Taco Bell Burrito Price Hike Leads to ... Texas Shootout

Ricardo Jones enraged by $1.49 Beefy Crunch Burritos; no one hurt
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2011 1:57 PM CDT
Taco Bell Beefy Crunch Burrito Price Hike Prompts Texas Shootout
In this Oct. 6, 2010 file photo, a combined KFC and Taco Bell restaurant, operated by the Fortune 500 company Yum! Brands Inc., is seen in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Burrito prices are a touchy subject—at least for one man in San Antonio, who, infuriated by the fact that the seven Beefy Crunch Burritos he ordered would cost not 99 cents each but $1.49 due to a price hike, shot at a store manager with an air gun, brandished an assault rifle, had a shootout with police, and resisted arrest until he was tear-gassed. No one was hurt, but it was a “pretty crazy” day at Taco Bell, the manager tells the San Antonio Express-News.

Apparently unwilling to pay the extra $3.50 plus tax, drive-thru customer Ricardo Jones fired said air gun before placing an assault rifle and handgun on his car’s roof. Customers hid under tables as the manager phoned the police, who found the man at an intersection a few miles away. The 37-year-old took aim at the officers, and both sides opened fire; no one was hit. Jones then fled to a motel, locking himself inside for more than three hours before authorities released the tear gas. Jones was set to be charged with attempted murder but ended up with two counts of aggravated assault; police haven’t yet explained why. (More Taco Bell stories.)

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