Let Them Eat ?


On March 7, the #huffingtonpost published an article entitled “14 Fast Food and Restaurant Employees Confess the One Item You Should Never Order.”* Ok, this is pretty gross.

In this article, employees of the major fast food chains answered a question posed on Reddit “Fast food workers of Reddit, what should we NOT order at your restaurant? Why not?” The answers ranged from don’t order the popcorn for the first movie because it’s yesterday’s to the gunk machine that makes the drinks of McCafe.

Most of them were about cleanliness or food sitting around for a long time? So how does this logic work—did the people who are in charge of such decisions make their policies when they were still young college students jumping on the gold mine that was fast food? Because I could see that, I mean just like all the tech geniuses that make their fortune before they’ve even graduated it would make sense that the guys that built McD’s, Wendy’s and Taco Bell would have been that age when they first started and we all know boys in their twenties don’t know anything about cleaning anything?

Or is it that the people that buy fast food have the mentality of someone in their early 20s, basically who cares as long as it’s there when I want it. Now I don’t want to sound condescending, because I’m guilty sometimes as well, but after reading this I’m thinking that whole non-processed food thing I’ve procrastinated about is looking pretty great.

But most importantly, how does this get past the government officials and the inspectors and the owners themselves, now that they can afford to have dinner flown in from Brazil (I’m betting that’s what the owner of Taco Bell does instead of eating their beans described as “start out looking like cat food, and the directions are, ‘Add water and stir until you can’t see white anymore.'”*

Hmm. Let’s see.

Health Inspector: I’m afraid this is completely unacceptable.

Franchise Owner: Grumble grumble grumble, flashing green.

Health Inspector: And by unacceptable, I mean how can you charge so little?

Let’s face it. It’s all of our faults, not theirs. Cause we keep buying it. We eat a burrito, sit on the toilet all afternoon and swear we’re not going to do it again, and then we’re back for it. Our taste buds get anesthetized to stale popcorn because we don’t have enough fresh fruits and veggies to compare it to. It’s like someone with a drinking problem blaming a beer company for the commercials with the hot girls that caused us to open up can after can until the one containing the genie to make that wish happen.

But man why can’t the owners have any pride. I made homemade spaghetti and meatballs for a couple of buddies recently and one showed up with store bought garlic bread. Come on man, you didn’t think a guy that was half-Italian was going to make it fresh? Are the people that came up with the ideas for these places just happy that they came up with something that works and who cares what’s in it? Come on, that’s Congress’ job.