The Taco Bell shell licker is looking for a new job.
The unidentified employee and his co-worker photographer are no longer working at the involved Taco Bell franchise, the company announced on its website Tuesday. A picture posted on Facebook had shown the employee licking a tall stack of shells and the social media masses were pretty grossed out.
"We do not believe these employees harmed, or intended to harm, anyone," Taco Bell said in a statement. "But we deplore the impressions this has caused to our customers, fans, franchisees, and team members. The behavior is unacceptable for people working in a restaurant. 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."
Taco Bell also explained the circumstances of the incident.