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Sunday, September 09, 2007
Assault by Salt
I read this news story today...

Oversalted burger leads to charges
UNION CITY, Ga. - A McDonald's employee spent a night in jail and is facing criminal charges because a police officer's burger was too salty, so salty that he says it made him sick.
Kendra Bull was arrested Friday, charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and freed on $1,000 bail.

Bull, 20, said she accidentally spilled salt on hamburger meat and told her supervisor and a co-worker, who "tried to thump the salt off."

On her break, she ate a burger made with the salty meat. "It didn't make me sick," Bull told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

But then Police Officer Wendell Adams got a burger made with the oversalted meat, and he returned a short time later and told the manager it made him sick.

Bull admitted spilling salt on the meat, and Adams took her outside and questioned her, she said.

"If it was too salty, why did (Adams) not take one bite and throw it away?" said Bull, who has worked at the restaurant for five months. She said she didn't know a police officer got one of the salty burgers because she couldn't see the drive-through window from her work area.

Police said samples of the burger were sent to the state crime lab for tests.

City public information officer George Louth said Bull was charged because she served the burger "without regards to the well-being of anyone who might consume it."

In my opinion, these people never worked for McDonald's as a teenager. Here are a few fact that if you have ever worked there, you would know...

1. No, you can't see the grill area from the driveway...they don't want people to see from their cars what a cess pit that area can become during a rush period. There is no way this person could have waited for a cop to come through to feed this burger to...

2. Grill people do not pick which burger goes to who. The only way this could have happened is if the police office had ordered a specially made item. But again, go back to the first point, they had no way of knowing this was a cop.

3. Management OK'd the sale of these burgers, why weren't they arrested? (yes I know that's not a working point, but I still needed to throw it in)

4. Management counts raw waste. If you drop a hamburger, you should throw it in the raw waste bin. Every hour or so management comes through and counts what you have thrown out. If there is a large amount in there, you have to explain it, and can possibly be written up for something like that.

5. Management has to turn those reports into corporate, they can also get written up for excessive waste.

6. Raises and promotions are based on those reports and write ups.

Now with those points in mind, do you think this person was really aiming to give an overly salty burger to a cop? She says she ate one (probably to make sure there was one less complaint) and was not made ill. She also made a good point as to why the cop didn't take a bite and then complain, it would have been replaced no questions asked.

Now I do think someone is to blame...Corporate McDonald's. They set up the rules that the crew and management must play by and they tried to do what they could.

Maybe we should throw Ronald in jail.

posted by Raven @ 3:42 PM  
  • At September 09, 2007 4:07 PM, Blogger A Ghost's Story said…

    that is not only ridiculous, it's bizarre. No, there's no way you can get a burger to a customer without telling someone, "give THIS burger to THAT dude..."

    Besides, what MORE-RON eats a whole fucking burger-- ENOUGH TO MAKE HIM SICK, AT LEAST-- without sending it back?? Most intelligent people take one bite, say "egad! That's horrible!" and return it. Same thing with tainted meat or spoiled milk: you don't drink the whole damn carton (or even glass) and then say, "egad! that was spoiled!!"

    once you DO such nonsense, you do NOT arrest some poor schmoe.

    (in fairness, you probably should not admit to having done anything, either...)

  • At September 09, 2007 9:44 PM, Blogger Raven said…

    I'm hoping some judge smacks this cop upside the head and tells him he is an idiot!

  • At September 19, 2007 9:17 AM, Blogger 'Bubbles' said…

    Did you work for McD at some point? You seem to have a handle on the processes!

    I agree the person is a complete idiot. Of course, McD has had is share of crazy, lame lawsuits, including the 'hot coffee' fiasco. Had it not been for McD Corporate legal people being so damn arrogant, that case probably would have turned out better for them.

    For what it's worth on the McD Corporate side, they don't necessarily hold the managers accountable for the waste, per se. They hold them accountable for total food cost as a percent of sales, which is dramatically affected by waste.

    What a business. Can you tell I have been involved? Yes, I was a Ronald at one point! :D

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