Machete-wielding Taco Bell employee attacks drive-thru customer

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(Photo - Austin Police Department)

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According to court documents, a South Austin Taco Bell employee was arrested on Sunday after police say he swung an 18-inch machete at a customer’s truck in the drive-through lane, after the customer had trouble hearing him through the speaker. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with bail set at $15,000.

The Taco Bell employee, identified as 21-year-old Samuel Hemmit, was working the drive-thru at an Austin location on Sunday at around 5:40 p.m.

The customer said Samuel began to yell and curse at him and told him, “Why don’t you pull up and I will show you what I have for you,” according to an arrest affidavit.

Surveillance camera video footage from the infamous drive-through window showed Mr. Hemmit swing with the full force at the customer’s truck and strike the driver’s side view mirror twice, the affidavit said. The same video also showed Hemmit hide the 18-inch machete in a nearby dumpster after the customer ran away.

Hemmit admitted to police that he used the machete and attacked the customer, according to the affidavit. Police later retrieved the 18-inch machete from the dumpster, the affidavit said.

The question remains: How does one go to work at Taco Bell carrying a Machete?