Taco Bell Responds to Hoax with Free Tacos for All!
When flyers went up recently around Bethel, Alaska, announcing the grand opening of a new Taco Bell, residents got excited. After all, the remote hamlet on the state’s western coast, home to just over 6,000 folks, has but one option when it comes to fast food: Subway. (And you can only subsist on so many foot-longs for so long.)
So imagine the disappointment when the whole Taco Bell thing turned out to be a hoax.
Yet what might have ended up as just another story of a small town’s unrequited need to satisfy its collective Gordita fix turned into something far more, um, uplifting. As the Alaska Dispatch reports, Taco Bell caught wind of the cruel, cruel prank and took to the skies, flying in 10,000 free Doritos Locos tacos by helicopter, with many of the residents stopping by to think outside the bun.
“If we can feed people in Afghanistan and Iraq, we can feed people in Bethel,” said Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed.
“You could take two if you wanted, then get back in line and take two more as many times as you wanted,” Bethel former mayor Hugh Dyment tells the Alaska Dispatch, adding that his family and pet dog were pleased with the free meal. “The puppy loved those Dorito-shell things.”
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