Taco Bell Employee Fired After Photo Goes Viral

Taco Bell has released a statement today saying that the guy in the photo has been fired.

Taco Bell has released a statement today saying that the guy in the photo has been fired. Taco Bell facebook photo

Says the company: “Our franchisee is responsible for the employment and conduct of his restaurant’s employees and he has informed us that he immediately suspended the employee shown in the photo and is in the process of terminating his employment. The employee who took the photo no longer works there. As we complete our investigation we will work with our franchisee to implement any additional action we find appropriate to address this situation and ensure it never happens again.”

This statement comes after the company issued a previous  a statement on facebook in which they said “that the shells in the photo were not served to any customers.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/04/4272635/taco-smell-photo-of-taco-bell.html#storylink=cpy

This photograph was posted on a facebook users account in Ridgecrest, California on Monday with the caption which read… “This sure says a lot about your employees, food treatment.”

It is not known which restaurant the photo was taken at but several people commented on Facebook claiming it was at a Taco Bell in Ridgecrest.

Taco Bell Issues Reply

Taco Bell responded today in the comments section on Facebook saying it believed the photo is a prank.     “We have strict food Taco Bell facebook handling procedures and zero tolerance for any violations.”  “We believe this is a prank and the food was not served to customers. We are conducting an investigation and will be taking swift action against those involved.”

Despite the companies damage control attempts…the negative impact of the photos have cause a whirlwind of controversy.

Numerous people have vowed to stop eating at the food chain while another have called for the employee to be fired.

This latest incident just adds to prior issues the company has faced over the past few years ….such as…

The meat from Taco Bell does not meet the minimum requirements set by the USDA,

The meat mixture contained just 35 percent beef, with the remaining 65 percent containing water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch.

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Biggest fast food lawsuits:

    1. Costly McCoffee:   The most memorable of all fast food lawsuits, Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants, was the butt of jokes during the mid ’90s. Famously, Seinfeld parodied it when Kramer scalded himself with hot coffee and teamed up with Jackie Childs to sue the coffee house, eventually agreeing to receive free coffee from any of the coffee houses around the world. In reality, Stella Liebeck, the woman who really sued McDonald’s, was awarded $2.86 million in 1994 by the jury who apparently empathized with her claims that the coffee was too hot. It was reduced to a mere $640,000 by the judge and a confidential amount — reportedly below $600,000 — was later settled upon between the two parties.
    2. Beefy McFries: You don’t have to hold the most rigid religious beliefs or hate fast food in order to understand why McDonald’s was in the wrong on this one. In 2002, the company issued an apology and paid $10 million to vegetarian and religious groups to settle a lawsuit that claimed the company inaccurately labeled french fries and hash browns as vegetarian. When the suit was brought forth in the early ’90s, McDonalds was adding beef flavoring to its fries instead of vegetable oil as it claimed. Of course, even if you’re a vegetarian, you have to admit that beef flavoring isn’t the most harmful ingredient that’s been used in McDonalds’ fries.

McShards of Glass: Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions… and glass? In 2005, John Florio, a New York City cop, was given the extra ingredient in his Big Mac and found out the hard way, breaking his tooth and suffering cuts to his mouth and throat. The culprit was 18-year-old McDonald’s employee Albert Garcia, who was later arrested when an officer noticed he spit in his food. Florio sued McDonald’s for $5.5 million and Garcia was charged with felony assault against a police officer. Way to be a rebel, Bert.
More Mickey D’s, More Glass: Fast food workers seem to have a distaste for cops. Almost six years after the New York incident, Vjollca Lecaj is pursuing $50,000 in damages after biting into a spicy McChicken sandwich that contained shards of glass. It’s hypothesized they came from a coffee pot that overheated and exploded — hey look, McDonald’s coffee harms yet another customer. Lecaj claims she suffered permanent oral injuries, and that the fast food restaurant failed to ensure her sandwich was ready to eat after making it. Given the obvious health consequences that come with eating glass, it’s safe to say Florio and Lecaj are justified in their lawsuits.
Trans Fat Procrastination: McDonalds is the whipping boy of the fast food chains because, well, it’s the biggest and most powerful — though not powerful enough to overcome a lawsuit from Stephen Joseph, president of BanTransFats.com. Joseph claimed that McDonald’s, which promised to cut trans fat levels in its cooking oil in September 2002, failed to effectively inform the public when it delayed the change in February 2003. McDonald’s agreed to give $7 million to the American Heart Association for a campaign to educate the public about trans fats, and spend $1.5 million to update the public on its progress in finding a trans fat substitute. Joseph’s suit was hardly frivolous — it served to alert the public about an issue of which many people may not have been aware.


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