Jack in the Box curly fries argument leads to shooting at drive-thru, lawsuit says

An argument over Jack in the Box curly fries lead to an employee pulling out a gun and shooting at a customer in the drive-thru. The victims are now suing the franchise, demanding stricter background checks on its workers.

“I was dumbfounded by it. I really couldn’t believe what was happening. It was scary. It was very, very scary,” said Anthony Ramos, who was driving the car.

On March 3, 2021, Anthony, his pregnant wife, and his 6-year-old daughter went to the Jack in the Box drive-thru on John F Kennedy Blvd. near Bush Airport and ordered food, including curly fries.

“When they asked to get curly fries, they were denied, and keep in mind, there’s no car behind them. So, there was no rush to get them out. They offered to pay for the curly fries, even though they had already paid for it already, but the answer was no. Pretty soon there was shouting,” said Randall Kalinen, the family’s attorney.

Court documents say Alonniea Ford was the Jack in the Box employee working the drive-thru at the time. Records say she became upset and started throwing ketchup, ice, and other items into the family’s car then yelled curse words before pulling out a gun and shooting.

Ramos said he managed to drive away before the bullets struck his car and his daughter who was sitting in the back seat.