Fast Food Annoyances

and a kids meal with some cheap plastic toy. At the same time, I'm a VERY picky eater. I don't like most vegitables, spicy foods and, even though my mom made me try most every food available, I don't branch out much and order something that I am not 100% certain I'll like. When I go to a fast food place that serves burgers (In-‘N-Out, McDonald's, Wendy's, Rally Burger, etc…) I order, pretty much, the same thing every time; Double-Cheese Burger (ketchup only), French Fries and a Coke (Pepsi whenever available). Not very exciting, but I can order that most any place and be fairly sure I'm going to end up happy. Well, there is one intangible that is being overlooked. That's the fast food employee. This is the person who ultimately decides the fate of your dining experience. I worked in a food service business for about 11 years. I know the work that goes into it and I also know how poorly these people are paid. I can understand how serving burgers is probably VERY low on their list of life goals. But, at the same time, they should remember who walked into the store and asked for the application, filled it out and then accepted the job once it was offered to them. My biggest problem is this: I order my burger with ketchup only. That means, I do not want Mustard, Lettuce, Onion, Pickle, Mayo, Secret Sauce or whatever else the place puts on their burgers. JUST KETCHUP. (again, I don't think I'm asking too much here…) While 9 out of 10 times I will get the burger back and it will only have ketchup (as ordered), that's only the beginning of the problem. Let me ask you a question. If I were to tell you that I wanted Ketchup only, would you take that to mean that instead of putting mustard, mayo, onion, pickle and secret sauce on the burger, I instead wanted you to replace all those ingredients with equal amounts of ketchup? For example, lets say the burger place puts 5 things (other than the meat and cheese) on the burger. I said I wanted ketchup only, therefore eliminating 4 of the 5 items normally on the burger. Would you then be compeled to put 4 times more ketchup on the burger in what can only be explained as a means of making up for the lack of other items? Welcome to my hell! This drives me nuts! I get my burger, unwrap it and take a nice size bite only to realize that I am eating equal parts of meat and ketchup. If I had a cup of hot water, I could just about make tomato soup out of the excess. McDonald's is the worst for this. Not just locally, but everywhere I've been. I think what they must do is weigh the burger before delivering it to the customer. I can hear it now, “Nope, it doesn't weigh enough. Add some more ketchup”. Sheesh! Wendy's and Rally Burgers are almost as bad as McDonald's, but that Red-Haired Clown is the champ, hands down! That's not to say that all fast food places are like this. In-‘N-Out Burger is the one place that I can go that gets it right (almost) every time. There has been one or two occasions where I've ended up with a ketchup burger, but for the most part, they get it right. I wonder if they put their employees through some sort of common sense training before they hire them? I couldn't be sure. But, whatever it is, it's working. I'll be back.”

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