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!]