Claim: A Budweiser employee who saw Arabs celebrating the 9/11 attacks at a convenience store pulled all the Budweiser product from that store.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, September 2001]
September 11th, a Budweiser employee was making a delivery to a convenience store in a town called McFarland. He knew of the tragedy that had occurred in
The employee walked in, proceeded to pull every single product his beverage company provided and left with an incredible grin on his face. He told them never to bother and call for a delivery again.
Budweiser happens to be the beer of choice for that community. Just letting you all know how Kern County handles this situation!! [And now the rest of the story: It seems that the Bud driver and the Pepsi man are neighbors. Bud driver called Pepsi driver and told him. Pepsi called his boss who told him to pull all Pepsi products as well!! That would include Frito Lay, etc. Furthermore, word spread and all vendors followed suit!
At last report, the store was closed indefinitely. Good old American Passive-Aggressive Butt-Whoopin'!]
Pass this along. America needs to know that we're all working together.
Origins: This tale about an avenging Budweiser employee that first surfaced on the Internet around
The Budweiser version is every bit as much a fiction as all the rest of this genre: The events described never happened, said Dennis Muleady, marketing director for Advance Beverage of Bakersfield, the Budweiser distributor for the McFarland area. As well, a query to Anheuser-Busch produced the following response:
Like all Americans, we at Anheuser-Busch along with our wholesalers were shocked and saddened by the tragic and violent terrorist attack on our country. We keep the victims and survivors in our thoughts.
- An 18 October 2001 version of the standard
- A 30 October 2001 version opened with the canonical "Budweiser" story but continued on into a new second part about the Bud driver's calling "his Pepsi friend" and that driver's removing all Pepsi and Frito Lay products from that store as well.
- An August 2009 version completed with the claim that "Furthermore, word spread and all vendors followed suit! At last report, on
June 26,2009, Fareed Katib closed the store and filed bankruptcy!"
The Bakersfield Californian. "Attack Hoaxes Make Rounds on Web." 28 September 2001.