Taco Truck Owner Apologizes For Serving Detention Staff, Apologizes For Apology

“Our statement was hasty, and we reacted too quickly to criticism we received," Lloyd Taco co-founder Pete Cimino said.

Buffalo, NY – The co-founders of a widely-popular food truck business held a press conference on Monday to apologize for the earlier apology they made about regretting their decision to serve food to employees at the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.

The controversy surrounding Lloyd Taco has been swirling since Oct. 23, when the company catered a lunch at the federal facility, which holds illegal aliens, The Buffalo News reported.

The routine business move prompted immediate backlash from those who disagreed with the food truck providing food to employees who work at the facility.

"That's a bad, bad look Lloyd. You want to support ICE?!" one Twitter user asked, according to The Buffalo News.

Others referred to the company as “government bootlickers,” and many vowed to stop patronizing Lloyd’s in the future, The Washington Post reported.

The food truck business issued an apology on Twitter the following day.

“We’re sorry, Buffalo,” the company wrote. “You deserve better.”

Lloyd said it received a request to serve at the Batavia facility several weeks prior, and that it processed the request through it’s “standard intake procedure.”

“Typically, that process helps us make business decisions we are proud of. Unfortunately, in this case it did the opposite,” the post read.

The company touted its involvement with local immigration programs, and said there was “no excuse” for their “lapse in judgement.”

“We have already begun to update our internal procedures to ensure future truck stops and events alight with our company’s values,” Lloyd’s statement read. “As part of our efforts to make amends and learn from this experience, we are donating all of the sales from yesterday’s service to Justice for Migrant Families WNY.”

The company vowed to do more to help illegal immigrants in the future.

“We know that words cannot change the past and a donation doesn’t make up for our lapse in judgement. Only time and future actions can show our commitment to being a more thoughtful company,” the post read. “Today, we begin that journey.”

Lloyd’s public apology was met with some praise, but also garnered an angry response from the public, The Washington Post reported.

Republican State Senator Rob Ortt blasted the company’s apology on Twitter.

“In what world does a company feel the need to apologize for serving food to federal law enforcement officers who work in dangerous conditions?” Ortt wrote. “Pathetic pandering. The men and women who work to enforce our immigration laws and protect us deserve better.”

Others denounced the company for caving to “misguided leftwing extremists,” while some accused the business of “siding with law breakers,” The Washington Post reported.

“Moderates like my family, once enjoyed your food, but we will never buy from you ever again for your traitorous Anti American Anti Law stance,” one of the 5,000 critical responses read.

In a statement on Oct. 24, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Buffalo Field Office Director Thomas Feeley pointed out that families and children are not held at the Batavia facility, The Buffalo News reported.

Director Feeley noted that most of those held at the facility are “criminal aliens” who went on to commit new offenses in the U.S. after they illegally crossed the border.

"We are doing our jobs, enforcing the laws passed by Congress. Just like we have for many presidents," the director wrote. "We will not apologize for doing this, not even to a food truck that now chooses to discriminate against us.”

“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,” Director Feeley’s statement read, according to WIVB. “Each and every one of them is entrusted with the safety, security, and care of the detainees here.”

Nearly 50 percent of the Batavia staff are military veterans, he added.

Lloyd Taco experienced at least three scheduled truck stop cancellations in the wake of the controversy, The Washington Post reported.

On Monday, the Lloyd Taco co-founders held a press conference to apologize for their initially apology, WIVB reported.

“Chris [Dorsaneo] and I want to fully and sincerely apologize for our past statement after our truck’s visit to the federal detention center in Batavia last Wednesday,” co-founder Pete Cimino told reporters. “Our statement was hasty, and we reacted too quickly to criticism we received.”

Cimino said that Lloyd Taco supports everyone in the community they serve.

“We live in divisive times,” he said. “People get emotional and feel strongly about issues like immigration policy, and social media only magnifies those emotions, but we make lunch and dinner, not policy.”

Cimino said that his company “makes tacos, not war,” and that they are “not political.”

He also noted that Lloyd Taco has offered customers in uniform a 50 percent discount since the company was launched in 2010.

“We are so proud of those who serve, and always will be,” Cimino said. “We’re big fans of the police – we’ve always been. We’ve supported lots of their causes.”

Cimino said he wanted first responders to know that the company was sorry for their initial statement.

“We’re human. We make mistakes,” he said. “We love those guys, and they know it. They’re in here all the time.”

He added that it would be “putting it lightly” to call the incident a “learning experience.”

Comments (37)
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Colombiano
Colombiano

You can't even sell tacos without offending people!!!!

redpill
redpill

"That's a bad, bad look Lloyd. You want to support ICE?!" one Twitter user asked, according to The Buffalo News.' -- his reply should have been "YES, YES I DO WANT TO SUPPORT A SOVEREIGN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."

redpill
redpill

Buffalo buffalo, Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

We're surrounded by fucking traitors, and left wing assholes.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Like Nike, NBA , following the money

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

B Hussein Obama's Legacy the emboldened thugs and the war on cops.

hoss377
hoss377

I support any company that loves our country,and is willing to stand up against those that try to force others to bend to their will.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

But you know what … fck their second apology. The first one was so fcking long, and thought out and pussified … I can't even get through the whole thing. They showed their true colors, no turning back now.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

How dare a food truck sell food to employed people who are hungry!!!!! the audacity of those people!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

The decisiveness started during the Obama reign of terror. Then the Democrats continued to divide the country by attacking Trump the moment he took office. Now, wearing a red MAGA hat will cause people to become violent. I was at the gym the other day having a normal conversation with someone when I made the mistake of admitting I was once a police officer. This guy will no longer talk to me. The world has gone insane.

RunningFromNY
RunningFromNY

And to think . . . I always thought those on the left were champions of 'working families'!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Just look at his picture. Clearly a paste eating millennial from the way he’s dressed. I wonder if he was serving free range vegan non GMO tacos. I wonder how he identifies?

Lochemet
Lochemet

“As part of our efforts to make amends and learn from this experience, we are donating all of the sales from yesterday’s service to Justice for Migrant Families WNY.”

And you are trying to convince us that you made a mistake by making your original apology?? Anyone who would donate to Justice for Migrant Families WNY is already making a statement of where they actually stand in all of this. If these taco-people are so for the military and LE and the community, why are they not donating to justice for those who have been killed, raped, robbed from, etc., by illegal immigrants instead? It's all about the money. If you have convictions about something, then your convictions will guide you and not backlash from leftist, pro-illegal immigration, anti-America, anti-President Trump, etc., types. I'm just disappointed that I don't live in their area of service so I can also never patronize them again.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Maybe all companies that have connections with law enforcement and allows this taco truck to sit outside their facility should cancel their "contract" with them. Actually, maybe all companies should cancel their contracts with them.

Pat1978
Pat1978

They have no principles. If they did, they wouldn't fold every time the wind started blowing. Truthfully, they should just serve their customers and shut up about unrelated matters but this is what you get when everyone is expected to be an 'activist'. Woke culture is the worst.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Seems to me they were caught between a rock and a hard place. There is so much divisiveness in America these days there will always be someone thats offended by something.

Woobie46
Woobie46

These people do not have the courage of their convictions. Stand one way or the other and do not apologize. I do not apologize for standing by President Trump, LEOs, law-abiding citizens of all color and stripe, etc. Once you cave, you have lost all dignity and you never believed in what you espoused!

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

I used to live in Batavia. The majority of people who live there are going to support Dumbass DumboClowns if you read The Batavian newspaper. Especially if it's their editor! I hope this guy returns and takes care of the ICE employees again. Especially if it pisses all of NYC and the illegal aliens off! Give 'em hell!

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

By the way... Gotta love it was a TACO run business. The idiots detained were probably pissed they couldn't "run to the border" or to the truck!

Sworn to Serve
Sworn to Serve

Pandering pansies.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

The narrative is some kind of crayon drawing about how to use the right kind of self-righteous prejudice against an apparent wrong kind of prejudice. The awkward failure in being able to establish which side of a non-story you are pretending to believe in is made all the easier to see when you use media exposure to showcase the similarity between your character and a neglected airport restroom.

tfort
tfort

It's just a taco people.

HDRyder79
HDRyder79

So basically what you're saying is that people who broke the law and illegally broke into our country, and then committed crimes in the country they came to illegally are more important than the guys that are employed to protect your sorry rear end? Despite your sorry, back handed apology, I can guarantee that I, and my friends and family, will never buy tacos from you terrorist lovers and traitors!

ChristopherMarlowe
ChristopherMarlowe

they need to apologize for apologizing for their apology

MelbaPeach
MelbaPeach

Lloyd's already picked a side: anti-American, anti-law enforcement, & pro-illegal. It's way too late for them to put the toothpaste back in the tube.