Taco Bell Fires Employee Photographed Licking Tacos

June 4, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Taco Bell said Tuesday that an employee who was photographed licking a stack of tacos was an isolated incident, and it stressed that the worker was fired.

The photograph was sent to a Taco Bell Facebook page, prompting a response from the fast food chain.

“We have spoken with the restaurant and confirmed that the shells were never served to customers,” company said on its Facebook page, according to Fox News. “This is completely unacceptable and we are taking the appropriate action against everyone involved.”

The photo was uploaded by an account registered by “Jj O’Brien Nolan.” The uploader said the picture was taken in Ridgecrest, Calif., located around 150 miles north of Los Angeles.

“When we learned of the situation we immediately contacted this restaurant’s leadership and although we believe it is a prank and the food was not served to customers, we are conducting a full scale investigation and will be taking swift action against those involved,” a company spokesperson told CNBC.