Police on the lookout for man who fired handgun into a Taco Bell over sauce packets
Argue with me if you like, but I think that if it's late at night, you're feeling too lazy to cook but you want something messy, meaty and greasy, Taco Bell is the perfect way to get over those hunger pangs. Cheese, ground-up beef, a collection of different flavours in a versatile shell - what's not to like?
But when you roll up to the drive-thru to pick up your meal, from time to time, your server might get your order wrong, or fail to provide you with everything you need to fully satisfy your hunger. It's not your server's fault - they're probably quite overwhelmed - so it's best to keep your cool. For the taco's sake.
Unfortunately, as an Oklahoma branch of Taco Bell found out in a very unfortunate way, people can't always be chill when it comes to their delicious tacos. Police say that early on the morning of December 31, a man rolled up to the drive-thru window of this particular Taco Bell, and fired his handgun into the restaurant - all because he didn't get enough hot sauce with his meal.
Reporting to local news outlet KFOR, Oklahoma City Police Department Sergeant Gary Knight explained in simple terms: "A man was complaining about not getting enough sauce, or not getting any taco sauce and was very upset."
According to Knight, the man then pulled up to the Taco Bell drive-thru at around 1am on December 31, firing one round into the building, before entering the restaurant. Employees locked themselves in the bathroom, and fortunately, the gunman left before police arrived - it's not clear what the man did in the interim.
Nobody was hurt in the shooting, a fact that Sergeant Knight was extremely thankful for:
"Any time you've got people inside of a business and some person decides, for whatever reason, to fire bullets into that business, [it] makes for a very dangerous situation, and we're extremely fortunate that nobody was hurt."
It seems like a very unlikely situation, but this is surprisingly not the first time that the police have been called over a hot sauce incident at Taco Bell. Back in August, police arrested Katyra and Erik Stratton after they caused a disturbance at a Taco Bell branch located in Aloha, Oregon.
The couple were reportedly unhappy after their Taco Bell order did not come with hot sauce. So, they drove back to the drive-thru window, and 37-year-old Katyra threw her meal back at the employees. Meanwhile, Deputy Jeff Talbot, public information officer for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said that Erik made his way into the Taco Bell location "yelling obscenities at the staff, causing a disturbance".
The couple were eventually arrested, and while Katyra escaped with a citation for harassment, Erik was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, held at the Washington County Jail as a consequence. Taco Bell hot sauce is delicious, but I don't think it's ever worth getting in trouble with the cops.