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2014-05-04 10:59:27 AM  
I manage to get through life without frequenting any of those places. Am I missing something?
 
2014-05-04 11:38:28 AM  
Subby sounds like an hipster.

Maybe instead of trying to find some false authenticity, you just live your life?
 
2014-05-04 12:12:05 PM  

JoieD'Zen: I manage to get through life without frequenting any of those places. Am I missing something?


Your sense of smug self satisfaction? No, wait that seems to be intact.
 
2014-05-04 12:27:53 PM  
Stop liking what I don't like.
 
2014-05-04 12:29:17 PM  
And  Americans wonder why they're fat...Really?
 
2014-05-04 12:31:15 PM  
So, I read the list.  Seems about right.  The same convenience stores, fast food joints, and Walmarts that you see everywhere.

What did subby think would be popular, farmer's markets and vinyl record shops?

I bet if the stores that subby likes were popular, subby wouldn't like them anymore.
 
2014-05-04 12:31:15 PM  

propasaurus: JoieD'Zen: I manage to get through life without frequenting any of those places. Am I missing something?

Your sense of smug self satisfaction? No, wait that seems to be intact.


Ha.
Yep.
 
2014-05-04 12:31:27 PM  
Wow. That list is the least surprising list in the history of lists. They're popular because they deliver the best value to the customer. How do I know that?

Capitalism, biatches. It works.
 
2014-05-04 12:31:32 PM  

JoieD'Zen: I manage to get through life without frequenting any of those places. Am I missing something?


Crossainwiches at BK, but that's about it.
 
2014-05-04 12:31:32 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Subby sounds like an hipster.

Maybe instead of trying to find some false authenticity, you just live your life?


This.

Nothing wrong with the places in the article. If the author or subby doesn't like those places, well, they don't have to visit them.
 
2014-05-04 12:31:51 PM  
And this is wrong because why?
 
2014-05-04 12:32:57 PM  
where do you eat, smugmitter?
 
2014-05-04 12:33:16 PM  
Wealthier consumers, on the other hand - those earning more than $100,000 - were more likely to visit 7-Eleven.

You're telling me there aren't ritzier places to get three day old powdered donuts? Doesn't Neiman Marcus airlift you three day old donuts - powdered with Napoleon's dandruff, nothing less - within a hour or your Lexus back?
 
2014-05-04 12:34:16 PM  
and award for the most elitist headline of the year goes to subby!
 
2014-05-04 12:34:32 PM  
This lipid-laden list isn't about subby being a hipster or "not liking what" you, the Perfect Farker "doesn't like", Or being "smug". It's about this country being an overweight, ignorant, corny embarrassment.

Enjoy your Type-2 diabetes, Average American standing in line at Taco Bell.
 
2014-05-04 12:37:10 PM  
Smug is not the In Color this year, Subby
 
2014-05-04 12:37:26 PM  

darch: This lipid-laden list isn't about subby being a hipster or "not liking what" you, the Perfect Farker "doesn't like", Or being "smug". It's about this country being an overweight, ignorant, corny embarrassment.

Enjoy your Type-2 diabetes, Average American standing in line at Taco Bell.


fark you. Taco Bell is awesome in that once every two months window when the craving hits and nothing but two burrito supremes and a box of tacos will do.

And yeah, I will enjoy my Type-2 diabetes. You enjoy your farking kale and spinach smoothie, asshole.
 
2014-05-04 12:37:28 PM  

darch: Average American standing in line at Taco Bell.


darch, there is nothing more wholesome than a bean burrito. :-) Nothing.

The Staff of Life.
 
2014-05-04 12:38:26 PM  

Destructor: Wow. That list is the least surprising list in the history of lists. They're popular because they deliver the best value to the customer. How do I know that?

Capitalism, biatches. It works.


More like they are the most numerous and widespread chains.
 
2014-05-04 12:39:15 PM  
Well considering there are far more of these McDonalds/BK etc restaurants than there are 'health food' restaurants, I dont know that any of this would be a surprise.

Having said that, Americans on the whole eat like slobs.
 
2014-05-04 12:39:45 PM  

darch: This lipid-laden list isn't about subby being a hipster or "not liking what" you, the Perfect Farker "doesn't like", Or being "smug". It's about this country being an overweight, ignorant, corny embarrassment.

Enjoy your Type-2 diabetes, Average American standing in line at Taco Bell.


All that hate's gonna burn you up inside.


And it's really more about the shocking idea that businesses with thousands of locations across the country that gear their products and services to convenience and/or low prices are going to be frequented by more people than businesses with fewer locations that aren't as convenient or cheap.
 
2014-05-04 12:39:48 PM  
And you want to nuke the entire planet over what you consider bad American consumer habits ?
How did subby reach the conclusion that the people of Botswana or Iceland are somehow also responsible ?
 
2014-05-04 12:40:35 PM  
This reminds me of smug Canadians who spurn Tim Horton's, claiming that the coffee is just generic swill.

"So where do you get your coffee?"

"Starbucks."

:/
 
2014-05-04 12:41:51 PM  
What's the list in other countries?

/but I agree with darch.
 
2014-05-04 12:42:26 PM  

assjuice: More like they are the most numerous and widespread chains.


Capitalism in action, baby! Both guns blazing... bam bam bam! Target anchor store there! FffffffffffewBAM! Freestanding McDonalds there! *ping ping ping* <ricochet noise>, and you get a 7-11 over there! Jobs for peeps, bargains for consumers, win-win. I love it.
 
2014-05-04 12:42:43 PM  

darch: This lipid-laden list isn't about subby being a hipster or "not liking what" you, the Perfect Farker "doesn't like", Or being "smug". It's about this country being an overweight, ignorant, corny embarrassment.

Enjoy your Type-2 diabetes, Average American standing in line at Taco Bell.


Bullshait, it's about companies not willing to pay their employees more, so people eat where they can afford to. Just because these places are "popular" doesn't mean it's the primary choice of the patrons. If you had employees shelling out money that would be considered a living wage in the area the employee resides, you better believe for a lunch break he or she would be going to a better quality restaurant than the ones listed (especially if it's an hour lunch for a sit down place).
 
2014-05-04 12:43:23 PM  
At least you won't get robbed at Starbucks by fork point...
 
2014-05-04 12:43:49 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: darch: This lipid-laden list isn't about subby being a hipster or "not liking what" you, the Perfect Farker "doesn't like", Or being "smug". It's about this country being an overweight, ignorant, corny embarrassment.

Enjoy your Type-2 diabetes, Average American standing in line at Taco Bell.

Bullshait, it's about companies not willing to pay their employees more, so people eat where they can afford to. Just because these places are "popular" doesn't mean it's the primary choice of the patrons. If you had employees shelling out money that would be considered a living wage in the area the employee resides, you better believe for a lunch break he or she would be going to a better quality restaurant than the ones listed (especially if it's an hour lunch for a sit down place).


My fault: "If you had employers shelling out money that would be considered a living wage..."
 
2014-05-04 12:45:19 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: darch: This lipid-laden list isn't about subby being a hipster or "not liking what" you, the Perfect Farker "doesn't like", Or being "smug". It's about this country being an overweight, ignorant, corny embarrassment.

Enjoy your Type-2 diabetes, Average American standing in line at Taco Bell.

fark you. Taco Bell is awesome in that once every two months window when the craving hits and nothing but two burrito supremes and a box of tacos will do.

And yeah, I will enjoy my Type-2 diabetes. You enjoy your farking kale and spinach smoothie, asshole.



I love it. Another knee-jerk, unreasoned, either-or reaction from a Farker. I'm guessing, AAG, that you weigh on the north side of 300lbs and are fairly pissed off about it, no? Oh wait- you're on Fark- so you're actually a marathon runner who strangely craves literal garbage every "once every two months".

"Kale and spinach smoothie"? Really? That's the best you can come up with because I find Taco Bell abhorrent?
 
2014-05-04 12:45:22 PM  
I go to Subway from time to time, and I actually like Taco Bell.....but I haven't been in ANY of those places once in the last month.

I cook food at home a lot and get my burgers from someplace else (Shake & Go, Burger Madness...etc)
 
2014-05-04 12:46:30 PM  
I don't know how it is where you live, but my *favorite* places in our city tend to keep weird hours like "open until 7pm" or "open Saturdays until 1 pm and closed Sunday".

So a lot of these places end up filling in the gaps.
 
2014-05-04 12:46:48 PM  
GO BACK TO RUSSIA!
 
2014-05-04 12:47:02 PM  
I got no problems with the list; people are gonna shop where it's cheapest.  As stated above, these stores are also ubiquitous, so of course their sales are higher.

When I came of age, Sam Adams was "The good beer".  This was well before you could find microbrews everywhere.  Now, there is good beer and breweries all over the place.  I see the same thing happening with sausage.  It's taking a while, but there are better brands and quality everywhere--I even saw knackwurst at the Giant.

I guess my point is that while I understand why these stores are the most used, I don't want that to ever result in stifling of the quality of available goods.  Also, I'm on the 4th beer of the day and I'm getting hungry.
 
2014-05-04 12:47:09 PM  
Lists like these are based on the "majority" who are not foodies but just want somewhere known to be cheap, convenient, and reliable. Then they get evaluated by foodies who decry the fall of civilization.

Simply realize that not everyone shares your interests, *whatever* your interests are. Most people who buy books do so at B&N or Amazon, not independent bookstores. I'm sad that the indies are disappearing but overall I'm just glad more people are reading than ever before in history. I'm not going to bemoan that they're not reading THE CLASSICS. Never was there a time that "most people" read the classics, mainly because never before was there a time when most people could read.

The number of foodies hasn't declined Subby. There are no End Times here. It's just people who want to get a bite and go.
 
2014-05-04 12:47:21 PM  

T-Servo: This reminds me of smug Canadians who spurn Tim Horton's, claiming that the coffee is just generic swill.


Anyone who denies the delicious beauty of Timmy Ho's needs to shut their whore mouth
 
2014-05-04 12:47:41 PM  

Destructor: Wow. That list is the least surprising list in the history of lists. They're popular because they deliver the best value to the customer. How do I know that?

Capitalism, biatches. It works.


Wal-Mart is a welfare queen. They receive billions of dollars in property tax "relief" and get free infrastructure upgrades like right-of-way improvements outside their store, in "economic development funds" where local governments compete in zero-sum games to get a distribution center, and zoning variances that other stores have to comply with.

Capitalism also relies on informed consumers, and Wal-Mart has literally pioneered the science of confusing people into thinking they're paying less than they are. They're prices are often higher overall, but they'll reduce the value of certain "anchor" goods - goods people know the value of, like, say, milk, while slightly raising the prices on goods people are more uncertain about, like a 3-pack of compact florescent bulbs. They'll also get major brands to make slightly worse versions of their products for wal-mart so that people think they're getting the same thing, but cheaper.

They've done well for themselves, certainly. But calling it capitalism is a stretch.
 
2014-05-04 12:47:59 PM  

lenfromak: And this is wrong because why?


Because people confuse popular with best and then get in a huff.
 
2014-05-04 12:47:59 PM  

Claude the Dog: darch: This lipid-laden list isn't about subby being a hipster or "not liking what" you, the Perfect Farker "doesn't like", Or being "smug". It's about this country being an overweight, ignorant, corny embarrassment.

Enjoy your Type-2 diabetes, Average American standing in line at Taco Bell.


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All that hate's gonna burn you up inside.

It keeps him warm.

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2014-05-04 12:48:47 PM  

assjuice: Destructor: Wow. That list is the least surprising list in the history of lists. They're popular because they deliver the best value to the customer. How do I know that?

Capitalism, biatches. It works.

More like they are the most numerous and widespread chains.


Which they became by being the... anyone? Anyone?
 
2014-05-04 12:48:57 PM  
CVS sucks, Rite Aid for the win!
 
2014-05-04 12:49:01 PM  
I don't have a big problem with Wal Mart as a store, I just can't stand the type of people who shop at Wal Mart.
 
2014-05-04 12:49:40 PM  
I go to Target and Starbucks regularly. And my insurance plan is CVS Caremark, so I use their mail order but not the store. Go to walgreens occasionally too. That is it for the list. Never go to walmart, mcdonalds, subway, or Taco Bell, don't have 7-11 here, and may go to Burger King once a year.

So I guess I am typical for my income bracket.....which surprises me.
 
2014-05-04 12:50:38 PM  

DonkeyDixon: T-Servo: This reminds me of smug Canadians who spurn Tim Horton's, claiming that the coffee is just generic swill.

Anyone who denies the delicious beauty of Timmy Ho's needs to shut their whore mouth


I don't like the way those communists insist on adding the cream for me.  I could go on, but that practice is the enemy of everything just and good in the world.
 
2014-05-04 12:51:18 PM  
It would be interesting if they could normalize it by dividing the total number of visits by the total square footage of all stores.

So you get a total number of customers per square foot.  That would allow really popular single stores to compete for spots on the list and you would truly get the "most popular stores in America"
 
2014-05-04 12:52:36 PM  
Meh, subby has a point.

The rest of you just sound fat.
 
2014-05-04 12:54:06 PM  

brimed03: Lists like these are based on the "majority" who are not foodies but just want somewhere known to be cheap, convenient, and reliable. Then they get evaluated by foodies who decry the fall of civilization.

Simply realize that not everyone shares your interests, *whatever* your interests are. Most people who buy books do so at B&N or Amazon, not independent bookstores. I'm sad that the indies are disappearing but overall I'm just glad more people are reading than ever before in history. I'm not going to bemoan that they're not reading THE CLASSICS. Never was there a time that "most people" read the classics, mainly because never before was there a time when most people could read.

The number of foodies hasn't declined Subby. There are no End Times here. It's just people who want to get a bite and go.


Listen, I love a nice, sloppy burger just as much as the next red-blooded 'Murkin, but why is it that I somehow have managed to avoid setting foot in a McDonalds or Burger King in, say, 25 years? Because I find the food to be disgusting. Everyone knows it's utter garbage laden with chemicals and fillers, but they go anyway. It has nothing to do with "convenience"- there's small independent burger joints literally everywhere- it has EVERYTHING to do with Americans being willfully lazy and taking the path of least resistance.

This is apros pos:

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2014-05-04 12:54:13 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: Well considering there are far more of these McDonalds/BK etc restaurants than there are 'health food' restaurants, I dont know that any of this would be a surprise.

Having said that, Americans on the whole eat like slobs.


Note that the less money you make the more likely you are to eat at the fast food places: because restaurants that serve healthier fare also charge a higher price. And apparently people are too lazy to cook for themselves...
 
2014-05-04 12:54:38 PM  
 Anyone who feigns disgust at the idea of eating a Big Mac also tends to:

1. Own a TV but haven't turned it on in years
2. Drink microbrewery beer
3. Watch Japanese children's cartoons on a Mac
4. Appreciate the warmth of vinyl phonograph records
5. Read books at Starbucks
6. Claim to prefer girls with small breasts
7. Make snide remarks about Wal-Mart.
8. Walk past a smoker and force pretentious coughing noises
9. Take comfort in believing size doesn't matter
10. Ride a bike wearing spandex stretch trousers
 
2014-05-04 12:54:41 PM  
/stop liking what I don't like.jpg
 
2014-05-04 12:55:14 PM  
Most Americans want things cheap and fast...like subbys mom.
 
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