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(WPXI.com)   Dining tip: If the French Fries at your local Burger King start coming in Dixie cups and the food in brown paper bags, it may not be a real Burger King. Just sayin'   (wpxi.com) divider line 47
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2014-02-08 06:36:07 AM  
Timyka Artist

Talk about pretending to be what you're not.
 
2014-02-08 06:54:44 AM  
Wait, you mean it's a Five Guys? Awesome.
 
2014-02-08 07:43:59 AM  

fusillade762: Timyka Artist

Talk about pretending to be what you're not.


She's a nebby jagoff.

c;mon dan ta saside buggas fa fries 'n' dat, and stuff lakatder.
 
2014-02-08 09:44:11 AM  
vudukungfu:
She's a nebby jagoff.

c;mon dan ta saside buggas fa fries 'n' dat, and stuff lakatder.


Burgers n'at, yeah ok.  What you're gonna wanna do is go through 3 stop signs, then turn right at the house with a big lava rock out front.  Then you're gonna go through a tunnel, and everybody is gonna slow down for no reason.  Ok then yinz go to the third light and make a Pittsburgh left.  Go to where that insurance place they made out of an old pizza hut is.  If you reach the ball field, you've gone too far.
 
2014-02-08 09:48:34 AM  
Not sure I could tell the difference between the two

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2014-02-08 09:53:46 AM  

diaphoresis: Not sure I could tell the difference between the two

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There has never been a Whopper that looked anything like that outside of a photography studio.
 
2014-02-08 09:55:41 AM  
Artist talked to a customer who said the food didn't taste like Burger King during her recent visit.

Hey, my burger doesnt taste like crap!  This is an outrage!
 
2014-02-08 10:00:34 AM  
They meant Barger Kang.
 
2014-02-08 10:07:54 AM  
What sort of genetic reject eats a real hamburger and biatches that it isn't Booger King?
 
2014-02-08 10:12:26 AM  
I think they may be onto something.

Given the shame associated with fast food, they may want to follow the lead of the always consumer enlightened porn industry.  Plain brown paper bags may be the way to go.

I'd like a Whopper, a large fries, and Ass-Blasters 13: The Enjizzening.
 
2014-02-08 10:20:17 AM  
Does De-Fence have to shoot up a fast food place to get some honesty for once?

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2014-02-08 10:48:22 AM  
Eventually, Artist said an assistant manager explained they're in the process of transitioning to a new business called South Side Burgers, and wanted to start off by engaging in trademark infringement for a few weeks, to ensure that they were completely bankrupt before the month was out.
 
2014-02-08 10:49:30 AM  
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Home of the Big Mick!
 
2014-02-08 10:54:00 AM  

jake_lex: diaphoresis: Not sure I could tell the difference between the two

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There has never been a Whopper that looked anything like that outside of a photography studio.


Believe it or not, I had one that was absolutely studio ready. I didn't have a cell phone/camera at the time, but I would have taken a selfie of my flabbergasted expression instead of the sandwich.
 
2014-02-08 11:00:49 AM  

phamwaa: jake_lex: diaphoresis: Not sure I could tell the difference between the two

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There has never been a Whopper that looked anything like that outside of a photography studio.

Believe it or not, I had one that was absolutely studio ready. I didn't have a cell phone/camera at the time, but I would have taken a selfie of my flabbergasted expression instead of the sandwich.


I once had a picture perfect Big Mac.  it was so tall that i had to squish it a big to eat it.  It squished like they do in the commercials.  Like a pert boobie.

It was in the middle of a snow storm, only the drive through was open.  After I ate this beautiful creation, I went back around to compliment the cook.

Turns out they had let all the cooks go home, and the managers were making the burgers.
 
2014-02-08 11:01:33 AM  

sendtodave: squish it a big


a bit
 
2014-02-08 11:25:56 AM  
If they got fresh cut fries I am in.
 
2014-02-08 12:11:13 PM  
I'm sure Burger King's lawyers will have the confusion cleared up extremely fast.

/where is your God now
 
2014-02-08 12:18:20 PM  
Artist went in the restaurant to get answers from management.  Artist and her photographer were asked to leave by a security guard.

That's perfect.  I've seen security guards at banks and pot stores and concerts and even at airports, but a fast food restaurant?  Nope, I haven't seen that yet.

Let's all try to imagine what could happen in a fast food store with a time-lock safe for cash if they didn't have security guards.

Pittsburgh also happens to be the only place I've ever seen a fast food restaurant with bullet proof glass.  (They have a little revolving door to hand you the food.) I guess they must exist elsewhere too, but I've never seen them anywhere else.

If you're in Pittsburgh, just get your fries at The O
 
2014-02-08 12:22:28 PM  
gfid:
That's perfect.  I've seen security guards at banks and pot stores and concerts and even at airports, but a fast food restaurant?  Nope, I haven't seen that yet.

Let's all try to imagine what could happen in a fast food store with a time-lock safe for cash if they didn't have security guards.

Pittsburgh also happens to be the only place I've ever seen a fast food restaurant with bullet proof glass.  (They have a little revolving door to hand you the food.) I guess they must exist elsewhere too, but I've never seen them anywhere else.

If you're in Pittsburgh, just get your fries at The O


I live about an hour south of Pittsburgh in rural bumfark.  One day I was at the nearest McD's during a robbery.  They robbed the drive thru.  Seriously.  I can't imagine they made off with more than a hundred bucks or so.  People are farking ridiculous sometimes.
 
2014-02-08 01:03:06 PM  

enry: Wait, you mean it's a Five Guys? Awesome.


This! Brown paper bag food is an upgrade!
 
2014-02-08 01:32:35 PM  

enry: Wait, you mean it's a Five Guys? Awesome.


Burger King prices with Five Guys food would work for me
 
2014-02-08 01:33:25 PM  

gfid: Artist went in the restaurant to get answers from management.  Artist and her photographer were asked to leave by a security guard.

That's perfect.  I've seen security guards at banks and pot stores and concerts and even at airports, but a fast food restaurant?  Nope, I haven't seen that yet.

Let's all try to imagine what could happen in a fast food store with a time-lock safe for cash if they didn't have security guards.

Pittsburgh also happens to be the only place I've ever seen a fast food restaurant with bullet proof glass.  (They have a little revolving door to hand you the food.) I guess they must exist elsewhere too, but I've never seen them anywhere else.

If you're in Pittsburgh, just get your fries at The O


Pittsburgh used to be rough. Parts of it still are, and it's amazing. The bank near my place of work has metal detectors and controlled entry/exit. This is a neighborhood where people walk their dogs at 2am, kids walk to the bus stop by themselves, and hipsters vomit in the gutters.

Most of the places on the south side have security guards. Some of the more prominent bars hire cops/deputies. It's not Squill, after all.

/but it's not Willkillyinzburg, either
 
2014-02-08 01:34:45 PM  

nekom: gfid:
That's perfect.  I've seen security guards at banks and pot stores and concerts and even at airports, but a fast food restaurant?  Nope, I haven't seen that yet.

Let's all try to imagine what could happen in a fast food store with a time-lock safe for cash if they didn't have security guards.

Pittsburgh also happens to be the only place I've ever seen a fast food restaurant with bullet proof glass.  (They have a little revolving door to hand you the food.) I guess they must exist elsewhere too, but I've never seen them anywhere else.

If you're in Pittsburgh, just get your fries at The O

I live about an hour south of Pittsburgh in rural bumfark.  One day I was at the nearest McD's during a robbery.  They robbed the drive thru.  Seriously.  I can't imagine they made off with more than a hundred bucks or so.  People are farking ridiculous sometimes.


Hey man, how ya been? Haven't seen you around and was wonderingwhat became of you.
 
2014-02-08 01:58:41 PM  
Do you hear that?  That the sound of a dozen Burger King lawyers creaming their pants.

/you're welcum
 
2014-02-08 02:15:09 PM  

Theaetetus: Eventually, Artist said an assistant manager explained they're in the process of transitioning to a new business called South Side Burgers, and wanted to start off by engaging in trademark infringement for a few weeks, to ensure that they were completely bankrupt before the month was out.


Was the store previously a Burger King where the franchise owner decided to go independent? If so why hasn't he ordered a cheap vinyl banner to cover the old BK sign until someone comes around to remove it?

So many questions, such poor reporting

/ BK restaurants where I live are the most ghetto fast food joints around. No reason to go there. We have better options.
 
2014-02-08 02:18:10 PM  
Goimir:
Hey man, how ya been? Haven't seen you around and was wonderingwhat became of you.

Still hanging in there, just trying to make it through the winter of my discount tent.
 
2014-02-08 02:55:11 PM  
To be honest, this is kind of a non-story. The Burger King downtown lost or gave up its franchise rights - this was back when Burger King was mandating massive changes that were prohibitively expensive for franchise owners (We lost two Burger Kings in town with those mandates.)

Of course the sign stayed up for thirty days; they already HAD the sign. But disposable branding elements ran out quick - bags, fry sleeves, wrappers, those were gone by the end of the week. They disposed of everything in the restaurant with a logo on it, so the place looked kind of sparse for a week or two. Then they hung a big neon sign outside: "Burger Burger" or something like that. "Big Burger."

They never had to close, the replacement restaurant wasn't so bad, and I'm guessing they were tapped into a network of suppliers somewhere, because the food was consistent - but they couldn't survive without the name recognition. They lasted about a year. It was a shame - it's nice to eat a fast-food burger without contributing to the power of the Borg.
 
2014-02-08 03:22:33 PM  

gfid: Artist went in the restaurant to get answers from management.  Artist and her photographer were asked to leave by a security guard.

That's perfect.  I've seen security guards at banks and pot stores and concerts and even at airports, but a fast food restaurant?  Nope, I haven't seen that yet.

Let's all try to imagine what could happen in a fast food store with a time-lock safe for cash if they didn't have security guards.

Pittsburgh also happens to be the only place I've ever seen a fast food restaurant with bullet proof glass.  (They have a little revolving door to hand you the food.) I guess they must exist elsewhere too, but I've never seen them anywhere else.

If you're in Pittsburgh, just get your fries at The O


Yeah. If your fast food place requires bulletproof glass, I'd be tempted to just stay on the interstate and eat somewhete else.
 
2014-02-08 03:47:12 PM  

pdieten: Was the store previously a Burger King where the franchise owner decided to go independent? If so why hasn't he ordered a cheap vinyl banner to cover the old BK sign until someone comes around to remove it?

So many questions, such poor reporting



"When Artist went in the restaurant to get answers from management Thursday, she and her photographer were asked to leave by a security guard.  Eventually, Artist said an assistant manager told her they're in the process of transitioning to a new business called South Side Burgers. "

Follow-up
 
2014-02-08 04:18:36 PM  
I imagine this will reflect poorly on their review in the Michelin Guide.
 
2014-02-08 04:35:33 PM  
Well, that almost cleared things up. So the franchise owner is arguing with BK, got his franchise yanked, but they need to find somebody to buy him out and he's operating independently - maybe or maybe not legally - until it happens.

OK then. Still should have spent the couple of bucks to buy a cheap vinyl banner to cover the BK sign. Would have eliminated a lot of confusion.
 
2014-02-08 06:19:19 PM  
I was probably not much worse than their normal "cuisine".
 
2014-02-08 06:24:30 PM  

sendtodave: phamwaa: jake_lex: diaphoresis: Not sure I could tell the difference between the two

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There has never been a Whopper that looked anything like that outside of a photography studio.

Believe it or not, I had one that was absolutely studio ready. I didn't have a cell phone/camera at the time, but I would have taken a selfie of my flabbergasted expression instead of the sandwich.

I once had a picture perfect Big Mac.  it was so tall that i had to squish it a big to eat it.  It squished like they do in the commercials.  Like a pert boobie.

It was in the middle of a snow storm, only the drive through was open.  After I ate this beautiful creation, I went back around to compliment the cook.

Turns out they had let all the cooks go home, and the managers were making the burgers.


Managers love to show off.

/Restaurant manager
 
2014-02-08 06:25:38 PM  

phamwaa: jake_lex: diaphoresis: Not sure I could tell the difference between the two

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There has never been a Whopper that looked anything like that outside of a photography studio.

Believe it or not, I had one that was absolutely studio ready. I didn't have a cell phone/camera at the time, but I would have taken a selfie of my flabbergasted expression instead of the sandwich.


I stopped by a BK for the first time in years last week and had a Whopper Jr. I was amazed it looked exactly like the studio shots even the tomato was nice and red.
 
2014-02-08 06:46:22 PM  

peasandcarrots: this was back when Burger King was mandating massive changes that were prohibitively expensive for franchise owners


I remember when they put in those ketchup pumps.
 
2014-02-08 06:54:09 PM  
If the French Fries at your local Burger King start coming in Dixie cups and the food in brown paper bags, it may not be a real Burger King.

Artist went in the restaurant to get answers from management.  Artist and her photographer were asked to leave by a security guard.


My BK food doesn't come with a security guard either.
 
2014-02-08 06:59:33 PM  
If Spengbab was manning the flat top, then it probably wasn't legit.
 
2014-02-08 07:29:11 PM  
pdieten: Was the store previously a Burger King where the franchise owner decided to go independent? If so why hasn't he ordered a cheap vinyl banner to cover the old BK sign until someone comes around to remove it?

So many questions, such poor reporting

/ BK restaurants where I live are the most ghetto fast food joints around. No reason to go there. We have better options.


Sorta.  My bet is the store was  previously a Burger King where the franchise owner didn't keep up with the franchise fees ro ortherwise got booted out of the King' domain.

There was one on Chicago's North Side that became The Burger Queen overnight "in a dispute."  (Like how BKJ has rules and fees to pay.)

A Brown's Chicken nearby was sold to a couple and mere months later it became "The Chicken Coop" serving the serve chicken.  Only weeks after that it wastotally closed.  Figure thelandlord wantedthe rent to be paid, too.

Time for a lightning strike:

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2014-02-08 08:29:25 PM  
All of pit is a festering shiathole due to all of the city-dwelling rednecks that live in and around it.
 
2014-02-08 08:53:04 PM  
I had a Big Buford from Checkers once that looked exactly like the marketing photos. Ended up with food poisoning. Give me a smushed up ugly burger from now on. I don't need that much quality time with the toilet.
 
2014-02-08 10:26:08 PM  

pdieten: Well, that almost cleared things up. So the franchise owner is arguing with BK, got his franchise yanked, but they need to find somebody to buy him out and he's operating independently - maybe or maybe not legally - until it happens.

OK then. Still should have spent the couple of bucks to buy a cheap vinyl banner to cover the BK sign. Would have eliminated a lot of confusion.



This and - closing a restaurant  down and opening up another one is the kiss of death. Everyone knows a BK and they have a steady stream of regulars.

Shut that down for a day or two to re-brand and the place will be a ghost town. - People are wary of the unknown.

Keep it running, deplete the stock, transition over and hope that no one will notice or care...

Its a gamble - but shutting down to launch an unknown brand is almost certain death.
 
2014-02-08 10:33:30 PM  
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what a real whipper might look like.
 
2014-02-08 11:09:01 PM  

pdieten: Theaetetus: Eventually, Artist said an assistant manager explained they're in the process of transitioning to a new business called South Side Burgers, and wanted to start off by engaging in trademark infringement for a few weeks, to ensure that they were completely bankrupt before the month was out.

Was the store previously a Burger King where the franchise owner decided to go independent? If so why hasn't he ordered a cheap vinyl banner to cover the old BK sign until someone comes around to remove it?

So many questions, such poor reporting

/ BK restaurants where I live are the most ghetto fast food joints around. No reason to go there. We have better options.


I've been to better burger joints in the ghetto.
 
2014-02-09 10:01:34 AM  
Five Guys: fifteen bucks for a cheeseburger, fries, and a drink.

Pretty good food, but too much money.
 
2014-02-09 02:54:49 PM  

pdieten: Theaetetus: 

/ BK restaurants where I live are the most ghetto fast food joints around. No reason to go there. We have better options.


The BK near me is the only one that actually had dollar menu pricing.  For instance, the subway $5 foot long is $6.  At Wendy's the dollar menu items are over $1.49, McDonalds is the same.

The dollar menu salad at BK is very good and it makes me feel balanced in my diet when I also order double cheeseburgers.

/Their double cheeseburger is like 5 bites at most, how can it be bad for you?
 
2014-02-09 03:31:53 PM  
That creature couldnt put her cell phone down while she was being interviewed?
 
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