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(Copenhagen Post)   'Whoppergate' scandal tearing through Denmark   ( divider line
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6156 clicks; posted to Main » on 02 Aug 2002 at 5:17 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-08-02 05:19:49 PM  
It's a crime, a travesty, a perversion of justice. It's a few Kroner off a burger for God's sake!!!!
2002-08-02 05:19:56 PM  
Wait until Donutgate breaks!
2002-08-02 05:20:07 PM  
Sheesh, can't these guys just live on donuts like American cops?
2002-08-02 05:20:15 PM  
I live in Ohio...and I know for fact taht it happens here. Who the hell cares?
2002-08-02 05:21:22 PM  
I thought police cars were powered by donuts and emitted radar waves as waste.
2002-08-02 05:21:39 PM  
The real crime is that they have Burger King and McDonald's there
2002-08-02 05:23:17 PM  
wait for it.....
In Soviet Russia, Whopper eats YOU!
2002-08-02 05:23:36 PM  
How about donut burgers?

Mmm...donut burgers...
2002-08-02 05:24:03 PM  
How long will it be before the police sue BK and McDonalds for making them fat?
2002-08-02 05:24:16 PM  
Does this make McDonald's and Burger King as save a place to eat as a donut shop?
2002-08-02 05:25:54 PM  
Another moooooooving story...!
2002-08-02 05:26:30 PM  
Take a cup of coffee here and get a citizen complaint and you will get a day of without pay. It may seem a small thing but when the proprieter gets robbed and there are o cops about listen to them scream about all the free stuff they gave the officers and why weren't they there. It is nice to be appreciated, and if it is sincere more power to them, but how do you tell what the motive is. When I was an active cop I even went so far as to ensure the bank would not accept a deposit that DID NOT have MY NAME on it. I had a buddy brought up on charges of bribery, and someone made a deposit of $5,000 to his saving account then reported him.
Eventually after nearly 6 months they traced it to a local drug dealer that had a serious grudge, but the officer spent nearly 2 weeks on leave and part of it without pay, which was later rectified. The cops walk a THIN line.
2002-08-02 05:26:44 PM  
Oh my God!

Wouldn't you love to live in a country where the worst thing that ever happened- was Police got better deals on burgers than you!

LOL- Someone needs to rob a bank- or start a massacre- or SOMETHING OTHER THAN BURGER DISCOUNTS in Denmark!
2002-08-02 05:26:57 PM  
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2002-08-02 05:28:02 PM  
Hmmmm when I was a manager at Arby's (stfu) I'd routinely comp police officers when they came in. It's a small price to pay to have 3 or 4 squad cars parked in your lot. Not a bad deterrent to robberies. Plus the couple times that someone tried to quick change one of my employees, the police officers that were eating jumped up and apprehended the guy that tried to steal money. So, it makes sense for restaurants to take care of the cops because they're that much more receptive when you're in need. Let the bribery flames commence.
2002-08-02 05:28:23 PM  
I say bring back the old time baton twirling copper who freely filches an apple off of the fruitstand. A tiny level of open and honest graft is much more respectible than what we have today.
2002-08-02 05:29:14 PM  
Perhaps that 19 year old that stole the bbq should look into a career in law enforcement...
2002-08-02 05:32:51 PM  
Stores tend to give police free & discounted stuff to increase their desire of coming back, as cops around tends to discourage lusers from robbing them. I don't see gatting mad if the cops aren't around when your business rolls snake-eyes with the crime-dice, tho - they can't be everywhere at once.

I think Denmark's just pissed becaue only the Government is supposed to give stuff away over there. /sarcasm
2002-08-02 05:33:58 PM  
Now if they were getting a free McDonnalds Apple Pie that would be a different story.
2002-08-02 05:34:47 PM  
Ninja Burger does not enjoy such a cozy relationship with the authorities, for some odd reason.
2002-08-02 05:36:30 PM  
who really cares about big sandles in denmark?
2002-08-02 05:44:00 PM  
TheHopefulCynic = TexasSkeptic in disguise?
2002-08-02 05:54:06 PM  
my husband manages a bk and he gives cops free stuff because, yes, they do come around more and he never gets robbed. at his old job, where the cops weren't allowed to take anything, he was taking a leak and had a gun shoved in his back while he was at the urinal.
2002-08-02 05:57:53 PM  
[image from too old to be available] Mayor McCheese and Sgt. Big Mac must be up in arms!
2002-08-02 06:04:25 PM  
Over half an hour and still no Hamlet references? What's wrong with you people ?!?!?!
2002-08-02 06:11:09 PM  
Wow I can not belive that there are so few problems in Demark that they have to worry about the cops getting a free .99 cent whopper when the buy frys and a drink... it is just slight savings over the value meal... I gave away free coffee cops when I did the Cirlcle K gig in college. Great idea to have cops around during graveyard shift. I happy to know that even the holier then thou europeans are just as stupid as their arrogence suggests
2002-08-02 06:11:38 PM  
What did you expect, Luschen? ''Something's flame-broiled your way in the state of Denmark?''

It just doesn't work, see.
2002-08-02 06:12:01 PM  
What do you want

" is that a whopper I see before me"

Alas poor McCheese I knew him well?
2002-08-02 06:34:05 PM  
This is comical. I figure let the police get a break. They probably deserve it.
2002-08-02 06:34:20 PM  
Hmm. I work at a burger king in the middle of nowhere south dakota, we give officers of the law and firemen and paramedic people 50% discounts. I don't think it's for the protection reason, we've never been robbed. It's probably just the owners realize how hard they work and think they deserve a break.
2002-08-02 06:38:13 PM  
It's traditional, old-time traditional, like the traveling preacher who is given free room and board.
2002-08-02 06:44:48 PM  
Wycco, I was having the same thought. If that's the Danish idea of a scandal then they must have great lives. Here in the US, we found out cops were getting freebees (which we already know) it wouldn't make a single paper.
2002-08-02 06:48:16 PM  
The real scandal is that in Copenhagen a Whopper costs over $8 US.

Officers at the Copenhagen Central Train Station police precinct can get two Big Macs for DKK 35 just by flashing their badge at the cash register-that's DKK 28.50 cheaper than the cost for civilians, said Central Station McDonald's manager Mette Jensen to Politiken.

DKK 63.5= $8.42
2002-08-02 06:51:06 PM  
OOOPs. Make that $4 per Big Mac.

I'm an idiot.

Never mind.
2002-08-02 06:57:07 PM  
That's still a WHOPPER of a price!
2002-08-02 07:04:41 PM  
Forbanna møkkadansker...
2002-08-02 07:12:16 PM  
Isn't it illegal to link to this article?
2002-08-02 08:21:08 PM  


2002-08-02 08:22:12 PM  
I worked in a bakery in a mall and we allways gave security free coffee and other stuff if it was something they were gona eat on their break or something. They take a risk like no other and get payed shiat to do it, best we can do is give em free meals.

How ever free hamburgers isn't the most healthy thing, theres gotta be police who eat that shiat daily.
2002-08-02 08:27:56 PM  
I really wish someone would explain to me why every farking scandal is a 'gate'. I know about watergate, but that was the name of the hotel. watergate. Not the water hotel, the watergate hotel. I guess the media just figures that since that scandal was so big, we've all been programmed to think of 'gate' as part of a scandal; And if they want their scandal to be big, like the scandal which involved a certain hotel, they should just put the word 'gate' in it, and we like pavlovian dogs will assume it's a big deal.

I hate the media.

and yes, I realize I can't spell.
2002-08-02 10:02:02 PM  
FHP =! Florida Highway Patrol

Free or
2002-08-02 10:49:43 PM  
this is screwed, the cops put their lives on the line day in day out, and have to deal with the scum of society, traffic accidents, tell families that a loved one has died and has to put up with smartarsed comments from people all day, god forbid that they get discounted food. Its not as if it is tax payer funded either, what about all the politicians freebies that come out of our taxes.
2002-08-02 11:11:45 PM  
In Nazi Germany, Denmark invades you!
2002-08-02 11:39:55 PM  
WTF is the big farking deal? DISCOUNTS? That's nothing! I once worked at a McD's, where EVERYTHING the cop ordered was completely free! ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! They could have all the food they wanted for free! Why did we have this policy? It wasn't to deter robbers... as McD's employee, the cops would get to know us, and if they pulled us over for speeding or whatever, we'd get off scott free! I NEVER got a ticket, simply because I worked at the McD's that gave the free food! So I don't see how THIS could be a scandal, it's just a discount on a single sandwich. *laughs insanley*
2002-08-02 11:49:21 PM  
used to happen in melbourne aust for years, cops get free maccas...but i think the new comissioner stopped it just in case someone thought it was a bribe...
i used to work graveyard in a kwiki-mart, and i'd give the cops who came past coffe and donuts and hot dogs, whatever they wanted...just wrote it off as 'spoilage hehe...small price to pay to have cops around if u don't have a hold up alarm...
2002-08-03 12:00:47 AM  
Pubeman that's something entirely different. Politicians are entitled to freebies because they are better people.

In reality, though, it just seems to be the way things work here in Denmark. If there's nothing else to write about, one of the less serious (to say the least) of the danish newspapers will try to dig up something on the police, and make a big deal out of it.
The scandal (or whatever) is not that they're getting discounts and stuff, it is that we don't get it.
Surely everyone has heard about the scandinavian Law of Jante.
If a group of people are recieving discounts or special deals somewhere, they are breaking several of the "commandments" of the Law of Jante.
2002-08-03 01:36:57 AM  
Finally, I get an article of mine posted.

All of that pretending to be busy by surfing the internet at work paid off.

2002-08-03 04:11:24 AM  
08-03-02 12:00:47 AM HAL9000

Explain this Jante thing. Is this like a national credo over there or something?

"1. Du skal ikke tro du er noe. (You shall not think that you are special.)
2. Du skal ikke tro du er like klok som oss. ( You shall not think that you are of the same standing as us.)
3. Du skal ikke tro du er klokere enn oss. (You shall not think that you are smarter than us.)

2002-08-03 05:31:32 AM  
Last month, Politiken reported that Ålborg police had enjoyed a sweet perk at Burger King locations, with the restaurant offering a free Whopper to any officer who bought a soft drink or french fries. The left-wing Unity List party was furious at the allegations and took the case to Christiansborg, where the matter was directed to Minister of Justice Lene Espersen.

Liberals! Is there anything they don't whine about?
2002-08-03 10:23:58 AM  
No, it's not. It's just a set of rules from this book called "A refugee crosses his tracks".
However it seems to correspond pretty well with the general scandinavian mentality.
I don't know much about all this, but you can check out the first part of this page. They have an explanation that sounds about right. Don't be confused now because it's about the Swedish, the excact same thing applies to Danes.
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