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Here's a post from last year that didn't get any comments... so I'm rehashing it for WayBack Wednesday:

QUICKER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER

A&W
I should know better.

I really should.

In between working at two hospitals today, I thought I would save time and grab a quick lunch to eat in the car on the way back to my office. Throwing caution to the wind, I decide to be "bad" and pull into a local A&W. Going inside to order, I puruse the menu and decide on the Teenburger Meal. Mmmmmm. Bacon.

"Fries or onion rings?" asks the elderly woman behind the till.

I'm brave: "Rings, please. Oh, and iced tea instead of root beer."

Thump. A bag INSTANTLY appears on the counter.

In just seconds.

I am unsure whether to be really impressed or really afraid.

Looking around, I realise I am the only one in line. In fact I am the only customer in the restaraunt. This has to be mine. I open it up and yes, a burger and onion rings, ketchup AND napkins are all inside.

Now this is where I made my big mistake: I pay for my meal, pick up the drink and greasy bag and I leave.

At the first red light my grumbling stomach succumbs to the aroma of fried sinfulness. I unwrap the burger, which surprisingly, looks NOTHING like the Teenburgers on TV.

It was a limp, dripping mess.

But hunger overcomes common sense and and I take a big bite. Mouth full of soggy bun and lukewarm patty, I swiftly come to the conclusion that yes, I SHOULD have been afraid.

It was gross.

And the worst part; the bacon was "off". Crap. Grabbing a napkin, I removed it from my mouth before I swallowed.

So much for lunch. Back in the bag it went, along with the onion rings I now have no appetite for.

I sip on the iced tea.

Yes, I should have known better.

And saved myself $ 8.50 to boot.

Teenburger
NOT what a real Teenburger looks like



18 People would rather be commenting:

darla said...

Ahh, nothing worse than soggy, wet bread!

VE said...

Take it home, put it in the Jack LaLanne juicer and preto...a nice hamburger smoothie.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Oooh. I don't suffer bad service lightly. Go email the company or call the restaurant. $8.50 is not pennies. (Or loonies or tunnies for you Canadian folk)

Huckdoll said...

That post made me hungry and then not hungry and then hungry again when I saw that picture....ew...A&W is always such a disappointment :(

Aimeslee said...

Yup, the last time I did fast food drive-thru, I ordered a desert and they left it out. Pissed me off good.

Megan said...

Yuck! Nothing worse than bad fast food. When I indulge myself, which is way more often than I would like to admit to, I get so very upset at bad food. I should know better! Why would a burger king hamburger taste like gourmet? It's the wasted money that kills me. I am always half way to my next destination when I realize something is wrong. No turning back then.

Vegas Princess said...

This is why if I got to A&W I insist they make it fresh for me as I stand there. And the way their counter is set up yu can see the kitchen so I can watch them. Yes, I am obsessive but I get fresh food or I can't eat it. THey are the only place I know of that makes their food and lets it sit. Even McDonald's makes it fresh near me!

Phoenix5 said...

I remember when A&W was a great place for a "burger and a rootbeer" as the song goes. Now, I find A&W over-priced and always a disappointment. I don't mind their Mozza Burger every once in a while, but the price always makes me think twice.

On another note, when I was a young buck, I worked at McD's, and during the slow mid-afternoon period, we'd have contests to see who could make the best "TV Burger"... ie. a burger that looked closest to the ones you see on TV. The winner got to eat their creation free! I think I won once... it was no easy task, I tell you!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

My wife loathes all things fast food and has impressed her disdain upon my kids. I made them all sack lunches today but forgot to make me something. As I pulled into the line a BK my son says, "This is just for you, right? And don't tell mom, right?"

Smart kid.

Canadian flake said...

ok I have totally had this happen to me too...a teenburger can be SOOOOO good or really really bad...all depends on the location I think...lol.

Better luck next time (if you ever have the courage to try again...lol)

Maureen said...

Darla: You got that right!

VE: Ewwww... hamburger smoothie? Yuk.

Curly Glamour Girlie: This happened last year... when looking for a Teenburger image on the A&W site, I found their "feedback" page. So I wrote them. They sent me coupons for free meals and drinks; but you know, I never DID go back and use them!

Huckdoll: Yeah, it all depends on the actual restaurant, it seems. And I know what you mean about swaying back and forth... mmmmmm bacon.

Aimeslee: Sad to say, most times there is something wrong with all our takeouts lately.... They just don't care anymore.

Megan: How true... especially with take out. By the time you realise you were shafted, are you going to waste the gas and time to go back? Probably not.

Vegas Princess: Yeah, I always thought there were regulations against having food sit... next time, I'm going to follow your lead and insist on freshly made bad food!

Phoenix5: Hah! That's hilarious!!! Trying to make the food look like on the commercials... I thing I saw somewhere that most times what you see on TV isn't even FOOD... it's sculpted out of other stuff and sprayed with varnish... or browned with a blow torch.

Ed: Yeah! Smart kid! And smart to keep to healthy foods too. I was raised in the 60s and 70s when fast food was a novelty... so we still treat it like a special thing.

Canadian Flake: I haven't returned to THAT A&W, but the one nearer to us is better... but they'll never be like they were years ago.

April said...

$8.50?!? I'm totally stunned by that. We go once a week to fast food (enough to hopefully keep them from over-indulging as adults who were supposedly "deprived" as children, but not often enough that they don't know what real food tastes like) and the total for all 3 of us is always less than $15. $8.50 for one person?!?

Blog Hoppin',
Balancing Hops

Sarabeth said...

Oh, gross. Oh. Ew. Ew.

Blog hopping--HP

DIXIECHICK said...

Yuck...nothing worse than not getting what you wanted, nor what you paid for...time allowing, I would have taken it back.

Blog hopping...
Dixie

Ann(ie) said...

ewwwww. A&W around here is the same way!!!

Mommy Bits said...

uck. Growing up I loved A&W doesn;t sound like it's quite the same!

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Anastasia Beaverhousin

Married Leos said...

Just blog hopping through, have a great weekend.

lotus07 said...

Regardless.....this is still making me hungry.

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