Mexican restaurant serves ‘emergency taco kits’ with side of toilet paper

It’s a new kind of dinner roll.

This week, the coronavirus pandemic prompted nationwide business closures, leading to panic-fueled mass buying binges. However, an enterprising California Mexican restaurant has developed a novel way to both service customers’ shopping needs and help keep themselves afloat — by selling a $150 emergency taco kit, complete with four rolls of toilet paper.

Brittney Valles, co-owner of the state-mandated takeout-only Guerrilla Tacos in Los Angeles, was concerned about her mother exposing herself to COVID-19 while shopping for essentials. That’s when the idea dawned on her: “Why not get them from us?” she tells CNN.

So Valles and her co-workers compiled an all-in-one emergency taco pack complete with 30 eggs and four rolls of bathroom tissue scrounged from their vacant restrooms. This past week alone, brawls over bathroom tissue have erupted at Australian stores, while Oregon authorities are urging the public to stop dialing 911 over the purported TP shortage.

Along with TP, the kits feature a whopping 5 pounds of roasted chicken, 5 pounds of carne asada, quarts of green and red salsa, tortillas, onion, cilantro, rice and beans. The Tex-Mex team MacGyvered the taco fillings from the surplus leftovers that had accumulated during the COVID-caused customer drought.


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