According to a press release issued by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, investigators could not find any evidence to support the claim that employees at a Taco Bell in Aurora added rat poison to the food of an upset customer over the past weekend.
After making numerous attempts to get in touch with the customer, including paying a visit to his residence on Thursday, the officer requests that the consumer gets in touch with them.
The Aurora sheriff’s office received a call about the incident at approximately one in the afternoon on Sunday at the restaurant located at 16700 E. Smoky Hill Road. After the Taco Bell personnel informed the customer that their soda machine was damaged, the customer began arguing with the employees. After some time, the staff at the restaurant decided to serve him a burrito instead of a drink.
The evening of that same day, the man checked into a nearby hospital, claiming to the medical staff that he had consumed rat poison. After assisting a neighbor with yard work and watching television, he told the deputies that he had eaten the tacos at approximately seven o’clock in the evening. Instantaneously, he was overcome with a scorching sensation in his mouth and threw up. He placed a call to 911, and both he and the taco were transported to the hospital.
The greenish-gray substance was discovered in the taco by the deputies who were called to the hospital. According to the press release, tests determined that the substance in question was rat poison. Almost immediately, Taco Bell was shut down. Around 11:15 a.m. on Friday, the phone number listed for the restaurant was not answered by anyone who could tell me whether or not it was now open.
After spending the next few days watching footage from inside the Taco Bell, the investigators concluded that there was no proof that personnel had mixed rat poison into the food. The sheriff’s office has been unable to explain how the poison got into the food. Officials from the sheriff’s office have failed to get in touch with the patron and have requested that he get in touch with the office himself.
According to the news release, the office stated that Taco Bell had been “beneficial during the inquiry.”