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Bizarre moment dozens queue in pouring rain for hours in ponchos outside a new Taco Bell in Perth  

A picture of dozens of hungry customers queuing outside a popular Taco Bell restaurant in the pouring rain has garnered attention online for an unfortunate reason. 

The fast food outlet in Perth  has only been open for a week but has seen booming business so far, with lines of customers often streaming out the doors. 

Dozens of taco fans went to extreme lengths to get their first Mexican feast, braving pouring rain to line up outside for hours in shop-provided ponchos. 

However, the viral photo drew a comparison online to the American white supremacist hate group, the Ku Klux Klan. 

Images of people lining up outside Perth’s newly-opened Taco Bell (pictured) have gained social media attention, being likened to a meeting of the KKK 

The KKK were often identified by wearing long white robes, masks and pointed conical hats that were intended to hide their identities.

Facebook users flooded the comments section of the images saying how a first glance at the photos confused the Taco Bell line for a KKK meeting.

‘At first, I thought these photos were of a Klan meeting,’ said one amused user.

‘Didn’t know they do clan meetings at Taco Bell,’ wrote another.

‘Think this is a line to go see the Grand Wizard,’ one commented.  

‘Looks like the KKK are treating themselves to a night out,’ said another.

One wrote: ‘Glad I’m not the only one thinking it.’ 

Social media users have flooded the comments of the images, with many saying at first glance they thought the images (pictured) were of the KKK

Social media users have flooded the comments of the images, with many saying at first glance they thought the images (pictured) were of the KKK

Many also admired the dedication of the Mexican food fanatics, but also questioned why they bothered to wait hours outside in the cold and rain when the restaurant is now a permanent fixture in the Western Australia city. 

‘They realise it’s there for the long term right?’ wrote one comment. ‘Like, they’ll be able to go next week, or the week after, or the week after that.’

‘This just reaffirms the IQ level of majority of Perth,’ said another. ‘Laughed they were there at midnight before it opened on a cold mid-week day.’ 

The fast food outlet in Perth has only been open for a week but has seen booming business so far, with lines of customers often streaming out the doors (pictured)

The fast food outlet in Perth has only been open for a week but has seen booming business so far, with lines of customers often streaming out the doors (pictured)

The end of a six-decade long wait for Taco Bell to arrive in Western Australia previously caused so much excitement when the store opened last week, it sparked a traffic jam on a major highway.  

Hundreds of people queued for hours to sample the menu at the US fast food giant’s first WA outlet – bringing the Great Eastern Highway in the Perth suburb of Midland to a stand still.  

Some even queued all night to ensure they were among the first in the door when the restaurant opened at 10am on September 29.

There was great excitement when Taco Bell's first Western Australia outlet opened on Wednesday, September 29

There was great excitement when Taco Bell’s first Western Australia outlet opened on Wednesday, September 29

Some people queued overnight to make sure they were at the top of the line when Taco Bell opened its doors for the first time in Western Australia

Some people queued overnight to make sure they were at the top of the line when Taco Bell opened its doors for the first time in Western Australia

According to a report on the Perth Now website, some people came armed with tents, sleeping bags and beanbags to make their wait for a taco more comfortable. 

James Corby, who moved to Perth from America when he was a child had long implored Taco Bell to open an outlet in WA. 

His long wait to experience Taco Bell in his adopted home of Western Australia finally came to an end on September 29. 

‘It was worth the wait, the long night (queueing),’ he told Perth Now’s Bryce Luff.   

Western Australia's first Taco Bell restaurant caused a traffic jam in Perth on Tuesday, with people very keen to sample their Mexican-themed food

Western Australia’s first Taco Bell restaurant caused a traffic jam in Perth on Tuesday, with people very keen to sample their Mexican-themed food

Texas native Ashley Renfro, was close to the front of the line with her three-year-old daughter Georgia Belle when Taco Bell opened.

‘When I heard Taco Bell was coming to Perth I was screaming,’ she said.

As well as tacos and other Mexican inspired food, Taco Bell also sells chips, drinks and desserts.   

Taco Bell plans to open a second Perth outlet in 2022 in the northern suburbs of the city

Taco Bell plans to open a second Perth outlet in 2022 in the northern suburbs of the city

Taco Bell was founded by man called Glen Bell, an entrepreneur who had previously owned a hot dog stand. 

Bell sold the chain to PepsiCo in 1978. 

Taco Bell’s Australian operation also has outlets in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. 

Their entry into the WA market will soon be doubled, with a second Perth outlet set to open in 2022 in Ellenbrook, in the city’s northern suburbs. 

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