Taco Bell Employee Fights Crime With Mop Handle

Remember that scene in the Eddie Murphy film Coming to America where he and Arsenio Hall take out an armed robber (a barely recognizable Samuel L. Jackson) with a mop handle? Well, the real-life scene on Sunday at a Taco Bell in Indiana probably wasn’t as cinematic, but it was cool nonetheless.

According to police, a man entered the Taco Bell in question late on Sunday night, but he wanted more than just a chalupa.

“Get in the register,” the robber, who didn’t draw a weapon, told the Taco Bell employee.

That’s when the Taco ninja showed off his mop-fu skills against the wannabe burglar, who fled in fright.

Taco Bell employee fights off robber with mop [IDSnews.com]


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  1. KyleOrton says:

    It was actually a locally-owned Taco Ball restaurant. Taco Bell is always after the hard-headed but lovable owner for trademark violation.

  2. cajuncutie01 says:

    …and then he got fired.

  3. Alvis says:

    But.. but I can’t fit in the register!

  4. MrBryan says:


  5. einstoch says:

    He could have punished the robber enough simply by feeding him a cheesy gordita crunch. the gastric pain alone would have deterred any future crime.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Especially if they’re not used to eating Taco Bell. Because it takes some getting used to, I’ve heard.

  6. denali says:

    Cue worker getting fired in 3… 2… 1…

  7. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    The suspect appeared to have a brown handle sticking out of his pocket that looked like a gun handle, but he fled out the door and headed north, according to the report.

    The employee brought a stick to a gun fight?

    • kingofmars says:

      It worked didn’t it?

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        I just want to know what the thought process was behind that.

        – Guy demands money
        – Guy appears to be armed
        – Employee decides the best way to handle this is to use a big stick

        Yeah it worked, but why did the employee assume that it would work? Why assume that a robber with a gun isn’t going to shoot you?

        If the employee said that he didn’t think the handle in the guy’s pocket was actually a gun this would make more sense.

        • dwtomek says:

          Just a thought, but perhaps he attacked with a stick because he thought he was going to get shot otherwise? I can tell you right now that having a gun pointed at you is a very jarring event and logic doesn’t necessarily come into play. Some people’s fight reaction is stronger than their flight response. Obviously I have no way of knowing what was going through this guy’s head though.

  8. womynist says:

    LOVE the Toxic Avenger pic!

    +1 to Chris for that

  9. sonneillon says:

    Would you like to supersize that asswooping for a dollar more?

    I know wrong restaurant but I had to make the joke.

  10. tdogg241 says:

    You haven’t seen Coming To America in a while apparently. The robber is easily recognizable as Samuel L. Jackson.

  11. Dallas_shopper says:

    So when’s the Taco Bell hero getting fired?

  12. Angus99 says:
    • NORMLgirl says:

      Yay UHF! I only saw this after I posted a link too. Stanley Rocks!

      I can’t tell you how many times I have exclaimed “my mop!” or, “let’s go to spatula city!”

  13. Kingeryck says:

    I don’t understand why people fight back.. you are making minimum wage, let him take the $50.00 that’s in the register, it’s not worth your life.

  14. wetrat says:

    aaaand that’s a firin’

  15. NORMLgirl says:

    Nothing beats Stanly Spadowski’s mop moves.

  16. Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

    This man is obviously a Chrono Trigger fan.

  17. dg says:

    Maybe it was Bruce Lee’s cousin (Bob) working at the ‘Bell. I can see it now *fast moving mouth on screen* “I kill your family… then I kill you…. with this mop-turned-bo! kwwwwwwwaaaaaaah thwack! *fast moving mouth* “Now you go….you tell everyone!”

    … fade to next scene… Bob’s eating a chalupa…

  18. Hands says:

    I’d just like to say for the record that not all of us 5’9″ short haired white men rob Taco Bell. Some of us don’t even eat there.

  19. Mira Mi Huevo!!! says:

    “That is how Mexicans Clean Up Shop”… they also cut their pizzas with little “caesar’s”…

    (rimshot and applause)