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Old 06 April 2008, 07:23 PM
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Icon81 Taco (Death) Bell

Comment: When I was a kid, my first job was at Taco Bell. The manager of
the store at the time claimed that the large metal bells the used to sit
atop the roof of the restaurants were removed after rotten wooden supports
broke, and sent one of the bells crashing through the roof, killing an
employee. We always figured he was full of s$!t, as he often was, however
I can't stop thinking about how ridiculous it would be if it had been
true.
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Old 09 April 2008, 10:55 PM
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Icon81 Does John Donne own stock in Taco Bell?

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Ask not for whom the bell tolls...

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Old 09 April 2008, 11:16 PM
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The manager of the store at the time claimed that the large metal balls the used to sit atop the roof of the restaurants were removed after rotten wooden supports broke, and sent one of the bells crashing through the roof, killing an employee.
That's how I read it the first time.
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Old 10 April 2008, 01:48 AM
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Actually I heard that they were taken down after people shot at them.. But anyway, the OP doesn't make sense - First of all why would they be that old. The franchise started in 1962. Not old enough. second, if the buildings ceiling was in such decrepit shape to allow for the bell to fall through the roof, it would have failed a building inspection long ago.

My best guess is that they stopped installing them to cut costs when opening new branches and to avoid the maintenance costs.
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Old 10 April 2008, 03:07 AM
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second, if the buildings ceiling was in such decrepit shape to allow for the bell to fall through the roof, it would have failed a building inspection long ago.
Well, bridges are inspected too, and I'm sure you know what happened last August.
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Old 10 April 2008, 03:23 AM
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Well, bridges are inspected too, and I'm sure you know what happened last August.
Yes, but city bridges are a far cry from businesses. The city can shut a business down easier than a bridge. A roof is easier and cheeper to repair than a bridge is too.
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