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Oklahoma Vice: Taco Bell responds to spicy quesadilla lawsuit


Taco Bell calls an Oklahoma City police officer's claims that workers at local restaurant tampered with his food "puzzling."

On Tuesday, Oklahoma Vice first brought you the story of the police officer who claimed he experienced severe burns after ordering at steak quesadilla from the Taco Bell at  W Hefner and N Rockwell in February. 

Police officer Shawn Byrne and his wife Amanda Byrne are suing Taco Bell over the incident, claiming workers at Taco Bell intentionally tampered with his food. The Byrnses are seeking more than $75,000 in damages. Shawn Byrne claims he developed appendicitis after eating the quesadilla and was forced to miss hundreds of hours of work with the Oklahoma City Police Department. 

In a statement, Taco Bell now says no evidence of intentional wrongdoing on the part of Taco Bell staff has been found.

"Taco Bell is deeply appreciative of law enforcement, and we in no way endorse or accept discrimination against police officers or anyone else for that matter.  We immediately and fully cooperated with the police, who reviewed the surveillance video we provided and interviewed all of our employees present at the time.  We understand that no evidence of malicious intent or criminal activity was found.  As of today, no one has been arrested or charged with any crime, making the lawsuit’s claims of deliberate wrongdoing puzzling, to say the least." 

Oklahoma City police confirmed that no arrests were made in connection with the spicy quesadilla. 

As a side note, several readers have taken issue with my description of a quesadilla as a sandwich. There is much debate on the internet on this topic.    Byrne's lawsuit against Taco Bell does in fact use the word "sandwich" to describe his order. I can see both sides of the tortilla on this one. 

Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›