November 13, 2006

Taco Bellyache

Lefty posts on his blog ” A View From Battleship Cove” about a spindle city fuss that has become a national story today.

Phillip Daggett (whom you may remember as a bartender at Puzzles during the Jake Robida craziness) was sickened after eating food from Taco Bell on Mariano Bishop Blvd. He reported numbness and disorientation, presumably more than the normal amount from eating at Taco Bell.

After finding a suspicious white powder in the food (and what white powder is not suspicious these days?) he sought attention at a nearby hospital. He says there were opiates in his blood. He hasn’t decided to press charges, as of the news story I read this morning.

That’s probably the most suspicious part. If I was drugged by a Taco Bell taco, I think I’d be on the phone to a lawyer PDQ. But if it is true, I suppose I don’t fault the guy for proceeding with some caution.

Presumably, drugs are expensive enough that you wouldn’t spike someone’s food willy-nilly. But that is not necessarily the case. Around election day a story was circulating regarding police officers who were filing a lawsuit against Burger King over hamburgers that allegedly contained marijuana. Can you even get high from eating pot that’s just placed on meat? I’m pretty sure you need to cook the dried plant and use some sort of fat to capture the fat soluble cannabinoids. Thus the existence of such things as “cannabutter.” But potheads working at Burger King aren’t necessarily chemists, or even capable of high-school-level home economics and chemistry. Ironically, if they’d actually made potent cannabutter, the police probably would not have known anything was strange about the burgers. I’m sure you can hide many flavors in a Whopper.

It is common to see disoriented people around the Dartmouth Taco Bell, but usually only after the local bars have closed.

[Update: Keri mentions on her blog that Phil is suggesting a motive of revenge, after he was involved in a bar fight. I knew bars would be involved in the story sooner or later!]

Posted by James at November 13, 2006 12:50 PM
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It's been a long long time, but I am positive one doesn't have to cook pot for it to work its magic. Think of how wacky a cat gets when it eats catnip (and I've never cooked catnip for my cats).

Posted by: Patti M. at November 13, 2006 2:18 PM

I am no expert on the best delivery of cannabinoids, however as far as I know, the catnip response is not attributable to cannabinoids. It's something aromatic that causes a reaction; they don't even have to eat the stuff.

Posted by: James at November 13, 2006 2:35 PM

Speaking of pot, did anyone catch the pot-smoking postal workers in Belmont? Someone at work alerted me to this funny, yet sad, video captured by the Boston Fox News station. These guys are at an age where they shouldn't even know where to buy this stuff anymore.

How dumb is too dumb? You decide:

Posted by: Patti M. at November 13, 2006 2:58 PM

Then, of course, there was the story of the forest of 10-foot high pot plants in Afghanistan where the Taliban could hide. Some bonehead (no pun intended) thought they should just burn the plants down.

"A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hillier said dryly.


Who woulda thunk it?

Posted by: Patti M. at November 13, 2006 3:07 PM

Thanks for the mention!

I love your take on this.

When I put my post together this morning a combination of fatigue and lack of time kept me from being overly clever, you nailed the tone that I had wanted to go for but didn't!

Posted by: Lefty at November 13, 2006 5:24 PM

Ha - thanks. I'm waiting for someone to call me on the phrase "willy-nilly." I don't even know if that means anything.

Props to you, because I heard it on your blog first!

I wanted to tell the story of that one time I was in the drive-through at Taco Bell in Dartmouth and the people in the car in front of us threw up (opened their car doors first, which is how we knew.)

We were frightened to find out they were some very inebriated people we'd encountered at the Irish Immigrant in New Bedford hours before.

Apparently, not even alcohol-induced nausea can blunt the attraction of a Taco Bell chalupa. Buy stock in YUM! Brands.

Posted by: James at November 13, 2006 5:32 PM

As a family, we like Taco Bell and of course that's the only one in Fall River! [GULP]

My problem with Taco Bell isn't drugs in the food, it's screwed up orders (actually this seems to happen a lot at Burger King too!) I think it's a Father's curse to constantly eat cold fast food because he has to walk in (because it's usually quicker than going back through the the Drive-Thru.) and get the correct or missing item.

Posted by: Lefty at November 13, 2006 6:38 PM

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