It seems like there's enough to worry
about in the world. Some of us probably believe if we didn't have
to worry, we'd stop existing.
Well, now you can add a new worry to
the list. The next time you stop and buy a 99-cent taco because you
don't have time (or money) for anything else, there's a (small) chance somebody licked the shell you're crunching on while driving
down the road.
A recent story in USA Today told the
tale of some goofball at Taco Bell having his picture taken while
licking a stack of tacos. Said goofball then posted the picture on
his Facebook page. Disgust was immediately registered throughout the
land and Taco Bell went into PR overdrive.
The story was this was actually a
training session, the tacos were never meant to be used and it was
just a couple of young guys having some silly fun. And hey, everybody
likes silly fun, so why not share it in the way all people under 30
And honestly, that probably was what
happened. Simplest solution being the true one and all that. I don't
doubt there have been horrible things done to taco shells over the
years, but I do doubt one out of every two taco shells are getting a
saliva bath before they're handed over to the unsuspecting
This is nothing new, of course.
Horrifying tales of what is done to your food before you get it have
been around for decades, if not centuries. Everything from spitting
in your food to putting it in unnecessary places (use your
imagination) to, well, licking it have scared some people from every
setting foot in a restaurant.
For the most part, the stories were
about the "sit down restaurants" where you put your trust
completely in people you never see. Tales of horror from fast food
restaurants is a relatively recent phenomenon.
I once worked with a guy who'd been a
waiter while he was in college and he told me stories that curled my
hair. I can't repeat any of them here, but suffice to say I became
the nicest person you could ever meet whenever I visited a sit down
Because at those places, you usually
have to do something rude to get the cook or waiter/waitress to foul
up your food. You know, complain about something in a loud manner,
leave a small/no tip (to be avenged on the next visit), just be an
overall jerk. If youвЂ™re pleasant, especially when you're
complaining, they'll bend over backward to make you happy. And
maybe give you a free (small) dessert.
Apparently it doesn't work that way
at fast food restaurants. You can walk up, order your number five
combo in the most pleasant manner and be totally oblivious to the
fact you're walking to your table with something besides cheese and
special sauce on your burger.
Why is this? One theory is you have a
lot of teenagers working at fast food restaurants. They could not
care less if you enjoy your meal. They get bored easily and decide to "mess" with you by ruining your food. They hate the world and
everything in it and want somebody to suffer along with them. And
when asked why, they offer the ever popular answer, mumbled of
course, "I don't know."
Another theory is disgruntled "older" people losing "real jobs" and having to work in the fast food
industry. They're mad at the world, won't grow out of it, and
loathe the idea of having to serve somebody when this time last year
they were the head of a five-man crew and made $60,000 a year.
Both sound good, but there are probably
as many reasons why as there are incidents. The idea of something
being done to your food is repulsive to all of us, but the food you
buy at the store can be messed with at a hundred different places
somewhere along the line, so there's no where safe to really turn.
But no one has ever, as far as I know,
died from eating food somebody licked or otherwise touched
inappropriately, so you're probably safe with that $6.99 value
And besides, there's so much else to
worry about, you can probably put this one aside.
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