Last week, Taco Bell was sued by a federal inmate claiming that he came with the original Doritos Locos idea. Since hitting the chain restaurants over a year ago, they have sold over half a billion of its junk food concoctions.
The inmate, Mr. Gary Cole, claims he sent a letter to Janice and Keoiana Cole in 2006 detailing the idea. However, in his suit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on May 15, Cole says his letter was "stolen through the United States Postal Service Mail and submitted to Frito Lays [sic], Taco Bell, Pepsi Co, Yum Brands."
"We have not been served with the lawsuit, but the claims we've read in online news sources are completely false and without merit," Taco Bell told the Huffington Post in a statement.
It should be noted that Cole is nearing the end of a 25-year prison sentence in Colorado for "delaying interstate commerce, conspiring to do so, and using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence."