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2013-06-04 12:44:01 PM

unyon: I didn't find the photo nearly as offensive as what they fill the tacos with and pass off as beef.


Ain't that the truth

/raises actual Black Angus
 
2013-06-04 12:45:26 PM
FTFA: "...whether it's pudding or tacos."

What Taco Bell sells pudding?
 
2013-06-04 12:47:54 PM

ShaggyMarrs: FTFA: "...whether it's pudding or tacos."

What Taco Bell sells pudding?


They fill their tacos with a pudding-like substance.
 
2013-06-04 12:48:19 PM
TBSB:

After my gf's grandmother died, my gf didn't eat for almost a week.  Finally, one night about 1 a.m. she said she wanted, of all things, Taco Bell.  So I went to the drive through. When I got back, I started to unwrap the "food".  First taco I unwrapped was HALF EATEN already.

Evidently, one of the morons on the line mistakenly put the taco he was eating into my bag.

fark Taco Bell.
 
2013-06-04 12:49:27 PM

kd4dcy: So, to clarify, NOT fired. Not even identified. Nor is the LOCATION even identified. Smells like BS to me.


The way I took it is the licker was fired, but Taco Bell did not reveal if the people behind it (as in the person who actually took the photo / posted it to the web / others who witnessed it) were fired. There's more than one person involved here.
 
2013-06-04 12:50:23 PM

Clemkadidlefark: unyon: I didn't find the photo nearly as offensive as what they fill the tacos with and pass off as beef.

Ain't that the truth

/raises actual Black Angus


Colonel?  Is that you?
 
2013-06-04 12:51:17 PM
I miss the old days when Taco Bell was the Mexican phone company.
 
2013-06-04 12:52:55 PM

vharshyde: "blah blah blah Brand Integrity". Or, you had a douchebag working for your company that wanted to go out on a loud note. We've ALL had that co-worker that'd rather get fired for tripping all the fire alarms in the building than for his crap attendance and crappy work performance. We've all had that employee who would rather say "I got fired" on his unemployment paperwork than "I quit". 

In the low income brackets, douchebag employees are commonplace, whether they be lackadaisical about showing up on time, or just generally treat the hand that feeds them like shiat. Some say this is about pay, but I theorize it's a lot more about A: Maturity(Most low income workers in the fast food business are highschoolers or in that range), B: Exposure(Many just don't know better, the morons), and C: Who the fark else would hire a douchebag(Older employees that end up going back into the Fast Food bracket tend to have no marketable skills, and poor on-the-job performance elsewhere).


Option 4 -- your attending university and your summer job makes you good money but you want 200 extra bucks a week for drugs beer and snacks -- so you go grab the closest job you can find so you can get there hammered and it pays shiatty and you are never going to use them as any sort of reference -- or atleast the people you really want jobs with arent going to give a fark that you were a lazy dick when you worked in fast food...

And even then i had integrity -- the thing that pissed me off was the managers who expected you to take the job seriously. I dont see an ounce of payback for any extra effort -- why would i be a dumb ass keener and bust my hump for shiat pay?

If i make pizza for 10 bucks an hour don't expect me to show up early and be giddy to perform. You get what you pay for.

I never ruined food but i did give out lots of free shiat. Was it stealing? I prefer the term 'exemplary customer service and marketing skills'
 
2013-06-04 12:53:16 PM

Do the needful: Diogenes: Three Crooked Squirrels: From the article, it doesn't look like he was fired.  That is most likely a product of how hard it is to find someone qualified enough to meet the culinary demands of the eatery.

Yep.

FTFA:   Taco Bell will see incidents like this repeat if it doesn't change its hiring practices, says Napoletano. "You need to hire people who hold as much integrity for your brand as you do," she says.

Not to excuse the kid, but what level of integrity can you expect with that brand?  We're not talking Ruth's Chris here.

Since you brought it up, what exactly is a Chris, and what's so special about Ruths?


A 'Chris' is a type of ceremonial knife, used mostly in far-eastern fertility rituals which involve live sacrifice of domesticated animals.  Ruth was the chef who imported these rituals for use in her avante-garde steak restaurants, which are famous for the blood orgies in which steers are eviscerated, butchered and expertly grilled for your dining pleasure.  The drum circle, the screams of the dying animals and religious chants from the shaman/maître d' are intended to enhance the dining experience.  I personally feel they use too much salt in most of their recipes, though.
 
2013-06-04 01:01:10 PM
saliva and all, you're more likely to get sick or DIE from eating at a 'real' mexican restaurant.
 
2013-06-04 01:04:41 PM
Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon... you know, cause I've licked a lot of tacos, and I tell you, people do that all the time.
 
2013-06-04 01:06:21 PM
Ew, ew, ew! This is definitely gonna be a comedy skit soon.
 
2013-06-04 01:07:55 PM
I predict he'll get kicked off his next job at Petco for licking the cats.
 
2013-06-04 01:08:02 PM
Facebook: encouraging and revealing stupidity since 2004
 
2013-06-04 01:10:11 PM

toraque: Do the needful: Diogenes:
Not to excuse the kid, but what level of integrity can you expect with that brand?  We're not talking Ruth's Chris here.

Since you brought it up, what exactly is a Chris, and what's so special about Ruths?

A 'Chris' is a type of ceremonial knife, used mostly in far-eastern fertility rituals which involve live sacrifice of domesticated animals.  Ruth was the chef who imported these rituals for use in her avante-garde steak restaurants, which are famous for the blood orgies in which steers are eviscerated, butchered and expertly grilled for your dining pleasure.  The drum circle, the screams of the dying animals and religious chants from the shaman/maître d' are intended to enhance the dining experience.  I personally feel they use too much salt in most of their recipes, though.


Bonjour...
 
2013-06-04 01:11:27 PM
FTFA:  Taco Bell will see incidents like this repeat if it doesn't change its hiring practices, says Napoletano. "You need to hire people who hold as much integrity for your brand as you do," she says.

At minimum wage? Good luck with that.

You'd think teenage and 20-something males, who are prime consumers of crappy fast food, would not want to encourage an atmosphere in which adulterating food being served to the public with bodily fluids is acceptable. But then, they aren't the sharpest pencils in the box.
 
2013-06-04 01:12:04 PM

Do the needful: Diogenes: Three Crooked Squirrels: From the article, it doesn't look like he was fired.  That is most likely a product of how hard it is to find someone qualified enough to meet the culinary demands of the eatery.

Yep.

FTFA:   Taco Bell will see incidents like this repeat if it doesn't change its hiring practices, says Napoletano. "You need to hire people who hold as much integrity for your brand as you do," she says.

Not to excuse the kid, but what level of integrity can you expect with that brand?  We're not talking Ruth's Chris here.

Since you brought it up, what exactly is a Chris, and what's so special about Ruths?


It was originally just called "Chris' Steakhouse", until some chick named Ruth bought it. No joke. I always thought that was one of the most awkward names for a business. Should have just called it "Ruth's Steakhouse" or "Chris & Ruth's".
 
2013-06-04 01:12:41 PM

RoyHobbs22: Smackledorfer: Kids do dumb shiat, and unless none of them are involved in any portion of your feeding process, you are probably eating some nasty shiat from time to time.  Get over it.

/doesn't mean don't fire the guy

very true, eating out anywhere is a gamble.  spitting on burgers, picking fries off the dirty floor, slicing the mold off rotting cheese, jacking off into pizza dough.  Learn how to cook people!


I would learn how to cook people, but check me if I'm wrong here, won't they lock me up and throw away the key?
 
2013-06-04 01:17:59 PM
When I was 16, I worked as a prep cook in a restaurant. We used to throw balls of hamburger meat at each other and then peel it off the walls, floor and anywhere else it hit and then made then into patties. Stay home if you want a guarantee that your food hasn't been farked with.
 
2013-06-04 01:18:05 PM

BKITU: MajorTubeSteak: FTFA: "It's not a brand problem - it's a brand practices problem," says Erika Napoletano, a brand strategy consultant. "If you hire people who treat your brand as disposable, that's the kind of PR you'll get."

And if you hire people at minimum wage, expect minimum effort.

One of the reasons In-N-Out gets the reputation it has isn't just for the better-than-average fare for fast food, but because they historically pay about 50% above minimum wage to their staff. With that extra bit of pay, you get a staff that are absolutely busting their asses to get orders filled, and filled right.

Same age of employee (high school/undergrad college) as you would typically see in a fast food joint, but putting out roughly 10x the effort for less than 2x the pay, simply because management isn't telling them "If we could legally pay you less, we would." It's incredible how far that goes.


One of the big differences between In-N-Out and places like Taco Bell is that all the In-N-Out restauraunts are corporate owned.  Most other fast food chains are franchises.  Think about that for a second.  If you look at any Taco Bell/ Mc D's/ et cetera, you'll find that all of the outlets in any given area are owned by some franchisee.  These aren't usually mom and pop owners either, but empty companies with names like Golden West Restauraunt Group.  Now their franchise agreement holds them to certain minimal standards by contract, to protect the national brand. They have to use approved ingredients, methods, et cetera.  But there is not one iota of incentive to go above those minimums. (I mean, the franchisee who invented the Big Mac was told for two years to fark off by McDonalds before corporate gave in and tried it.)

So in addition to skimping on everything they they hire kids at minimum wage, offer no benefits, and no hope of real promotion out of the store.  Remember, they aren't actually working for the national brand, so it's very unlikely that anyone could ever go from store manager into a real job at corporate.  So crap like this happens, the kid gets fired and learns a life lesson about what not to take pictures of or even do in the first place, the franchise holder gets yelled at and probably fined or somehow punished by the national brand, and corporate does it's kabuki theater of Public Relations Management by issuing an apology and statement.   And life goes on.

I mean, a franchisee COULD pay better and offer benefits but why?  No one thinks "I'll go to the Wendy's in Elk Grove because that's a Greater Midwest Holdings outlet, and they are more responsible employers."  So yeah, all lose, no win for the owners.

tl;dr- Franchises suck when it comes to going "above and beyond" the minimum
 
2013-06-04 01:19:00 PM

mikefinch: vharshyde: "blah blah blah Brand Integrity". Or, you had a douchebag working for your company that wanted to go out on a loud note. We've ALL had that co-worker that'd rather get fired for tripping all the fire alarms in the building than for his crap attendance and crappy work performance. We've all had that employee who would rather say "I got fired" on his unemployment paperwork than "I quit". 

In the low income brackets, douchebag employees are commonplace, whether they be lackadaisical about showing up on time, or just generally treat the hand that feeds them like shiat. Some say this is about pay, but I theorize it's a lot more about A: Maturity(Most low income workers in the fast food business are highschoolers or in that range), B: Exposure(Many just don't know better, the morons), and C: Who the fark else would hire a douchebag(Older employees that end up going back into the Fast Food bracket tend to have no marketable skills, and poor on-the-job performance elsewhere).

Option 4 -- your attending university and your summer job makes you good money but you want 200 extra bucks a week for drugs beer and snacks -- so you go grab the closest job you can find so you can get there hammered and it pays shiatty and you are never going to use them as any sort of reference -- or atleast the people you really want jobs with arent going to give a fark that you were a lazy dick when you worked in fast food...

And even then i had integrity -- the thing that pissed me off was the managers who expected you to take the job seriously. I dont see an ounce of payback for any extra effort -- why would i be a dumb ass keener and bust my hump for shiat pay?

If i make pizza for 10 bucks an hour don't expect me to show up early and be giddy to perform. You get what you pay for.

I never ruined food but i did give out lots of free shiat. Was it stealing? I prefer the term 'exemplary customer service and marketing skills'



I like this.
 
2013-06-04 01:20:57 PM
You know what would stop this type of behavior? If Taco Bell, McDonalds etc. sued the employees that were screwing around with the food. Obviously just firing these jerks doesn't deter this behavior. It would cost the corporations money to go to court, but if the jerk screwing around with the food realized that there are financial and legal consequences besides just losing their shiatty little minimum-wage job they might think twice about doing something like this.
 
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2013-06-04 01:23:25 PM

Snarky Acronym: You know what would stop this type of behavior? If Taco Bell, McDonalds etc. sued the employees that were screwing around with the food. Obviously just firing these jerks doesn't deter this behavior. It would cost the corporations money to go to court, but if the jerk screwing around with the food realized that there are financial and legal consequences besides just losing their shiatty little minimum-wage job they might think twice about doing something like this.


You know why they don't sue?  It's because they'd be suing someone who only has a shiatty minimum-wage job!
 
2013-06-04 01:26:51 PM

Sagus: I think the state food sanitation dept. should drop by and hand out a huge fine to the restaurant and or parent company.


No, because that would involve (in this exact sequence):

1. An investigation by government types.
2. Mr. Taco Licker being questioned
3. Revelation that the tacos might or might not have been served to customers.
4. That particular franchisee losing a boatload of money.
5. Other franchisees living in fear of their employee retaliation for being treated poorly.

So Taco Bell corporate is going to try really, really hard to keep the location and employee secret. If Mr. Taco Licker can tell which way the wind blows, he's in absolutely no danger of being fired right now.

/am I the only one here who watched "Fight Club"?
 
2013-06-04 01:27:13 PM

TrixieDelite: FTA:  Taco Bell declined to specify whether the employees behind the photo were fired.

Subby, I know you wanted the green, but really?


DanZero: TFA: Taco Bell declined to specify whether the employees behind the photo were fired.

[img.photobucket.com image 387x341]


You know, it is possible to find corroborating information on other web sites.

i.imgur.com

/stubmitter
//like he wasn't going to get fired?
///deal with it
 
2013-06-04 01:28:51 PM

Joelogon: TrixieDelite: FTA:  Taco Bell declined to specify whether the employees behind the photo were fired.

Subby, I know you wanted the green, but really?

DanZero: TFA: Taco Bell declined to specify whether the employees behind the photo were fired.

[img.photobucket.com image 387x341]

You know, it is possible to find corroborating information on other web sites.

[i.imgur.com image 529x940]

/stubmitter
//like he wasn't going to get fired?
///deal with it


Oh my GOD! Submitter, you're the taco-licker, aren't you? AREN'T YOU??
 
2013-06-04 01:31:16 PM

dittybopper: Michael Douglas got fired?


i.imgur.com

/reused from the previous taco licking thread
 
2013-06-04 01:34:07 PM
Probably explains why I have a 50\50 chance of getting diarrhea anytime I eat there.
 
2013-06-04 01:34:18 PM

TrixieDelite: Oh my GOD! Submitter, you're the taco-licker, aren't you? AREN'T YOU??


That's right. Ladies, EIP.
 
2013-06-04 01:34:37 PM
The Taco licker looks to me like a special needs person (from the picture). Do they fire people with special needs?
 
2013-06-04 01:34:59 PM
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-06-04 01:38:52 PM
FTFA:  Taco Bell declined to specify whether the employees behind the photo were fired.

Well did they fire him or not?!

In any case, that was incredibly stupid for him to do that.  You'd think people would know how quickly stuff gets spread around thanks to FB.
 
2013-06-04 01:39:05 PM

Popcorn Johnny: When I was 16, I worked as a prep cook in a restaurant. We used to throw balls of hamburger meat at each other and then peel it off the walls, floor and anywhere else it hit and then made then into patties. Stay home if you want a guarantee that your food hasn't been farked with.


Jesus, most employees that are that unattended just steal money from the register.
 
2013-06-04 01:39:12 PM

Snarky Acronym: You know what would stop this type of behavior?


paying more than a pittance so you have employees that actually care?
 
2013-06-04 01:45:28 PM

Joelogon: TrixieDelite: FTA:  Taco Bell declined to specify whether the employees behind the photo were fired.

Subby, I know you wanted the green, but really?

DanZero: TFA: Taco Bell declined to specify whether the employees behind the photo were fired.

[img.photobucket.com image 387x341]

You know, it is possible to find corroborating information on other web sites.

[i.imgur.com image 529x940]

/stubmitter
//like he wasn't going to get fired?
///deal with it


img713.imageshack.us
 
2013-06-04 01:47:37 PM

Headso: Snarky Acronym: You know what would stop this type of behavior?


paying more than a pittance so you have employees that actually care?

Nobody forced him to take the job.
 
2013-06-04 01:48:29 PM

Headso: Snarky Acronym: You know what would stop this type of behavior?

paying more than a pittance so you have employees that actually care?


Do you think that the kind of immature asshat who would fark with someone's food would become a completely different person for an extra $3/hour?

They might be less of an asshat but they'd still be an asshat. One day they'd get pissy about something and blammo, suddenly the tacos are oddly moist again.
 
2013-06-04 01:57:16 PM

Jument: Headso: Snarky Acronym: You know what would stop this type of behavior?

paying more than a pittance so you have employees that actually care?

Do you think that the kind of immature asshat who would fark with someone's food would become a completely different person for an extra $3/hour?

They might be less of an asshat but they'd still be an asshat. One day they'd get pissy about something and blammo, suddenly the tacos are oddly moist again.


It's not that the asshat would be a completely different person, if you offered more money.  It would mean that you may not have to hire the asshat in the first place. More responsible people would want to take the job at the better hourly rate.
 
2013-06-04 02:02:42 PM

Sagus: Headso: Snarky Acronym: You know what would stop this type of behavior?

paying more than a pittance so you have employees that actually care?

Nobody forced him to take the job.


No doubt, but if you buy a piece of equipment and you purchase the cheapest possible thing it is more likely to break. Taco Bell is "purchasing" the cheapest possible human equipment.
 
2013-06-04 02:02:58 PM

Sagus: Headso: Snarky Acronym: You know what would stop this type of behavior?

paying more than a pittance so you have employees that actually care?

Nobody forced him to take the job.


Yeah, man. Plenty of options out there, especially since the moneybags got skeered of paying for Obamacare for their employees. You can get 40 hours a week for minimum wage, or you can get 20 hours a week at $10/hr with no benefits. Shop closed for xmas? Too bad, you lost a day's pay. You need to travel for a funeral? Too bad, you don't qualify for paid leave. Oh, and by the way, we won't have you slackers  sitting at any time while you're on the clock. On your feet, peons! Put in a good day's work, everything done? Too bad, grab a broom and pretend to work solely for my benefit! If you aren't busy, you better look it, even if I'm the only one watching.

Jobs are everywhere! Why aren't you kids taking them!?
 
2013-06-04 02:03:13 PM
And nothing of value was lost.


Or licked.
 
2013-06-04 02:06:17 PM
"Besides the need for Taco Bell to establish clearer guidelines for its workers, the brand needs to"...

It's a sad day when "don't lick the product" has to be explicitly stated to any service worker.
 
2013-06-04 02:25:19 PM

Daobaz: I got Taco Bell yesterday after learning about this little snafu.

Any media attention is a good promotion, imo. People are now going to Ann's Eatery in droves just to see if it is as volatile as people claim.

But in other news, I think I'm going to open a restaurant Taco Bell, in homage to Demolition Man.


Amy's Baking Company?
 
2013-06-04 02:38:34 PM
I like Taco Bell.
 
2013-06-04 02:41:16 PM
It takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

dougsboomerrants.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-06-04 02:42:23 PM

LoneVVolf: It's a sad day when "don't lick the product" has to be explicitly stated to any service worker.


Yeah.  Usually you only see that sign at strip clubs.
 
2013-06-04 02:42:45 PM
toetag


Any chances criminal charges can be filed?
Tampering with food is a crime so there sure as hell should be. But there's no proof it was a cops taco, so nothing will happen.
 
2013-06-04 02:48:29 PM

Headso: Sagus: Headso: Snarky Acronym: You know what would stop this type of behavior?

paying more than a pittance so you have employees that actually care?

Nobody forced him to take the job.

No doubt, but if you buy a piece of equipment and you purchase the cheapest possible thing it is more likely to break. Taco Bell is "purchasing" the cheapest possible human equipment.


Using that insipid logic, CEOs should be the smartest farking people on the planet.

The problem is that the work itself sucks.
 
2013-06-04 02:57:33 PM
Mentioning that people who are paid better make better employees is insipid logic? are you from the bizarro world where you are actually telling me that it is common sense?
 
2013-06-04 02:58:33 PM
Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness
Yeah, man. Plenty of options out there, especially since the moneybags got skeered of paying for Obamacare for their employees.


Wonder why...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/05/30/rate-shock-in-ca l ifornia-obamacare-to-increase-individual-insurance-premiums-by-64-146/

146% increase in rates.
Nice work dims. Always looking out for "the little guy"
 
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