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A burger without ketchup. A hot dog with no mustard. Breakfast without O.J. (it’s like a day without sunshine). They’re all virtually unthinkable. You get your mouth all set for something delicious, something that will hit the spot just perfectly, and the lack of the appropriate condiment can ruin the whole experience. Think about that for a minute. Now you know how Jeremy Combs felt…

As tells it, Combs was well into his cups Saturday after a night on the town. Not wanting to go home hungry, he decided to make a run for the border and cruise through his local Taco Bell. Sack in hand, he headed for home.

He returned when he got home and discovered his order was missing the hot sauce he asked for, according to court documents.

The Taco Bell employee said Combs handed the incorrect order to him, “and then reached for a shotgun, which had shells on the side,” according to court documents. The employee said he fled from the drive-through window. He said Combs appeared intoxicated, according to court records.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? You get home with a rumbly tumbly, reach in the bag only to discover that the kid who could barely make change didn’t get your order right. Most people, though, don’t bother driving all the way back to the offending “restaurant” to press the point. Jeremy Combs isn’t most people.

A loaded shotgun was taken from Combs’ bedroom. He admitted that he bought the shotgun from a drug house in Independence, according to court records.

Police said Combs had three felony convictions. As a result, Combs was charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He also faces state charges.

What, no DUI?

This should be a cautionary tale for all of us. When that acne-plagued adolescent stops texting long enough to shove your food at you through the drive-thru window, don’t blithely drive home, assuming everything is fine, and risk bitter disappointment. Pull forward a few feet and check that bag yourself.

Sure, making that snot-nosed kid soil his shorts as he stares down your double barrels would be satisfying. But ultimately, it’s better to keep your guns than have to surrender them to the local police.

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  1. “This should be a cautionary tale for all of us”

    Don’t get three felony convictions, buy your shot gun from at a drug house and drive around drunk.

    Meanwhile, goof on the working kid who may or not have made a mistake on an order.

  2. This could be a “cautionary tale” for fourteen year olds living in a high-crime drug-neighborhood. Based on prior experiences and temperament, people choose to or not check their food to-go orders as they deem fit. I think that most mature law-abiding adults are rational enough not to screw up their life, reputation, and record by threatening or intimidating the local taco boy with or without a gun. I get the sense that most comments here are posted at this site by responsible gun owning mature adults and not younger felons.

  3. I think the lesson here is that you should always grab a fistful of hot sauce when you go into the Taco Bell lobby. That way if the kid at the drive-thru forgets to add it you have a cache in your home or car.

    • I had a taco bell employee give me something like 62 packets of hot sauce with a drive thru order once. I always ask for tons of sauce and just keep it in an empty pringles can. And then I put Frank’s Red Hot Sauce on everything instead.

  4. Maybe this explains the Britney Spears “hold up” music video with her shoving the revolver into her tight pants – she was upset because the clerk forgot her hot sauce!

  5. Whaddya mean he had a shotgun? He was a felon, right?! It’s against the law for felons to own guns. Wait…I know! More common sense gun laws!! “It is hereby against the law for stupid felons to buy firearms from anyone”. Fixed.

  6. My question is: Why would you put mustard on a hot dog? Do you hate hot dogs that much?

    As for OJ in the morning, remember the old joke “Which is better for you in the morning, Coffee or OJ?
    Answer: Coffee may give you cancer but OJ will kill you.”

    • I always thought Riggs and Murtaugh should have backed up in the drive thru and demanded the order be corrected. Even flashed a gun or two if not the badges.

  7. When I used to eat taco hell I’d always get free stuff when they would get my order wrong. Only happened at the drive-thru though. So rather than pulling a gun on them, he could have gotten free tacos if he had waited. Plus, it was just sauce. I can get better hot sauce at the store.

    And mustard is nasty


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