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Taco Bell on the defensive after picture of employee licking shells goes viral

389673_534170106641562_842167090_nSomeone should have taught this kid that a gentlemen never kisses and posts on Facebook.

In what Taco Bell is currently spinning as a prank, a picture of an employee dragging his tongue up a stack of hard taco shells wound up on their Facebook wall. The picture was picked up in a post on Consumerist yesterday, and just 24 hours later is has exploded online, putting Taco Bell into a full blown PR nightmare.

Supposedly taken at a location in Ridgecrest, Ca., Taco Bell has come out (in the comments of the photo, not in any sort of real announcement) saying that they “believe this is a prank and the food was not served to customers.” They are apparently conducting an investigation, and swift action will be taken. Translation – You’re fired, kid.

I’m not sure what the real lesson is here – Avoid Taco Bell? Or you can’t take things back once they are on the internet, you stupid little punk, and where is my meximelt?

- Jon Watson, Food & More blog

22 comments Add your comment

fred

June 4th, 2013
12:34 pm

par for the course for fast food is my guess.

Bhorsoft

June 4th, 2013
12:36 pm

And he’s not wearing gloves to hold the taco shells, either!

Pablo

June 4th, 2013
12:53 pm

I hope Taco Bell sues the lifetime out of this knucklehead. In my college years I used to work for a fast food establishment, and the one thing we were harped on constantly by the management was the cleanliness of everything, everywhere. We could not even show up for work without shaving. Nowadays some of the kids working in fast food places have a jungle crammed inside a cap, their pants down to their knees and they cannot even perform the most basic math equations before becoming totally flustered, which is why I almost never go to fast food places anymore…

Anton Chigurh

June 4th, 2013
1:08 pm

Young man, what’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?

Meatballs are here

June 4th, 2013
1:16 pm

Maybe he fought were stamps and was lickin them so would stick better…are he was gettin a splinter out…Either way i hope they threw out the door and Him to!

Appalled

June 4th, 2013
2:25 pm

Amen, Pablo. Smart a** punk. He deserves to have his life ruined for a while …

Kar

June 4th, 2013
3:24 pm

Taco shells are not XTC tabs kid.

SNAZZYDRESSA

June 4th, 2013
3:24 pm

HE THOT THEY WER HIS FOOD STAMPS SO HE LIKKED THEM!

Steve

June 4th, 2013
3:26 pm

reason #456,529 to avoid fast food and to eat at home

AzCat

June 4th, 2013
4:06 pm

Give him to Anton for the coin toss. Problem solved.

joe

June 4th, 2013
4:37 pm

If you only knew how many times some punk kid spit on your whopper, you’d never believe it. It happens…

ABC

June 4th, 2013
7:12 pm

Does anyone think this has never happened in every fast food place across America? Just cuz we never saw pics on the internet before doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen every day.

Art

June 4th, 2013
9:50 pm

Who are we kidding here if not ourselves? This can happen in any food environ that has lax standards and is poorly run. The fact that this instance happened in a fast food establishment is in no way shape or form a reflection on fast food. On the contrary, it is a reflection of mismanagement… PERIOD! Any time we eat out of our homes we count on the integrity of the restaurant we patron, fast food or otherwise, to provide us safe food with integrity and honesty. The 99% we see on the inspection sticker is only what the inspector saw when he or she was there… and nothing more. We have to rely on each restaurant’s culture and standards to prevent these types of acts.

rtga

June 4th, 2013
9:52 pm

Enter your comments here

ww3

June 4th, 2013
9:53 pm

it is ok if he licks the shells, i wipe my butt with the money i pay them with.

Bubba

June 5th, 2013
7:35 am

Look at the half wits and morons that typically work in these places, Chick-Fil-A being a notable exception

the dude

June 5th, 2013
9:42 am

Obama by wanting raise min. wage, thinks this is worth 10.50 an hr. On second thought, that just might solve the problem, These job will be gone.

Baltisraul....

June 5th, 2013
12:18 pm

Just another example of mixing Social Media w/ someone with the IQ of a serving spoon!

AzCat

June 5th, 2013
12:47 pm

Balti, you just insulted serving spoons. ;-)

Don't Tread

June 5th, 2013
1:06 pm

Probably on drugs…or just plain stupidity…or (most likely) both. This did happen in California, after all. :roll:

Baltisraul.....

June 5th, 2013
7:53 pm

AzCat……you are right, should have said ‘bowling ball’.