March 17, 2010

714 Fans for Bristol's "Taco Bell Guy"

One of the glorious things about Facebook is its utter quirkiness.
For instance, see this page devoted to someone named Michael, the "Do you guys want some sauce?" guy at the old Taco Bell on Farmington Avenue.
Here's the group's purpose:
This group is for all of those who remember the really nice guy who worked at the old Taco Bell in Bristol.
Any decent human being knows that this man was more than just any weird Taco Bell employee. I know that so many of us miss driving up to the window at 2 am and hearing the infamous, "Do you guys want some sauce?" after an order had been placed. And as a sign of good character, this man straight-up just told us what kind of sauce there was ("Spicy, Medium, or Mild") without us even needing to ask, saving us from acting like drunken jackasses.
How many of us have ever driven away, wondering who is that guy? Where is he from? What's his deal? The truth is that this guy was so interesting that his presence forced us to speculate about his personal life. I, myself, have never ever given a shit about any fast-food employee's life and background, and I don't suppose most of us have,
but this guy was different.
So wherever you are today, this is for you.
Note: By joining this group, you have the responsibility to bring forth any evidence pertaining to who the TBell sauce-guy actually is/was, and if you or someone you know has spotted him. We owe it to each other to share this kind information. And please don't make shit up; this is somebody's life we're talking about here.


It turned out that the Taco Bell guy simply moved up the street with the restaurant and is still working there.
And 714 people have joined on as fans of this fellow as of the time of this writing. Amazing.
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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Michael is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Always very polite.

Anonymous said...

My mother would always see him running down rt 6 to get to work...and I mean across town...from best cleaners all the way to taco bell...She used to stop and pick him up many times.

Anonymous said...

This is news, how?

Anonymous said...

Wow. Michael should get a promotion. 714 fams = good marketing for Taco Bell...

Anonymous said...

Michael is a legend!

Anonymous said...

I have to really say I am THRILLED to see this. Michael (never knew his name before tonight) is an EXCEPTIONAL employee in a world of fast food goof-offs who give decent people a bad name.

I worked in fast food 20 years ago and things were a lot different. Michael is PROFESSIONAL..he CARES about his product...AND his customers. He takes his job seriously ... I , in all sincerity, think that TB should be promoting this guy to upper management like YESTERDAY....

Anonymous said...

This is the stuff local color stories should be about. This is representative of the true nature and people of this town. Not expose's on BDDC staff member's wine cellars.

Anonymous said...

Facebook sucks!

Anonymous said...

Steve -- you should write a cover story / feature about Michael and the facebook group ... I just find the whole story heartwarming and a real testament to the idea that people, deep down, are really GOOD and decent.
865+ facebook fans as of tonight 3-19 and people from ALL walks of life lining up to pay their respects and show appreciation to this truly nice and professional man.
God, I think this story is so good it could get picked up by one of the major networks. It IS the feel good story of 2010 so far.

Anonymous said...

Mike is a great guy. My dad grew up with him and told me he was always really nice. It is rare to see someone working at a fast food place that doesnt just want to give you your order and push you along. It is both amusing and genuinely kind that this group has started. I must say, Mike really does deserve the recognition for his loyalty, kindness, and hard work.

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for writing this. I thought like 15 of my friends would join this group, and a week later it's already approaching 1000 members. Thanks for the support. I hope Mike finds out about your blogpost...

-will

Anonymous said...

I am ashamed that people think this entire facebook group contains only positive and wonderful comments about such a genuine person. In the same breath many young people are making derogatory comments on this facebook fan page.

Did anyone ask for permission to use the photos taken by a cell phone of him at the window?

Anonymous said...

Good to hear something positive in this increasingly negative world. Dave at Tim Horton's in Plainville is the same way; he's a pleasure to deal with. But a word of warning--if you're planning on a nice, quiet dinner at Applebee's in Plainville, request any table EXCEPT Mike's. He pontificated so much, we couldn't enjoy our appetizer. Applebee's, you're a nice place, but I'd think twice about going there.