Tuesday, November 5, 2013

it is NOT okay for fast food to deliver

warning: i have hopped on my soap box and i am not getting down until this is off my chest. you've been warned.

the other day a friend told me that the burger king down the street from her started offering delivery service.

my jaw dropped to the floor and i instant messaged her with the following response, "WTF?!?!?!?!"

the thought of a fast food restaurant delivering made me sick to my stomach. sure enough, check out bkdelivers.com. or better yet, don't. burger king doesn't need any encouragement to continue this fast food delivery blasphemy and neither does any other fast food restaurant. 

the last thing we need in a country where obesity is out of control, where it is expensive and difficult to obtain healthful food options in the areas that could benefit from them the most and where the education on nutrition and health falls upon deaf ears, is to give people an option to get unhealthful food without having to move an inch to get it!

i'm just sick to my stomach over this. as a country we are failing our citizens. i'll go boldly and say it: we are a country that is only concerned with profits and will put the health of our people at risk if it means we can make an extra dollar. and what is worse is that there are so many people who are oblivious to the fact that this is happening. they are oblivious to the fact that companies make food that is purposefully addicting so that people spend more money on it. they are oblivious to the fact that the fda, who is supposed to be protecting its citizens, is easily bought out and doesn't always have the people in their best interest. when thinking of the country as a whole, we are a nation where we are oblivious to what is going into our food and how its affecting us, and companies will do whatever it takes to exploit our oblivious state in order to take our money.

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i didn't mean to go all political here but if you take a step back and look at the big picture it is just infuriating and so sad all at the same time. tell me how you can possibly convince a minimum wage person NOT to order burger king delivery when it is the only food that can affordably feed their entire family and now they have the convenience of not having to spend their dollars on gas money to get to the restaurant? if i were in their shoes, i don't know if you'd be able to convince me not to eat there either.

the trouble is, i can sit here and complain about this and make a fuss all i want but i don't actually know how to solve these problems. there are so many factors that are creating this toxic lifestyle for americans that its not enough for one global company to say, "okay, i'll play nice now." there has to be cooperation and a genuine interest to change for the good of the people in order for anything to be different in the future.

but for now, even though i have been craving a whopper jr for months, all i can do is decide not to spend my money at any burger king location and hope that others will do the same too.

what do you think about fast food restaurants offering delivery?


6 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness you are kidding me!!! BK delivers?! I'm at a loss for words...

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  2. I agree, fast food restaurants should not deliver. Instead, farmers markets and grocery stores should deliver!

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    1. I agree! Although, I really love going to the farmer's market and stores like Whole Foods, because they are so fun to browse through. But think of the better choices I could make... instead of ordering pizza when I don't want to leave the house, it would be awesome to have a big salad or something delivered from someone local.

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  3. This is so interesting! I work doing research in food marketing, and we actually JUST put out a report about fast food and all of the tricks the industry is pulling. I had heard about the delivery restaurants in some places, but I didn't know exactly which locations had them.

    I completely agree that obesity is a HUGE issue, and it's something that needs to be addressed on a national scale, but I wonder how much different fast food delivery is than, say, pizza delivery. Sure, you can order smaller portions at a Burger King than a Domino's, but I'd dare to say that individual people order pizzas and then chow down the same way they will order Whoppers and then chow down. Do you think that both services are equally bad?

    Love this conversation! I was thinking of posting about fast food myself because everyone has such strong opinions!

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    1. Is the report you published public?? I think that would be fascinating to read.

      After I posted this, I was thinking about the pizza aspect too, and how different is it really from fast food. I don't think it is, in principle. Food delivery is food delivery... but I do think fast food has probably contributed to obesity problems on a faster rate than pizza so my thought is that fast food delivery could be more dangerous because of its growth. Does that make sense? These are totally hypothesis and my little theories, but its all so interesting.

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