When you can’t get the Cheesy Gordita Crunch you’re craving, it might be a disappointment, but it’s technically not an emergency. That’s what the Slidell, Louisiana, Police Department had to remind its Facebook followers after receiving a call that “the Taco Bell on Gause Boulevard ran out of both hard and soft taco shells.” The post continued, “While this is truly a travesty, the police can’t do anything about this. Hopefully, they are replenished in time for Taco Tuesday!”
Of course, regular readers of American Police Beat know people try all the time to involve the police in situations that definitely aren’t criminal matters. And a lot of them are food-related: In the past several years, a Canadian woman reported that her pizza didn’t have enough cheese on it, a North Carolina woman dialed 9-1-1 because she didn’t like the sauce on her flatbread pizza, and a Georgia man called the cops because McDonald’s got his order wrong. (Very occasionally, customers do have better reasons — a man in Florida called emergency services after a Subway employee flew off the handle, knocked a chair down and threatened to kill him for trying to order ketchup on his cheesesteak sandwich.)
Hangry people, please put down your phones and think before you call the police. After all, that Taco Bell probably still had nachos in stock.
As seen in the July 2019 issue of American Police Beat magazine.
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