2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Broadsheet reader Deb Alterman writes to let us know that lately she’s been taking her business to her local Kroger-subsidiary Fred Meyer store, where, she reports, a sign in the pharmacy clearly reads: “Emergency contraception available without prior prescription.” (And she’s letting Target know about it.)
So that’s cool. But before we go totally gaga over Fred, let’s keep in mind that Deb’s in Washington state, one of the seven states (with Massachusetts on the way) that permits over-the-counter sales of E.C. So Fred’s really just following the law. Still, it’s nice that the store is upfront about letting women know.
Does Fred Meyer have an official policy on E.C., apart from state law? The Kroger P.R. department has not yet returned Broadsheet’s call requesting information. Could that be because Kroger also owns Fry’s (the pharmacy, not the geek supply store), which is apparently where the Arizona rape survivor was refused E.C.? Just curious.
We hope Planned Parenthood ranks these stores on its scorecard soon.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.