Taco Bell Employee Fired for Allegedly Urinating Onto Nacho Platter

Plasticky nacho cheese doesn't seem so bad anymore

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And you thought stepping on lettuce was bad? Mere weeks after 4chan users tracked down an anonymous Burger King employee for defiling food, former Taco Bell employee Cameron Jankowski conspicuously bragged about his alleged indiscretion on Twitter, incurring the wrath of another Internet community.

Jankowski, who worked at a Fort Wayne, Ind., Taco Bell, allegedly tweeted a picture of him peeing into what he said was a plate of nachos that would have been thrown out anyway. Visible in the background was a mop closet of the Taco Bell he said he worked at. After learning of the incident (hardly private for very long), Taco Bell officials fired Jankowski. He’s since deactivated his Twitter account, but because of retweets and screenshots, his alleged desecration of the Nachos BellGrande platter continues to be shared.

The random act of grossness was not without purpose. Jankowski, who claims he already had another job lined up, addressed his tweet to Hunter Moore of Is Anyone Up?, claiming he would pee on anything. “[T]here are no laws saying what you can and cannot [urinate] upon,” he allegedly tweeted. Taco Bell, understandably, didn’t share the same viewpoint.

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The taco chain, for their part, is taking the issue very seriously. Spokeswoman Amy Kavanaugh, vice president of public affairs for Taco Bell, released a statement saying that they planned to deep-clean the restaurant and retrain the employees at the Fort Wayne franchise, even potentially shutting down the location temporarily, according to Indiana’s NewsCenter.

Online group Anonymous created a now-deleted YouTube video that included screenshots of personal information and tweets that Jankowski allegedly posted related to the incident after he shamelessly broadcast his inappropriate behavior.

As Jankowski’s now-defunct Twitter account proves, Taco Bell is probably better off without him. Jankowski’s supposed actions pretty much defy justification, but Taco Bell provided this statement just to ensure their proper distance from the grotesque prankster:

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and team members. We have strict food handling procedures and zero tolerance for any violations. As soon as we learned of the situation, we immediately investigated and found the photo was an ill-conceived prank and the food was never served to customers. We find this prank absolutely unacceptable, and we plan to terminate anyone involved and work with authorities to pursue legal action.”

The Allen County Health Department, local police and Taco Bell are all investigating the case further.

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41 comments
Mitchell
Mitchell

He's only been suspended at this point, not fired. Pending the outcome of an investigation. 

oblio9090
oblio9090

He used Mountain Dew?  Eeeeewww....gross!

Chiku Misra
Chiku Misra

it's exactly stuff like this that makes me never want to go to fast food places and instead buy canned food at the market, however that canned food was canned somewhere and who knows if that place has people like this lowlife scumbag.  who knows what stuff he pulled before this.  so incredibly gross.  makes me wanna grow a garden and just eat from that.

NortonSmitty
NortonSmitty

It probably would have tasted better than normal nachos at the Bell

Jupiter C.
Jupiter C.

According to Time, if they're gay amp; feel entitled to something that's not allowed yet in society, then this is all okay. Were there gay people involved amp; how did they feel about it, did they make the food amp; why? Gay gay gay, always the big stories on Time. If they don't have a controversy then they're nobodies amp; no one pays attention to them?

Sachi Mohanty
Sachi Mohanty

Reminds of that incident in India where a guy peed into that liquid accompaniment (kind of tamarind flavored) to golgoppas ... a roadside fast food kind of dish.

Twitter: @sachi_bbsr

Bharati_shahida
Bharati_shahida

He got thoroughly thrashed by locals and the incident was all over the press.  He said he peed into a bottle under the stand. Whatever. 

Most fast food is the open where everyone can see it.  Anyway ugh!

mbcls
mbcls

how about follow post office rule.  tamper with mail.  5000$ fine and 5 years in jail.  

Chiku Misra
Chiku Misra

speaking of post office rule, i have a question.  an evil idiot who is biologically related to me as my "father" has on many, many occasions opened my mail which has sometimes been sent to his house.  on multiple occasions, he has even paid bills sent to me without even asking me (bills of a few hundred dollars and in at least one case, a thousand dollars, that were not even valid bills at all and i mean AT ALL, just scams and nothing else), he has even opened my mail, photocopied it and given me the copy and kept the original for himself and written me nasty hate mail about it (like for example, a credit card bill, saying basically i have no right to a credit card and crazy stuff like that, he is insane)......

so my question is, how do i address this?  what authorities do i go to, the police or just the post office.  is there a way to inform authorities without necessarily getting him in trouble (i am not sure if i want that or not, i go back and forth on this issue quite a lot).

oblio9090
oblio9090

Instruct the post office to have your mail forwarded to your current address.

Tada!

Talendria
Talendria

Agreed.  While it was a harmless prank in his mind, it undermines consumer confidence in restaurants every time we hear one of these disgusting stories.  People need to exercise better judgment.

Brian
Brian

I'm starting to feel better about the fact that illegals make all my fast food here in SoCal instead of it being handled by bored teenagers. Bad for the economy, I know.. but it's good for my sanity.

dead dog
dead dog

What makes you think illegals don"t want to piss on Americans food ?

Tompca
Tompca

Time to stop eating fast food completely.

Don Slater
Don Slater

They fired the offending employee, yet "Spokeswoman Amy Kavanaugh, vice president of public affairs for Taco Bell, released a statement saying that they planned to deep-clean the restaurant and retrain the employees at the Fort Wayne franchise, even potentially shutting down the location temporarily."

Is a cult of food-misters really likely to have established itself at that location?  Seems like a largely pointless knee-jerk reaction from the HQ.

kerry1066
kerry1066

Still not gonna switch to Chick-Fil-A

Dennis Hastings
Dennis Hastings

I have heard of so many people doing things like this. Spitting in the Jello, as well as even more...well, perverse acts with food. If you must eat fast food try to find a place with happy employees. That's about all you can do... or maybe just eat at home.

Talendria
Talendria

I've actually thrown away a couple of pizzas when the guy who delivered them looked nasty.  Now I just buy frozen.  It's too bad that a couple of perverts can destroy your confidence in an entire industry.

Logan Atkinson
Logan Atkinson

Idk if anyone knows who Hunter Moore is, but this really is his fault directly. He's always trying to get people to piss in fucked up places. He is a pretty awful human being.

DurdyDawg
DurdyDawg

This type of behavior is getting out of hand.. Do these punk not appreciate working when it's so difficult to find a job? The pay isn't the issue here.. When a potential employee is offered a job they know and accept the pay quoted them and in many situations that pay isn't followed by raises.. This has to do with attitude and disrespect for customers, managers and the owners of these places.. They all need to be re-evaluated and those who feel their too good to work for $7.50 an hour needs to move on and allow others to take up on the opportunity. I'm not going to boycott or refuse to eat at any establishment that catches punks like this one in the act (either red handed or through some blog they think is cool to exhibit)  because this is an individual criminal misdemeanor.. And if no one feels this is enough money to acquire what they want then I'm sure there are multitudes of seasonal farm legals who would gladly take their place.. Face it, once the Unions are eliminated expect everyone with no official college or trades training (those being the people with high school diplomas and below) to be making at or below minimum wages. That's capitalism with no representation.

KB_Corkless
KB_Corkless

I suspect this is far from being an isolated incident and that such improvised menu modifications probably occur throughout the food service industry, even in high-end restaurants - the working poor practicing "trickle-up economics".

Talendria
Talendria

I've worked in several low-end restaurants, and the grossest thing I ever saw was someone picking up a hamburger off the floor and putting it on the plate.  That's gross, but it doesn't compare to the urban legends.

james machado
james machado

I would suggest never eating at a establishment served by young people due to their propensity of these kind of immature actions.

rita moore
rita moore

He should have been arrested.....my son likes taco bell although their meat is grade d..which is what dog food is made from..but I can control bit so much..its good for a laxative

Jrdenn1981
Jrdenn1981

This is a myth. There is no such thing as "Grade D" meat. Do your research. Meat grading is as followed:  USDA Prime, Choice, Select, and standard grades. USDA Prime is mostly sold in hotel and restaurants, and the most widely sold grade is USDA Choice. There are however 3 lower grades, USDA utility, Cutter, and Canner which are seldom, IF EVER, sold in stores.

 Taco Bell was once sued over their meat as a class action lawsuit brought on by customer accusations that they didn't use the mandatory 40% fresh ground beef as stipulated by the FDA. The lawsuit suggested that the majority of the taco meat ingredients was just filler. It was untrue and the lawsuit was dropped. Taco Bell beef consists of 88% Premium Beef and 12% Signature Recipe. This "Premium" is also referred to as USDA Choice. 

Fortunately, there is no Grade D beef and Taco Bell isn't serving it to the populace. Unfortunately, Taco Bell is still quite disgusting and unhealthy for you. Especially the Nachos ;)

Bruce Heilbrunn
Bruce Heilbrunn

Pay the minimum wage and look at the quality of people you hire.

Chiku Misra
Chiku Misra

yeah, pay them a doctor's salary.  then be ready to pay $30 or more for a big mac or similar food.  and after all that, understand these types will still do these gross things, no matter how much you pay them.  it's not money, it's mindset, and there will always be a certain percentage of the population who are little more than animals.

Talendria
Talendria

I can't get over the fact that despite the economy being in the crapper and so many people being out of work, the quality of the workforce hasn't improved.  You'd think the jobs would go to the best candidates, which would naturally elevate the workforce.  Are there no good people left?