Wednesday, October 2, 2019

I Love Whoppers ... I Hate Burger King

This is not the first time I have ranted on this topic -- in a previous post I vowed "no more Burger King." see Brand Enforcement Redux. That was 2015!

So four years later I am craving, you guessed it, a Whopper. What to do but visit a Burger King ... yes I broke my vow. I think I was brain-washed by all those "Impossible Burger " commercials. And no I do not want a fake Whopper.

I visit my local Burger King late in the lunch hour, eye the drive-thru line, remember the "Hiring Now" post on the brand sign, and opt for dine-in. I should have turned around right then. Glancing to my left, I see five hungry working men fixated on the post-checkout service line. Drooling for my Whopper and seeing the hunger in their eyes, I fight against my better instincts and step up to order.

A busy-manager-type takes my order as he negotiates bagging fries, shouting out pick-up orders, and exhorting the staff. Although doubtful, I figure how bad can it be? This is the self-deception one engages in when craving a Whopper. I order a Whopper with cheese, sandwich only, and cup for water. $6.10! I think wow the prices have really gone up since 2015. I look at my receipt to see if they charged me for water. Nope.

A few more unsuspecting customers wander into the service black hole, as me and the five work men await our lunches. And we wait. Of course, under the circumstances, I expect to wait a bit. But after five minutes and, from the looks on the faces of the working men that suggest a collective jump-the-counter-bull-rush, I start timing the wait.

My wait was 18 minutes! And, as I approach the counter with a "what-the-#%&#" look on my face, the manager-type looks at me and the order board and yells to the back "waiting on a DOUBLE WHOPPER WITH CHEESE." I hesitate, look at my receipt, and realize that DBL meant a double! I explain the error, fearful that any comment will cause further delay. Almost simultaneously a double Whopper with cheese lands on my tray and the manger offers a partial refund. With some quick mental gymnastics, a dollar is placed in my hand. At that point I would have taken a dime!

Whew, at least I didn't have to pay for water.

Need I say more Burger King? See you in 2023.


  1. The trials and tribulations of having it your way even if it isn't. Looking forward to your visit and follow up in 2023.

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