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(Foodbeast)   Remember when Taco Bell airlifted a food truck with 10,000 tacos to a small town in Alaska? That's a commercial now (w/2 videos)   (foodbeast.com) divider line 76
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2012-07-09 11:17:55 PM
What, you think they did it for just the simple act of doing a good deed?
 
2012-07-09 11:20:26 PM
s-ak.buzzfed.com
 
2012-07-09 11:25:20 PM
uummm... so?
everything not failing is advertising.

/sad but pragmatic.
 
2012-07-09 11:31:26 PM

cretinbob: [s-ak.buzzfed.com image 450x352]


lulz
 
2012-07-09 11:41:24 PM
Does it show 20 minutes later when the town is deserted after everyone rushed to the bathroom?
 
2012-07-09 11:49:27 PM
Try to imagine the look of surprise on my face

/go ahead... try
//no... seriously...
 
2012-07-09 11:57:58 PM
"It's like heaven on earth"

Thank GOD a Taco Bell showed up, or we all surely would have perished.
 
2012-07-10 12:00:07 AM
Taco Bell is not "Heaven on Earth".

Let's get a grip, people.
 
2012-07-10 12:37:21 AM

Grables'Daughter: Taco Bell is not "Heaven on Earth".

Let's get a grip, people.


There's a joke here, but I'm not sure what it is.
 
2012-07-10 12:38:05 AM

Grables'Daughter: Taco Bell is not "Heaven on Earth".

Let's get a grip, people.


Grables'Daughter: "It's like heaven on earth"

Thank GOD a Taco Bell showed up, or we all surely would have perished.


He's a kid in a small, isolated town. Let him have this.
 
2012-07-10 12:48:46 AM

vartian: Grables'Daughter: Taco Bell is not "Heaven on Earth".

Let's get a grip, people.

Grables'Daughter: "It's like heaven on earth"

Thank GOD a Taco Bell showed up, or we all surely would have perished.

He's a kid in a small, isolated town. Let him have this.


THIS

As one of the videos said, the closest Taco Bell is 400 miles away. It's probably the first time this kid has ever had Taco Bell. It might even be the first time he's had fast food.
 
2012-07-10 12:56:24 AM

vartian: Grables'Daughter: Taco Bell is not "Heaven on Earth".

Let's get a grip, people.

Grables'Daughter: "It's like heaven on earth"

Thank GOD a Taco Bell showed up, or we all surely would have perished.

He's a kid in a small, isolated town. Let him have this.


Yes...every American has the right to get diarrhea from a meat-like product. It's right there in the Constitution...somewhere in the back
 
2012-07-10 01:42:39 AM
"A few weeks ago someone told the remote town of Bethel, Alaska they were getting a Taco Bell. But they were crushed to find out it was only a hoax. Well, it's time someone delivered them the diarrhea."

*inspiring music*
 
2012-07-10 01:43:49 AM

Lionel Mandrake:

Yes...every American has the right to get diarrhea from a meat-like product. It's right there in the Constitution...somewhere in the back


*shrug* no argument about the quality of the food, but he sure looked happy to me.
 
2012-07-10 01:45:02 AM
Of course it is. Do you know how much money that cost?
 
2012-07-10 02:04:42 AM
This means Sarah Palin is automatically President and Ted Stevens is going to cook Mexican night at the RNC.
 
2012-07-10 02:06:53 AM

Bathia_Mapes: vartian: Grables'Daughter: Taco Bell is not "Heaven on Earth".

Let's get a grip, people.

Grables'Daughter: "It's like heaven on earth"

Thank GOD a Taco Bell showed up, or we all surely would have perished.

He's a kid in a small, isolated town. Let him have this.

THIS

As one of the videos said, the closest Taco Bell is 400 miles away. It's probably the first time this kid has ever had Taco Bell. It might even be the first time he's had fast food.


/that his daddy didn't have to shoot as it was a'runnin..

//ftfy
 
2012-07-10 02:06:57 AM
No, I don't remember this. But I do remember when they were going to offer everyone on Earth a taco if some satellite fell on their little target in the ocean.
 
2012-07-10 02:09:04 AM
Wait, you thought they did it out of KINDNESS? This reeked of promotional opportunity from the start... that and taco farts.
 
2012-07-10 02:11:58 AM
It's like 10,000 tacos when all you need is a burrito.
 
2012-07-10 02:14:11 AM
www.spirit-of-metal.com

I wonder where Taco Bell got the idea of doing an giant, overpriced marketing gimmick in the middle of an arctic wasteland?
 
2012-07-10 02:15:41 AM
Yes ads and business are both terrible things. In Obamamaland.
 
2012-07-10 02:18:12 AM
were they soft or hard shell?
 
2012-07-10 02:20:37 AM
"A few weeks after the hoax occurred, Taco Bell's slick marketing team capitalized on the opportunity to airlift the town 10,000 tacos and dubbed the entire fiasco #OperationAlaska."

fi·as·co
[fee-as-koh or, especially for 2, -ah-skoh] Show IPA
noun, plural fi·as·cos, fi·as·coes.
1.
a complete and ignominious failure.
2.
a round-bottomed glass flask for wine, especially Chianti, fitted with a woven, protective raffia basket that also enables the bottle to stand upright.

Synonyms
1. disaster, catastrophe, debacle, flop, bomb.


Fiasco? Hardly. More like one hundred percent pure marketing genius.
 
2012-07-10 02:23:06 AM

mikaloyd: Yes ads and business are both terrible things. In Obamamaland.


No, pretending to be generous when it's just for commercial purposes is dishonest.

Is dishonesty ok, sparky?
 
2012-07-10 02:27:12 AM
Fark them!

If they want real food. Tell them to move to a real place that has places like Taco Bell.
 
2012-07-10 02:31:42 AM
it brought a tear to my eye
 
2012-07-10 02:32:13 AM

ThePastafarian: No, pretending to be generous when it's just for commercial purposes is dishonest.

Is dishonesty ok, sparky?


Honesty and dishonesty are all about intent.

Let me illustrate: If a person rescues a person out of a burning building with foreknowledge that this could make that person famous, is it honest or dishonest?

The only way to know is by intent. Regarding the taco bell operation, one person may have convinced taco bell to be generous and the the other executives did it to for the publicity, it is theoretically possible one was honest and the others was not.

The other part about honesty and dishonesty I haven't explored yet is the audience - if the audience already knows that a part of the stunt is for publicity, it is technically not dishonest, the audience is already aware of that aspect and sees it as a win/win situation. The person that was not aware of the publicity angle is the one likely to be seeing the entire episode to be dishonest.

In other words, one would have to be somewhat naive to be deceived.
 
2012-07-10 02:34:00 AM
Taco bell..real food? you poor deprived soul u.
 
2012-07-10 02:39:22 AM

Twitch Boy: This means Sarah Palin is automatically President and Ted Stevens is going to cook Mexican night at the RNC.


I'd pay to see that, if only to see the horrified reactions of the audience...

cretinbob: [s-ak.buzzfed.com image 450x352]


I know she's supposed to be firing them, but if you look at the image a certain way, it looks like she's eating them...
 
2012-07-10 02:39:29 AM
i198.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-10 02:43:45 AM

ThePastafarian: mikaloyd: Yes ads and business are both terrible things. In Obamamaland.

No, pretending to be generous when it's just for commercial purposes is dishonest.

Is dishonesty ok, sparky?


It beats a depression.
 
2012-07-10 02:49:45 AM

CrispFlows: In other words, one would have to be somewhat naive to be deceived.


No kidding. Taco Bell never said "We are doing this for humanitarian reasons!" As noted they even had fun with the idea, parodying the style of a legit Red Cross operation.

I'm quite sure what happened was many people at Taco Bell heard the story and said "Man that's a dick move," and someone then came up with the idea of "Wouldn't it be cool if we could bring them some tacos?" That went from a "It would be cool," to looking at the actual feasibility which is fairly feasible, all the stuff fit in a truck and an airlift isn't hard to do. At that point, they went to marketing and said "Hey here's an idea, it'll look cool, generate great PR, and won't cost too much."

It was a stunt, and they don't seem to have ever made it look like anything else. It was also a nice thing to do. It can be both.
 
2012-07-10 02:54:13 AM

DownDaRiver: Fark them!

If they want real food. Tell them to move to a real place that has places like Taco Bell.


It's cute that you think Taco Bell is "real food".
 
2012-07-10 02:58:40 AM

preciousmetal: What, you think they did it for just the simple act of doing a good deed?


Knowing that it won't go unpunished?!
 
2012-07-10 03:00:11 AM
when the bell beefer died, taco bell died
 
2012-07-10 03:08:41 AM

mikaloyd: Yes ads and business are both terrible things. In Obamamaland.


What the...I don't even
 
2012-07-10 03:11:53 AM

fusillade762: DownDaRiver: Fark them!

If they want real food. Tell them to move to a real place that has places like Taco Bell.

It's cute that you think Taco Bell is "real food".


It's cute that your Mommy still checks your underwear for holes before you go out to play with your friends.


Oh, wait, no it's not
It's creepy
 
2012-07-10 03:12:45 AM

DeltaPunch: "A few weeks ago someone told the remote town of Bethel, Alaska they were getting a Taco Bell. But they were crushed to find out it was only a hoax. Well, it's time someone delivered them the diarrhea."

*inspiring music*


BlueDanube.mp3

*squirt squirt, squirt squirt*
 
2012-07-10 03:36:53 AM
In Bethel, maybe 50 percent of the town is served by above ground sewer lines. The rest of the town is stuck with septic tanks (into which, from Sept through May, one must thrust a heating stick so that the sewage can thaw enough to be sucked out )... or those notorious honeybuckets...and it ALL goes into an open pond known fondly as the sewer lagoon.

Taco Bell wisely delivered in the summer. THAT was the best business decision made in this whole thing. Unless you are downwind.
 
2012-07-10 03:46:02 AM
I think it is sad that a small town would be excited about having a corporate crap factory as opposed to supporting a small taco joint.
 
2012-07-10 04:07:22 AM

DownDaRiver: fusillade762: DownDaRiver: Fark them!

If they want real food. Tell them to move to a real place that has places like Taco Bell.

It's cute that you think Taco Bell is "real food".

It's cute that your Mommy still checks your underwear for holes before you go out to play with your friends.


Oh, wait, no it's not
It's creepy


Oh SNAP. Hooo-boy, you sure got me good.
 
2012-07-10 04:07:50 AM
thetastingbuds.com

In related news, a shipment of Pepto Bismol was airlifted to a small town in Alaska,
 
2012-07-10 04:38:36 AM

fusillade762: DownDaRiver: fusillade762: DownDaRiver: Fark them!

If they want real food. Tell them to move to a real place that has places like Taco Bell.

It's cute that you think Taco Bell is "real food".

It's cute that your Mommy still checks your underwear for holes before you go out to play with your friends.


Oh, wait, no it's not
It's creepy

Oh SNAP. Hooo-boy, you sure got me good.


I'm just joshin wit ya

Good Morning
 
2012-07-10 05:17:47 AM
Video doesn't work here. Did they play Ride of the Valkyries?
 
2012-07-10 05:50:54 AM

Ebbelwoi: Video doesn't work here. Did they play Ride of the Valkyries?


I love the smell of Taco Bell™ in the morning...

robertduvall.jpg
 
2012-07-10 05:56:33 AM
You know, one of the minor annoying things about potentially moving to Japan is that the only Taco Bell in the country is located on a military base. I won't claim that Taco Bell is fine cuisine by any stretch of the word, but sometimes, once in a while, you just want to eat super cheap, spicy beef mixed with the other ingredients. I might only eat Taco Bell twice a year, but I almost always get a grilled stuft burrito just to scratch that itch.
 
2012-07-10 05:58:24 AM
10k tacos? I can't imagine all the crap..
 
2012-07-10 06:06:19 AM
So long as the Alaskans got their free tacos, I got no problem with this.
 
2012-07-10 06:12:09 AM
I like Taco Bell.

Mostly because I was raised on Taco John's (my parents owned one in Missoula) and there is no such thing around here. So I have to settle for Taco Bell. But I still like it ;)
 
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