See? It Really Wasn’t The Grossest Taco Bell Story Ever

We told you yesterday about this photo of a Taco Bell employee licking a whole stack of taco shells….

Turns out the whole thing was a joke! A misunderstanding! ABC News reports:

Taco Bell said the taco shells licked by an employee in a viral photo were not served to customers and “were in the process of being thrown out,” but the employee has been fired.

“Two employees, however, used them to take a photo for an internal contest in which company and franchise employees could submit for approval photos of themselves enjoying their first bite of the product,” Taco Bell said in a statement on its website. “The contest had clear guidelines about what was acceptable and unacceptable. This image was clearly unacceptable – it violated the rules and spirit of the contest, and the employees never submitted it. But an employee posted it on a personal social media page in violation of the franchisee’s policies, and it emerged online in social media.”

There you go! You can be assured that human saliva has never, ever appeared in any Taco Bell product ever.