by Lance Pauker on July 2, 2012

According to reports, the 6,200 person town of Bethel Alaska became rather excited last month upon hearing that a Taco Bell was going to open in their town. We'll leave out personal opinion regarding the sad state of affairs a town must be in to get excited about a fast food restaurant that barely serves food, but apparently residents were pretty amped. So when they found out the news was simply a hoax stemming from an ongoing fued between two residents (clearly this decade's Tupac/Biggie), Bethel was understandably crestfallen. 

But Taco Bell, not to miss out on a chance to manufacture a feel-good story which makes it seem like their corporation actually consists of human beings, decided to intervene:

When word got back to Taco Bell, executives arranged to fly ingredients for 10,000 Doritos Locos Tacos from Anchorage to Bethel.

The food was given away for free yesterday at the city's cultural center. According to local reports, most of Bethel attended “Taco Bell fest,” with many going back for seconds, thirds, and fourths.

“You could take two if you wanted, then get back in line and take two more as many times as you wanted,” said former mayor Hugh Dyment. He noted that the event had been filmed, most likely for use in Taco Bell promotional material, but said he didn't mind because his family had a good time.

[H/T: Gawker]


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