A photo of a Taco Bell employee licking a large stack of hard taco shells has gone viral, and Taco Bell has yet to respond.
The odd thing about the photo, other than the guy licking the tacos, is that it was posted on Taco Bell's official Facebook page by another Facebook user.
"This sure says a lot about your employees, food treatment, and what they post on the internet," says the poster.
As you would expect, the photo is receiving a lot of attention.
"It really doesnt matter if the food was to be thrown out or not. He is a representative of taco bell while working and in uniform, and by doing this AND posting it online for the world to see he is ruining the reputation of the company," says one Facebook commenter.
"First of all, he's wearing a taco bell uniform.. He is in taco bell, and he is licking bulk taco shells.. What are we supposed to think? I think not only him but the little girl who took the picture should get fired, mainly for stupidity," says another.
Not everyone seems to think it's a big deal.
"This was obviously done out of humor. I know most of you don't see it as this, but this is friggin hilarious, sit back and just laugh at it," says one Facebooker.
Taco Bell is one of the best companies out there in terms of social media use. Not only do they take the time to respond to tons of users on both Twitter and Facebook, but they are usually quite funny and engaging. Earlier this year, they even unveiled their new Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos via a Vine video. Pretty savvy.
But there's been no response from Taco Bell concerning this photo, and it's been on their Facebook page for 16 hours. Either someone on Taco Bell's social media team is really slacking, or the company simply thinks it's not a big deal. Either way, it's generating a lot of buzz.
If this scenario sounds familiar, that's because Taco Bell isn't the only fast food restaurant to have to deal with unsanitary food photos hitting Facebook. Back in February, a KFC employee was fired after a photo of her licking a tray of mashed potatoes went viral.[h/t Gawker]