A police officer from Oklahoma is suing the national Taco Bell chain after suffering burns in this throat. The lawsuit alleges that the employees had put cologne in his spicy chipotle sauce in his quesadilla, which is what caused the burns.
NewsOK, Oklahoma City officer Shawn Byrne had to take two weeks sick leave, as he couldn’t do his job as an officer with burns in his throat. He’s seeking upwards of $75,000 in damages, which is a fair number, considering the size of the Taco Bell corporation.
“The Department of Agriculture said there was an extremely hot pepper sauce on the sandwich and there was cologne in the sandwich also,” said Byrne’s attorney, Brian Dell. “Shawn does not wear cologne.”
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According to KFOR, Byrne was on his way home from volunteering at an event at Putnam City Baptist Church when he stopped at Taco Bell to get something to eat. He knew immediately after biting into his steak quesadilla that something was not right.
“By the time he took the third bite, apparently, was whenever his mouth started burning really, really bad,” Dell told KFOR.
The next morning, Byrne’s throat was still burning, so he went to the doctor. He filed a police report as well and sent the leftovers for testing.
According to NewsOK, less than two weeks following the incident, Byrne developed appendicitis and was forced to ahem surgery. His doctor said that the appendicitis may have been caused or exacerbated by the excessively spicy quesadilla.
Byrne says that he was in uniform when he stopped at the Taco Bell and that the employees laughed at him. According to Dell, the employees who served Byrne were convicted felons.
“There’s a possibility they wanted to deliberately cause some harm or play a trick, if you will, on a policeman,” Dell said.
A spokesman for the police department says that the incident was thoroughly investigated and that Taco Bell employees were interviewed, despite Dell’s claims that some at the department treated the case as a joke. The spokesman says that charges were presented to the district attorney, but were declined.
During an interview with one Taco Bell employee, the worker admitted to putting pure chipotle on the quesadilla rather than the sauce that is normally put on it.
Now, Byrne and his wife have decided to take their case to federal court. In the lawsuit, the officer is seeking $75,000 in damages from the fast food chain.
“If indeed these convicted felons did it deliberately, then you have to assume that’s exactly why did it,” Dell said. “They’d get away with it because it wouldn’t cause the injury it did, it caused serious injury.”