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June 4, 2013

Taco Bell employee fired after photo of him licking shells goes viral

Cue the “outside the bun” jokes. One Taco Bell employee has created a giant public relations headache for the fast food chain.

UPDATE:

Buzzfeed reports that Taco Bell has released a statement today saying that the guy in the photo has been fired. Says the company: "Our franchisee is responsible for the employment and conduct of his restaurant’s employees and he has informed us that he immediately suspended the employee shown in the photo and is in the process of terminating his employment. The employee who took the photo no longer works there. As we complete our investigation we will work with our franchisee to implement any additional action we find appropriate to address this situation and ensure it never happens again."

The story from earlier ...

We all know that there are some things you should never do at work.

Steal someone else’s lunch from the staff refrigerator. Swear at the boss.

See that photo over there? That’s another thing you should never do at work.

On Monday, the Consumerist blog posted a photo of a Taco Bell employee licking – licking! – a stack of taco shells.

And we haven’t seen one tongue create this kind of stir since, well, Monday, when Michael Douglas suggested that he got throat cancer from having oral sex with women.

The photo apparently was taken in Ridgecrest, Calif., just east of Bakersfield, reports a Fresno TV station.

Someone posted the photo on Facebook. The photo has, naturally, gone viral, forcing the company to issue a statement saying that the shells in the photo were not served to any customers.

“They were used for training only and in the process of being thrown out,” the statement said. “We have strict food and handling procedures and zero tolerance for any violations.”

No word yet on whether the employee in the picture has been fired.

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