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2013-06-04 10:25:00 AM  
7 votes:
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.

Good luck finding that at minimum wage...
2013-06-04 10:24:39 AM  
7 votes:
"You need to hire people who hold as much integrity for your brand as you do,"

Good luck getting those kind of people when you only pay minimum wage.
These days you're lucky if your fast food employees even speak English. Most of them in the DC area don't.
2013-06-04 11:18:53 AM  
4 votes:

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


Again, integrity.  Labeling not-beef as beef doesn't strike me as strongly integrity-oriented.
2013-06-04 09:24:20 AM  
4 votes:
Michael Douglas got fired?
2013-06-04 02:02:58 PM  
3 votes:

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 12:14:30 PM  
3 votes:
When you pay people as little as possible and treat them like they're disposable, you're never going to have motivated employees.  It's another good reason to avoid fast food restaurants.  Do you really think that the people working their are going to be following good hand hygiene practices?
2013-06-04 11:39:14 AM  
3 votes:

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.
2013-06-04 11:30:26 AM  
3 votes:
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.
2013-06-04 12:02:30 PM  
2 votes:

Walker: "You need to hire people who hold as much integrity for your brand as you do,"

Good luck getting those kind of people when you only pay minimum wage.
These days you're lucky if your fast food employees even speak English. Most of them in the DC area don't.


Funny, I've noticed since the economy went to crap there are more pretty white people hanging out the drive thru window at my local fast food franchises.
2013-06-04 11:40:22 AM  
2 votes:

Walker: "You need to hire people who hold as much integrity for your brand as you do,"

Good luck getting those kind of people when you only pay minimum wage.
These days you're lucky if your fast food employees even speak English. Most of them in the DC area don't.


Speekee de Engrish isn't really that big an issue. The problem is hiring the lowest of the low, paying them the lowest of the low, and treating them like third-rate dogshiat. Doesn't matter if they speekee de Engrish or not, they'll keep acting like this. Indeed, I'd say that Mr. Licker speekee de Engrish good. I've worked with guys who couldn't say four words of English, and I was willing to trust my life to them--they deserved the trust. Of course, they weren't paid minimum wage and treated like disposable turds by management, either.
2013-06-04 11:16:28 AM  
2 votes:
I didn't find the photo nearly as offensive as what they fill the tacos with and pass off as beef.
2013-06-04 10:49:11 AM  
2 votes:
Social media.....just enough rope.
2013-06-04 10:11:01 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-06-04 03:07:32 PM  
1 votes:

Shazam999: Who the fark truly decides "Yeah, Taco Bell. That's where I want to work!"? You can pay $20/hr there and you'll still get idiots. Because only idiots do that kind of work.


You hear that, all you high school and college students? This guy thinks you're idiots.
2013-06-04 02:25:19 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:34:37 PM  
1 votes:
The Taco licker looks to me like a special needs person (from the picture). Do they fire people with special needs?
2013-06-04 01:18:05 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:10:11 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:36:09 PM  
1 votes:
"Taco licker goes down" would have been a better headline.  Just saying.
2013-06-04 12:33:13 PM  
1 votes:

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

Again, integrity.  Labeling not-beef as beef doesn't strike me as strongly integrity-oriented.


I thought we had solved this.

It *is* beef. -In that it *contains* beef. They made no assertions of 1/4 pound of beef or anything like that, they just advertise it as their beef taco.

That they decide to put in oatmeal or spices or sawdust or kittens tears or whatever into it, does not mean it does not contain beef as well.

If you don't like it, don't eat there. -That easy.

Trying to say that because it *looks* like beef, it should be 100% beef is just plain retarded.
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-06-04 12:32:29 PM  
1 votes:

The My Little Pony Killer: "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."

It's more like if you hire people who YOU TREAT AS DISPOSABLE (and you pay them as such) then you absolutely cannot be surprised when this is the end result.

/Yum as a whole sucks ass


but but but but.. corporation uber alles!
2013-06-04 12:30:19 PM  
1 votes:
"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."

It's more like if you hire people who YOU TREAT AS DISPOSABLE (and you pay them as such) then you absolutely cannot be surprised when this is the end result.

/Yum as a whole sucks ass
2013-06-04 12:25:09 PM  
1 votes:

Stinkyy: [memecrunch.com image 500x500]


this calls for a photoshop challenge... replace the taco shells with something else that this employee might be interested in licking.
2013-06-04 12:11:19 PM  
1 votes:
memecrunch.com
2013-06-04 12:10:32 PM  
1 votes:
www.whale.to www.glossophilia.org
What a "taco licker" might look like
2013-06-04 11:52:49 AM  
1 votes:

abfalter: Anyone who does stuff like this is an asshole.

Anyone who proudly posts it on their Facebook is a GIGANTIC GAPING asshole.


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Hello, facebook fans!
2013-06-04 11:49:49 AM  
1 votes:
www.worstpreviews.com
2013-06-04 11:47:17 AM  
1 votes:

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.


That happens to be one of my favorite fast-food burger joints, and you are right, the crew does hustle!

I am sure that Taco Bell knows that they are hiring an equal amount of Farktards as oppose to normal employees.  They have decided the money they save out weighs the consequences.  I guess we will see if that still holds true in this age of social media.
2013-06-04 11:38:26 AM  
1 votes:
FTA: "They were used for training only and in the process of being thrown out," the company says.

Like they would admit the taco shells could even POSSIBLY end up in the hands of a consumer...my guess is they have no way of knowing where those shells were destined.

/Stopped eating taco smell ages ago
2013-06-04 11:35:36 AM  
1 votes:
Has it dawned on today's youth that maybe - just maybe - photographing their own stupidity & plastering it on the interwab is foolhardy?
2013-06-04 11:35:10 AM  
1 votes:
They did him a favor if they did fire him, kids are too stupid these days to know just how much they are being used when doing a crap job like that.

/not all kids, just 87% of them..
2013-06-04 11:34:38 AM  
1 votes:

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!
2013-06-04 11:34:31 AM  
1 votes:
"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."

I have another theory.
2013-06-04 11:33:46 AM  
1 votes:
that guy's saliva was probably safer to eat than the food itself
2013-06-04 11:31:34 AM  
1 votes:
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.

letmelaughevenharder.jpg
2013-06-04 11:26:46 AM  
1 votes:
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
2013-06-04 10:48:55 AM  
1 votes:
s3.amazonaws.com

"It sure is hot in the deep south."
2013-06-04 10:47:41 AM  
1 votes:
The taco licker thought he could beat it

/but they fingered him
2013-06-04 10:33:59 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2013-06-04 10:00:00 AM  
1 votes:

dittybopper: Michael Douglas got fired?


You beat me to it
 
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