What-a-not to use at crime scenes in Hous­ton

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

HOUS­TON» Po­lice com­man­ders in Hous­ton say or­der num­bers taken from a pop­u­lar Texas fast-food restau­rant can­not be used to high­light ev­i­dence at crime scenes.

Of­fi­cers are not al­lowed to use the dis­tinc­tive or­ange-col­ored, tent-shaped num­bers Whataburger cus­tomers re­ceive so that or­ders can be brought to their ta­bles.

Po­lice spokes­woman Jodi Silva says there were con­cerns use of the mark­ers amounted to a po­lice en­dorse­ment of Whataburger.

She says the ac­tion was taken fol­low­ing the shoot­ing death in March of a young woman. Of­fi­cers who were wait­ing on crime-scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors wanted to mark bul­let cas­ings and other ev­i­dence and bor­rowed the or­der num­bers from a nearby Whataburger.

Pho­tos of the mark­ers re­ceived on­line at­ten­tion, as Whataburger is a pop­u­lar Texas des­ti­na­tion, sim­i­lar to In-n-out Burger in Cal­i­for­nia.

LM Otero, The As­so­ci­ated Press

A Whataburger tent or­der num­ber sits on a ta­ble in Dal­las this month.

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