'Former' Customer Slams Taco Bell's 'Ridiculous' Prices in Viral Letter

A letter written by a "former" Taco Bell customer in Florida, slamming the restaurant's "ridiculous" prices, has gone viral.

A photo of the letter was shared on Reddit's "F**k You Karen" forum by a purported Taco Bell employee under the username u/Kabechet, who wrote: "Interesting Letter Received Today." The post has garnered more than 52,000 upvotes and over 5,000 comments from stunned Redditors, many of whom accused the customer of not understanding inflation.

"I was opening letters in the mail at my job today, and we received this," u/Kabechet wrote in the post's comments section. "The envelope was hand-written with postage and contained this typed-up letter."

In the letter, which was addressed to the store's owner/manager, the former customer said that they would no longer patronize Taco Bell, due to the chain's recently observed price increases.

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A letter written by a "former" Taco Bell employee has gone viral online. ahirao_photo/istock

"I have been a customer since the 1980's [sic] when I first obtained my driver[s] license. If I were to add up the monetary number of all the hard shell tacos consumed, it would be in the thousands of dollars," the letter began.

They went on to say that they visited the store recently and ordered three hard shell tacos. However, when they were told their order would cost over $5, they said "no thanks," and "departed, making no purchase."

"I recall paying 69 cents for this poor Mexican street food," they wrote. "I am done. No longer a customer. The price is simply ridiculous."

The customer concluded their letter by blaming Florida Amendment 2, an amendment designed to increase the state's minimum wage to $15/hour by 2026, as the reason prices have increased, adding that they "did NOT" vote for the amendment's ratification.

To further their point, the customer attached a photo of a Taco Bell receipt from 1999, showing that the price of a taco was, at one point, 69 cents. However, several commenters pointed out that the receipt came from a two-month-old Reddit post, causing them to question the letter's legitimacy.

But u/Kabechet maintained that the letter was "legit," stating the customer probably pulled the image from Google in order to prove a point.

Of course, food prices have increased since the '80s as a result of inflation. Back in November, Newsweek relayed that restaurant prices in the U.S. "saw the largest increase since 1981," citing higher food costs and increased wages for workers.

The war in Ukraine has also had an adverse effect on global food prices, as the country, often referred to as the "breadbasket of Europe, is one of the world's "top four suppliers of grain," as well as the world's "largest producer of sunflower oil."

Unfortunately, experts don't expect food prices to decrease any time soon. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a report last month that in 2022, food prices are "expected to exceed historical averages and the inflation rate in 2021."

With all this in mind, many angry commenters slammed the customer for not understanding inflation.

"I, too, would enjoy paying 1999 prices for absolutely everything. Where is this person shopping that only Taco Bell is impacted by inflation?" asked u/Here4antimlm.

"This guy is pissed the price of tacos went up with inflation, but blames it on a living wage?" commented u/Cutegun.

"Looks like someone doesn't understand that prices go up," wrote u/DryPrion.

Redditor u/drinkalondraughtdown added: "What a f**king cheapskate. Christ, I don't think this person is familiar with the concept of inflation. F**k you, Karen, and the elephant you rode in on."

Newsweek has reached out to u/Kabechet for comment.