No evidence of Taco Bell employees putting rat poison in Colorado man's food, police say


This July 30, 2019, file photo shows a sign outside a Taco Bell restaurant in Conyers, Ga. Yum Brands, Inc., which operates Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, reports financial earns on Wednesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) ORG XMIT: NYBZ336
  • Earlier this week, an unidentified man in Colorado was hospitalized after eating a Taco Bell meal that allegedly contained rat poison.
  • In a Friday update on the investigation, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said that investigators confirmed there was rat poison in the food through lab tests.
  • However, investigators also examined surveillance video from Taco Bell over the past several days, and found “no evidence that the employees were responsible.”

Authorities in Colorado said there was rat poison in the food a man ate after he visited a Taco Bell earlier this week — but investigators said there was no evidence that employees at the fast food chain poisoned his burrito.  

The man, who has not been publicly identified, went to a Taco Bell in Aurora Sunday afternoon, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Deputy John Bartmann told USA TODAY on Thursday.

Officers responded to a verbal disturbance call at the restaurant’s drive-thru at around 1 p.m., after the man argued with employees because the soda machine was not working.

He became angry and asked for a free burrito to replace his drink. Eventually, employees gave the man the burrito and he left. Deputies found that “no criminal activity” occurred, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday.


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