Alaska town heads for the border

QMI Agency


Bethel, Alaska, has been fiending for fast food for some time now so imagine the residents' elation when they found out that Taco Bell was soon going to open a restaurant in their city.

Bethel boasts a population of 6,200 and is about 65 km inland from the Bering Sea in far western Alaska. The closest fast food other than a Subway sandwich shop is in Anchorage, 643 km. and a $500 round-trip plane ticket away.

Fox News says the town's joy was short-lived when it found out that the flyers announcing the chain's arrival were a hoax -- the result, police say, of a feud between two residents.

Taco Bell executives learned of the mix-up and arranged an enormous feast for Sunday, says.

They flew enough ingredients in from Anchorage to make 10,000 tacos and fed Bethel for free.

The list included 950 pounds of seasoned beef, 300 pounds of lettuce, 150 pounds of cheddar cheese, 500 pounds of reduced fat sour cream and 300 pounds of tomatoes.

"If we can feed people in Afghanistan and Iraq, we can feed people in Bethel," company CEO Greg Creed said.

Police Sgt. Chris Salyers said the hoax appeared to be the result of one resident retaliating against another.

Flyers went up in June, announcing the opening and including a phone number to call to inquire about a job at the new restaurant. The number belonged to the targeted person.