The Taco Bell taco licker is out of a job.
Taco Bell released a statement today saying that the licked shells were never sent out to customers. The restaurant claims that the shells were being used for a training exercise and were about to be thrown out when the employee took the picture.
Taco Bell said in a statement: “We have spoken with the restaurant and confirmed that the shells were never served to customers … The taco shells were used for training in March before we launched a new product, and were in process of being thrown out.”
Taco Bell released its Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos in March which may explain the employees uncontrollable urge to lick the shells.
The restaurant says that the shells never made it to consumers but added that the photo still violated its health policies.
Taco Bell said: “This is completely unacceptable and we are taking the appropriate action against everyone involved … Our food handling procedures are strict and we have zero tolerance for any violations.”