Now an update on my money. I got a letter today from the Tucson Police department saying to pick up my $10.00 dollars, it turns out it was real money all along. I called Taco Bell and the area manager ** was a JERK. They refuse to give me any freebies for the time I spent, waiting for the Police, and now I have to go clear across town to retrieve my money. So do yourself a favor instead of running for the border, run away from Taco Bell.
My story... I had the same thing happen to me this week in Tucson AZ., at the Taco Bell on Golf Links/Harrison. On Wed. May 4th, I was in the drive through, and I handed them a Ten Dollar bill which was dated 1969, and back then our US money did not have the security strips, or the watermarks on them. The cashier held it up to the light to look for these features, she didn't see them. So she went back to the manager with the bill.
He came back up to the drive through counter, and told me that the bill was no good, and was funny money. I tried to tell them about how money used to be. So they said they had to keep it and call the Police. I called 911 myself and told the Police to come ASAP. They came, looked at my money, and said it looked real to them, but they had to take it, seeing Taco Bell complained. So now it is in the hands of the city of Tucson, waiting for the Secret Service approval of it being real money.
ILLINOIS -- Recently I went to a Central Illinois Taco Bell. I went through drive thru and ordered only an order of nachos, a drink, and some Cinnamon Twists. I had my order planned out already when I pulled up to the speaker, and I waited for the order taker to say their little "Welcome to Taco Bell..." deal. Well that never happened. I sat there thinking that they must be busy. But after five minutes of just sitting there I finally honked my horn. I felt rude in doing so. I work in fast food myself and HATE when customers honk their horn at me. A very snippy girl came on and said, "I've been waiting for you to order for five minutes... are you FINALLY ready?"
My mouth was open in shock. I would get FIRED if I said that to someone in that tone. But I wasn't mean to her or rude, nor did I correct her and say that she hadn't informed me that I could have ordered yet. I just ordered my little order and she said, "Is that it? Just three things?". Yep. She told me my total and then I said, "Thank you" and she said, "Yup." I don't know why but the way she said "Yup" to my "Thank you" REALLY made me mad. I probably say thank you to customers at least three times minimum in a conversation. I pull up and there is a car in front of me. The guy must've had a HUGE order because he got (I counted) 10 bags of food handed to him.
So then I thought that may be that's why she was rude. She was busy with this guy's huge order, which on a side note is a very rude thing to do - coming through drive through and ordering a HUGE amount of food - if you have to pay more than $40 perhaps you should have taken your business inside. Anyway, after 10 minutes he got all his food and drove away. I got to the window gave the girl exact change, which she looked at and gave the loudest sigh, and waited 5 more minutes for my three things.
She finally came back to the window and pretty much threw my food and drink at me. I very politely asked her for some mild sauce to which she replied Why. I was dumbfounded by her level of rudeness. Seriously was she trying to get fired. I told her for my food and she grabbed sauce and shoved it in my hands.
Then I said thank you and she just went off on me - telling me how rude I was making her wait 5 minutes. How stupid I was to order three things, how dumb I was to want mild sauce for nachos. I sat there with my mouth open, just looking at her. I could see her coworkers laughing. I lost anybit of niceness I had left and told her to ** off and that I'd be speaking with her manager and corporate.
Well I went to Taco Bell the next day and asked to speak with a manager. I explained what happened to him, and he told me that there hadn't been a girl taking orders the night before. That no girl matching my description had been working. I asked for his superiors name and contact info and he REFUSED to give it to me. Needless to say, I'm pissed. I have corporate and told them but I'm not holding my breath on anything happening.
And for some clarifications, why did I sit there for five minutes instead of drive away. It was one of those stupid driveway like ones where you can't just drive off and there were cars behind me. I was NOT rude to her, as I said I work in fast food and it sucks when people are rude so I am always nice when I go to any fast food place. I was only rude in my telling her to ** off.
WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- I started going to the Taco Bell in West Chicago, IL about two years ago. In fact, I used to frequent Taco Bell two to three times per week and after tonight's visit I have decided to NEVER GO BACK! (I have received countless wrong orders and experienced many lazy employees at this location). After numerous past experiences of excessive waiting times and noticing the obvious attempt to solely tend to the drive through, I learned very quickly to only order via the drive through.
I ordered at the drive through intercom, in which the order taker displayed the correct order on the ordering screen. When I approached the window I noticed a bag already sitting on the ledge of the open pickup window. This immediately alarmed me because it was 14 degrees outside and my order was exposed to the cold.
As I unfortunately expected, the employee at the window handed me the infamous bag and mumbled the total to me. I paid for my food and pulled ahead to check my order. I opened the bag only to find my food crammed in a bag that was way too small. The first item I picked up was supposed to be a spicy chicken burrito. Instead was some other burrito made with a stale tortilla. This tortilla was so stale that it cracked apart in my hand.
Next, was supposed to be a simple bean burrito. I got some kind of bean & rice burrito with a lot of cheese sauce. (Not to mention they were both ice cold). I parked my vehicle and went inside the store to get the order corrected. When I went inside, I had to wait behind another customer in line who had also received the wrong food and was getting his order corrected.
While I was waiting, an employee approached me stating, "How can I help you?" I explained the situation and requested a new order. The employee replied, "I don't work the drive through." I explained that I was not currently in the drive through but standing in the lobby. For the second time, I requested a new order. The employee walked away and began chatting with another employee who was sitting at one of the lobby tables on a break. It was obvious that this employee was not going to help me. I was being ignored.
Centering my attention on the eight employees tending to the drive through and with a loud voice I requested the store manager. My request attracted the attention of every employee in the store and I was immediately addressed by a woman claiming to be the manager. The woman insisted that she was informed of my incorrect order, but she was busy. By this time I was frustrated and I just wanted my money back.
I requested my refund and explained that I was not given a receipt with my original order. After some persuasion the manager opened the cash register and gave me my money back. The entire incident wasted about 25 minutes of my time. There was no smile with the service, not to mention an apology. I will tell everyone I know about the poor service at this location and tonight was my last time ever spending money at Taco Bell.
WOODBURN, OREGON -- On August 30th 2007 at 7:00 PM I ordered through the drive through at location TB3536 in Woodburn Oregon - 8 crunchy taco's 2 bean burritos and a nacho bell grande. My voice was hoarse but not that bad that ** could not hear me, however on 3 tries he kept getting the order wrong and kept repeating the wrong order to me: "6 soft tacos and 2 bean burritos". He quoted me an incorrect price as well for what my order was. I drove forward and he repeated the wrong order to me and I corrected him. He then repeated the wrong order to me again! A third time I corrected him and when he told me the price I thought he might have gotten the order correctly now.
When he handed me my food I naturally wanted to check the order to be sure it was correct. All that food was stuffed into a medium sized bag, so as I tried to go through the bag tacos began to break, some of them were stuffed in the bag upside down making it hard to count them. At that point I decided I was done and I did not want to eat broken tacos so I told ** the order was packaged improperly and I swung the bag toward the drive-through window as I drive a tall SUV and the window was low. I missed partly and some of the food in the overstuffed bag fell out.
I asked for a refund and I was told no that I had thrown the food at him and I was not going to get a refund. I tried to explain I did not throw the food, but ** (who claims to be the manager) kept insisting I threw the food and kept yelling at me to move my car. Another employee who I did not get her name also started yelling at me to move my car and that I had thrown the food at them. They said they were going to call the police and at that point I said good go ahead, but if you just give me my money back I will be happy to leave.
Pablo screamed at me no I threw the food. I did move my car I parked and when inside the store. I asked to speak to a manager and I was totally ignored. There was a man on the floor named ** working and I asked him who was the manager? He said he did not know.
I went back up to the counter and asked again louder this time to speak to the manager. Pablo came to the counter with my remaining food offered it to me. I said "no - I want my money back and I want to speak to the store manager." He claimed he was the store manager and no I threw food, he was not giving me my money back. I asked for the name of **'s boss and he just walked away. While this was going on I was on hold with Taco Bell Customer Service.
I filed a complaint with customer service and I was told I would receive a call from the district manager. I request that call be on Tuesday September 4th. Today is Tuesday September 4th and it is now 4:51 PM PST and I have not received a call, though I did get a letter from Taco Bell today postmarked August 31 from Florida, thanking me for my input and stating: "I have forwarded your comments to the appropriate team member in order to help us toward continuous improvement."
What does that mean? To me it means we don't care that Taco Bell does not care nor am I going to get my $12.30 back. In addition today I tried to call the location via looking the location up in my local phone book, the number listed is a fax line only. Needless to say I will not be eating at Taco Bell ever again.
CLEVELAND, MISSISSIPPI -- I went to try the triple steak stack for the first time and was highly disappointed. Not only was the bread soggy but it was not triple the steak. Maybe half the steak. When I made it home and opened the sandwich I was disappointed but did not want to drive back to Taco Bell to have them explain why they served customers something like that. I don't eat at Taco Bell much and never will again.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- On 12/14/10 @ 9:23pm I decided to have an XXL Chalupa from Restaurant #17931 through the drive through. I have ordered this item from another Taco Bell in Commerce, CA and it is made just like the photo. At the above mentioned location I have ordered this item before it was poorly made even then. But on this night I ordered two XXL Chalupas (the mistake couldn't be repeated-right? WRONG!) Drove home to open the nacho plate to find the filling befitting their small beef chalupa. This is the SECOND time I have ordered XXL Chalupa from this location.
I was so disgusted. I got re-dress & drove back to restaurant to request my money back. I can only assume the woman was the manager. She took my original order and she said she was sorry. I know she must have seen the chalupa because they were not in the box but on the plate used for nacho bell grande. The lids is clear so she should have seen how poorly made the chalupas were made. If I could upload the photos of the two XXL Chalupas from my iPhone so you would know exactly what I am talking about. I will not order food from that location again. I will switch to DEL Taco- at least they are consistent regardless of their location.
ALTOONA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Do not dine in. You can't tell which table had a diapered behind on it last. I watched, and took photos, of a young couple who let their toddler dressed in diaper and dress, no shorts or plastic pants even to cover the diaper, sit on TOP of the table for the duration of their meal. Grossly unsanitary as well as dangerous for the child. None of the employees seemed to mind. Going to be a very long time before I ever go back, and if I do, it will be the drive through. I prefer dining in, and Taco Bell is now off my list.