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Takoyaki store ‘awards’ cash prize after excessive backlash from April Fools’ prank

In a surprising turn of events, the local Takoyaki store Taragis issued an apology video. It awarded a cash prize to Ramil Albano, the participant who accepted their April Fools’ Day challenge by tattooing the Taragis logo on his forehead.”

The controversy began when Taragis, known for its social media stunts and challenges, posted a provocative challenge on April 1st, offering a substantial cash reward to anyone willing to tattoo their logo. The post sparked widespread debate about the responsibilities of social media platforms and the potential consequences of such challenges.

In a video released by the Takoyaki store, the owner interviewed Ramil Albano, questioning his decision to accept the challenge despite its nature as an April Fools’ Day prank. Albano explained that he had only glanced at the post and saw the money offer, prompting him to take the drastic step.

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When asked about his motivations and plans for the money, Albano said, ” Para sa bunso kong anak tsaka sa pang-tuition ng anak ko. Service nung anak kong bunso, may down syndrome. [My youngest child has Down syndrome, and he needs service and also for my child’s tuition.]” This heartfelt revelation added a poignant dimension to the story, highlighting the real-life struggles and challenges many individuals and families face.

During the video, Taragis’ owner offered Albano the opportunity to remove the tattoo. However, Albano declined, citing his commitment to providing for his child as the primary reason for enduring the initial difficulty when asked why he did the challenge, “Sa una mahirap. Eh syempre, kailangan eh para doon sa anak ko eh. [At first, it was not easy. But it is for the sake of my child because he needs it.]” This displayed the unwavering dedication resonated with the viewers, showcasing Albano’s resilience and determination as a parent.

After interviewing Ramil, Taragis presented Albano with the promised 100,000 pesos and accompanied him to visit his child. The emotional moment revealed the impact of the challenge on Albano’s family, with his son expressing fear and confusion over the situation.

As a concluding note, Taragis’ owner acknowledged the unexpected turn of events, recognizing that the April Fools’ Day post led to a meaningful connection with Albano and brought joy to his child despite the initial controversy.

Whether this new development in this series of unfortunate events is part of a slow-burn social media publicity stunt or not remains to be seen.


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