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A Taco Truck Apologized For Serving ICE Employees At A Detention Center But Then Walked Back Their Apology

A popular taco truck in Buffalo, New York issued an apology to apologize for their previous apology about serving ICE workers. Lloyd Taco came under fire when they served Chorizo Mackin’ Cheese and Aztec Brownies to workers from a federal immigration detention center in Batavia. 

After outrage on social media, the truck owners apologized for serving the ICE employees. Then conservatives began a new outrage cycle accusing the regional chain of not being patriotic and disrespecting law enforcement. Lloyd Taco held a press conference to issue a second apology. 

Lloyd Taco apologizes for serving workers at a Batavia ICE detention center.

Co-owners Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo posted an apology on social media, saying it was a “poor choice” to serve ICE workers and that they would donate proceeds to Justice for Migrant Families WNY. 

“Lloyd has deep ties to the immigrant and refugee communities in Buffalo,” the owners said in a statement. “There is no excuse for what happened and we have already begun to update our internal procedures to ensure future truck stops and events align with company’s values… we are donating all of the sales from yesterdays service to Justice for Migrant Families WNY.”  

However, after their apology went viral the company began to receive harsh criticism from people who support putting human beings in inhumane conditions to score political points. 

Immigrant advocates say the Batavia ICE detention center reportedly has poor conditions.

Complete statement:Feed Immigrant Justice not Immigrant Detention: Justice for Migrant Families WNY Responds to…

Posted by Justice For Migrant Families on Thursday, October 24, 2019

The detention center in Batavia, NY where Cimino and Dorsaneo served food is known for its horrible conditions. Justice Migrant Families WNY issued a statement about the facility. 

“People who are detained in Batavia regularly report that they receive insufficient food portions that have to be supplemented by buying food from the facility,'” Carra Statton, co-founder of Justice for Migrant Families WNY, said in a statement.

According to another comment on Facebook, Justice Migrant Families has no idea if they can expect a donation now. 

“At this point, we’re not even sure whether or not we will be receiving that donation. We haven’t heard from them since they issued their initial statement. As you know, they have now apologized for their apology,” the organization wrote

Conservatives criticize Lloyd Taco for supporting immigrants.

“Feeding working Americans who are just doing their job – Americans who specifically and with good intentions requested your product and services due to their admiration of said product and services.  And you choose to dis and turn your back on them? I’m done with Lloyds,” one person wrote in response to the apology. 

Many conservatives were quick to basically call for a boycott of the taco truck business.

“I’m sorry too that I can no longer support a business that disrespects federal employees doing their job. It’s been fun, but  I respect and support law enforcement and won’t be associated with any business who disrespects them,” another user wrote. “I respect and support law enforcement and won’t be associated with any business who disrespects them.”

ICE issues statement regarding Lloyd Taco’s apology. 

“We are doing our jobs, enforcing the laws passed by Congress.  Just like we have for many Presidents.  We will not apologize for doing this, not even to a food truck that now chooses to discriminate against us,” ICE field office director Thomas Feeley said in a statement

“The men and women who work at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility are Detention Officers, Deportation Officers, administrative support staff, Doctors, Nurses, Judges, Attorneys, and maintenance staff.  Each and every one of them is entrusted with the safety, security, and care of the detainees here.  Almost 50% of the staff are Veterans.”

Lloyd Taco apologizes for apologizing following second backlash. 

The owners held a news conference to apologize for their apology yesterday. Cimino insisted that the company was not political. 

“We make tacos, not war,” Cimino said repeatedly during the conference. “We serve all communities. We go to all neighborhoods. We are not political. Why would we be? How can any business choose sides in our politically divided country and ever hope to succeed?”

When Cimino was asked if the company would serve the facility again he said, “I don’t want to answer hypotheticals.” 

The co-owners also maintained that they were big fans of law enforcement and military personnel. Since the company’s founding in 2010, Lloyd Taco has given a 50 percent discount to all uniformed first responders and military personnel. 

“We’re big fans of the police – we’ve always been,” Cimino said.

The company said it would not choose a side in the immigration policy debate. The executive director Jennifer Connor said the group stands by its original statement — despite holding a press conference to apologize for it. 

“Our position has not changed. We are here to prioritize the needs of immigrant families in our community and in detention,” Connor said in a statement. “Though the events of the past week have drawn fire from all sides, we stand by the fact that the state of immigrant detention itself is an outrage.”

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A Texas Man’s Taco Truck Was Saved By A Tweet And This Is The Story We Need Right Now

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A Texas Man’s Taco Truck Was Saved By A Tweet And This Is The Story We Need Right Now

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In a story that’s becoming all too familiar amid the global Coronavirus pandemic, one man’s taco truck was on the brink of going out of business.

Many small business owners throughout the country continue to struggle through the pandemic. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, more than 100,000 small businesses have not survived – and that number is on the rise.

However, one woman came up with an idea to help her father’s Houston-based taco truck and thankfully for them – and us (we all could use some good news right now!) the idea has seemed to work. Proving that the phrase “Hey Twitter!!” might just save the economy — one taco truck at a time.

It all started with a Tweet that ended up saving one man’s business.

One daughter, who was trying to help us her father’s struggling taco truck, turned to Twitter for help. And it delivered better-than-hoped-for results for Elias Aviles after his daughter, 21-year-old Giselle Aviles, posted a simple plea after learning that her hardworking father had made just $6 in a day, his business slammed by the pandemic.

“Hey Twitter!!” she tweeted of her dad’s Houston-area business, Taqueria El Torito. “I wouldn’t normally do this, but my dad’s taco truck business is struggling. He only sold $6 today. If you could retweet, I would appreciate you so much!!”

Thanks to Twitter, they could — and so could thousands of others. In fact so many people streamed in — he found people waiting when he arrived to open up at 8 a.m. the next day, on a line that had started forming at 6 a.m. — that he had to close down twice, once to restock and again when he simply ran out of product, CNN reported.

Gisele knew she had to do something to help out her father – who had put six years of his life into the taco truck.

Thanks to the Coronavirus, things have been tough for Elias Aviles and his truck, Taqueria El Torito. Some days earnings have been as low as $60, sometimes even just $20.

But one day he earned just $6 for a full 12-hour shift, and his daughter was shocked into action. She told CNN, “I just said well we have nothing to lose and I decided to make the tweet that day.”

Her plea to the world worked. Her Tweet has since been retweeted more than 10,000 times and has 9,800 likes.

But neither of them were prepared for just how much of an effect the Tweet would have.

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Although Gisele admits she did warn her father to get ready for some new customers, nothing could of prepared her for the magnitude of support from the community.

By 8 a.m. the next day, Elias had a line of customers waiting for his fresh tortas Cubanas—and some had been waiting there since six in the morning. It was such a busy period that Elias even had to close the truck for a short while in order to restock. Luckily, Giselle was able to help out with orders that day.

During her Monday shift, Giselle estimated that more than a hundred customers came through for Mexican specialties.

“I’m so moved because finally people know that his food is good,” Giselle told KHOU. “There were so many people, and [my dad] was kind of shocked because he didn’t think there would be a turn around that quickly.”

Since then, Giselle has helped her dad set up an Instagram account for his business.

Gisele has since helped modernize her father’s business by helping him setup an Instagram account.

She told KHOU, “I’m so moved because finally people know that his food is good. There were so many people, and [my dad] was kind of shocked because he didn’t think there would be a turn around that quickly.”

The string under her original tweet lists a photo array of offerings so mouthwatering that people from around the U.S. are offering to contribute. One commenter even offered to buy out his entire truck to feed a hospital staff.

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Cardi B Has Some Thoughts On ‘Cancel Culture’ And She Is Getting Real About It

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Cardi B Has Some Thoughts On ‘Cancel Culture’ And She Is Getting Real About It

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Being a celebrity has always come with tons of perks and benefits. I mean look at how many of us aspired to be a famous celebrity when we grew up – so many are drawn to the idea of fame and fortune. But life in the spotlight also comes with the burden of increased scrutiny, online hate and trolls – especially in today’s social media landscape.

And it’s becoming more evident with each new story of someone being ‘canceled’, that no matter how famous you are or how much money you have, your fame can’t protect from becoming ‘cancel culture’s’ next victim – just ask Cardi B.

Cardi B is sharing her thoughts on ‘cancel culture’ including recent controversies that have surrounded her career.

Cardi B has been in the spotlight for quite a few years now…and not always for the best of reason. Let’s be honest. But recently, Cardi says that ‘cancel culture’ has been taking a toll on her and she feels that no matter what she does, people will always have something negative to say about her.

The NYC rapper, who recently released the Megan Thee Stallion-featuring ‘WAP’, was speaking to ELLE when she reflected on controversial moments from her past which led to multiple attempts to ‘cancel’ her.

“It’s like I have a target on my back, but it’s not because of my music,” Cardi told ELLE. “Because I haven’t done music for eight months, and people still try to attack me.”

She goes on to say, “I feel like people are attacking me because they want me to feel the pressure of bullying, and they want me to give up, and they want me to say, ‘Oh, I quit music’ or ‘I’ll delete my Instagram, delete my Twitter,’ and I’m not willing to do that. No one will ever have that much power [over] me.”

Much of the controversy started with allegations of drugging and robbing men.

Last year, Cardi was widely condemned after a video resurfaced showing her talking about how she used to “drug and rob” men who attempted to pay her for sex during her time working as a stripper.

The rapper subsequently clarified the comments, saying she “never claimed to be perfect” and that she was “not proud” of her actions. She apologized and showed that she had learned from those mistakes – basically the best case scenario. However, much of the Internet was still not satisfied with her response.

Then people tried canceling her for allegedly having a fake Instagram account to hate on other celebs.

She then addressed the recent allegations claiming that she had a secret Instagram account, saying she “cannot believe 73 people are trying to cancel me over a lie.”

Cardi told Elle: ‘I saw I was trending on Twitter, and I’m like, “What the fuck?” I’m like, “Jesus Christ, what did I do now? Like what?”’

Cardi of course responded in her own way by getting dressed up for the ‘cancel party’ and telling her followers: ‘If I haven’t been posting on Instagram and eating food and that still bothers y’all, that just means I’m really that important in your heart and my press is really part of your soul. And guess what? I don’t give a damn. Bye!’

She goes onto say, “Can you imagine me having a fake Instagram account to talk shit about different artists that I don’t even think about? I’m 27 years old, you know what I’m saying? I’m 27 years old and I have big bills, big responsibilities, and a kid who’s on my ass a lot.”

“If I don’t fucking like somebody, I am going to let them know I don’t fucking like them, or I don’t fuck with them, or I’m not feeling their energy. I’m not going to make a fake Instagram trolling artists, talking shit about artists. Are you crazy?”

However, many agree that Cardi B isn’t without blame.

Most of the time, controversy doesn’t just appear out of thin air. And the case is no different with Cardi B. Not all of the criticism is unwarranted. Cardi B has a long history of making mistakes and saying things she shouldn’t have.

Cardi has made some significant missteps, like her use of anti-Asian slurs and her involvement in an alleged planned attack on two strip club employees. However, the rapper has, for the most part, owned her mistakes and learned from them, educating herself so that she can do things the right way.

Now to try and bring her real life point of view to fans, Cardi B is partnering with OnlyFans.

As Cardi said, she isn’t going to be canceled over a lie. And to make sure she gets her message straight to the people who matter most – her fans – Cardi B has teamed up with OnlyFans. She says she’ll be releasing behind-the-scenes content, addressing ongoing rumours and connecting closer with her fans.

And for us Cardi B fans, the trolls aren’t achieving their goals. Cardi B isn’t going anywhere any time soon. In fact, from her interview with Elle, it’s obvious she’s planning on working even harder. She has a new album coming out that’s tentatively called Tiger Woods, and she says she hopes the album will do what she hopes all of the music in her discography does: inspire genuine confidence in women.

“My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch,” Cardi explained to Elle. “When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment.”“Ain’t no way that I’m going to quit,” Cardi asserted. “I don’t give a fuck if the whole world picks on me. I don’t give a fuck if people make up lies about me every single day. I want to make it really clear that nobody can ever make me quit.”

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