Here at Taco Bell Crime of the Week, we try to stay away from the truly tragic crimes. For instance, this past week saw the deaths of two people at Taco Bells. On the other hand, anytime anyone runs into a Taco Bell, that's weird news to us--especially if the poor sap behind the wheel was on the way ... More >>
Philadelphia is in the news right now mostly because of a laughable piece of liberal guilt masquerading as journalism that appeared in this month's issue of Philadelphia. Taco Bell is in the news right now based in the monstrous success of their Doritos Locos tacos. And when the twain meet, it's--of ... More >>
It ain't Monday yet, so fans of "Taco Bell Crime of the Week!" will have to wait for their fill of wacky crimes with Enchiritos then. But a far more serious allegation has been made across the pond in Europe, where investigators say they have found horse meat in the products of Taco Bells in Britain ... More >>
So the word around the town of Bethel, Alaska earlier this summer was that a Taco Bell was going to finally set up shop there. Fliers were put up around the village of 6,200 people 40 miles inland from the Bering Sea announcing the chain's imminent arrival, inviting residents to apply for a job. It ... More >>
The last fistfight I got into was in college, when some guys tried to kick my ass for reasons I can't remember anymore. My other friends jumped in, and everyone began wailing on each other, with us barely winning. When you're in such a scrum, you make sure to know where you kicks and punches are hea ... More >>
It's one thing to stand up for your woman's honor--but do you really want to stand up for her after she just got demoted from her Taco Bell manager job for stealing food? And do you want to do it by robbing said Taco Bell?The story comes from a place I'm going to be visiting verrrrrry soon: Crossvil ... More >>
If you were wondering how many people would pay money for a taco made with a Doritos shell, the answer is: a lot. Taco Bell sold 100 million of its much-talked-and-tweeted-about Doritos Locos Tacos in the last 10 weeks, the Orange County Register reports. That makes it the most successful product la ... More >>
There's that wonderful stereotype of Taco Bell being the ultimate stoner food, for Taco Bell attracting blitzed people to satisfy the munchies. You rarely hear, however, about people buying Taco Bell BEFORE buying drugs--but that's what cops say happened in Middletown, Connecticut say happened.
Here's to hoping my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America is hitting the cultural caliente list at the right time--and it is, if you go by recent histories on Mexican food published by mainstream publications. I know Smithsonian Magazine is working on something because they called me for c ... More >>
We reported last week that Taco Bell was adding breakfast to its repretoire of chalupas and MexiMelts®; but apparently the Irvine-based company isn't settling with just eggs and cheese in an attempt to revitalize their brand. If things go according to plan, 2012 might see the most sign ... More >>
Since it's a new year, let's start with an innocuous crime, in the hope Taco Bells won't host as many bad crimes anymore, the kind we largely stay away from here.
Here at Taco Bell Crime of the Week, we get many a criminal who passes out drunk at the drive-thru window. But I do believe this weeks marks the first time I've found out about someone methed out.
Taco Bell announced last week or so that it was cutting about 100 corporate jobs. They can make all the excuses I want, but I feel a fundamental change in the air, one akin to what took down El Torito: America is graduating from Cal-Mex to Mex-Mex. I'll, of course, TOTALLY wax poetic on the subje ... More >>
If I ever turn to a life of stick-ups, the last restaurants I'd ever try and rob are the ones I visit all the time--in other words, you're safe, Break of Dawn, Memphis, Kareem's, Surfin' Chicken, and many more. Simple logic, right? Of course, the only part of that phrase that the average Taco Bel ... More >>
If this series has shown anything, it's that there are no bounds to the lengths people will go to just to order something from Taco Bell. We had the story a couple of weeks ago about someone firebombing a Bell because their chalupa didn't contain enough meat; but a woman from Elkhart, Indiana mig ... More >>
Most of the crimes we highlight never go beyond the chronicles of the weird; others, though, go viral, as was the case last week, when word emerged that a man angry over a limp chalupa returned to a Taco Bell and actually firebombed it!
One of the few cases in Mexican-food history in the US where a Mexi wasn't ripped off by gabachos...Michelle posted earlier today about how the man credited with creating Fritos, former Frito-Lay executive, Arch West, just passed away in Dallas. First thing I told her? "The origin story for Dorit ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, Terry Kimball of Florida made weirdo news when he called a 911 dispatcher demanding that they help him get tacos from Taco Bell.Now, Kimball has decided to set the record straight. Yes, he was drunk that night, but there was a reason why he was so upset: he wanted SOFT taco ... More >>
Flick user Ryan LeightyWe love Mexican food 'round here, and not just because I'm doing a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. It's the native cuisine of Southern California, something many Americans have seamlessly assimilated into their day-to-day lives--and an easy subject ... More >>
My apologies for the five people who like this series for not having written one of these in the past two weeks, but you know how I am about loving racists who get beat down by the people they bully.
Taco BellYeah, this is pretty much how most new throwaway holidays start. A couple of Facebook users declare August 5 National Taco Bell Day. More than 45,000 people say they're "attending." Taco Bell goes with it, and posts the graphic above. We're inclined to report it because, well, we' ... More >>
Remember that lawsuit alleging Taco Bell engaged in false advertising because its beef really wasn't beef? It was pretty goofy to begin with and eventually dropped, but it did bring out to the world that Taco Bell does use filler in its beef, which anyone who has eaten there in the past, oh, 80 y ... More >>
It's rare that a crime leads to positive reform without the victim suffering too bad, but that's what happened last week in Indianapolis, when WTHR-TV Channel 13 conducted an investigation of a tow truck company that involved them duping the bastards by leaving a news truck at Taco Bell.
Taco BellThe next move for Taco Bell after shaking off that pesky lawsuit? The company has allowed a BusinessWeek reporter to work the line and write a story about what it's like to be behind the drive-thru at a Tustin Taco Bell. The article also has Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed, formerly of the de ... More >>
A lot of bad crimes happened this week at Taco Bells: robberies, extortion, etc. Wish that I had more info than the following...
In the world of taco fillings, it's Jack In the Box that legendarily doesn't offer complete beef in its taco. But a class-action lawsuit filed in United States Federal Court (Central District of California, Southern Division--that's SanTana, baby!) alleges that Taco Bell misleads consumers by adv ... More >>
I know some things about old Southern California restaurant chains, but not all. I remember Pioneer Chicken (I still delight in seeing its old signs reformatted to plug a Mexican restaurant), and I also remember Bob's Big Boy. But what was A & W? I remember the root beer, but I've seen vestig ... More >>
Will the spread of Mexican food across the world ever cease? No.Will Taco Bell be there every step of the way to act as the gateway drug and make billions?Damn straight. Details after the jump!
If only more robberies ended like the hold-up of a Taco Bell in North Carolina.
Taco Bell, Del Taco, In-N-Out, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.--the list of fast-food chains with headquarters in Irvine is among the largest in the country. They came to our land of plenty not just because of a friendlier business environment, but also because Southern California has always offered delive ... More >>
Not the Calcutta in India (now usually called Kolkata), but the Calcutta in Ohio--and you know you're in the boonies if the town your town is named after changed its names to keep modern.
You know times are tough when people resort to trying to pass counterfeit money at a Taco Bell. At a Taco Bell, where a bum can feast like a king for three bucks. Strange days indeed...or is it just Florida?
The classic philosophical question: if someone accidentally gave you thousands of dollars, would you keep it? Do you return it because the money isn't yours, or do you keep it because the person who gave it to you is a pendejo? Whenever it comes to Taco Bell, it's definitely the latter!
It's about time a big city gets mentioned in this column--Middle America and hick towns have been hogging up the Taco Bell crimes, you know? And the stupidity of this crime is mind-boggling: doesn't the guy know Taco Bell is the new donut shop for police officers? From Trenton, New Jersey:New Jer ... More >>
Okay, there's no logic among people who want to rob Taco Bells. But, come on: if you were to do that, why leave with nothing? And if you do leave with nothing, why return home--especially if you live in a no-name town like Neosho. Neosho? Wasn't that a Japanese game console from the early 1990s? App ... More >>
An early pioneer of the sushi conveyor belt concept in New York, James Hamamori worked at Asakuma in Los Angeles before teaming up with entrepreneur Bronnie Lee and opening the first of several Wasa Sushi outlets. Hamamori, located in the satellite wing of South Coast Plaza, followed in December ... More >>
The Onion has come out with what they call their "112th Annual Food & Dining Issue." One of the gems? This video: Taco Bell's New Green Menu Takes No Ingredients From Nature
I didn't even think there was $17,000 worth stealing at a Taco Bell. From the Cornhusker State:The former manager of a Scottsbluff Taco Bell is suspected of embezzling $17,000 from the restaurant. Jennifer Pragnell is charged with felony theft, accused of not making deposits for the restaurant on ei ... More >>
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