It’s been said that crime doesn’t pay, but few plots in history have been more ill-advised than attempting to rob a fast-food joint swarming with elite-level, anti-terror officers from the French military.

According to Telegraph, two men entered a McDonald's at a shopping center in Besancon, France over the weekend, wielding shotguns, and terrifying roughly 40 customers dining at the restaurant. After firing a series of warning shots in the air, the men forced the cashiers to empty out the registers and fork over €2,000 ($2,279). 

While the robbers almost got away with the heist, they were unaware of one small detail. Off duty and hungry, nearly a dozen members of the Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale—France’s feared, Navy Seal-esque task force, responsible for thwarting organized crime syndicates and terror cells—were watching the entire scene play out in between bites of their burgers.

Described as one of “the most effective anti-terror forces in Europe” after the Paris terror attacks last year, the GIGN waited patiently for the right moment to strike, unwilling to risk civilian casualties.

“During the hold-up, the gendarmes didn’t do anything,” the local prosecutor on the case told Telegraph. “It was out of the question to use their weapons, as this would have created difficulties and could have placed many people’s lives in danger.”

Instead, the officers waited for one of the robbers to trip while exiting the restaurant, and then “pounced” on him. The man’s partner then pointed a gun at the officers, hoping to get away with the cash, and they were forced to shoot him in abdomen.

Throughout the world, fast-food restaurants have become breeding grounds for moronic, illegal behavior. Earlier this year, two brothers in Pennsylvania were apprehended after attempting to sell heroin in a Burger King ball pit. 

[via Telegraph]