Lonnie Johnson says he wasn't mad about being fired -- it was the money he was angry about.
Johnson, a 17-year-old junior at Como Park High School, says the viral rampage he went on after he was fired from the Midway McDonald's happened because he didn't get all the money he was due in his last paycheck. (Watch the video here -- warning, it contains lots of profanity.)
Around 10 p.m. Saturday, Johnson was fired. He had worked at the Midway McDonald's since August of last year.
Asked why manager Brandon Robertson fired him -- Robertson has since been fired himself in part because of concerns about how he handled the situation -- Johnson says, "I don't know."
"Honestly, there was not a reasonable reason to fire me," Johnson continues. "I was talking about the money right then and there. I just wanted my money."
Johnson made $8 an hour, and says he last check was about $80-$90 short. After he was fired, he says Robertson told him another manager would make him whole, but for Johnson, that wasn't satisfactory.
"Once you play with my money and my time, you've pushed me past all the limits," Johnson says. "But [Robertson and I] never had a dispute. I go to work, get my money, and leave."
Yesterday, Robertson told Fox 9 he thought part of the motivation for Johnson's rampage may have been to play to the camera in hopes of becoming a viral video star. But Johnson says he actually had no idea he was being filmed until later, and didn't know the person behind the camera.
After he finally left the McDonald's following his tirade, Johnson says the person who shot the footage approached him and asked if he could post it online.
"I said, 'I don't think it's going to do anything,'" he says.
Yet as this is written, the video has been viewed more than 3.1 million times.
Johnson says it's been a surreal week.
"People have just been telling me they've been seeing me all over the news, headlines, all over Facebook blogs," he says. "I don't really have a feeling about it. It's just like, that's what happened, it's done, there's no taking back anything, what happened is what happened."
"Now I'm just seeing what the next move is for me," he adds. "I don't have any beef."
Johnson says he hasn't found another job yet, but has already had opportunities come his way.
He's also learned a valuable lesson about himself.
"I can't work the average job -- it leads to problems like this," he says.
After high school, Johnson says he hopes to break into the film industry. Some might say that mission has already been accomplished.
Meanwhile, a St. Paul police spokesman tells us that despite the extensive property damage Johnson inflicted on the Midway McDonald's, they don't anticipate any arrests will be made in connection with the incident.