Inmate sues Taco Bell over Doritos Locos Tacos idea

Credit: Reuters
Credit: Reuters

How many times has a new product hit the market and you just ask yourself “Why didn’t I think of that first?” Be sure to write down and date all your crazy invention ideas.

A resident of a highly secure federal prison in Florence, Colorado claims he was the first to think of Doritos Locos Tacos – Taco Bell’s shells make out of Doritos chips.

Gary Cole filed a lawsuit yesterday in Dallas, saying that Taco Bell stole his idea. Cole is currently at a penitentiary because he delayed interstate commerce and carried “a firearm relation to a crime of violence.” According to reports, he will represent himself in court.

Cole says he sent a notarized document to his layer in 2006 which he listed nine inventions. Those inventions include body oils, “Divas and Ballers” brand hot sauce, alcohol and “Taco shells of all flavors (made of Doritos).

Cole believes the idea was likely stolen through the mail. He clams that “a check was made out to a person for a large amount by Taco Bell, Frito Lay and Pepsi Co. Inc. for an idea or invention that was submitted to them by theft and fraud.”

He also sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Taco Bell requesting all the documents related to the invention of the Dorito tacos.


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