Tyson Foods CFO found allegedly drunk and passed out in stranger’s bed after entering wrong home

Tyson Foods CFO John Tyson was arrested early Sunday morning, having walked into the wrong home and fallen asleep on the homeowner’s bed after imbibing quite a bit of alcohol.

Tyson, 32, was taken into custody by Washington C0., Arkansas police at around 2:05 Sunday morning after a woman arrived home to allegedly find Tyson asleep in her bed with his clothes lying at the foot of it. He was booked on criminal trespassing and public intoxication and was released later Sunday night on a $415 bond.

Derek Burleson, a spokesperson for Tyson Foods, told a local Fox affiliate, “We’re aware of the incident, and as this is a personal matter, we have no additional comment.”

The woman told police that Tyson must have entered her home through the unlocked front door. Authorities at the scene said they had a tough time eliciting a verbal response from the drunken Tyson and had to use his driver’s license to confirm his identity. Reportedly, the smell of alcohol was present on Tyson’s breath as he sluggishly sat up at one point but then quickly laid back down again.

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So, it would appear the head numbers guy of the world’s second-largest chicken producer has taken a cue from the late, great Col. Sanders, whom legendary NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby once quoted as having said, “I’m too drunk to taste this chicken.”

The younger Tyson is the son of board chairman John H. Tyson and also serves as the executive vice president, having joined in 2019. Ironically enough, the CFO is not the first executive at Tyson Foods to have had a run-in with the law.

Former Tyson Chief Operations Officer Doug Ramsey, who is now the CEO of Beyond Meat, was arrested following a violent incident in a parking garage on the University of Arkansas campus in September. Reports say that Ramsey engaged in a fight, perhaps an instance of road rage, which included him exiting his vehicle and punching through the rear windshield of another person’s car. Ramsey then proceeded to assault the driver and ultimately bit off part of that person’s nose. He also allegedly made some sort of “terroristic threat.”

Beyond Meat said in a regulatory filing that Ramsey would be summarily leaving the company. Although that decision may be related to the charges for which Ramsey will appear in court next week, Beyond Meat also has plans to cut 200 jobs by year’s end, owing to inflation and increased competition which has caused a notable decrease in demand for their already high-priced plant-based products.

This also follows a second-quarter announcement by the company that it would lay off approximately four percent of its workforce as its full-year revenue expectations have lowered by somewhere between $70 and $100 million.

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