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The Janitor Who Created Hot Cheetos Is Having His Story Turned Into A Movie

Richard Montañez is the mastermind behind the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos you are probably eating right now. Well, pretty soon you will finally get to see his story told on the big screen thanks to Fox Searchlight. The production company won the rights to “Flamin’ Hot” after a very competitive bidding war, according to Variety. Here’s a little bit of his story you can expect to see in the upcoming film.

If you’re Latino, you probably have a borderline, unhealthy addiction with these…

But you probably don’t know you owe your obsession to former janitor, Richard Montañez.

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Yep, this man who worked at the Frito-Lay plant in Rancho Cucamonga mopping floors, picking up trash, spending tireless hours cleaning that would go on to become the inventor of  your favorite Cheetos and the company’s top-selling product.

He says it started with this…

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Yes, elotes.

“I see the corn man adding butter, cheese and chile to the corn and thought what if I add chile to a Cheeto?”

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Richard ran to his mom’s kitchen and started mixing a bunch of chiles.

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Until he created the perfect blend of spices.

He called the president and set up an executive presentation. No pressure, right?

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In two weeks, this man who worked as a janitor for four years, with broken English and no high school diploma, put together an entire presentation by copying a marketing strategy from a library book.

Needless to say, execs LOVED the idea. Fast-forward a few sales later and his product has become Frito-Lay’s top selling snack.

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Because… yum!

What gave him the courage to pitch his idea to a team of executives?

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Newsflash: You’ve Been Eating Hot Cheetos The Basic Way

Growing up, he said his dream was to drive a trash truck because he didn’t know what was on the other side of the tracks. Still, he believed because…

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He never believed where he started would be a limitation.

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Growing up, he lived in this small wine community in southern California that he described it to mitú as a labor camp.

Today, Richard leads Multicultural Sales & Community Promotions across PepsiCo in North America, but he doesn’t forget where he came from.

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He is part of Kits for Kids and Feed the Children, donating food, school supplies, clothing and scholarships to help students become boss leaders like he is today and if that weren’t enough, he and his family started OneLite. “We feed hundreds of thousands of people every year and we buy about 50k new shoes for kids plus so much more and I fund it all out of our pockets,” he told mitú.

Richard, thank you for bringing so much happiness into our lives. You’re our hero.

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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CDC Warns Of Listeria Outbreak Linked To ‘Hispanic-Style’ Cheeses

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CDC Warns Of Listeria Outbreak Linked To ‘Hispanic-Style’ Cheeses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning everyone against “Hispanic-style” cheeses linked to a listeria outbreak. The latest food outbreak is attacking one of the most sacred things in our diets and people have a lot of opinions.

Listeria has been detected in “Hispanic-style” cheeses, according to the CDC.

According to a warning from the CDC, listeria has been detected in what they are calling “Hispanic-style” cheeses. This means that people should avoid queso fresco and queso blanco. The source of the outbreak is being tracked and there is some understanding about where the outbreak is coming from.

The CDC recommends that people avoid these cheeses right now and to make sure that the cheeses they buy are made from “pasteurized milk.” Listeria is a serious illness for the elderly, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people.

The CDC reports that Connecticut officials have found Listeria in some El Abuelito queso fresco. The cheese was purchased from a supermarket in the area where a patient purchased “Hispanic-style” cheese. The outbreak seems to be concentrated in the Northeastern United States and has impacted four states.

Seven people have been hospitalized because of the Listeria outbreak.

The announcement is a very personal attack for a lot of people. Queso fresco and queso blanco are very important for a lot of dishes in our cuisine and to go without, during Lent and Covid, is asking a lot of us.

People are kind of irked that the CDC didn’t use a different phrase to talk about the cheese.

We get that technically the cheese is in Spanish and that it is more commonly used in Latino food. However, the cheeses have names that can be used. Sure, there was no idea of the brand but would it really be that hard to say “queso fresco and queso blanco”?

At least it would have prevented other people from having to answer other people’s questions.

It’s called efficiency. Some news outlets were sharing images of yellow queso dip because it is also technically a “Hispanic-style” cheese but it not the cheese in question.

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