Most residents in Bethel, Alaska were excited to have a new Taco Bell in town, after all, the only thing closest to fast food is a Subway, so they welcomed the news that the franchise had settled on building a restaurant in their area.
Yellow flyers announcing the opening of the fast-food restaurant started showing up in this southwest Alaska community of 6,200 people last week, complete with instructions of how to apply for a job.
However, their hopes were crushed when they found out is was only an elaborate hoax, with a fake phone number and website listed on each flyer.
Denali Foods, which operates all Taco Bells in Alaska, says there are no plans to open a location in Bethel.
It’s not known who is behind the hoax or why.
No gorditas here: Taco Bell will remain 400 miles away from Bethel, Alaska.
Who would plan such a hoax to a small community hidden in Alaska? Now the local Subway is starting a new campaign of their own, complete with legitimate flyers, to use the recent incident to drum up business.