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Passionately hungry man makes case for why the taco should be the next Monopoly game piece

Hard shell or soft shell?


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Jan 14, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 5:05 am CDT

Though one of the best parts of playing Monopoly is the ability to choose a thimble, a top hat, or a shoe as your representative on the game board, toymaker Hasbro is letting the public decide on if it wants to sub out the game pieces for the first time in its 82-year history.

Some examples: the hashtag sign, a dinosaur, what appears to be a non flatscreen TV, or an old-school roller skate. But those options aren’t enough for at least one enterprising person.

According to Robbie Rodgers from San Antonio, there’s one key component missing from the 64 choices: the delicious taco. To express his amazement that Monopoly somehow overlooked this culinary delight, he’s taken to to make a petition asking Hasbro to reconsider the meat-and-cheese filled wonder as a potential game piece.

We won’t print his entire 824-word commentary on the issue, but suffice to say, Rodgers is passionate about the issue, writing, “Why the taco, you might ask, though I certainly hope you do not. Why not the taco? From Albaquerque (sic) to Albany, who among you have not had their quality of life improved by the humble taco?”

Unfortunately for Rodgers, he has work to do to get out the word. As of this writing, only 17 people have signed the petition. That’s 17 people who have excellent taste in food, but that lack of enthusiasm will only make sure that the taco never makes it way to Marvin Gardens and Park Place. 

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*First Published: Jan 14, 2017, 12:27 pm CST