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Gabriel Harris was arrested in New Smyrna Beach, Florida after having one too many and then attempting to order at a Taco Bell drive-through at 3AM. The restaurant was closing and he refused to leave so the police were called. They happened to notice a Swiss Army knife hanging from a belt loop which concerned the responding officer who then tried to take the knife away. Harris wouldn’t let him and is now facing a charge of resisting arrest with violence.

Aw, someone get this guy a taco.

(via Mashable)

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People who are fanatical about McRib have probably avoided thinking about what goes into making it. That is especially true after this photo of frozen McRibs made the rounds on the Internet last year.

As part of their “Our Food. Your Questions” campaign with former Mythbuster Grant Imahara, McDonald’s is making an attempt to reassure customers with a behind-the-scenes video.

The video also features Wes Bellamy, the guy who posted the McRib picture seen ’round the world, taking part in the whole manufacturing process from beginning to end.

Watch the video after the break and let us know if it sets your mind at ease.

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If you’ve ever felt the pressure of having to order so quickly that you don’t get exactly what you want at Taco Bell, then you’re going to love their newly introduced mobile ordering app. It lets you place your order exactly the way you want beforehand. From the press release:

Customize. Order. Pay. All from the new app. Now you can easily select a local Taco Bell, customize your favorite items and pay for your order. No need to select a pickup time. We make your food when you arrive so that it’s hot and just-prepared. Then skip the in-store line like you own the place. Plus, reordering your favorites is as easy as a twist of the wrist.

The app also knows when you’re almost at the store so you don’t have to stick to a time. Order lunch at 11AM and if you don’t manage to get a break until 12:15, your food will still be ready at the right time.

See the video and screenshots after the break.

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This McDonald’s shaped like a lunchbox was a pop-up that appeared in Melbourne, Australia to promote some new additions to the menu including four new wraps and a new salad. Those who happen by the lunchbox location will be able to try Mini Steak Taster Wraps. It’ll be in Melbourne through Friday and then heading on to Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney.

See the video after the break.

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Generally speaking, censorship isn’t a good thing…unless it’s clever and funny. A prime example is a new Attack on Titan exhibition that’s being held at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo in late November.

According to Livedoor News, in order to promote the exhibit, the museum put up posters like the one above at the Roppongi Station in Tokyo. AoT is all about giants eating people (and yeah, it can get bloody). So the museum went with some funny self-censorship by making it appear as if the Titans in the posters are eating fast food items instead of people.

The exhibit starts on November 28 and will run until January 25, and it will feature unique art from Hajime Isayama, the creator of AoT, an Oculus Rift 3D movie, a “realistic” Titan (yikes!) a specialized “sound and light” presentation and much, much more.

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Once, for a brief, shining moment in time, Taco Bell offered something called “El Todos” which roughly translates to “The All” or “The Everything”—and that’s exactly what was in this food pinata. It was created by one Mark Wilson who had access to their Innovation Kitchen to come up with a new idea, and that idea boiled down to putting every single thing on their menu into one order. Sadly, this doesn’t exist on an actual Taco Bell menu, but just imagine how many people you could feed with this thing!

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Customers at the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru in Abilene, Texas got quite a surprise Monday when they arrived at the window to pay and found their orders had already been taken care of by an anonymous man. Workers say he gave them $1,000, and instructed them to use it to pay for the drive-thru orders behind him until it ran out.

The man only gave the store his first name and said he was just trying to make Monday a little better for people. He succeeded, covering the bill for 88 orders in a little over an hour. Some people were so happy, they were moved to tears:

“One lady actually cried because she had a really tough day,” one worker said. “She had a lot of bad stuff happen to her.”

Nicely done, Chick-Fil-A Guy. You made my day brighter just knowing there are people like you.

(KTXS via Consumerist)

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There’s nothing quite like digging into that box of hot, tasty, french fries the second you pull away from the drive through, but here’s a reason to make sure you’re grabbing fries and not something less edible. A woman in New York has filed a lawsuit because there was an employee’s nametag in with her fries and she accidentally put it into her mouth.

She was pregnant at the time and not did she only hurt her mouth on the pin, but her lawyer says she suffered emotional and mental injuries on “realizing that food isn’t always safe to eat.” This is just great. Now, in addition to being warned that our hot coffee is hot, are they going to warn us to look at our food to make sure it’s food before we shove it into our mouths?

(Staten Island Advance via Consumerist / Image via Shane Ronemus)

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You may have never thought to infuse bacon, caramel and bourbon into a milkshake, but I bet now that you know it exists, you’re heading to Red Robin for dinner. The chain announced that they will be offering a Beam-N-Bacon Boozy Shake which will include Jim Beam’s maple bourbon, caramel, bacon bits, vanilla ice cream, and a strip of candied bacon as a stirrer. If you want to try one of these sinful concoctions, you have until November 2nd when this limited time item will disappear.

(USA Today via Consumerist)

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It’s a given that working a job in fast food can be difficult, but one Chipotle location pushed their workers too far so the whole staff quit at once. The location in State College, Pennsylvania was forced to close with the workers posting this sign on the door as an explanation.

It has since reopened, with Chipotle claiming it was only a few workers who quit with the majority “enthusiastic to return to work”. Let’s hope conditions have improved for whoever is making those burritos.

(The Daily Collegian via Gawker)