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(USA Today)   That creepy Burger King guy --- let's pretend he never existed   (usatoday.com) divider line 173
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2011-08-19 06:33:51 AM
Creepy Burger King guy is right- that has to be one of the most WTF? moments in advertising. Other than bad campaigns, BK advertising has been unremarkable for years.
 
2011-08-19 06:39:49 AM
Stopped at BK the other day to get a milkshake, since my favorite place was closed.

Their new milkshakes are smaller, have enough whipped topping to look like a homemade lemon meringue pie, and costs the same as the former larger one.

I asked the manager about it. She explained these were the new products. She couldn't hide being embarrassed. I actually felt bad for her.

Thank God for Burger Hut.
 
2011-08-19 06:40:51 AM
FTA: "When it comes to matters of perceived fast-food quality, Burger King not only lags behind McDonald's but Subway and even KFC, says Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, which surveys consumers on preferences.
"There was a time when price value was king," says Passikoff. "Now, healthy choice and quality drive the category.""


Wait. What? I've always found Burger King provide a much higher quality, better taste, and seemingly healthier food than McDonalds, KFC, etc. Burger King has been consistently better regardless of where I've lived (Washington, Indiana, Flordia, Texas).. so this scoring of having them below McDonalds? Jeeze. Can it get any worse than McDonalds? Well, yeah I guess in one case it can: The KFC near 272nd St. in Federal Way, WA. HORRIBLE place. Decided to give KFC a shot after about 7 years and I regret the single effort.


Fast food sucks, just buy it and make it. If you're in a hurry or on the road then it's a different story.. but if you're at home and going to fast food for a meal then there's something wrong with your routine.
 
2011-08-19 06:41:30 AM
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2011-08-19 06:46:16 AM
Anybody remember the ultra-short-lived "BKTV" campaign from the early '90s? Burger King attempted to revamp its image with "dinner baskets," table service, and complimentary popcorn to munch on while you waited at your table for your food. It was a bad idea. I was living in Iowa at the time, which was (and maybe still is) a test market area for Burger King, and gave one of their early run-throughs of this concept a try. It was very uncomfortable dining experience. You'd sit down, and some pimply-faced kid would come to your table, give you some popcorn, explain about the burger baskets and take your order. It was just embarrassing for everyone involved. You felt bad for the kid, bad for treating a $3 meal like a fine dinning experience, the kid was embarrassed. It was bad all the way around. I think when they finally rolled it out beyond Iowa, they'd done away with the ordering at your table part, but I don't think it lasted longer than a month.

The King was creepy, but having a crap restaurant like BK putting on airs and pretending to be a dining experience was even worse.

I also remember, during the "Where's Herb" campaign, stopping at a BK on the way back from a school field trip. There was some guy eating in the restaurant who looked vaguely like Herb, and all the kids kept pestering him over and over again that he had to just grab what was left of his meal, run out of the restaurant, and go tearing out of the parking lot. Then we all had to sit through a lecture on the bus about proper behavior, but I figured it was Madison Avenue's fault, not mine.
 
2011-08-19 06:48:58 AM
Now I know what Im going to be for All Hallow's Eve
 
2011-08-19 06:51:47 AM

bahknee: On a side note, I find it amusing that anything can be made "Californian" by adding guacamole or avocado.


Don't forget to make it "Hawaiian" just by adding pineapple.
 
2011-08-19 06:54:23 AM

Apocalyptotryptophan: Now I know what Im going to be for All Hallow's Eve


Me too. Drunk ...with a tummy ache from eating too much candy.
 
2011-08-19 06:56:26 AM

gameshowhost: "Call it the Whole Foods effect," says Ron Paul, president of consulting firm Technomic.

You total failure, subby.


Pshh... Everyone knows Ron Paul will never be President of anything...
 
2011-08-19 06:58:35 AM
lh6.ggpht.com

Hey, at least they're not going with the public anal search and veggie porn mag schtick again.

Click here (new window) to see it in its full glory.
 
2011-08-19 06:58:42 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Anybody remember the ultra-short-lived "BKTV" campaign from the early '90s? Burger King attempted to revamp its image with "dinner baskets," table service, and complimentary popcorn to munch on while you waited at your table for your food. It was a bad idea. I was living in Iowa at the time, which was (and maybe still is) a test market area for Burger King, and gave one of their early run-throughs of this concept a try. It was very uncomfortable dining experience. You'd sit down, and some pimply-faced kid would come to your table, give you some popcorn, explain about the burger baskets and take your order. It was just embarrassing for everyone involved. You felt bad for the kid, bad for treating a $3 meal like a fine dinning experience, the kid was embarrassed. It was bad all the way around. I think when they finally rolled it out beyond Iowa, they'd done away with the ordering at your table part, but I don't think it lasted longer than a month.

The King was creepy, but having a crap restaurant like BK putting on airs and pretending to be a dining experience was even worse.



It was totally XTREME because Dan Cortese was involved.

Link (new window)
 
2011-08-19 07:00:04 AM

Krom: AverageAmericanGuy: I never eat at Burger King, McDonald's, or Wendy's or any of the pedestrian, mass-market fast food hamburger joints. It makes me physically ill to even catch a whiff of their kitchen.

I only eat at small, local burger shops where the employees care about the food they are making and I can get home made mayonnaise and a decent side of fries. I'm sure you've never heard of them, so I won't waste my time telling you where they are.

Yeah, but obviously you still support torture because the cattle aren't free-range that were fed organically grown grains. You sicken me.


Cattle? They make tofu burgers, you inhuman monster.
 
2011-08-19 07:03:22 AM
They used to have BK whoppers for a buck apiece on certain evenings back in the early 90's.

That was awesome.

Oh my cardiovascular system... ouch.
 
2011-08-19 07:05:15 AM
Home cooked is my favorite. I sat in view of the chip storage bin at a Mexican restaurant, watched the waiter take a half-eaten basket of chips and dump them back in. I can only wonder what went on in the back.
 
2011-08-19 07:05:38 AM
SUX, finally get a decent paying job aaaand, some moron in marketing sends me a pink slip.
This was supposed to be a solid career move.
Jerks

not really, but it's just one more poor anonymous SOB outta work. Like everyone else . . .
 
2011-08-19 07:09:59 AM

Zombalupagus: [lh6.ggpht.com image 602x393]

Hey, at least they're not going with the public anal search and veggie porn mag schtick again.

Click here (new window) to see it in its full glory.


That looks suspiciously like Nathan Mazur's work.
 
2011-08-19 07:18:36 AM
Dahnkster: They had this creepy chicken head Slipknot cover band and were trying to come off all nasty and edgy.

actually one of the Coq Roq costumes looked like a straight up rip off of what Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre had worn onstage
 
2011-08-19 07:19:49 AM
kings.ws
They took our jobs!
 
2011-08-19 07:26:45 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I never eat at Burger King, McDonald's, or Wendy's or any of the pedestrian, mass-market fast food hamburger joints. It makes me physically ill to even catch a whiff of their kitchen.

I only eat at small, local burger shops where the employees care about the food they are making and I can get home made mayonnaise and a decent side of fries. I'm sure you've never heard of them, so I won't waste my time telling you where they are.


I bet you don't own a TV, you only shop at Whole Foods, drink wheat grass smoothies, and your car is a Nissian Leaf, though you still bike everywhere when you can, to avoid having to charge it and cause further rape to mother earth.

/obvious troll is obvious
 
2011-08-19 07:28:35 AM
Ten years ago, I thought the Whopper was the best burger out there, certainly for the money. Now they're overpriced and they're made so poorly it looks like someone was playing football with it before I got it. Haven't been to one in years.
 
2011-08-19 07:31:07 AM

nicoffeine: AverageAmericanGuy: I never eat at Burger King, McDonald's, or Wendy's or any of the pedestrian, mass-market fast food hamburger joints. It makes me physically ill to even catch a whiff of their kitchen.

I only eat at small, local burger shops where the employees care about the food they are making and I can get home made mayonnaise and a decent side of fries. I'm sure you've never heard of them, so I won't waste my time telling you where they are.

Pshh... I ate at those places before they were even in buildings.


Why did the hipster burn his mouth on the pizza?
He ate it before it was cool.
 
2011-08-19 07:31:56 AM

likesass: Home cooked is my favorite. I sat in view of the chip storage bin at a Mexican restaurant, watched the waiter take a half-eaten basket of chips and dump them back in. I can only wonder what went on in the back.


Probably involved someone's sister and a $20 bill.
 
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2011-08-19 07:32:51 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I never eat at Burger King, McDonald's, or Wendy's or any of the pedestrian, mass-market fast food hamburger joints. It makes me physically ill to even catch a whiff of their kitchen.

I only eat at small, local burger shops where the employees care about the food they are making and I can get home made mayonnaise and a decent side of fries. I'm sure you've never heard of them, so I won't waste my time telling you where they are.


heh....homemade mayonnaise.
 
2011-08-19 07:38:06 AM

Matthew Keene: rprygro: A farking California Whopper with guacamole on it? That better be a worldwide release.

Knowing BK, it will probably be reconstituted green wall spackling with MSG.


This. Oh, so much this.

The trouble with mass produced guacamole anywhere (Jimmy John's has the same issue) is that avocados oxidize in a heartbeat - turning all brown and nasty. In order to prevent that for mass consumption they have to pump it full of chemicals. And it invariably tastes gross.

What I love about BK is their "dinner for breakfast" menu. Up until recently I worked nights and when I get off @ 7am after working all night, I don't want breakfast. I want dinner. I could grab a whopper on the way home and often did.
 
2011-08-19 07:38:33 AM

MythDragon: Why did the hipster burn his mouth on the pizza?
He ate it before it was cool.


I LOLed.
 
2011-08-19 07:45:08 AM
creepyswampthing: If the restaurant is completely staffed with third world illegals guess what the food quality will be like.

According to Tony Bourdain, that's pretty much how every restaurant kitchen in New York is staffed, so I guess it works out okay.
 
2011-08-19 07:46:19 AM
Bring back Burger Chef? It's all but disappeared from the world now.
 
2011-08-19 07:47:52 AM

bahknee: On a side note, I find it amusing that anything can be made "Californian" by adding guacamole or avocado.


Great, now Tijuana is going to be crawling with messicans caked with green slime.
 
2011-08-19 07:50:09 AM

Blink: Bring back Burger Chef? It's all but disappeared from the world now.


I liked them better than McDonalds as a kid, and was just starting to enjoy their adult food when they all shut down and sold all their locations to this Hardees company I'd never heard of.
 
2011-08-19 07:52:07 AM
BK is the only large fast food chain I go to. I needs me that chicken sammich now and then. And I like the king, goddamnit.
 
2011-08-19 08:05:32 AM

Krom: Am I the only person who doesn't like guacamoke and avocado? Besides giving me the squirts it's just mush and bland.


Nope. I never liked the taste of guacamole or avocado, either, but it's Burger King itself that affects my GI tract.

I've gotten food poisoning from Burger King twice. Each incident's kept me away for about ten years. It always started when that Burger King-y taste sensation just wouldn't go away, my stomach would get that fifty pounds of lead feeling after an hour or two, it would get worse and I'd spend the next day sick in bed. Just the idea of eating a Whopper is unappetizing after all that.
 
2011-08-19 08:12:36 AM
bradlaidman.com
If you work in sales or marketing, kill yourself.

\Hotter than Bill's corpse
 
2011-08-19 08:13:38 AM
If they'd kept the Burger King looking like this:

courtney9.typepad.com

They wouldn't have had the image problem.
 
2011-08-19 08:17:19 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I never eat at Burger King, McDonald's, or Wendy's or any of the pedestrian, mass-market fast food hamburger joints. It makes me physically ill to even catch a whiff of their kitchen.

I only eat at small, local burger shops where the employees care about the food they are making and I can get home made mayonnaise and a decent side of fries. I'm sure you've never heard of them, so I won't waste my time telling you where they are.


I never use the Internet.
 
2011-08-19 08:18:13 AM

SirEattonHogg: They used to have BK whoppers for a buck apiece on certain evenings back in the early 90's.

That was awesome.

Oh my cardiovascular system... ouch.


They had them for a buck all the time at the Burger Kings in California in the 90's, man as a 20 something in a crappy job they were heaven. I practically lived off dollar menus back then.
 
2011-08-19 08:20:14 AM

Ow My Balls: (And is it just me, or are Whoppers about 2/3 the size they were in 1985?)


They're the same size. You're just 1/3 larger.
you want fries with that?
 
2011-08-19 08:20:38 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I never eat at Burger King, McDonald's, or Wendy's or any of the pedestrian, mass-market fast food hamburger joints. It makes me physically ill to even catch a whiff of their kitchen.

I only eat at small, local burger shops where the employees care about the food they are making and I can get home made mayonnaise and a decent side of fries. I'm sure you've never heard of them, so I won't waste my time telling you where they are.


Just google "Red Robin". They're all over the place.

You're welcome.
 
2011-08-19 08:22:38 AM
Which one? there are so many
 
2011-08-19 08:30:03 AM

blackheart666: AverageAmericanGuy: I never eat at Burger King, McDonald's, or Wendy's or any of the pedestrian, mass-market fast food hamburger joints. It makes me physically ill to even catch a whiff of their kitchen.

I only eat at small, local burger shops where the employees care about the food they are making and I can get home made mayonnaise and a decent side of fries. I'm sure you've never heard of them, so I won't waste my time telling you where they are.

Just google "Red Robin". They're all over the place.

You're welcome.


Yeah, then you can get an $8 burger in the states; no need to go to Europe. Great burgers, but 'spensive.

/still likes Waffle House and DQ burgers for fast food
 
2011-08-19 08:31:18 AM
does anyone else rememnber the super creepy BK mersh from about 10 years ago, of a shlumpy, nerdy, roly poly guy walking in a cubicle farm, seeing a discarded burger wrapper in the trash, then surreptitiously seeing if anyone was around, then retrieving the wrapper, hungrily inhaling its aroma, then this hot gal comes by, catches him sniffing the wrapper, and she goes, "dude. that is NOT COOL. are you sniffing my wrapper?" he goes, "no." she goes, "that is GROSS. You are not cool."

geee no symbolism there.


weirdest ad ever.
 
2011-08-19 08:31:55 AM
Looks like someone's troll was very successful - lots of bites.

/ burger snobbery is cool, right?
 
2011-08-19 08:36:11 AM
has burger king ever had a successful ad campaign? Hootie, the creepy king, Herb. All crap.
 
2011-08-19 08:36:34 AM
I've never figured out how to link to animated gifs, so I'll just leave this (SFW)
 
2011-08-19 08:39:51 AM
Well, guess it's time to keep him alive, in a new series of meme's.

My idea...Pedoking.
 
2011-08-19 08:40:48 AM
Thanks, Obama!
 
2011-08-19 08:48:12 AM

TheMega: I simply cannot eat Burger King.. makes me sick as hell


Me too. I used to like BK better than the others, years ago. Somewhere along the line they changed their meat or oil or something and now I have to run to the bathroom with gastrointestinal distress within 30 minutes of eating a Whopper. It really doesn't taste good anymore either.
The only place that hurts my insides worse is Hardee's.

Yet I can handle any Mexican food you put in front of me. Strange.
 
2011-08-19 08:48:26 AM
first an angry whopper with jalapenos and now guacamole? sounds like they're catering to the Mexicans more than Mom.
 
2011-08-19 08:49:09 AM

denyall: blackheart666: AverageAmericanGuy: I never eat at Burger King, McDonald's, or Wendy's or any of the pedestrian, mass-market fast food hamburger joints. It makes me physically ill to even catch a whiff of their kitchen.

I only eat at small, local burger shops where the employees care about the food they are making and I can get home made mayonnaise and a decent side of fries. I'm sure you've never heard of them, so I won't waste my time telling you where they are.

Just google "Red Robin". They're all over the place.

You're welcome.

Yeah, then you can get an $8 burger in the states; no need to go to Europe. Great burgers, but 'spensive.

/still likes Waffle House and DQ burgers for fast food


Red Robin is cheap compared to here my group usually goes. $150 check for 4 at the Dogfish Brewpub most times.

Just saying.
 
2011-08-19 08:52:11 AM

rickythepenguin: does anyone else rememnber the super creepy BK mersh from about 10 years ago, of a shlumpy, nerdy, roly poly guy walking in a cubicle farm, seeing a discarded burger wrapper in the trash, then surreptitiously seeing if anyone was around, then retrieving the wrapper, hungrily inhaling its aroma, then this hot gal comes by, catches him sniffing the wrapper, and she goes, "dude. that is NOT COOL. are you sniffing my wrapper?" he goes, "no." she goes, "that is GROSS. You are not cool."



bahhahahahhahahah i hadn't seent his in years....aint' the internet great? (new window)
 
2011-08-19 08:55:12 AM
A burger thread that still hasn't degenerated into a Five Guys vs. In-n-Out flamewar? Never thought I'd see the day.....
 
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