Early Tuesday morning, Michael Smith, 23, went to the drive-thru of a Taco Bell restaurant in Huber Heights. After he received his order, he noticed he was missing a taco he had paid for. He then did what many others would do in the same situation; he went back to the drive-thru about five minutes later and complained there had been a mistake in his order.
As reported by WDTN
, an employee apologized and gave him another taco. He snatched it out of her hand and then tore through the parking lot, barely missing a couple of other vehicles. Smith then allegedly aimed his truck at the main entrance to the restaurant and smashed into it. He then reversed the truck and took off. Luckily, there were no injuries.
Police arrived and employees said the culprit, a white man in a white truck, had deliberately driven into the customer entrance and then fled, driving east. It was not a difficult crime for the police to solve; they drove east, following leaking fluid until they came to a home about two miles away where they found Smith and his truck.
According to police, Smith admitted intentionally driving into the building. He was arrested, taken to the Montgomery County Jail, and faces a charge of felony vandalism.
Sgt. Chris Kash, of the Huber Heights Police Department, is quoted by UPI
The damage he's done to a business is vandalism, also, loss of business here and everything it's going to take to replace. This is a brand new store. They just built this and opened it maybe six months ago.
With the advent of drive-thru restaurants has come "drive-thru rage" and this incident is far from unique. In 2010
, an Ohio woman smashed the window of a McDonald's drive-thru when she was told the restaurant was serving breakfast and she could not get any McNuggets. And a man in Grand Prairie, Alberta was arrested in March
of this year after he cut into a drive-thru line at a Tim Hortons and pointed a pellet gun at a customer who objected.
The cost of the missing taco—99 cents.