Report: Deputy Was Served Contaminated Burritos At Taco Bell Drive-Thru

A Lee County Sheriff's detective was served burritos contaminated by something that smelled like bleach at a Taco Bell.

Lehigh Acres, FL – A law enforcement officer was served a burrito contaminated with something that smelled like bleach at a Taco Bell restaurant in Lehigh Acres on Sunday.

Lee County Sheriff’s Detective David Brown stopped at the drive-thru of the Taco Bell located 2714 Lee Boulevard to pick up a meal while he was on duty on Sept. 23.

Det. Brown bought four burritos, and began eating them as he drove to a call for service, WFTX reported.

He said he was shocked when he found that two of the burritos had a foul taste.

Det. Brown looked more closely at the food and the paper bag they came in and discovered the smell of bleach.

At that point, the detective, who has been a member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years, said his tongue began to feel “numb and tingly.”

He then reported the incident to the sheriff’s department.

Caitlyn Mumma, the public information officer for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, told Blue Lives Matter that Det. Brown was doing “okay.”

“It’s an active investigation right now and we cannot comment any further,” Mumma said.

“We take food safety very seriously and are deeply appreciative of the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country,” Taco Bell said in a statement to WFTX. “The franchisee that owns and operates this Lehigh Acres restaurant is investigating this matter.”

Blue Lives Matter tried to contact the Taco Bell franchise where the food tampering occurred for comment, but they were not answering their telephone on Wednesday afternoon.

As more incidents involving contaminated food served to officers have taken place all over the United States, law enforcement experts are advising officers not to use drive-thru lanes at fast food restaurants.

“If you can’t see your food being prepared, don’t purchase food while you’re on duty and in uniform. Or bring your food from home,” suggested retired Metro Transit Police Captain William Malone.

Malone said officers should park and go inside establishments to order their food, and whenever possible, watch while they’re making it.

“You have no idea how the guy behind that drive-thru speaker feels about law enforcement officers,” he warned. “But you do not want to be the recipient of something that they make up especially for the police.”

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JBo
JBo

When an incident like this occurs, the investigation should include lab results followed by charges for Attempt Murder. Let these little criminals serve some serious time.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

Eat where you can watch them prepare your food, or bring your own lunch.

CopSpeak
CopSpeak

We're all familiar with the race card. But few realize there's another card that's played a lot more often; The Badge Card.

The Badge Card is played anytime a law enforcement officer is implicated in a crime. You know, like these Spades that someone always seems to post when an officer is charged with DWI; "They're under a lot of stress" and "You would drink too if you had to do their jobs", and, my personal favorite, "Is this all the media has to report on? How about off duty cop spanks his child?"

Or when a cop is charged with a crime in which they benefited financially, it never fails that someone will post this Diamond "They should pay us more, then he wouldn't have had to do this".

Sometimes the Badge Card is played to intimidate, slander, and even threaten those who expect accountability from law enforcement, like the ever popular "You're a cop hater" and "Only a criminal would make a comment like that". And on a recent article about creating a civilian police review board, this little Ace was left by someone purporting to be an officer "Go ahead and create a more hostile environment for police officers that make arrests and keep this city safe. Soon you find police officers that don't want to work and the criminals will take over the city.Those that make war against the police better be prepared to make friends with the criminals."

Then there are the most ominous Badge Cards of them all, the "I was in fear for my life" and "He was reaching for his waistband" cards. These Jokers are dropped in place of the throw-down guns that were once a part of the Official Police Officers Duty Belt. Rarely played when there's video to contradict, and always dealt from the bottom of the deck, these cards allow local cops to kill at will, and to trump prosecution by the DA's office.

As we've just seen, the Badge Card comes in different suits. Deciding which to play depends on whether the dealer wishes to minimize their own criminal conduct, justify it entirely, extort higher pay, or simply bully us into silence. So, next time you're stopped by a member of local law enforcement, ante up, cut the cards, and prepare to take your chances with a loaded deck.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sounds quite possible that someone was assigned to clean stuff with bleach and also prepare food and didn't rinse her hands well enough. Not good, but there doesn't seem to be enough here that this was an expression of animosity to police officers.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn
  1. he bought 4 burritos. from Taco Bell.
  2. he horked 2 whole burritos, probably without breathing, before he discovered an alleged bleach taste.
  3. those employees should be more careful with their duties. Honest mistake, but it doesn't sound like malice.
  4. my guess is this guy is 300+ pounds