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2014-05-04 12:31:15 PM
10 votes:
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 12:12:05 PM
10 votes:

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 12:37:26 PM
5 votes:

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 12:42:43 PM
4 votes:

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 12:39:45 PM
4 votes:

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 12:34:32 PM
4 votes:
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 12:29:17 PM
4 votes:
And  Americans wonder why they're fat...Really?
2014-05-04 12:47:41 PM
3 votes:

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 12:31:32 PM
3 votes:

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 12:27:53 PM
3 votes:
Stop liking what I don't like.
2014-05-04 01:07:59 PM
2 votes:

darch: 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.


www.rigsofrods.com

Please, tell us all about those eeevil chemicals!!! in fast food.

Also, it has WAY less to do with Americans being "lazy" and a lot more to do with a whole lot of Americans being pretty damn poor.  Yeah, there are a number of local burger joints near me, but just one burger and a drink from one of those places would buy me a couple days worth of food at McDonalds or BK.  A good portion of the people in this country can't afford $10+ per person to eat out and that sure as hell isn't the result of them being lazy.
2014-05-04 12:54:38 PM
2 votes:
 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 12:54:06 PM
2 votes:

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 12:47:59 PM
2 votes:

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.


blogs.westword.com

All that hate's gonna burn you up inside.

It keeps him warm.

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2014-05-04 12:42:26 PM
2 votes:

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 12:39:15 PM
2 votes:
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 12:38:26 PM
2 votes:

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 12:34:16 PM
2 votes:
and award for the most elitist headline of the year goes to subby!
2014-05-04 12:31:27 PM
2 votes:
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.
2014-05-05 09:43:12 AM
1 votes:

dletter: What I'd like to see is (for example) what are the sales at all "non-chain pizzarias" put together?   Is that as a block bigger than any one other major chain (Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Dominoes, etc)?

If so, then, that is good..... obviously those big names are going to be the big names.... they have thousands of locations.   Any one single or 2-3 location chain in a town pizza joint isn't going to match that obviously.  But, I'd like to think maybe all of the "local pizzarias" together nationwide as a whole outgain any chain... I might be wrong though.

I mean, I just think about the best local place near me... just picked up a double crust pizza yesterday for dinner, the dining room was packed, and there were 7 other people in the pick-up line... and where you pick up the pizza is where they are making the pizza's, I counted 11 people just there working (so, not including waitresses, bartenders, or other bus staff).

/unfortunately not open on Sundays, because Indiana


Found this...

www.pmq.com
http://www.pmq.com/December-2012/Pizza-Power-2013-State-of-the-Indus tr y-Report/

So, that should make people feel a bit better.... people overall DO go to their local pizzarias than any one major chain, and actually more than the top 4 chains combined.
2014-05-05 07:03:10 AM
1 votes:
I make great money, ain't a big fat person, yet I still eat fast food and shop at walmart.  Guess what, when I want lunch and I don't want to spend 20 bucks, it's going to be fast food.  If I want groceries, I buy them at walmart because it's cheap and I get the same stuff I can spend more elsewhere to get.  Economies of scale, learn it.
2014-05-04 06:32:54 PM
1 votes:

kriegsgeist: JoieD'Zen: born_yesterday: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: It's not your imagination. Eating healthy is more expensive, study says.

You were saying?

The GF and I have been making a lot of effort to eat healthier, and I have to agree 100%.  Fruits and vegetables cost a ridiculous amount per pound when compared to fast food (hence my celery joke), and in addition require a significant amount of meal planning to keep costs reasonable.

Once it becomes routine it will be easier and you will feel better, and save money. Really.
Example
Roast chicken for dinner. Enjoy with your choice of sides.
Left over meat can be used to toss with pasta, spinach, garlic, cheese, etc for another meal or used to make sandwiches for lunch. Chicken carcass in crockpot with water, leftover veg, spices will make a great stock or a base for soup that can be frozen.
Simple really.

You can eat very well for very little money if you go that route, but even if you don't put much effort in at all you can cook for yourself and save a lot. For example, a box of hamburger helper and a pound of ground beef costs about $7.50, throw in a bag of frozen veggies for $2 and in 20 minutes you have a meal for at least two (unless you are both really big eaters) with more nutrition than what you could get for the same price at McDonald's. Less junk calories too.

If you have a grill, you can make about 4 burgers from a pound of ground beef, that's $2.50 or less (depending on the quality of the meat and how much you buy at once.) A little salt and pepper, some buns, lettuce, and a tomato, and you're still only looking at $3.50 per burger. Buy a bag of frozen french fries for another $3.50 (with around 4 servings) and you can get the same amount and type of food you would get at a fast food joint, but it will be healthier, cheaper, and taste better. The main difference is the extra time, but it's really only about 20 minutes, and that goes down if you make a bunch in advance and freeze them.


And you're now spending three times what it would cost to get the same calories at McDonalds.  I don't think people quite understand what really poor people do when they go to a place like McDonalds.  They don't get the Quarter Pounder, or the Big Mac (unless it's on sale), or one of those Angus burgers, they spend $0.89 on a cheeseburger or $1.19 on a McDouble.  For what you're spending on just one homemade burger, I can get a McDouble, Value size fry, and a 32oz soda.

I'm willing to bet that none of these "oh, you can totally eat healthy cheaper than crap food" people have never had to survive on a $10/week food budget.  I have, and crap food was the only shiat I could afford.  A 12 pack of ramen ($2), a loaf of shiatty white bread ($1), store-brand peanut butter ($2), and a couple bags of frozen mixed veggies for mixing with the ramen ($4) will feed a person for a week (that's ~$0.42 per meal in case you were wondering)  I challenge you to provide 3 healthy meals a day at $0.42 each.  You can't do it.

It's a simple fact, eating healthy is currently more expensive than eating crappy.
2014-05-04 02:18:31 PM
1 votes:

I created this alt just for this thread: As for #6, there are some that are convinced that a guy who claims to prefer small breasts is either lying in order to be non-conformist or secretly gay. So, no real problem with liking small breasts, just be aware that you will be judged by the mouth-breathers for it.


There is nothing wrong with small breasts if they are perky and attached to a woman who is happy to show them to you.  Large breasts can be appreciated regardless of the attitude or mode of dress of the woman carrying them around.
2014-05-04 02:14:54 PM
1 votes:

JoieD'Zen: born_yesterday: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: It's not your imagination. Eating healthy is more expensive, study says.

You were saying?

The GF and I have been making a lot of effort to eat healthier, and I have to agree 100%.  Fruits and vegetables cost a ridiculous amount per pound when compared to fast food (hence my celery joke), and in addition require a significant amount of meal planning to keep costs reasonable.

Once it becomes routine it will be easier and you will feel better, and save money. Really.
Example
Roast chicken for dinner. Enjoy with your choice of sides.
Left over meat can be used to toss with pasta, spinach, garlic, cheese, etc for another meal or used to make sandwiches for lunch. Chicken carcass in crockpot with water, leftover veg, spices will make a great stock or a base for soup that can be frozen.
Simple really.


No, you won't.  Healthy foods are more expensive.  That's not opinion, it's fact.  For example, your roast chicken?  That'll run you around $7 for one, maybe two meals, depending on the grocery store and size of the chicken.  Meanwhile, a loaf of cheap white bread, a jar of store-brand peanut butter, and some  flavored sugar paste jelly gets me around 7 or 8 meals for about $6.

I just don't get why people stand there and deny observable reality when it comes to the cost of eating healthy.  Shiat like Kraft Mac & Cheese is $69 a box, while that's what a single farking apple will cost me.  I can frequently get 10 meals worth of ramen for what it would cost to get a single meal's worth of frozen or fresh vegetables.  When you're dealing with families that have less than $1.50 per person per meal to spend, it's not possible for them to eat healthy, but they sure as hell can load up on the crap.  Hell, for a $1.50 per meal, you can hit McDonalds 3 times a day and get 2,000 calories.  That's impossible to do with healthy food at $1.50 per meal.
2014-05-04 01:58:12 PM
1 votes:

Mister Peejay: 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.

Fast food is expensive as fark.  I can get lunch for $5 worth of makin's from the deli or $15 worth of crap from McTaco King.  Ten bucks a day times 250 work days a year equals a surprising amount of money for minimal extra work.


How the hell does someone spend $15 on one meal at a fast food joint?  I hit up McDs or Taco Bell and I get 1/3 of my daily caloric intake for less than $3.
2014-05-04 01:47:14 PM
1 votes:

letrole: grumpfuff: Trolling is a religion.

please stop this now, i am so desperately wanting you to quit


i will contact the mods and register a formal complaint


Religion is a surname.
2014-05-04 01:43:37 PM
1 votes:

grumpfuff: Read his handle. He posts that list in lots of topics: "People who X are also likely to:". Just ignore the sad, boring troll.


If by ignore, you mean fully quote the whole offending post whilst demonstrating your own interest, thus skirting the filter of anyone who (quite unlikely) had me on ignore, then perhaps you haven't thought your cunning plan completely through.
2014-05-04 01:22:18 PM
1 votes:

darch: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: darch: 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.

[www.rigsofrods.com image 500x389]

Please, tell us all about those eeevil chemicals!!! in fast food.

Also, it has WAY less to do with Americans being "lazy" and a lot more to do with a whole lot of Americans being pretty damn poor.  Yeah, there are a number of local burger joints near me, but just one burger and a drink from one of those places would buy me a couple days worth of food at McDonalds or BK.  A good portion of the people in this country can't afford $10+ per person to eat out and that sure as hell isn't the result of them being lazy.

Make fun of me all you want but I categorically deny every single thing you just typed. Eating healthy isn't a)rocket science or b)that expensive. This whole "they're poor so they frequent fast food joints" is utter, 100% bullshiat. Sorry, that reasoning just doesn't wash.


It's not your imagination.  Eating healthy is more expensive, study says.

You were saying?
2014-05-04 01:04:52 PM
1 votes:

letrole: 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


I'm not on Fark a lot but I swear I've seen you post this list in like 5 other threads over the last few months...
2014-05-04 12:52:36 PM
1 votes:
Meh, subby has a point.

The rest of you just sound fat.
2014-05-04 12:51:18 PM
1 votes:
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 12:49:01 PM
1 votes:
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 12:45:19 PM
1 votes:

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 12:40:35 PM
1 votes:
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 12:32:57 PM
1 votes:
where do you eat, smugmitter?
2014-05-04 10:59:27 AM
1 votes:
I manage to get through life without frequenting any of those places. Am I missing something?
 
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