As Taco Bell’s biggest supporter and former guest of its sacred headquarters, I’m all for doing whatever it takes to Think Outside The Bun or to Live Mas. You’ll never hear me criticize anyone for Fourth-Mealing because there is nothing better than that melted three-cheese blend and zesty Pepper Jack sauce of the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, or the creamy jalapeno flavor inside a perfectly-charred chicken quesadilla. Don’t even get me started on the Crunchwrap Supreme or I’ll have to shut this website down right now and get to the nearest drive-thru. My point is: Taco Bell is awesome and a friend of Taco Bell is a friend of mine.
That being said, an Indiana man went just a little too far to get his hands on some tacos. According to a story from WDRB, 21-year-old Dalton Barnett of Memphis, Ind. impersonated law enforcement officers and first responders in order to get free or discounted food from Taco Bell. He was arrested in the early morning hours on Monday (because that’s the best time to eat Taco Bell).
A deputy with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office wrote that the department received a report that a man was driving around Scott County, Indiana, with a badge, a BB gun on his hip and possibly a real 9mm handgun under the driver’s seat of his Ford Ranger. Witnesses claimed he had been driving to Taco Bell locations in Madison and Scottsburg, claiming to be a police officer so he could get free or discounted food.
The deputy says Barnett’s Ford Ranger was spotted traveling westbound on State Road 56, before it pulled into a Taco Bell parking lot. According to the arrest report, the deputy pulled into the parking lot behind Barnett, activated the police vehicle’s emergency lights, and handcuffed Barnett for safety’s sake.
Barnett had done this many times for free Taco Bell, per the police report. He was arrested and charged with impersonating a public servant or law enforcement officer, theft and false reporting.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Taco Bell. But I will pay like a normal, law-abiding citizen; although I will probably pay a little more than one should spend at a Taco Bell in one sitting.