Monday, November 20, 2006

A Follow-Up and Another Odd Journalistic Piece

Per Letterman's Top Ten List last week, I mentioned a man who declared Taco Bell employees had put opiates in his tacos. He felt sick immediately, etc etc. Phillip Daggett is his name. Apparently, this was not his first ill encounter with a fast food joint.

Even if you don't care about about this Phillip Daggett and his fast food (and possibly drug induced) sicknesses because let's face it, it's not going to stop you from frequenting Taco Bell, you must at least skip to the last sentence. You might feel the need to then read the article in its entirity to look for a possible link of the newstory to this sentence. I am confused. If you can give clarity, please advise. If not, let's chalk this up as another example of journalism at its worst and then insert into this post all my bitterness about not having a career in writing while less talented folks do. (No great offense intended, Curt Brown).

Taco Bell customer has a history Fall River man filed a similar complaint against McDonald's
By Curt Brown , Standard-Times staff writer
FALL RIVER —
Phillip Daggett — who claimed this week he became ill after eating a drug-laced taco at a local Taco Bell — filed a similar complaint nearly three years ago, saying he got sick while eating at a Fall River McDonald's.

Janey Bishoff, chief executive officer for Bishoff Communications in Boston, said yesterday Mr. Daggett hired a lawyer, filed a complaint with the company and asked for money when he allegedly got sick in January 2004 at the McDonald's on President Avenue.

According to Ms. Bishoff, Mr. Daggett said he became sick after eating a pickle that was on his sandwich. Ms. Bishoff said Mr. Daggett had asked a McDonald's employee for a sandwich without a pickle. Ms. Bishoff said the information was relayed to her by the owner-operator of the McDonald's near the President Avenue rotary in Fall River. Bishoff Communications represents all McDonald's owner-operator franchises.

Paul Betor, owner of Betor Foods of Dartmouth, the owner-operator of the President Avenue McDonald's, was unavailable for comment last night.

Mr. Daggett returned a telephone call from The Standard-Times last night but, during the course of an interview, the phone call became disconnected. In an e-mail, however, Mr. Daggett declined to comment. "I do not want to talk to the media anymore as it has made things worse for me, it seems," he said.

Lt. Jeffrey Cardoza, public information officer for the Fall River Police Department, said last night police would have no comment regarding the development. There was also no immediate response last night from Taco Bell.

Will Bortz, a spokesman, was traveling and was unavailable for comment, according to Monica Hawks, a Taco Bell representative at corporate headquarters in Irvine, Calif. I

n a statement this week, Taco Bell defended its food preparation practices and said its franchisee would seek prosecution "to the fullest extent of the law" if the claim was "false" or "fraudulent."

Mr. Daggett, 27, said he became "light-headed" and experienced "some (stomach) cramping" after he ate tacos from the drive-through window at Taco Bell on Mariano Bishop Boulevard. He said sometime later he noticed "a white, powdery substance" on the half-eaten taco. He said he returned to the Taco Bell, and the manager said it looked like cocaine.

Mr. Daggett said he reported the incident to Fall River police and was treated at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. He said he was diagnosed with drug ingestion and tested positive for opiates. He told The Standard-Times he is not using drugs now nor has he used them in the past.

Mr. Daggett also said this week he has no interest in pursuing a legal claim against Taco Bell. He said he was purely concerned about his health.

Mr. Daggett was the bartender working at Puzzles Lounge in New Bedford on the night of Feb. 1, when Jacob Robida attacked patrons of the bar frequented by gays.


Huh?

3 Comments:

Blogger anne altman said...

it just means that mr daggett is always where the action is.

and don't call him mr. faggot. that really pisses him off.

12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous savory said...

They could have left the "gay "qualifier out of the sentence, easily. It seems to be an interesting coincidence-the bar, McDonalds, Taco Bell.

9:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a coincidence?????nope!!! I MYSELF AM FROM FALL RIVER AND I KNOW MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PERSONALLY LINKED TO MR PHILLIP DAGGETT HE IS A MANIPULATING JERK THAT USES TRAGEDY TO HIS BENIFIT,HE KEEPS GETTING THROWN INTO THESE THINGS,AN EXTREMLY TRAGIC FATAL CAR CRASH, THE BAR,AND OTHERS IM SURE AND HE NEVER LEARNS TO KEEP HIS BIG TRAP SHUT. BEING A "GOOD SAMARITIAN" COMES WITH A DEGREE OF BEING HUMBLE THAT MR DAGGETT HAS YET TO LEARN. HE IS A SCAM ARTIST ANYTHING FOR FREE MONEY HE IS A DIDDLER (for those that dont know it means he likes little boys)A LIAR AND AN ATTENTION WHORE. HE SERIOUSLY NEEDS TO UNDERGO SOME SERIOUS SHOCK THERAPY ADMINISTERD BY THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES HE HAS INTERFERED WITH.....AND HIS CLAIM TO FAME WILL ULTIMATLY BE HIS DEMISE.

5:49:00 PM  

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