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Del Taco Worker Out On Bail After Stabbing Customer

Posted on June 25, 2012

The next time you go for fast food and the employee gets your order wrong, you may want to think twice about complaining.

Last week, a Riverside County man learned the hard way that he should have kept his mouth shut when 28-year-old Gabriel Villalba, a gang member and Del Taco employee, got his order wrong.

Del Taco in Denton, TX

Del Taco in Denton, TX (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It happened just before 2 a.m. last Thursday at a Del Taco in Hemet on East Florida Avenue. That’s when an unidentified customer got mad because Villalba got his order wrong.

Both the customer and Villalba got into an argument. During the argument, Villalba grabbed a knife and stabbed the customer in the abdomen. The customer’s friends transported him to a local hospital. The wounds are described as serious, but not life threatening. The customer is expected to survive. No one knows if he will ever visit a Del Taco again.

Villalba, who made the unwise decision to stab a paying customer in front of eye witnesses, was arrested and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken to the Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning where he was held on $25,000 bail. He was released on Friday.

Sheriff’s deputies aren’t sure if Villalba hired an attorney to represent him or even if Del Taco fired him for stabbing a customer. If Villalba got fired, it may be difficult for him to hire an attorney. If he didn’t get fired, he could use his vacation time – if he has benefits – to meet with his lawyer and make his court appearances.

All joking aside, this is a serious matter. Some thug who obviously can’t handle an irate Del Taco customer went beyond the bounds of societal decency and morality and stabbed a man. There is no excuse for this type of behavior.

If you or someone you love was the victim of a senseless act of violence, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately to see if you’re able to file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you collect the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. They can even help you collect compensation to pay off all your medical expenses.

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