Published On: Fri, Jan 11th, 2013

Taco Bell responds to teen swimmer, makes ‘custom’ speedo

While it sounds like a hoax, is not. Taco Bell has responded to a high school diver looking for a unique, custom speedo and the company complied.

Taco Bell speedoThe week before Christmas, 15-year-old Ryan Klarner posted on Taco Bell’s Facebook page, introducing himself with a rundown of his swimming and diving achievements before making an offbeat request. Klarner asked for a special speedo sponsored by the fast food restaurant.

Yes, they came through.

“[I]s there any way you guys could make me a customized Speedo that says think outside the buns on the back of it? If you did, that would mean the world to me,” the Illinois teen asked.

Taco Bell, a division of Yum! Brands, Inc., is quick to respond to gripes as well as kudos on its Facebook page. It also isn’t afraid to dive into the silly or the weird in the running conversation it has with its 9.5 million fans, but a request for a customized swimsuit was a new one, said Tressie Lieberman, director of digital and social engagement.

Ryan Klarner contacted Taco Bell:

hey taco bell, I am a swimmer/diver at William Fremd High school in Palatine, Il. I am a sophomore right now, but I broke my schools diving record for frosh/soph, have won multiple invites, and i have came in first at all of my school v school meets except for one in which i came in second. and where do i go after a long days workout? Taco bell of course, i eat at taco bell at least 5-7 times a week. So, what i am asking is this, is there any way you guys could make me a customized speedo that says think outside the buns on the back of it? If you did, that would mean the world to me. But other than that, keep up the delicious food, and the quick and quality service.
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