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Help, Police, Taco Bell Ran Out of Tacos!

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Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

Taco Bell running out of taco shells is a job for the cops

The Slidell, Louisiana police department recently had to gently remind locals that, no, they are not the people to call when you can’t get your Taco Bell fix. “Somebody called in to complain that the Taco Bell on Gause Boulevard ran out of both hard and soft taco shells,” the police wrote on their Facebook page. “While this is truly a travesty, the police can’t do anything about this. Hopefully, they are replenished in time for Taco Tuesday!”

This is definitely not the first time someone has called 911 over a food-related “emergency.” In 2016, a woman called the cops when her delivery pizza didn’t have enough cheese. In 2014, a woman called 911 to report Subway put marinara sauce on her flatbread pizza, instead of “pizza sauce.” And in 2013, a Georgia man called the cops because McDonald’s messed up his order.

Of course, these are the most benign food-related 911 calls. Too often, people call the police because a McDonald’s employee’s daughter was playing in a park while her mother worked, or because a white person thought a nine-year-old black boy assaulted her in a bodega. If only all interactions with the cops involved missing ingredients. [USA Today]

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