Taco Bell Receives Amazing Application

Taco Bell job application on RedditA sense of humor can serve you well in many situations. A job application, however, may not be one of them. That apparently did not deter one prospective Taco Bell employee when filling out his application -- and his application immediately prompted a debate online as to what his true motive was.

According to an application that was posted Friday to Reddit, the anonymous online forum, the candidate -- described as the brother of a girlfriend of a Reddit editor -- wrote a humorous little story in response to the standard question, "How did you find out about TACO BELL?" In response to the standard question of "desired salary," he wrote: "Minimum wage."

The applicant's name was not shown on Reddit, nor was the position for which he was applying. But while no one in his or her right mind "desires" a federal minimum wage -- $7.25 an hour, it's probably the most realistic expectation for fast food workers. Most workers in the industry make exactly that hourly wage, which has been a sore point and has resulted in fast-food workers' strikes in five cities. Was this application a sly way of making a political point?

Commenters On Reddit Divided: Reddit user emkay99 wrote that the applicant was being realistic, saying fast-food workers are going to be paid what "the corporation says he should be paid, and 99 times out of a hundred, that will mean minimum wage." Others suggested the application was in sync with famous anti-corporate slogans. "He's a straight shooter with upper management written all over him," Reddit user Robotizer wrote, repeating a quote from the 1999 cult film, "Office Space," which explored the soul-sucking life of the contemporary American worker.

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The applicant's response to "How did you find out about Taco Bell?" was clearly tongue-in-cheek. He wrote:
I was lost one night, and in the distance I spotted a purple bell, and I thought to myself, think outside the bun. So I ran to your doors and asked for the cheesiest gordita crunch you could make. I was not disappointed.

Happyplace.com, a viral news website which also posted the application, said the response sounded as if the author was "really, really stoned."

How did Taco Bell view the application? The chain, which is owned by Yum Brands Inc., would not comment on whether the applicant landed the job. But in an e-mail statement to AOL Jobs, Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch chose to overlook any intended humor in the application. "We're flattered that this customer's passion for the Cheesy Gordita Crunch led him to apply for a job," he wrote.

Sometimes it takes an over-the-top approach to get the job, including taking out a billboard saying, "Hire Me." In May, 23-year-old Bennett Olson landed a position with a 3-D scanning company after he splashed his smile on a billboard in Minneapolis with that entreaty.

Just recently, on a thread on Quora, Yahoo executive Gil Yehuda claimed that he was hired after turning down the Web giant in a job interview, telling the recruiter, "I can't take a job if the company doesn't know what they are looking for. You need to figure out what you want before you make an offer."

According to LinkedIn, he's still employed at Yahoo.




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Jennifer Long

I used to review stacks and stacks of resumes and applications. Although unconventional, I would have stopped and laughed at this one and probably granted an interview based on ingenuity alone. Getting an interview can be the hardest part of job hunting.....making yourself standout in a sea of resumes and applications is essential.

July 01 2013 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Janet_B27

Maria. if you think Albert`s storry is amazing... last thursday I got Volkswagen Golf GTI since I been earnin $6341 this-past/five weeks and-also, ten-k lass-month. without a doubt its my favourite job I have ever had. I began this 10-months ago and almost immediately began to bring home more than $75 p/h. I work through this link, Bow6.com

June 03 2013 at 1:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Janet_B27

If you think Albert`s story is amazing..., three weeks-ago my sister's best friend basically also earnt $4919 working 20 hour's a week an their house and there classmate's sister`s neighbour has been doing this for three months and got paid more than $4919 in their spare time from their laptop. the steps on this address Exit35.com

June 03 2013 at 1:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

This response by the "applicant" kinda reminds me of a stanza in The Eagles' hit "Hotel California". "Up in the distance, I heard the mission bell...I remember thinking to myself 'this could be heaven or this could be hell' ". Or something to that effect. Maybe I have butchered that a bit, but the guy was probably listening to classic rock on the radio before he walked in to fill out the application. At any rate, if he meant this as a clever ploy to be noticed by the Taco Bell top tortillas, he apparently succeeded.

June 02 2013 at 11:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
combatpainter

Please tell me what is AMAZING about this ap????

May 31 2013 at 9:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
poppyfield027

Great! This answer should net the applicant an interview. Here's a guy who recognized a "sales" opportunity and took advantage of it. He demonstrated cleverness, a good sense of humor and a positive attitude for the company's product and service, which is always a good "sales pitch" on an application.

He also shows that he is willing to start "at the bottom" of a business that gets thousands of applications for part-time, entry-level jobs in a high-turnover field. This does NOT neccessarily mean he lacks ambition. He simply has a sense of economic reality - either Taco Bell's or his own, whatever his reality may be.

May 31 2013 at 11:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
combatpainter

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!

May 30 2013 at 7:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
BEWARE.. HUNTERS

He has minimal aspirations to say the least. Give him the job. Teach him how to make gorditas and he'll be able to feed himself for a lifetime.

May 30 2013 at 6:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
grudgrime

I wouldn't call it "Amazing"

May 30 2013 at 6:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
mrnaturallyphree

Too bad General Petraeus didn't know about this opportunity before he took that other job!

May 30 2013 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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