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Police Arrest Johns in Taco Bell Parking Lot, Site of Prostitution Ring

A detective posed as a prostitute.


Florida police set up a sting operation at a Taco Bell in Fort Lauderdale to catch customers who were hoping to get a little something extra with their seven layer nachos and Doritos Locos tacos. According to the Broward Palm Beach New Times, the Taco Bell is apparently is hot bed for prostitution. To catch "johns" or people who solicit prostitution, which is illegal, an undercover detective posed as a prostitute in the restaurant's parking lot.

At 4:30 p.m. — the middle of the afternoon — 58-year-old Joseph Sirgany made the mistake of slowing down his truck and making a "beckoning head nod gesture." He allegedly rolled down the window and asked the undercover detective, "You want to give me a blowjob for $40?" He was directed to to the back of the restaurant's parking lot where he was promptly arrested. Just 11 minutes later, 30-year-old Matthew Butler stopped his car and asked the undercover detective, "How much to fuck for half an hour?" Butler agreed to pay "$50," and was quickly arrested as well.

The local police department regularly conducts stings to "prevent more serious crimes" like john-on-prostitute violence. They pick their locations based on "citizen [complaints], information from various other units within the department and detectives within the unit." However, a Taco Bell manager told the paper that "he had never seen a prostitute" in the restaurant's parking lot before, and he wasn't aware that a "sting operation happened there either" but that he was busy taking orders.

Luckily the sting didn't involve any of Taco Bell's employees, though restaurant workers have been busted for prostitution before. Police in New Jersey arrested a Dunkin' Donuts employee who was running a prostitution business "while she worked the overnight shift" at the doughnut chain. The employee was caught during an operation appropriately titled Operation Extra Sugar.