Just how did Taco Bell come up with the brilliant idea of making a hard shell taco out of a Doritos chip? If inmate Gary Cole is telling the truth, Taco Bell got the idea from him. The inmate filed a lawsuit against Taco Bell this week claiming that the restaurant stole his idea.
According to the Dallas Observer, Cole, who is currently at a super-max prison in Florence, Colorado, is suing Taco Bell, Pepsi, Frito Lay, and Taco Bell’s parent company Yum Brands, for stealing the Doritos Locos idea.
The Consumerist reports that Cole mailed a notarized document to his attorney in 2006 that contained nine imaginary products. One of those products was a taco made out of Doritos. Cole believes that Taco Bell intercepted the piece of mail, or paid someone for a copy of the document, and turned it into the hottest fast food item of the year.
In a letter to the IRS, Cole claims that Taco Bell wrote a check to an unidentified person for “an idea or invention that was submitted to them by theft and fraud.” Cole asks the IRS to identify the person who sold the idea, how much they sold it for, and how much they paid in taxes for the sale.
Cole has also filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act demanding Taco Bell to release any information related to the invention of the Doritos taco.
Cole hasn’t accused his attorney of any wrongdoings but he has decided to represent himself during his lawsuit against Taco Bell.
So far, Cole has not received a response.
Taco Bell has not commented on the lawsuit but the restaurant isn’t shying a way from creative ideas. The company recently announced that it was working on waffle taco. Which, by the laws of nonsense, will probably receive its own inmate lawsuit by the end of the year.