Authorities descended on a popular Hanahan restaurant Thursday morning to search for illegal video gaming machines.
Pappy's on Carolyn Street was about half full with customers when Charleston County sheriff's deputies and North Charleston and Hanahan police raided the restaurant around 9 a.m. They ordered everyone to put down their forks and leave, customers said.
Pappy's regular Margaret Johnson said she had just gotten her coffee and lit a cigarette when the masked, undercover deputies shouted for everyone to go.
"I thought it was a hold-up," she said. "I was shaking when I left."
Late in the morning, authorities loaded a box truck with gaming machines.
They discovered more machines in a shipping container behind the business.
A parade of regulars passed by during the morning, disappointed that they couldn't go inside and eat. None seemed particularly surprised by the raid, however. "I've been telling him for years to get rid of those machines," one man said, shaking his head.
Arrests were made, but details were not yet available.