Video Shows Jack In The Box Employee Shoot At Drive-Thru Customer, Allegedly Over Missing Curly Fries
Newly released video shows a Jack in the Box restaurant employee in Texas shoot at a drive-thru customer, allegedly over missing curly fries.
Anthony Ramos says he was in a vehicle with his pregnant wife and six-year-old daughter when an argument erupted over his missing order of curly fries. The confrontation, which occurred in March 2021, ended with employee Alonniea Ford-Theriot, now 30, shooting at Ramos.
Video appears to show Ford-Theriot throwing handfuls of ketchup packets at Ramos from the drive-thru window, before walking a few steps away, grabbing a gun from her pocket, and then shooting at Ramos. The vehicle swiftly drives away and Ford-Theriot closes the drive-thru window.
Ramos has since filed a lawsuit against Ford-Theriot and Jack in the Box over the incident and is seeking $250,000 in damages. His attorney, Randall Kallinen, was able to obtain the video of the confrontation through discovery and released the footage this past week.
“It was pointed right at me,” Ramos said. “I’m surprised she didn’t get me.”
“She’s aiming. She’s leaning. She’s not just going up in the air. She’s trying to kill them,” Kallinen said of Ford-Theriot during a recent press conference.
Ford-Theriot told ABC13 that she’s “not an angry person” or a “mad monster.”
“I’m just a woman trying to work for my family,” Ford-Theriot said, adding, “I’m not going to pull out no gun and shoot at somebody over no curly fries. Come on.”
The news outlet asked Ford-Theriot about the video showing her shooting at Ramos, but the former fast-food employee seemed to deny this. “If you hear the audio, you didn’t hear the gun go off at all,” she claimed.
ABC13 noted that the video has no audio, but it does show a muzzle flash and court records confirm that Houston police found a spent shell casing.
Ford-Theriot was initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a felony, but pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of deadly conduct, ABC13 reports. The former Jack in the Box employee has completed one year of deferred adjudication community supervision.
Kallinen has told the media that Ford-Theriot pleaded guilty to terroristic threat back in 2012, before she was hired by Jack in the Box.
“Jack in the Box needs to investigate their prospective employees,” the attorney said. “As in this example, Ms. Ford had pled guilty to a terroristic threat, and that was a public record in Harris County. Also, the manager should have de-escalated the situation. On the video, it appeared that the manager did not do anything to tell the employee to go back or that they would take care of it, and let the situation escalate.”
A spokesperson for Jack in the Box has denied all responsibility relating to the incident.
“While we cannot comment on ongoing litigation, we are aware of the situation involving an employee of one of our independent franchisees and remain focused on providing a safe environment for customers and restaurant workers,” the spokesperson said.