I'll Take Two Hard Tacos and $2000, Thanks

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Taco Bell has a strong track record of good decisions.
  • Taco Bell has a strong track record of good decisions.

It takes a special sort of local, fast food-related mishap to end up on Gawker, and that's just what one Taco Bell near Dayton accomplished recently. And it doesn't even involve drugs being sold through the drive-thru window!

When one woman ordered the finest in taco and processed ground meat offerings she was presented with a bag containing the Taco Bell franchise's cash deposit for the day. Upstanding woman that she is, she drove away and has not returned the loot. In her defense, I'd be pretty pissed too if someone substituted $2000 in cash for my gordita. Wait. No, I wouldn't.

If you're asking yourself why an employee would even think to hand a bag full of cash in a Taco Bell bag through the drive-thru window, you're not alone. The Taco Bell manager has an explanation. One that makes you question their bank deposit practices.

Details courtesy of the Dayton Daily News after the jump.

Police on Friday, May 14, released video surveillance footage of the woman as she went through the drive through at the Taco Bell on Brown Street, close to the University of Dayton campus and Miami Valley Hospital.

Instead of a bag with her order, she got a bag containing the restaurant’s morning bank deposit — about $2,000.

An employee said she was working the drive-through window and mistakenly gave the customer the bank deposit. The manager explained it was store policy to put the bank bag containing the deposit in a Taco Bell bag. The manager would then drive up to the drive-through window, and an employee would hand him the bag.

The manager collects the money from the drive-thru window? Cash is stored in regular Taco Bell bags? They didn't expect this kind of mix-up to occur when they keep cash in Taco Bell bags and deliver them through drive-thru windows? Are they that concerned he's going to get mugged walking the cash to his car? Wouldn't a criminal just assume the manager was taking home his chicken soft taco combo for the night? Does the manager wait in the line of cars if there's a line?

All good questions. Ones, unfortunately, that we're not prepared to answer while being this hungry. Hmmm... nachos.

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