A Louisiana Taco Bell had the cops called on them after they ran out of tacos. Yes, seriously. Has there ever, in the history of food-related crimes, been a more legitimate reason to call the police?
According to a statement shared by the Slidell Police Department to their Facebook page, someone called 911 after a local Taco Bell ran out of both hard and soft taco shells. The police had to break the devastating news to the reporting citizen: “While this is truly a travesty, the police can’t do anything about this,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Hopefully, they are replenished in time for Taco Tuesday!”
The Facebook post did not mention whether the Gause Boulevard Taco Bell location had restocked their taco shells.
Folks on Facebook commented on the Slidell Police Department’s post to joke about the quality of Taco Bell’s food, lambast the caller for wasting the authorities’ time, and point out how various Louisiana fast food restaurants have been running into problems lately.
Maybe unsurprisingly, this is far from the first time police were called over a fast-food related “emergency.” In 2017, a fight over McNuggets broke out at a McDonald’s in Indianapolis, resulting in two customers jumping through a drive-thru window. And in 2016, a woman called 911 after her delivery pizza didn’t have “enough cheese.”
Two years prior to that, a woman called the cops to complain about the fact that Subway had put marinara sauce on her flatbread pizza rather than “pizza sauce.”
Perhaps most famously was the 1999 incident in which then-University of Kansas player Dion Rayford gained notoriety after he, in a fury, tried to crawl through a Taco Bell drive-through window in Lawrence, Kansas, to attack employees who’d forgotten a chalupa in his take-out order.
(According to police, the 6’3″, 260-pound defensive end got stuck halfway through the drive-thru window opening.)