Jack in the Box curly fries argument leads to shooting at drive-thru

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An argument that began by Jack in the Box curly fries lead to an employee pulling out a gun and shooting at a customer in the drive-thru. The victims since filed a lawsuit against the fast-food franchise, which is demanding stricter background checks on its employees.

“I was dumbfounded by it. I really couldn’t believe what was happening. It was scary. It was very, very scary,” Anthony Ramos said, who was driving the car. The incident took place March 3, 2021, Anthony, his pregnant wife, and his 6-year-old daughter went to the Jack in the Box drive-thru and ordered food, including curly fries.

“When they asked to get curly fries, they were denied, and keep in mind, there’s no car behind them. So, there was no rush to get them out. They offered to pay for the curly fries, even though they had already paid for it already, but the answer was no. Pretty soon there was shouting,” Randall Kalinen, the family’s attorney told FOX 26 Houston.

According to court documents, Alonniea Ford who was working the drive thru at the time got upset and started throwing ketchup, ice, and other items into the family’s car then yelled curse words before pulling out a gun and shooting.

Ramos says he managed to drive away before the bullets struck the car and his daughter who was sitting in the back seat.

“It was more of a panic mode at that moment. I’m lucky that I saw it when I saw it and I was able to pull off when I did and then my initial reaction was to call the police,” Ramos said.

“Apparently the manager was aware of this while this was happening and did not choose to step in deescalate,” Mark Underwood, co-counsel for the Ramos family said.

According to documents, Ford has since been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Records show she later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of deadly conduct. Another person named Kevin Theriot has also been charged with carrying a weapon, according to attorneys.

The Ramos family is now suing Jack in the box for gross negligence and demands the franchise enforce stricter background checks on its workers.

“We are here today to ask Jack in the Box to get better policies and policies where potentially dangerous employees are not allowed to interact with the public where they could be a great danger,” Ramos said.

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