Fast Food Hoax In Alaska Leads To A Feast

Recently, people in the small western town of Bethel, Alaska, got very excited when they saw flyers announcing the opening of a Taco Bell. But then, residents got the sad news: the flyers were a hoax. But the people of Bethel will not go taco-less.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, we're not quite done in Alaska. Recently, people in the small western town of Bethel got very excited when they saw flyers announcing the opening of a Taco Bell. That's a big deal. Right now, residents have to trek 400 miles if they want to chomp on a cheesy gordita.

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UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing) Taco salad, taco salad, taco salad...

GREENE: But then breaking news...

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Sorry, folks. In Bethel, you won't be able to munch on cheesy gordita crunches or grande nachos anytime soon.

GREENE: That's our member station KYUK.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Bethel is not getting a Taco Bell. I repeat, Bethel is not getting a Taco Bell.

GREENE: It turns out those flyers were a hoax. But the people of Bethel will not be going taco-less. The fast food chain heard about the disappointment and they're throwing a taco feast for the town today. That includes 950 pounds of seasoned beef and 150 pounds of cheddar cheese.

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UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing) Taco salad, taco salad, beef...

GREENE: And just in case that sounds like a lot of fat, don't worry. They also sent 500 pounds of reduced-fat sour cream.

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UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing) Guacamole...

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