McDonald’s Is Sending Ronald McDonald To Work On Twitter In A New Outfit

McDonald’s Is Sending Ronald McDonald To Work On Twitter In A New Outfit

Let there be no doubt about it — just because there’s some “taco shop” out there using guys named Ronald McDonald to talk breakfast smack, the true Ronny McDonny has only one master and that is McDonald’s. The chain is dusting off the 51-year-old Ronald McDonald character, giving him a new outfit and sending him out to spread the chain’s message on social media. [More]

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McDonald’s CEO Not Worried About Breakfast Competition From “Sandwich” Or “Taco Shops”

You know what they say about if the breakfast kitchen is too hot you should get out, something like that? Well, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson sounds like he’s not even breaking a sweat when it comes to any competition from Taco Bell or Subway breakfast offerings. [More]

Starbucks: Our Ads With Men Named Duncan Came Before Taco Bell’s Ronald McDonald Spots

Starbucks: Our Ads With Men Named Duncan Came Before Taco Bell’s Ronald McDonald Spots

Perhaps you had a good chuckle over those Taco Bell ads starring men named Ronald McDonald where the gag is — can you believe this? — they actually prefer the Bell’s new breakfast over McDonald’s. It’s funny because of their names. And while some are calling Starbucks a copycat for its Seattle’s Best Coffee spots with testimonials from men named Duncan pledging their love (because Dunkin’ Donuts!), the company is stressing that its ads came first. [More]

Taco Bell Employee Guilty Of Threatening Co-Worker With Knife In Front Of Customers

Taco Bell Employee Guilty Of Threatening Co-Worker With Knife In Front Of Customers

Dear Taco Bell employees: If you’re going to threaten one another with knives (which, for the record, we do not recommend), kindly do so out of the view of customers; and certainly don’t threaten your fellow employee while he or she is in the middle of taking an order from a customer. [More]

Taco Bell Breakfast Arrives Today With Endorsements From “Ronald McDonald”

Taco Bell Breakfast Arrives Today With Endorsements From “Ronald McDonald”

Did you have Taco Bell for breakfast this morning? Well you could’ve, if a waffle taco is your kind of thing (no judgment) — the chain officially launched its breakfast menu nationwide today, just like the signs foretold. Or the announcement a few weeks ago that today would be the day 5,500 chains started offering breakfast. Same thing. [More]

Taco Bell Wraps Chili Cheese Fries Up In A Tortilla, Calls It Delicious in Canada

Taco Bell Wraps Chili Cheese Fries Up In A Tortilla, Calls It Delicious in Canada

Have you ever craved fries with chili and melted cheese, but been in such a hurry that you had no choice but to eat them while walking or driving? Yeah, us either. But Taco Bell’s Canadian outposts are prepared for exactly that situation with their Chili Cheese Fries Griller. [More]

Taco Bell Sends 1,000 People Burner Phones With Secret Breakfast Missions

Taco Bell Sends 1,000 People Burner Phones With Secret Breakfast Missions

Do you harbor a secret desire to live inside a spy movie, but with nothing important at stake? Do you also like waffles? If so, it’s too bad that you weren’t one of the 1,000 fast-food influencers on the list to receive Taco Bell’s “breakfast phone.” It rings with secret, breakfast-related missions for the bearers to fulfill. The phone is not shaped like a waffle taco.  [More]

Police: Etiquette Vigilante Attacked Taco Bell Customer For Burping, Not Saying “Excuse Me”

Police: Etiquette Vigilante Attacked Taco Bell Customer For Burping, Not Saying “Excuse Me”

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone burp in a fast food restaurant and not say “excuse me” or something similar, I’d have very heavy pockets and be on my way to the bank to cash those nickels in lickety-split. But one apparent sticker for etiquette doesn’t quite “get” the fast food scene, and turned violent when he couldn’t handle the rude belching of a fellow Taco Bell customer who failed to pardon himself. [More]

Taco Bell Continues Tradition Of Wrapping Food In Other Food With “Quesarito”

Taco Bell Continues Tradition Of Wrapping Food In Other Food With “Quesarito”

In its quest to make sure that every food item is encased not just within a wrap of some sort, but in a wrap made from another food item, Taco Bell says it is currently testing an unholy hybrid of burrito and quesadilla, which is of course called a Quesarito. [More]

For Better Or Worse, The Taco Bell “Waffle Taco” Is Coming To Your Town

For Better Or Worse, The Taco Bell “Waffle Taco” Is Coming To Your Town

It’s been nearly a year since the world first heard rumors of a strange breakfast beast being tested in lands to the west (i.e. California). The whispers claimed it was a Waffle Taco, while skeptics questioned whether the term “taco” was being stretched by a company whose longtime figurehead was a talking chihuahua and who also hired this guy. Now, like rock ‘n’ roll and door-to-door salesmen, the Waffle Taco, along with other breakfast stuff, is heading for your hometown whether you want it or not. [More]

Don’t Ask The Teen Taco Bell Employee To Hold On To Your Bottle Of Booze Until Tomorrow

Don’t Ask The Teen Taco Bell Employee To Hold On To Your Bottle Of Booze Until Tomorrow

There’s asking a fast food employee to do you a minor favor — like asking for extra condiments or having a dirty booth wiped down — and then there’s asking that employee to do something against the law — like stashing your bottle of booze in the eatery’s fridge for a day or so. [More]

Taco Bell Manager Denies Locking Sleeping Homeless Man In The Dumpster

Taco Bell Manager Denies Locking Sleeping Homeless Man In The Dumpster

A Taco Bell manager in California is under fire this week after allegations that he locked a homeless man inside the restaurant’s Dumpster. But he says that the man was sleeping in the unlocked Dumpster, and he simply had to keep the area’s gates shut due to city regulations. [More]

20 Years Later, Taco Bell Revives Bacon-Centric Menu… In The Philippines

20 Years Later, Taco Bell Revives Bacon-Centric Menu… In The Philippines

The Taco Bell “First Meal” breakfast menu here in the United States is all right. It has donut holes filled with Cinnabon frosting, after all. Do you know what it doesn’t have at breakfast time? Bacon-filled tacos. To get those from a Taco Bell, you’re going to have to do some traveling. To the Philippines. [More]

Craigslist “Emergency” Taco Bell Delivery Request During Snowstorm Ends With A Full Stomach

Craigslist “Emergency” Taco Bell Delivery Request During Snowstorm Ends With A Full Stomach

When there is booze involved, there are many situations you may find yourself in that you normally would not get into. Say, there’s a certain cuisine you only crave when drinking. But what happens if a snowstorm foils your tipsy plans? Turn to the Internet, like one Baltimore Craigslister did yesterday in his quest for Taco Bell. [More]

Medieval Sword-Fighting Session In Taco Bell Parking Lot Turns Into Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Medieval Sword-Fighting Session In Taco Bell Parking Lot Turns Into Drug Deal Gone Wrong

If I had a nickel for every time a medieval sword-fighting practice session in a Taco Bell parking lot turns into a drug deal gone wrong… well you know where I’m going with this. It’s a weird occurrence and in one recent Cleveland case, pretty embarrassing for the accused drug dealers in question. Sounds like they got taken by a bunch of teenagers, wielding swords, no less. [More]

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Taco Bell Franchisee Doesn’t Tell Social Security About Dead Mom For 23 Years, Collects $200K

In the process of dealing with the death of a parent, it might be forgivable if you overlook some paperwork and the Social Security folks send out a benefits check meant for the deceased. But when you deliberately hide this death for two decades while collecting nearly $200,000 that doesn’t belong to you, you’re probably going to jail. [More]

What Happens To Pizza Huts When They Are No Longer Pizza Huts?

What Happens To Pizza Huts When They Are No Longer Pizza Huts?

Anyone who has ever seen a Pizza Hut knows what a Pizza Hut looks like. Worldwide, people recognize that wacky trapezoidal roof, even though new Pizza Huts no longer have them. What happens, though, when a Pizza Hut closes down or moves, but the building remains? What about other global chains with instantly recognizable building formats? These buildings have not-terribly-secret second lives, if you know where to look. [More]

Consumerist’s Most Popular Stories From 2013

Consumerist’s Most Popular Stories From 2013

2013 ends in a few hours, and in the year since we last popped champagne corks and pretended to know the words to “Auld Lang Syne,” we’ve posted more than 5,000 stories to Consumerist, covering everything from Wall Street to Capitol Hill to the drive-thru lane. Some of these posts attracted a few more readers than others. [More]