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A NYC Eatery Is Serving Customers Cheeseburger Tacos And Some People Are Asking Why

An upscale taquería in New York City called Empellón Al Pastor is boasting a new taco flavor it “borrowed” from a taquería in Mexico City. This might be worse than the broccoli, potato and eggs taco that The New York Times published.

Insider shared a video of the chef and founder of Empellón Al Pastor Alex Stupak saying it like it is.

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Twitter user @scifilovr’s response? “911 I’d like to report a crime in progress…”

The chef went to Mexico City and visited El Rey del Taco and was interested in their cheeseburger taco. From that moment, Stupak knew he needed to take this dish from Mexico City and bring it to his customers in New York City.

He has been able to get people’s attention while serving up the same dish he saw on the menu in Mexico City.

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“We borrowed it from a famous little taqueria in Mexico City and we loved the idea that they took such an American food… the cheeseburger and made it into something so deliciously Mexican,” he tells Insider.

It’s made of a “hamburger patty mixed with cheese.”

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Twitter user Master Pesina wonders, “Why all this crap came from NY?… Why? freaking “new era” chefs.”

Stupak calls the taco “the perfect hangover food.”

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In a way, Stupak is right in saying that this taco “eggs you on to have another shot of tequila.” Greasy foods are the perfect cure for a hangover so it kind of makes sense that this delicious treat exists.

Mexicans on Twitter are at an absolute loss for words.

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The chef is calling it a “hybrid taco.” Honestly, it is a questionable dish at first. However, the more you think about it, the more interesting it becomes. However, do we know that the taco in Mexico City isn’t done with picadillo and then cheese is added?

Some people are really, really bothered by the cheeseburger taco, despite the fact it does have roots in Mexico City.

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Each individual taco sells for $5 each. While the price of the tacos is a little much, we are curious about how it tastes. Who wants to send us some of these tacos?

Okay, some people had questions.

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Like, why? And one Twitter user just straight labeled this what it is: “porquería.” No one should be eating tacos with a fork. That’s why the filling is put in the tortilla so you can just, you know, eat it.

Mostly, la gente are upset to see ‘salsa roja’ turn into ketchup.

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Why is that tomato not salsa? Why is the guacamole so naked and afraid?

Plus, the mix of “lime mayo” with ketchup is shocking.

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The ingredients seem to be the most upsetting part of the cheeseburger taco. Sure, the taco might be delicious and the idea behind it is pretty cool but it is just changing too much too fast.

Another Mexicana thinks everyone is being way too judgmental.

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There is nothing wrong with trying to protect your culture. However, there are moments when cultures collide and things come together to create amazing foods.

What do you think?

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Would you eat the cheeseburger taco? Do you think it is going too far? Is it okay for the chef to take the dish from a taqueria in Mexico City to sell it in New York City? Let us know.

READ: Cafe Ohlone Gives Diners A Taste Of California’s Oldest Most Traditional Foods

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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