’re told to do. I’ve seen a lot of down right idiotic people in my life and if, that’s a big if, she had nothing to do with the caller in the first place, she is the stupidest person on the face of the earth. You heard it here, Donna Summers makes everyone else in the world look like fucking Albert Einstien. If you’re ever feeling down about yourself, just remember, you aren’t Donna Summers. Boyfriend cheating on you? At least you’re not Donna Summers. You are Donna Summers? At least YOU got a million bucks for molesting YOUR employee because your jury was made up of bunch of Donna Summers’. What shows me how terrible of a person she was before this whole thing happened, she didn’t give that money to the actual victim.

  13. I agree I think she got off on seeing bad things happen to a pretty young girl

  14. I think it is likely that Summers and Nix went blindly into this situation. However, once involved, allowed for some powerful cocktail of ignorance, automatic obeisance to authority, feelings of self-importance and excitement (aiding a “criminal investigation”), and conscious (or perhaps subconscious) sexual thrill (at the psychological and sexual abuse) to propel them through the experience. Louise’s acquiescence to the strip search and abuse probably allowed Summers and Nix to comply more easily, with a rolling snowball effect in place. (Imagine if Louise had outright refused to cooperate from the start.) I’m not a trained psychologist, but this is my best guess at what was going on.

  15. Donna Jean Summers, I wish I knew where you live. Bitch.

  16. And since I will never know where you live, I just hope that your neighbors have recognized you and shunned you all these years. Not so much for being an idiot, but for being a shameless idiot who blames someone else and gets paid big bucks . Plenty disgusting.

  17. This lady Donna summers is one dumb woman!

  18. Only in as much as that psychology is a “hobby” of mine (i.e. – not at all an expert but like to read a lot of books about the subject) I can kind of see where Donna Jean Summers was coming from initially. It’s absolutely true when she says “you weren’t there”. In the infamous 1961 Milgram experiment where hapless volunteers were led to believe they were inducing electric shocks on others in the name of science, **65%** administered the full 450V (unknowingly, faked) shock after being prompted to continue whenever they felt uncomfortable seeing/hearing the (staged) screams. So, yes, to an extent I can see where she was duped.

    Now what I find absolutely appalling is her refusal to take responsibility upon learning the truth. I get the “you weren’t there” explanation, but there’s no genuine admission of remorse after that. Furthermore, she flat out lies such as when her attorney steps in after the interviewer calls out Summers by showing her the videotape. Again – I’m no expert – but from all I’ve read also about the psychology of body language, it’s my opinion that she is continually deceitful in her interview. Anytime the interviewer presses her about “how could you not know?” notice how she closes her eyes a few pauses longer than a blink when she defensively affirms her stance that she was just following orders or that she did not see Louise crying. Classic sign of trying to hide the truth – the truth in her case being, “yes, I messed up.” It’s the way she seems to conduct herself after this horrible incident that truly makes me question her character.

  19. Donna is a criminal not once did she use common sense. I can’t believe there are actually people as stupid as Donna Jean Summers that exist in this world. Not once did she think we’ll if this was a real cop we would have come down to investigate the situation himself.

    She should have gone to jail for several years because she never protected her employee not once.

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  21. Not only is she guilty of extreme negligence, she abused her authority to bully a teenager into submission and aided her fiancee in abusing her employee. All of this in spite of her pleas for help.

    If I were to make a correlation between her and other criminals it would be that of a sex slave trader:
    Take away their freedom.
    Dehumanize them
    Have them perform lewd acts.

    How she didn’t get the same sentence as her fiancee or worse I can’t fathom. She was the one who robbed Ogborn of freedom that lead to all the rest.

    That she got paid for wrongful termination is just the icing on the cake. What’s wrong about firing someone without a moral compass who’d emotionally torture her employees?

  22. It had to be a stupid moron Juries that awarded this dumbass criminal lady money. I wish they made public of the idiot Juries that gave this lady money for what she had done. They must of had Hillbillly Juries for that trial.

  23. it must have been the OJ jury…

  24. As much as everyone in this comment section seems to enjoy saying how stupid and evil the manager, et alis, are, presumably much more so than us, their are numerous studies you can look up that will clearly demonstrate how far the average human being will go to comply with someone claiming authority, and what atrocities we will commit, if ordered to do so.

    Not sure what McDonalds did wrong, though. Is this even a corporate owned restaurant, or one of the franchises? McDonalds has both. In either case, it has little to o with them, that a crime was committed in one of their restaurants; it sounds like someone just thought “someone has to pay.”

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