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2021-07-21 2:04:14 AM  
IDIOCRACY Clip - State of the Union (2006) Terry Crews
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2021-07-21 3:46:41 AM  
Chuckling at the headline becuse my local Taco Bell is *on* the beach:

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2021-07-21 7:01:47 AM  
Are the horse processing factories running behind?
 
2021-07-21 8:23:30 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Are the horse processing factories running behind?


No, they've run out of behind, which is the problem.
 
2021-07-21 8:35:07 AM  
Taco Bell
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2021-07-21 8:37:18 AM  
We runnin outta burrito coverins agin?
 
2021-07-21 8:37:51 AM  
Temporary shortages caused by quickly changing consumer preferences as we transition out of a pandemic?  Thanks, O'Biden.  He's had 6 months to build up our strategic hot sauce reserves, and he has failed.  Welcome to Jimmy Carter 2.0.
 
2021-07-21 8:40:07 AM  
taco bell employee told me there was a "national shortage of everything right now," and i have decided to get my economic news exclusively from drive thru employees from now on

Hehe. No one ever asks the drive thru employees for practical advice, it's always just about food. I should try this
 
2021-07-21 8:46:28 AM  
I've been to TB twice in the last two weeks. They have the sign up saying some things may not be available, but everything I ordered was there.

A friend of mine couldn't get tomatoes at one location though.
 
2021-07-21 8:50:51 AM  
Third world nations affected by COVID not supplying enough rat meat anymore?
 
2021-07-21 8:51:24 AM  
As of mid-May, my girlfriend and I are back to dining out in sit-down restaurants for Date Night, since we're both fully vaccinated against COVID and things are opening back up.  The places we go to are mid-level; a good bit farther up the scale than Taco Bell, but not really what you'd call "fine dining".  Our experiences have been kind of hit-or-miss: greatly simplified menus, and "old favorite" dishes at a few places not really being up to what we're used to.  We're not sure whether it's ingredient shortages, or whether the experienced chefs at these places found other work and didn't come back, or both.
 
2021-07-21 8:51:29 AM  

Eightballjacket: I've been to TB twice in the last two weeks. They have the sign up saying some things may not be available, but everything I ordered was there.

A friend of mine couldn't get tomatoes at one location though.


Part of the problem is that the managers likely don't have the flexibility to supplement ingredients from different sources. It's not like there's a national tomato shortage. But Taco Bell probably gets its tomatoes pre-chopped in big bags from one or two suppliers.

If the manager could just run down to the local farm stand they would have plenty of tomatoes.
 
2021-07-21 8:51:34 AM  
Chipotle is the one that makes people shiat themselves, subby.
 
2021-07-21 8:53:08 AM  

ILoveBurritos: Chipotle is the one that makes people shiat themselves, subby.


I heard Chipotle is being crippled by an e. coli shortage.
 
2021-07-21 8:53:28 AM  

ILoveBurritos: Chipotle is the one that makes people shiat themselves, subby.


BILLY MAYS HERE

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2021-07-21 8:53:36 AM  

ILoveBurritos: Chipotle is the one that makes people shiat themselves, subby.


Bloody diarrhea.
 
2021-07-21 8:55:39 AM  
I know everybody's shiat is all emotional right now, but lets take a moment to bask in the glory that is the beachside Taco Bell posted above.
 
2021-07-21 8:55:44 AM  
The spice must flow!
 
2021-07-21 8:58:47 AM  
Crap! Now how am I going to enact my evil plans of using Taco Bell food on Yellowstone's digestive system? Damn you people!
 
2021-07-21 8:58:57 AM  

helper_monkey: Eightballjacket: I've been to TB twice in the last two weeks. They have the sign up saying some things may not be available, but everything I ordered was there.

A friend of mine couldn't get tomatoes at one location though.

Part of the problem is that the managers likely don't have the flexibility to supplement ingredients from different sources. It's not like there's a national tomato shortage. But Taco Bell probably gets its tomatoes pre-chopped in big bags from one or two suppliers.

If the manager could just run down to the local farm stand they would have plenty of tomatoes.


What you say sounds in line with what my friend said.  He asked about it and they told him they usually get 4 units of tomatoes and only received 1, so it didn't seem like they were doing much about trying to get more.  There is a large grocery chain 1/4 mile down the street that I am certain has plenty in stock.
 
2021-07-21 8:59:06 AM  
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2021-07-21 9:01:58 AM  
Past Taco Bell trips left me with so many damn hot sauce packets that I have a desk drawer at work half full of them. (Staff members were just throwing handfuls in the bag at the drivethrough.)

Imma see if I can start up a side hustle in black market Taco Bell sauce.
 
2021-07-21 9:05:41 AM  
I am disappointed.  22 comments and no "Enchirito, or back to the burger."

There, I've posted it.
 
2021-07-21 9:08:02 AM  

helper_monkey: Eightballjacket: I've been to TB twice in the last two weeks. They have the sign up saying some things may not be available, but everything I ordered was there.

A friend of mine couldn't get tomatoes at one location though.

Part of the problem is that the managers likely don't have the flexibility to supplement ingredients from different sources. It's not like there's a national tomato shortage. But Taco Bell probably gets its tomatoes pre-chopped in big bags from one or two suppliers.

If the manager could just run down to the local farm stand they would have plenty of tomatoes.


That supplier is called Yum! Brands. On top of the percentage of revenue franchisees have to pay them, I'm sure they're forced to buy their ingredients from them for "quality control" and "$afety" reasons.
 
2021-07-21 9:09:14 AM  
Subby took a long walk just to get into the way-back machine for this headline. But it was still worth it.
 
2021-07-21 9:11:56 AM  
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2021-07-21 9:24:53 AM  
The nation's supply of Baja Blast is critically low. Authorities urge populace to remain calm in the face of crisis.
 
2021-07-21 9:26:06 AM  
Sawdust prices have gone up so much and it is not just the housing market that affected.
 
2021-07-21 9:40:25 AM  
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2021-07-21 9:44:27 AM  
It's embarrassing that some people act like these mediocre fast food chains are important pillars of society. What will society do without our low-wage, low-skill, junk-food producing jobs.
 
2021-07-21 9:44:42 AM  

gonegirl: Past Taco Bell trips left me with so many damn hot sauce packets that I have a desk drawer at work half full of them. (Staff members were just throwing handfuls in the bag at the drivethrough.)

Imma see if I can start up a side hustle in black market Taco Bell sauce.


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2021-07-21 9:48:44 AM  

browntimmy: It's embarrassing that some people act like these mediocre fast food chains are important pillars of society. What will society do without our low-wage, low-skill, junk-food producing jobs.


You don't think Americans should be employed? You some kind of communist?
 
2021-07-21 9:49:27 AM  

Pharmdawg: Third world nations affected by COVID not supplying enough rat meat anymore?


You've got to go underground if you want rata.
 
2021-07-21 9:51:13 AM  
Doritos is made by Frito Lay, I imagine that is part of the problem.
 
2021-07-21 10:02:05 AM  

Barfmaker: NewportBarGuy: Are the horse processing factories running behind?

No, they've run out of behind, which is the problem.


Taco Bell is always running out of someone's behind.
 
2021-07-21 10:20:06 AM  
I blame Giannis, the Bucks were down at halftime, came back to win, now everyone gets a free taco.
 
2021-07-21 10:51:32 AM  
An unintended consequence of its victory in the Fast Food Wars.
 
2021-07-21 11:10:15 AM  
I'm sorry, I thought this was America.

Failed state
 
2021-07-21 11:17:34 AM  
That's certainly true of both grocery stores in my tourist town.   Nothing's getting restocked.
 
2021-07-21 11:20:58 AM  

berylman: taco bell employee told me there was a "national shortage of everything right now," and i have decided to get my economic news exclusively from drive thru employees from now on

Hehe. No one ever asks the drive thru employees for practical advice, it's always just about food. I should try this


Yes - please do so, & report back any findings.  My gut feel tells me "ambien walrus" is imminent.

"As your attorney, I advise you to drive at top speed, it'll be a god damn miracle if we can get there before you turn into a wild animal."
 
2021-07-21 11:45:36 AM  
article: 'my Taco Bell told me there's a Mild Sauce shortage and they ran out'

protip:  Add water to any weak salsa and you've got Taco Bell 'Mild' Sauce.

/ tho you should start asking yourself why you'd bother with Taco Bell 'Mild'
 
2021-07-21 12:05:39 PM  

abhorrent1: helper_monkey: Eightballjacket: I've been to TB twice in the last two weeks. They have the sign up saying some things may not be available, but everything I ordered was there.

A friend of mine couldn't get tomatoes at one location though.

Part of the problem is that the managers likely don't have the flexibility to supplement ingredients from different sources. It's not like there's a national tomato shortage. But Taco Bell probably gets its tomatoes pre-chopped in big bags from one or two suppliers.

If the manager could just run down to the local farm stand they would have plenty of tomatoes.

That supplier is called Yum! Brands. On top of the percentage of revenue franchisees have to pay them, I'm sure they're forced to buy their ingredients from them for "quality control" and "$afety" reasons.


Oh I'm sure of that as well.  That's what I meant by the managers not having the flexibility to find other sources.  They'd likely be fired (or certainly reprimanded) for doing so even if it's the smart thing to do for the customers.

Way way back in the day I was a delivery driver for Papa Johns.  The meats, dough, cheese and sauce came from a "corporate" source, but we got all of our veggies (onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc) from a local farm stand and sliced them at the store.  I would bet that is no longer the case for Papa Johns.
 
2021-07-21 12:27:00 PM  
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2021-07-21 12:52:51 PM  

gonegirl: Past Taco Bell trips left me with so many damn hot sauce packets that I have a desk drawer at work half full of them. (Staff members were just throwing handfuls in the bag at the drivethrough.)

Imma see if I can start up a side hustle in black market Taco Bell sauce.


Same. One drawer in my kitchen is basically the Taco Bell hot sauce federal reserve.
 
2021-07-21 1:35:29 PM  
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2021-07-21 5:58:08 PM  

geekbikerskum: ....or whether the experienced chefs at these places found other work and didn't come back.....


I read somewhere that restaurant kitchen chefs had the highest death rate of any occupation outside of a hospital setting. Trying to find the source of that data nugget for you but have come up empty with my googling.
 
2021-07-21 6:08:57 PM  

geekbikerskum: As of mid-May, my girlfriend and I are back to dining out in sit-down restaurants for Date Night, since we're both fully vaccinated against COVID and things are opening back up.  The places we go to are mid-level; a good bit farther up the scale than Taco Bell, but not really what you'd call "fine dining".  Our experiences have been kind of hit-or-miss: greatly simplified menus, and "old favorite" dishes at a few places not really being up to what we're used to.  We're not sure whether it's ingredient shortages, or whether the experienced chefs at these places found other work and didn't come back, or both.


Ya might want to scale back on dining in.  Delta's swinging hard.  :(

Friends and I (Shut up! I have friends!) have noticed a significant increase in "post"-pandemic restaurant prices.  One Mexican place that was on my regular rotation is now out.  Used to get a big-ass asada burrito for $7.50 on the lunch menu.  When I went last month, the lunch menu was gone and the asada burrito's price on the regular menu had gone from $9 to $12.  20-30% price jumps seem to be the norm for restaurants that are raising their prices.  Not 50 cents or a dollar like a normal increase.  Take the fam out for dinner and it's like you're buying an extra entree.
 
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