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Fox 45 reporter caught stopping for McDonald's meal during live shot

When the Fox 45 reporter stopped for McDonald's on air (AKA the most Baltimore thing that ever happened)

Fox 45 reporter Jimmy Uhrin wanted a fish sandwich yesterday morning.

And so, in what is possibly the most Baltimore thing to ever happen, he was caught in a McDonald's drive thru during a live shot.

The camera cut to Uhrin, known as "Traffic Jam Jimmy," just as he was about to order from a Towson restaurant.

"Hey, is it too early to get a fish sandwich?" asked Uhrin.

It was, indeed.

So Uhrin ordered an Egg McMuffin and a cup of black coffee.

"Don't tell the boss I did this," said Uhrin to reporter Candace Dold, who was wiping away tears of laughter in the studio.

"I'm hungry, so I'm gonna get a little something," he said.

Uhrin, who formerly played the sea monster on Captain Chesapeake, drives a roving traffic monitoring vehicle, outfitted with cameras inside and out.

He explained that he had been driving since 4 a.m. and had gotten hungry. It appears that Uhrin is a big fan of Mickey D's, as a second bag can be seen in the back seat.

Columbia tattoo shop manager Tony Zarro caught the moment on tape. He and his girlfriend were watching the morning news when they spotted the moment. Zarro uploaded the video to Facebook where its been watched more than 400,000 times.

Dold tried to salvage the news value of the fast food run by pointing out there was snow on the ground of the McDondald's parking lot.

Fox 45 general manager Bill Fanshawe said in an email that Uhrin "a very likeable person" who has been a "big personality" at the station for more than 35 years.

"I’m ecstatic that his personality has translated on air as Traffic Jam Jimmy. He also has a big heart and truly cares about the community. In the video his beard was dyed Orange to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis week," Fanshawe wrote. "He can also make me a little nervous at times!"

Fanshawe said that Uhrin's on-camera stop was not intended to be a promotion for McDonald's.

"Wish we were that clever to intentionally pull off something so entertaining!" he wrote.

 

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