Taco Bell Hoax Gets Alaska Town Free Tacos (ABC News)
Taco Bell heard of the residents' disappointment after someone who put up fake advertisements earlier this month announcing the chain was opening a location in the town, which has no fast food restaurants.
Taco Bell executives found out about the hoax and decided to treat residents to 10,000 tacos, free of charge.
The ingredients for the fiesta on Sunday will be flown in from Anchorage and include 950 pounds of beef, 300 pounds of lettuce, 150 pounds of cheese, 500 pounds of sour cream and 300 pounds of tomatoes, the Associated Press reported.
"It'll be a big event for our community," Mayor Joe Klejka said.
The hoax, which was further perpetrated with a fake website and a phone number for people interested in jobs, disappointed the fast food-deprived town.
"I think it caused a stir of excitement. We probably have a dozen mom-and-pop type restaurants. The only chain we have is Subway," Bonnie Bradbury, administrative assistant at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce, said earlier.
Residents can get fast food only a few times a year, when they place their McDonald's order for charity and have it delivered.
The closest Taco Bell to Bethel, is 400 miles away in Anchorage.
ABC News' Lauren Torrisi contributed to this report
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