If you’re a carnivore, you know that cheeseburgers are delicious, and when you get a craving for one, you’ll do practically anything. Back in March, a man broke into a Five Guys to whip up a juicy burger, a cartoon character tried to make a living stealing them, and a Florida man thought throwing a live gator would get the attention of Wendy’s employees, but could you kill your own brother over a cheeseburger? That’s something you would need to ask 25-year-old Benjamin Middendorf of St. Cloud, Florida.
Last Thursday, Benjamin Middendorf and his 28-year-old brother, Nicholas Middendorf, got into a heated argument over a cheeseburger after Nicholas, their mother, and a male friend came home after a night of drinking. Benjamin reportedly shot his brother and immediately called 911, saying “We were in a fight, and I grabbed a gun and I shot him. Oh my God.”
According to authorities, Benjamin allegedly used a 9 mm handgun and shot his brother in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Denise Roberts of the St. Cloud Police Department said in an interview with Central Florida News 13:
“This is an impulsive incident that happened. Maybe anger, rage. But it was definitely over a verbal dispute that sadly, it was over a cheeseburger. It’s something that could have possibly been prevented, if he had held back those emotions.”
Benjamin Middendorf has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and is being held without bond.