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Update: Woman who rammed Taco Bell speaks out


An Elkhart woman who rammed her motorized wheelchair into Taco Bell on Sunday morning said she did it to "teach them a lesson" about discriminating against people with disabilities.

Early Sunday morning 26-year-old Amber Harvey ordered two soft tacos at the drive-thru window at the Taco Bell in the 2500 block of Cassopolis Street, but she said the restaurant would not take her money or give her  the tacos because she was in a wheelchair, not a car.

"I felt that was some type of discrimination," said Harvey. "I got really upset. They had me using profanity words and I was really upset."

That's why Harvey—who has a bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, which makes her unable to walk—decided to back her wheelchair at full speed into the restaurant's front door, shattering the glass.

When asked if she did this out of revenge, Harvey told FOX 28: "I was mad. I-I-I-I was mad."

The door had to be replaced and Elkhart police came to speak to her. Police cited her for criminal mischief and vandalism.

Taco Bell said its employees were simply following policy by denying service to Harvey. In a statement released to FOX 28, Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch said: "To ensure the safety of our customers and Team Members, we restrict service at our drive-thru window locations to motor vehicles that are licensed and registered for highway use. Regarding your other questions, I recommend you speak with the Police who have a report with details from their investigation."

FOX 28 reached out to the Elkhart Police and the Elkhart County prosecutor's office, but neither would comment on this case.

Harvey said she had no choice but to go through the drive thru, since her cab driver wouldn't do it, and she has no car. She lived most of her 26 years in Rochester, New York and said she had no problems ordering at Taco Bell drive-thrus in her wheelchair there.

"It's not about tacos. It's about your rights. It's about my rights," she said. "I'm fighting for any other disabled person that's going through this. Shouldn't nobody else have to go through this."

Even though she admits damaging Taco Bell's property, Harvey has no remorse. She said she was driving home a point.

Police told us on Tuesday the case has been sent to the Elkhart County prosecutor's office. No word yet if charges will be filed.

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