Gary Cole says that he came up with the concept in 2006
An inmate in Colorado intends to sue as he claims that he has come up with the concept for Doritos Locos Tacos.Gary Cole is currently a resident of the maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado, the Dallas Observer reports. The jail has also been the home of such prisoners as Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
Cole was sent there for 25 years for "delaying interstate commerce, conspiring to do so, and using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence."
Cole came up with the concept in 2006, and he sent out the paperwork on that and other inventions to his lawyer. He had everything notarized at the time.
He thought up a "Divas and Ballers" brand and thought that it would be a good idea to sell hot sauce, alcohol, a "health mix" of an unspecified nature and body oils under that brand.
"Taco shells of all flavors (made of Doritos)," are also on the list of products he envisioned at the time.
He thinks he has been wronged and that his idea was stolen, most likely through the mail, with someone else getting the credit and financial reward for it.
"A check was made out to a person for a large amount by Taco Bell, Frito Lay, and Pepsi Co. Inc. for an idea or invention that was submitted to them by theft and fraud," the suit says.
He contacted the FBI, IRS and Taco Bell, and also sent out a letter to Denver law firm seeking assistance.
"Thanks for your April 25th letter, which we received on May 3. By now you should have received the taco documents. Hopefully, the stress they caused will be relieved.
"Do not 'put a knife' to the staff. That won't do you, or us, any good. I understand your frustration, but we're working on the retaliation issue and would ask that you leave it in our hands," they wrote him back.