A Taco Bell Customer Called The Police After Finding Out They’d Run Out Of Tacos

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

The 911 system is supposed to be reserved for emergency calls only, but what counts as an “emergency”?

If you desperately want tacos from Taco Bell, and you can’t have any, is that an emergency?

Yes, it absolutely is, according to at least one person in Slidell, Louisiana.

On Monday, a citizen called the Slidell Police Department to report that a local Taco Bell had run out of both hard and soft taco shells. The department posted about the call on its Facebook page, calling it a “‘we can’t make this stuff up’ story.”

“Somebody called in to complain that the Taco Bell on Gause Boulevard ran out of both hard and soft taco shells,” the department wrote.

Sadly, the police weren’t able to help.

“While this is truly a travesty, the police can’t do anything about this. Hopefully, they are replenished in time for Taco Tuesday!” the post continued.

Taco Bell lovers tend to get pretty obsessed with the restaurant, so it’s sort of understandable that this person flew into a panic — what kind of self-respecting taco restaurant runs out of every type of taco?!

That said, this is obviously not a responsible use of 911. But it’s also not the first time that someone has called the police over a fast-food restaurant.

In 2009, a woman in Florida called 911 multiple times to report that a McDonald’s was out of chicken nuggets.

“This is an emergency,” she told the police, per Insider. “If I would have known they didn’t have McNuggets, I wouldn’t have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don’t want one.”

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