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.
The ACLU is representing five pregnant Detroit police officers who “were forced to go on sick leave when their bosses learned they were pregnant, even if they could perform other duties,” according to the Associated Press.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself: What’s wrong with that? A pregnant woman shouldn’t be out on the street. Fair enough. But one of the plaintiffs, Angelica Robinson, worked a desk job. She was perfectly capable of performing her duties without endangering herself, her baby or society. Besides, many police departments, as standard operating procedure, require pregnant cops (much like injured cops) to work desk jobs or some other kind of administrative detail. There’s plenty of police work that doesn’t involve chasing thugs and throwing them against chain-link fences. I don’t care what you saw on “The Shield.”
Bottom line? It’s a bad policy. It’s so egregious, in fact, that the Michigan state House voted last month 105-2 in favor of a bill that would prevent such inequality. (No one really had to reach far across the aisle on that one.) The bill is currently being considered in the Senate.
Actually, according to my cop source, a more common problem facing pregnant women on the force is that, once relegated to desk duty, they can’t take extracurricular details — working private parties, etc. — which is a major source of added income for any cop. And who needs added income more than a mom-to-be? So pregnant women too often don’t report their pregnancy, hoping to stay on duty for as long as they can without people knowing and, with the best of intentions, tragically end up in harm’s way. Perhaps the only thing on the force worse than a cop death is a pregnant-cop death.
But this is a laywoman’s perspective. Anyone with more insight on the matter should school me — and the rest of us — in the comments section.
Sarah Hepola is an editor at Salon.More Sarah Hepola.
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.