Sharp eyes at Eater.com — the national one — have picked up on a week-old WFAA/Channel 8 report about a Collin County resident who was fined $226 for riding his horse to a Taco Bell drive-thru, and the story is starting to take off online.
Rick Braun, who lives in Lucas, a Collin County town roughly seven miles from Allen, told WFAA that he and some friends have been going to the Taco Bell on Stacy Road via horseback for years, as many as three nights a week. He was recently cited by Allen police for "riding animal on public street" and fined $266.
An Allen police spokesman told the station that officers had warned Braun and his friends repeatedly not to do this, which is a violation of the city code.
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Braun countered that his group was riding along a greenbelt, not in the streets, although they had to cross a couple of streets to make it to the restaurant. He added however, that it was late at night and traffic was minimal.
Allen authorities added that they had received complaints about horse droppings, and that Braun’s dark horses are a safety issue because they’re hard to see at night.
The story has been picked up by stations as far away as St. Louis (where the anchors are unable to contain their amusement -- “He’s just trying to save gas money so he can buy some more tacos!”) and Philadelphia. Braun plans to fight the ticket, according to the WFAA report.
Eater.com notes that two years ago, a woman tried to ride one through the drive-thru of a McDonald's in the UK. When they would not serve her, the woman attempted to bring the horse into the restaurant. Braun has shown more restraint.