Earlier today, the internet went a bit crazy over an image of a Taco Bell employee licking a huge stack of taco shells. The image was posted to the Taco Bell Facebook page by a poster named Jj O'Brien Nolan, who criticized the restaurant for its employees and food preparation standards.
As Taco Bell is one of the more actove companies with regards to social media, the company'a hours-long delay in responding became worrisome. Now, the restaurant has acknowledged the photo and implied that its "zero tolerance" policy with regards to food handling procedures could mean a swift firing for the youth in the picture. The company also stated that it believes the image to be a "prank" and that it also believes the taco shells in question were never served to customers. Taco Bell's reply, in full:
"Hi Jj - We have strict food 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."