garnetpalmetto
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Boycott Taco Hell!

Fri Apr 30, 2004 11:34 pm

So I was reading the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today and came across this article.

http://www.postgazette.com/pg/04121/308893.stm

Methodist or not, after reading that, I have no intention of going to Taco Bell for quite sometime. I mean read some of this..

"According to the petition, tomato-pickers for Taco Bell's major supplier in Immokalee, Fla., make an average of 40 cents a 32-pound bucket with no pay raise in 20 years. It also said some workers are held against their will in what amounts to slavery."

"Chavez elaborated, saying that for most of his 26 years he rose at 4 a.m. to pick tomatoes for 12 to 14 hours, 365 days a year. As examples of slavery, he said some pickers were forced to remain in the fields at gunpoint, and that one who tried to escape was taken from the work camp, had both knees broken with a hammer and was thrown from a van going 40 mph."

Based on their pay rate, a worker would have to pick some 2 tons of tomatoes to make $50.00! Incredible that such stuff still happens here in the US.
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LHMark
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Fri Apr 30, 2004 11:40 pm

It'll only be a matter of time before some assrocket posts "At least they have jobs. They're probably glad for the opportunity to work."
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Usairwys757
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 12:23 am

My question is, is Taco Bell directly affiliated with these tomato pickers? Is Taco Bell the ones that are forcing these people to work?
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garnetpalmetto
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 12:37 am

Based on the article it appears as if the company is an independent supplier, but that does not excuse the actions of Taco Bell in continuing to use this supplier.
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Espion007
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 12:37 am

ive been boycotting taco bell for years-but not on pourpose-because i cant get to one without a car and they are never on those places next to the highways Big grin
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North County
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 1:05 am

Now this can't be true....Taco Bell does not use "real' tomatoes....at least they don't look like 'real" tomatoes - joke.

The suppliers should be prosecuted according to state and federal labor laws.

I am not the boycotting type... but I would not go to Taco Bell if the supplier is charged and convicted of these crimes and they still take their shipments.

My understanding is that this boycott plea has been going on for at least to 5 years now...

 
seb146
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Sat May 01, 2004 1:18 am

I think also it is a regoinal thing. The Taco Bells on the West Coast get their tomatoes from California. I have never heard this about those tomato pickers before. I think, also, we should boycott strawberry and onion sellers as the migrant workers are paid by the basket and forced to work long days in the hot sun. Feel better? What about boycotting all fast food on the basis of the only benefit the workers get is the pay. People boycott Wal-Mart for the same reason.

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MYT332
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 2:01 am

Ok well i promise not to go to any Taco Bell in the UK, that make ya happy?  Big grin

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WellHung
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Sat May 01, 2004 2:32 am

Just imagine if people boycotted everything because a corporation did something they didn't like. Everyone would be boycotting everything. I'm just glad they're picking the tomatoes and not me. Also, I hope they're not doing anything particularly disgusting to them while picking.

In fact, I may get Taco Bell today. Sorry. But I promise I'll think of those workers while I'm eating.
 
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 3:43 am

I think I'll get a Combo number 6 today in protest of your protest.
 
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Sat May 01, 2004 4:08 am

Extra sour 'cream' for KROC...
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ArmitageShanks
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 4:42 am

I say make em' work nights!
 
Tom in NO
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Sat May 01, 2004 4:46 am

I already boycott Taco Bell, or as my 5-year old says, Taco Yuck. My reasons are purely digestive related.....commonly referred to as Montezuma's Revenge.

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ConcordeBoy
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 5:19 am

Who cares?

I dare say, not anyone who eats there as is...

...or are they now willing to pay $8 for a Burrito Supreme all of a sudden?  Insane
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srbmod
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Sat May 01, 2004 6:27 am

I've quit going to Taco Bell ever since they opened up a Moe's and a Gecko Grill down the street from my house. I've maybe eaten at the Hell twice in the last year.
 
JeffM
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 7:08 am

Why don't they out source the labor to India...?
 
L-188
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 11:10 am

Since when did Taco Bell use vegetables?

Inquiring minds want to know.
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IMissPiedmont
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 12:58 pm

Does anyone think that Taco Bell is the only buyer of these tomatoes?

I have been avoiding Taco Bell for many years, since the first time I went and discovered that everything on the menu tastes the same, really bad.
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nonrevman
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 5:54 pm

My boycott of Taco Bell has begun as of 2 days ago. Let's just say that I thought I was going to have to go to the doctor. What that meal did to my stomach and bowels required my swift immediate departure from work.
 
L-188
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sat May 01, 2004 6:11 pm

So at 69 cents a taco, what do you figure your boycot has cost them Nonrevman?

$1.38?? Plus sales tax?
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nonrevman
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Sat May 01, 2004 6:57 pm

So at 69 cents a taco, what do you figure your boycot has cost them Nonrevman?

$1.38?? Plus sales tax?


A bit more than that. Usually i get a 7 layer burrito and one of the value meals--about 6-7$ where I live. I went there a few times a month too. Likely, my wife and I wont eat there again, nor will some of the other people I have talked to based on a similar experience. Sure, we will not cause them to go bankrupt, but we certainly will not be eating there again. It was not the first time that my stomach has not agreed with a Taco Bell meal, but it was certainly the worst episode. Something was definitely wrong with the food or the way it was prepared or served.
 
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Sun May 02, 2004 12:54 am

"Everybody boycots something" - well I personally would never buy anything from Israel.All of course due to actions of the israeli government. Should put China and the US on the boycot list aswell - only it could prove difficult to do.
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okko
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Sun May 02, 2004 2:16 am

747400F,

...and I boycotted the Danish war (2nd world war) museum in Copenhagen because of the Danish government's actions, i.e. handing the country over to a foreign state overnight. Apart from this I don't mind buying Danish products or services, and I even used to work for a Danish company.

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Sun May 02, 2004 4:48 am

This makes me wonder how they get their refried beans.....  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sun May 02, 2004 4:55 am

I started boycotting Taco Bell years ago, when it was discovered that they were using Meat Substitute. lol

Anyway, this isn't something that should lead to boycotts! It is an excellent illustration of the Mexican government's welfare program at work, and all of its grand possibilities! Send them north into virtual slavery and then lobby the US government and the governments of assorted states to allow them access to taxpayer services like food stamps and education and medicaid....

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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sun May 02, 2004 10:12 am

Yeah, thats bad news and its terrible, especially if those people were legal US immigrants.

However, if they were illegal immigrants, then I'm not shedding a tear. If you think that US law doesn't apply to you when you're running across the border, then certainly US labor laws shouldn't apply to you either.
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Sun May 02, 2004 9:51 pm

"Everybody boycots something" - well I personally would never buy anything from Israel.All of course due to actions of the israeli government. Should put China and the US on the boycot list aswell - only it could prove difficult to do.

I guess you don't fly in airplanes.  Insane
 
Greg
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Mon May 03, 2004 12:06 am

Boycott Taco Bell?
Hell no!
Where else can you go and get 27 food items made from the same five ingredients..? It's marketing genious.

Baja Chalupas for me, please. Better make it three. And it'll still only cost $3.50 with a soda....
 
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Mon May 03, 2004 12:14 am

"Everybody boycots something" - well I personally would never buy anything from Israel.All of course due to actions of the israeli government. Should put China and the US on the boycot list aswell - only it could prove difficult to do.

I guess you don't fly in airplanes.


Israel makes airplanes?
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kbuf737
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Mon May 03, 2004 12:39 am

It wouldn't be hard to boycott Taco Bell if you all had Mighty Taco. Its a Western NY franchise and it is by far better than Taco Bell. This is truly a sad story however.
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JAL777
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Mon May 03, 2004 1:47 am

Israel makes airplanes?

They make alot of the components for them.
 
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RE: Boycott Taco Hell!

Mon May 03, 2004 4:11 am

So I guess you don't own any Nike wear then?

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