Firebombs Hit Taco Bell Over Chalupa

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10/27/2011 12:25 PM ET

Georgia police are still looking for a suspect that firebombed a Taco Bell. Employees say that a customer was unimpressed by the amount of filling in his XXL chalupas. They claim he telephoned about how dissatisfied he was with the portion sizes.

According to a police report, Taco Bell manager Cynthia Thompson told cops that, shortly before the firebombing, a man called the restaurant to complain about a reported meat shortage in his “two XXL Chalupas.” The caller told Thompson that “after getting home realized that there was not enough stuffing inside of his chalupas, and demanded his order be corrected.”

When Thompson explained that she “could not accommodate him because the business was closing,” the man replied with a racial slur, “You must be one of them (expletive) up there.” He added, “That’s alright, I’ll just come and redecorate the place.”

Thompson said that shortly after the call she and other Taco Bell employees “could smell gasoline but was unaware of where it was coming from. They then realized the fire outside of the drive thru window.”

Investigators ended up finding a melted bottle with gasoline still inside it near a sign in front of the restaurant that advertised the new XXL chalupa.

Firebombing is a technique designed to damage a target, generally an urban area, caused by incendiary devices, rather than from a blast effect.

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