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Red Lobster Goes Bankrupt, Walmart Slashes Workforce Because Bidenomics Is So Great

Walmart will cut "hundreds" of jobs thanks to an economic miracle experts are calling "the Biden Boost."

They're also cutting benefits for the remaining employees.

Walmart announces significant job cuts and relocation demands amidst escalating operating costs, signaling a strategic retreat from ambitious healthcare ventures and remote work flexibility.

Walmart is slashing hundreds of corporate jobs and is asking employees in smaller offices to relocate to central hubs such as Bentonville, Hoboken, and Northern California, while maintaining partial remote work options.

The retail giant closed all 51 of its health clinics last year, citing unsustainable operating costs and a challenging reimbursement environment, abandoning plans to expand to 75 clinics by 2024.

As part of a broader cost-cutting initiative, Walmart is prioritizing investments in other areas, potentially as a response to shifting market demands and economic pressures.

I will miss you, Red Lobster. I will especially miss your Fisherman's Feast Platter, and how I would ask for all fried clam strips and you wouldn't judge me.

Red Lobster has abruptly closed dozens of restaurants across the country.

A look at the restaurant chain's website reveals 87 stores temporarily closed across 27 states, with some of them having their kitchen equipment up for auction on an online restaurant liquidator.

The liquidator, TAGeX Brands, announced Monday it is auctioning off equipment this week from 48 locations that have closed. The website says auctions are live and will end periodically on Thursday, and that each winner will receive the "entire contents of the Red Lobster location they bid on."

USA TODAY reached out to Red Lobster on Tuesday and did not get a response prior to publication.

Fast food restaurants are being smashed by Bidenflation.

Experts say Americans are now spending over $70 billion monthly on dining out instead of sticking to the traditional routine of eating at home. While this highlights a flourishing restaurant industry, local mom-and-pop shops are grappling with economic challenges, dealing with problems like inflation and road construction.

One such establishment, Pepe's Mexican Cafe in Bryan, has been a community fixture since 1969. Well-known for serving quality food at affordable prices, Pepe's, like other small businesses, is grappling with the economic pinch. Kip Martin, who manages the family-owned business, recently took to social media to express his concerns. His video has since been shared over 250 times.

"I just need you guys to know that if you want there to be a Pepe's you need to come buy a taco, I'm not kidding," Martin said.

Inflation emerges as a significant factor, driving up costs across the board, including food prices, which has resulted in a decline in sales for Pepe's.

"I'll tell you this, Pepe's is hanging by a shoestring," said Martin. "We did less in sales this year than we did last year and that's after having to take a price increase in the meantime."

McDonald's sees the belt-tightening going on and tries to keep market share by bringing back a $5 meal option.


McDonald's is seemingly fighting to attract customers one deal at a time.

McDonald's has faced criticism as prices soared in recent years, resulting in less revenue from lower-income consumers and reduced foot traffic in stores. As a result, Chief Executive Officer Chris Kempczinski said in a late April first-quarter earnings call that McDonald's has to be "laser-focused on affordability."

McDonald's has since promised a reduction in prices and expressed interest in exploring more avenues to win customers back, which could include $5 meal deals, according to reports.

My suspicion is that they're going to offer the $5 meals as a loss leader and cover for drastically reducing staff and automating wherever possible. So that the public will have two competing stories in mind: Gee McDonald's is mean for replacing everyone with robots, but also, Gee McDonald's is nice for offering, temporarily, $5 meals.

Going out to dinner is increasingly something that only the wealthy do regularly.

We'll all soon be on economy-forced diets. Thanks, Biden!

What's for dinner? For an increasing number of Americans, especially households making less than $150,000 a year, the answer doesn't involve going to a restaurant. And when people do go out to eat, they are spending less money.

Battered by higher-than-normal food prices, some consumers are pulling back on their spending -- and restaurants are feeling the effects.

Dine Brands Global Inc. DIN, -0.28%, the owner of the pancake chain IHOP and restaurant chain Applebee's, said in its earnings call Wednesday that fewer consumers earning $50,000 a year and below visited its restaurants in the past quarter. Even when they do, they are "more aggressively" managing the amount they spend, Dine Brands CEO John Peyton told investors.

Although some higher-income guests have traded down to eat at the company's cheaper restaurants, behavioral changes are most pronounced among lower-income consumers, he said. "[T]he most impactful change in consumer behavior is clearly the $50,000 and below segment," Peyton said on the call. Dine Brands Global did not immediately respond to MarketWatch's request for comment.

While lower-income Americans are dining out less -- even at fast-food restaurants -- higher-income Americans are dining out more.

Darden Restaurants DRI, 1.53%, the owner of Olive Garden and the Capital Grille, said on a March earnings call that visits from diners earning more than $150,000 a year were higher during its last quarter than they were at the same time the previous year, while visits from diners with an annual income below $75,000 declined "at every brand," said Ricardo Cardenas, president and chief executive officer of Darden Restaurants. The shift was most pronounced in Darden's fine-dining segment, he said.

In fact, nationally, only diners from households earning over $200,000 a year spent money in restaurants more often in 2023 than they did in 2019, according to Circana data. Diners from families earning below $45,000 with kids pulled back on their restaurant spending the most, Circana found.

To be sure, people are still dining out, but the accumulated financial pressures from the past four years are hitting them, said David Portalatin, food industry analyst and senior vice president at Circana.

"In 2024, inflation is the dominant narrative," he told MarketWatch. That's part of the reason lower-income families with kids are trimming their spending the most. When you need to feed a family of four, "there's a little sticker shock at the end of the meal," Portalatin said.

Update:

26% increase.

They just removed coffee from the Consumer Price Index, because the price of coffee was going up too fast.

Because no one drinks coffee.

Posted by: The ARC of History!

Posted by: Disinformation Expert Ace at 01:06 PM




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Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:06 PM (GBKbO)

2 Hola

Posted by: Thanatopsis at May 15, 2024 01:07 PM (8RNuU)

3 "Inflation is the creation of right wing misinformation at Fox News. Also, Biden fixed inflation with the Inflation Reduction Act. Also, inflation is just caused by corporate greed, just look at the corporate profits. Also, inflation isn't real. Also, egg prices dropped from their highs, so inflation is fixed (thanks Biden!). Also, don't people know that wage growth is higher than inflation? Also, I'm having trouble buying groceries, but it's nothing to do with inflation. Also, it's good that inflation is happening because people need to consume less for Gaia."
-DU, 97.59% probability

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:08 PM (GBKbO)

4 But I was assured the economy s booming...

Posted by: Huck Follywood at May 15, 2024 01:08 PM (DmvSJ)

5 I will miss you, Red Lobster. I will especially miss your Fisherman's Feast Platter, and how I would ask for all fried clam strips and you wouldn't judge me.

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Fasting: You're doing it wrong.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:08 PM (GBKbO)

6 finally

Posted by: Ciampino - Titbit #04 at May 15, 2024 01:08 PM (qfLjt)

7 McDonald's might be "laser-focused" on affordability, but how much room do the franchisees really have on prices? Corporate's gotta get its beak wet every month.

Posted by: Octochicken at May 15, 2024 01:09 PM (oCS0o)

8 Red Lobster went bankrupt because of endless Shrimp and Grits.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at May 15, 2024 01:09 PM (Q4IgG)

9 I'm trying to decide is I should cheer that the left leaning pissants at Walmart are starting to see sales drop off.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 15, 2024 01:09 PM (IU4H7)

10 The Conservative Case For Not Eating Out.

Posted by: The Bulwark! at May 15, 2024 01:09 PM (uxCna)

11 >>>4 But I was assured the economy s booming...

Inflation was at 63,000% under Trump.

Posted by: Biden's pals at the Hamas Ministry of Health at May 15, 2024 01:09 PM (KRtlO)

12 "Going out to dinner is increasingly something that only the wealthy do regularly."

That's for damn sure.

Posted by: gp Decays To Plage at May 15, 2024 01:10 PM (MvF+J)

13 Link to Wakky World cutting work force?

As if I didn't know it already ad they increasingly expect the day work force to stock the freight the missing overnight is supposed to do.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 15, 2024 01:11 PM (xrAlj)

14 So Rotating Fasting from Fast Food?

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 15, 2024 01:11 PM (xrAlj)

15 The Conservative Case For Not Eating Out.

Posted by: The Bulwark! at May 15, 2024 01:09 PM (uxCna)

Which explains nicely why Jonah has to hire someone else to do the eating out...

Posted by: Washington Nearsider at May 15, 2024 01:12 PM (/nCD+)

16 The satirical Israeli TV show, Eretz Nehederet, mocks the American campus protestors:

https://tinyurl.com/4eyx78sa

Posted by: The ARC of History! at May 15, 2024 01:12 PM (uxCna)

17 BEST ECONOMY EVER JACK AND/OR PAL

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Don't be too sad, Steve Buscemi donated his acting talent to elect Biden at May 15, 2024 01:12 PM (f6xX0)

18 Ever notice that Hollywood makes movies about the bad economy (and the financial industry's scandals) under Republican presidents but never makes a movie about people struggling economically under Democrat presidents.

Mr. Mom was all about layoffs and inflation. Released, when, like 1982?

Hollywood doesn't make that kind of movie for Obama or Biden.

Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:12 PM (KRtlO)

19 WHAT!??? All those rosy reports about the economy being strong and growing were a lie!?!?

I shan't believe it. I shan't.

Posted by: Formerly Virginian at May 15, 2024 01:12 PM (JMAcK)

20 I still haven't forgiven the Philly hipster bar and restaurant workers (that I know lucky me) and what they were saying about their customers and suburban people in general during COVID and after

so they can all go out of business

they hate me

Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:12 PM (s3qiR)

21 Lies!! All Bies! Fies!

Posted by: Joe Biden, on the third take at May 15, 2024 01:12 PM (PiwSw)

22 I would ask for all fried clam strips and you wouldn't judge me.


Call me.

Posted by: Stormy Daniels at May 15, 2024 01:12 PM (v0R5T)

23 I hope all the restaurants in Commiefornia close.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at May 15, 2024 01:13 PM (tA1+m)

24 The last time I was at a Red Lobster was probably over 12 years ago. It was expensive even then and the food was mediocre.

IMO all restaurants have gone downhill. The quality of the food isn't particularly bad... it's the prep and service that's killing the industry.

Belligerent wait-staff mostly.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at May 15, 2024 01:13 PM (Q4IgG)

25 We, your friends at Schooner Tuna, know that times are tough, so that's why we're cutting our tuna prices by 15 cents per can.

Posted by: Schooner Tuna at May 15, 2024 01:13 PM (KRtlO)

26 My Walmart is also redesigning the store and has considerably more open areas than before. They're definitely decreasing on-hand stock.

Posted by: chopsmath at May 15, 2024 01:13 PM (8ancT)

27 Re: Red Lobster

In 2023, the seafood chain's "Ultimate Endless Shrimp" deal became more popular than expected, inadvertently becoming a key factor in a $11 million loss in the third quarter.

The sad part of this is, this isn't the first time they mis-estimated promotional costs. I recall some several years ago, they fired a female VP for the very same thing.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at May 15, 2024 01:13 PM (/HDaX)

28 We have to vaccinate every human being on the planet, so this is the consequence. We have to fund every war on the planet, so this is the consequence.

Nothing to be done about it but buy gold and laugh at liberals finally getting what they deserve.

Posted by: Oschisms at May 15, 2024 01:13 PM (JQiMb)

29 McDs has to return to being consistent - doesn't have to be great, just acceptable but always pretty much the same no matter what store

if they can't do that - their central brand proposition - they're done.

Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:14 PM (s3qiR)

30 The usual suspects are out there, wanting to Biden to take “executive action” against what they claim is price gouging by grocery stores.

Their logic is that since monetary inflation rates have come down in their view, so indeed grocery store prices should come down.

That isn’t how this works. That isn’t how monetary inflation works. They also like to conflate higher prices, due to good old fashioned supply and demand - as “inflation”.

They are clamoring for price controls. Which don’t work, have never worked, and can’t be made to work. They do create shortages however. Scarcity. In the extreme, Famine and starvation.

But prices for food will (officially) be low. Just none for sale.

Posted by: Common Tater at May 15, 2024 01:14 PM (aPa7n)

31 What's for dinner? For an increasing number of Americans, especially households making less than $150,000 a year, the answer doesn't involve going to a restaurant. And when people do go out to eat, they are spending less money.

=======

That's like 95% of households.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at May 15, 2024 01:14 PM (2fIO4)

32 Insane NBC headline on inflation:

CPI report shows inflation easing in April, with consumer prices still rising 3.4 % from a year ago

I know they want to protect Biden, but even an idiot NBC person must realize the first and second clauses of that sentence do not fit together. They could have said the "rate of increase" eased, but, oh, it didn't. They could have said, "prospects for future inflation are brighter", but, oh, PPI says they aren't.

Oh well, said the NBC editor, just make something up.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at May 15, 2024 01:14 PM (uuLII)

33 Bidenflation hits EVERYWHERE.

My boss goes to a local gas station/convenience store where they used to offer $0.50 (including tax) fountain drinks when the Cardinals scored 6 runs in a baseball game.

Now, thanks to Bidenflation, the total cost is $0.63 including tax.

26% increase.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at May 15, 2024 01:14 PM (7fElN)

34 LOL.

I've seen that least one restaurant chain is hiring people in Costa Rica at $3/hr to take orders in their restaurants remotely using Zoom, rather than paying Americans $15-$20/hr.

Who could have predicted such a thing?

Posted by: The ARC of History! at May 15, 2024 01:14 PM (uxCna)

35 The economy is amazing and only the democrats can be entrusted to fix it!

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 01:14 PM (KbCG3)

36 I recall some several years ago, they fired a female VP for the very same thing.

--

It would be interesting to know who made this decision.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (f6xX0)

37 remember Biden turned the corner on inflation and now food and rent cost less than they did under trump.

My word as a blogger.

Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (KRtlO)

38 Pepe's Mexican Cafe in Bryan

...

Huh. I nearly drive by that place on my way to work every day. Did not know about it.

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (z/ifB)

39 I won't weep for the chains. They supported this, and were happy with the lockdowns.

I was always one to lean in a distributivist direction. The lockdowns made me a full bore Chestertonian. I buy ONLY from local mom and pop restaurants.

Posted by: Eeyore at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (1bNHn)

40 Red Lobster put off the inevitable with their biscuits and marketing their biscuit mix.

Anyway, the middle class is being destroyed by the ivy league pestilence which has infected all branches of government

How dare the middle class have access to a good meal at a decent price!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (tT6L1)

41 Walmart cutting workforce:
https://is.gd/bGEvTI

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (IU4H7)

42 And MA is testing out government run grocery stores and pantries. Does that make you comfortable?

Posted by: GOP sux at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (Zzbjj)

43 >>>LOL.
I've seen that least one restaurant chain is hiring people in Costa Rica at $3/hr to take orders in their restaurants remotely using Zoom, rather than paying Americans $15-$20/hr.
Who could have predicted such a thing?

Who could have foreseen this inevitable betrayal by the Devil Math?

Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (KRtlO)

44 remember Biden turned the corner on inflation and now food and rent cost less than they did under trump.

My word as a blogger.
Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (KRtlO)

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Shouldn't that be "my word as a disinformation expert?"

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:16 PM (tT6L1)

45 26% increase.

They just removed coffee from the Consumer Price Index, because the price of coffee was going up too fast.

Because no one drinks coffee.

Posted by: The ARC of History! at May 15, 2024 01:16 PM (uxCna)

46 Pretty soon the Junta will be announcing their newest Five Year Plan, and right before the election, chocolate rations will be raised from 10 grams/person to 7.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at May 15, 2024 01:16 PM (uuLII)

47 The Conservative Case For Not Eating Out.
Posted by: The Bulwark! at May 15, 2024 01:09 PM (uxCna)

how dare you ...

-- feminists everywhere...

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 15, 2024 01:16 PM (nXhwP)

48 I was always one to lean in a distributivist direction. The lockdowns made me a full bore Chestertonian. I buy ONLY from local mom and pop restaurants.


me too but specifically the non-woke ones (I have to be choosy). the ones that fought to stay open and not lock down. the ones that didn't mandate masking at all.

they're out there and I will not forget them. that's where we go.

Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:16 PM (s3qiR)

49 I've seen that least one restaurant chain is hiring people howler monkeys in Costa Rica at $3/hr to take orders in their restaurants remotely using Zoom, rather than paying Americans $15-$20/hr.

Posted by: wth at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (v0R5T)

50 "I just need you guys to know that if you want there to be a Pepe's you need to come buy a taco, I'm not kidding," Martin said.

How about voting for Trump, Marty? Or is that a bridge too far?

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing (aka Eloquent Depression) at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (Q0kLU)

51 McDs has to return to being consistent - doesn't have to be great, just acceptable but always pretty much the same no matter what store

--

It's comical how difficult this is for restaurant chains.

Hey guys (looking at you, Subway)? No one wants you to experiment or offer new and innovative pizza sandwiches served in salad bowls.

Have quality food that the customer can rely on being fresh and tasty each time. The end.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (f6xX0)

52 I thought it was called Red Robster?

Posted by: dantesed at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (pxBCC)

53 Liberty Mutual used to insure Red Lobster when I worked for them as a claims supervisor. Lots of false food poisoning claims mostly because people didn’t realize their intolerance /allergic reactions to seafood.

Posted by: polynikes at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (MNhXM)

54 Checking FB earlier today, and my cousin's dimwit wife posted a meme about how awful it is that all these corporations are for putting in these terrible self-service checkout aisles rather than hiring people.

Have people been this stupid always, and the last few years of panic have caused them to be exposed? Or are we breeding stupid through institutional dumbing-down?

Posted by: red speck at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (0Id0S)

55 Red Lobster has had that dying old restaurant chain stench around it for years. It's the K-Mart of restaurants.

Posted by: Biff Pocoroba at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (Dm8we)

56 I hope Silver Diner’s doing OK. I like that place.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (tA1+m)

57 Government couldn't make money running a brothel. Government running stores...sure, it'll work this time, it just wasn't done correctly the first time!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (tT6L1)

58 I loved Red Lobster as a kid.

The company was a Dead Man Walking even in a Trump economy. The company bounced from owner to owner over the last 10 years, taking on way too much debt and bad long-term leases. Shitty management.

What kills companies is not generally on the sales/income side. What kills companies is on the debt side. That seems to have happened here.

I think also what hurt RL is that customers' tastes moved toward Tex-Mex and steakhouse-type places. These kinds of places started popping up everywhere starting maybe 10-15 years ago.

Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (iFTx/)

59 The only thing that will stop this inflation is Volcker Shock, and today's Americans won't tolerate that strong medicine. I don't expect the election to make a c*nt-hairs difference on inflation, either.

Posted by: gp Decays To Plage at May 15, 2024 01:18 PM (MvF+J)

60 Trump's America.

/

Posted by: ShainS -- Blood-Bath-and-Beyond angel investor at May 15, 2024 01:18 PM (r3Yfj)

61 24 The last time I was at a Red Lobster was probably over 12 years ago. It was expensive even then and the food was mediocre.

IMO all restaurants have gone downhill. The quality of the food isn't particularly bad... it's the prep and service that's killing the industry.

Belligerent wait-staff mostly.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at May 15, 2024 01:13 PM (Q4IgG)

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You can tell that every big chain restaurant has gone through Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing in a misguided effort to reduce costs. For instance, Chili's and Applebee's have both gotten rid of baked potatoes in favor of "smashed potatoes".

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at May 15, 2024 01:18 PM (2fIO4)

62 I was always one to lean in a distributivist direction. The lockdowns made me a full bore Chestertonian. I buy ONLY from local mom and pop restaurants.
Posted by: Eeyore at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM (1bNHn)
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We do the same. Just small local restaurants that are family-run.

Posted by: bluebell - register for the NoVaMoMe! at May 15, 2024 01:18 PM (bS+DD)

63 I will miss you, Red Lobster. I will especially miss your Fisherman's Feast Platter, and how I would ask for all fried clam strips and you wouldn't judge me.

Fried Clam Strips is Joe Biden's pet name for Dr. Jill's snatch.

Posted by: Deep Fried Family Fuckin' at May 15, 2024 01:18 PM (Z2B9z)

64 Fast food chains are crazy expensive.
Just tried the new Popeye's that opened up in my area.
Got two sandwiches (no combo), $12.33.

A single combo meal was about $11.95.

And it was meh.
Decent sized chicken pieces though.

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (ufFY8)

65 I'm trying to decide is I should cheer that the left leaning pissants at Walmart are starting to see sales drop off.
Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 15, 2024 01:09 PM (IU4H7)

Wally world in AJ is my go-to groceries and sundries store, and only 7 blocks away. Here in Alberta, the closest one is 30 miles away, so I do my grocery shopping at the local small-town grocer.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (b6zMF)

66 Walmart be closin' stuff? Walmart be raciss!

Posted by: Martin Lootin King at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (wAWpE)

67 Trump/Biden Debate:

Trump: Hey moderators, are you going to mention Biden's high inflation.

Moderators: Dear viewers, we've cut off Trumps mic due to misinformation. Um, Inflation was at 9% when Biden entered office. There will be no more questions or mentions of inflation or the economy.

Posted by: WisRich at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (G0vdT)

68 Red Lobster is auctioning off its kitchen equipment here. As of yesterday, the high bid was $2600.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (woPEM)

69 OT but I highly recommend avoiding Baby Reindeer

Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (s3qiR)

70 A grown man can’t get a satisfying meal from a fast food joint for under $12.

Posted by: polynikes at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (MNhXM)

71 EAT ZEEE BUGZZZZ

Posted by: Inogame at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (53oGX)

72 They just removed coffee from the Consumer Price Index, because the price of coffee was going up too fast.

Because no one drinks coffee.
Posted by: The ARC of History!

Well, I don't drink coffee, but Orange juice prices are going through the roof. Just about doubled.
A 2 liter bottle of Coke was $1.99 a few years ago, now it is regularly $2.99.
Ground beef, $4.99 a lb.
Almost everything is up from 25% to 100% over the last few years. And really, it's not that correlated to fuel prices, as we all thought in 2021-22.

Posted by: A face in the crowd..... at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (vcOmj)

73 McDs has to return to being consistent - doesn't have to be great, just acceptable
Posted by: BlackOrchid

They have to keep the ice cream machine working in EVERY store during all hours they are open!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (IU4H7)

74 When previously prosperous, formerly middle class, Americans start shoplifting food, suddenly the NYT will start calling for more law enforcement and a crackdown on retail theft.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (uuLII)

75
I bought a pair of lobster tails today at Aldi's for $12.99. Why would I go out to a restaurant with my wife and pay over $120.00 for the same meal?

I like to cook. I like to eat. I'm cheap.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (RKVpM)

76
McDonald's is seemingly fighting to attract customers one deal at a time.
McDonald's has faced criticism as prices soared in recent years, resulting in less revenue from lower-income consumers and reduced foot traffic in stores. As a result, Chief Executive Officer Chris Kempczinski said in a late April first-quarter earnings call that McDonald's has to be "laser-focused on affordability."



$18 for three hash browns at a San Diego McDonald's won't keep that store open long.

Posted by: rickb223 at May 15, 2024 01:20 PM (SVQQi)

77 Government couldn't make money running a brothel. Government running stores...sure, it'll work this time, it just wasn't done correctly the first time!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (tT6L1)

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"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."

-- Milton Friedman

Posted by: ShainS -- Blood-Bath-and-Beyond angel investor at May 15, 2024 01:20 PM (r3Yfj)

78 I prefer the Pu Pu platter.

Posted by: President Old Man Balls at May 15, 2024 01:20 PM (v0R5T)

79 corporations resisted being greedy when trump was president so trump wouldn't look even worser, but now they're taking all they can to make biden look less than the really good that he is.

the end.

Posted by: gnats local 678 at May 15, 2024 01:20 PM (B1FKF)

80 Checking FB earlier today, and my cousin's dimwit wife posted a meme about how awful it is that all these corporations are for putting in these terrible self-service checkout aisles rather than hiring people.

Have people been this stupid always...

-

Everything came true that the people warning them was coming with the $15/hour "living wage" nonsense and it's like they never heard it in their lives.

Neat part? The minimum wage of $7.50 under Trump had almost exactly the same monetary value as the new $15/hour "living wage" that so many restaurants are paying. Nothing changed except people making $22/hour got a LOT poorer.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:20 PM (f6xX0)

81 48 I was always one to lean in a distributivist direction. The lockdowns made me a full bore Chestertonian. I buy ONLY from local mom and pop restaurants.


me too but specifically the non-woke ones (I have to be choosy). the ones that fought to stay open and not lock down. the ones that didn't mandate masking at all.

they're out there and I will not forget them. that's where we go.
Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:16 PM (s3qiR)
______
Where I live that's not really a problem. There was one woke coffee shop.

Was.

We moved in 2020. One of the reasons was that here, the "protests" consisted of two coeds looking embarrassed, while the local clergy held a prayer meeting.

It's almost like living in one of those idyllic communities you sometimes saw on Twilight Zone. Willoughby, IIRC.

Posted by: Eeyore at May 15, 2024 01:20 PM (1bNHn)

82 Axios:

Red Lobsters Are Closing, No One Cares, And You Shouldn't Either

Why it Doesn't Matter: Because it doesn't help us politically

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:20 PM (H3Mdk)

83 I will miss you, Red Lobster. I will especially miss your Fisherman's Feast Platter

Admiral's Feast for the win! Leastways if you're a fried foods maniac like me.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at May 15, 2024 01:20 PM (/HDaX)

84 At least 4 Red Lobsters in CO closed, including 2 right here in Fat City

Posted by: Don Black at May 15, 2024 01:20 PM (/7KEl)

85 There are > 500 Red Lobster locations nationwide. They're not dead yet.

Posted by: Art Deco at May 15, 2024 01:21 PM (SHrUD)

86 As long as the Waltons can afford to drive their Lambos and donate to democrats, everything is okay.

Posted by: huerfano at May 15, 2024 01:21 PM (VGOMa)

87 The only thing that will stop this inflation is Volcker Shock, and today's Americans won't tolerate that strong medicine. I don't expect the election to make a c*nt-hairs difference on inflation, either.
Posted by: gp Decays To Plage
____

Ultimately, the Fed can't really do anything if you're creating $1 trillion in debt every 100 days. Say you jacked up interest rates another 50%, it would

I sure as helldont see Trump doing a damn thing about our spending problem, has he said one word about austerity? If he does win (I'm still cynical) he will call for endless stimulus.

Posted by: Blago at May 15, 2024 01:21 PM (A9SyX)

88 A whole Publix Chicken Tender Sub is $10.89. That's got to be a better deal than most fast food places.

Posted by: mr tmz at May 15, 2024 01:21 PM (rJ48h)

89 Checking FB earlier today, and my cousin's dimwit wife posted a meme about how awful it is that all these corporations are for putting in these terrible self-service checkout aisles rather than hiring people.

Have people been this stupid always, and the last few years of panic have caused them to be exposed? Or are we breeding stupid through institutional dumbing-down?
Posted by: red speck at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (0Id0S)
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And let me guess - she also believes every single job, including bagboy at the local grocery store, should pay enough for someone to buy and house and raise a family.

Posted by: bluebell - register for the NoVaMoMe! at May 15, 2024 01:21 PM (bS+DD)

90 ...a challenging reimbursement environment...

*********

This is what we in the healthcare sector refer to as a "euphemism"...

There is no code for THAT.

Posted by: Muldoon at May 15, 2024 01:21 PM (991eG)

91 Chili's is also closing a number of locations

Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (CIS44)

92 They just removed coffee from the Consumer Price Index, because the price of coffee was going up too fast.

The price of a dollar has remained steady at one dollar. They really should trumpet that fact.

Posted by: t-bird at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (B46kE)

93 It's called "the Walmart" in some parts of the south.

Posted by: Biff Pocoroba at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (Dm8we)

94 Can you all stop complaining and think how this news impacts the people that matter......non binary POC with lesbian studies degrees.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (2CwH+)

95 I bought a pair of lobster tails today at Aldi's for $12.99. Why would I go out to a restaurant with my wife and pay over $120.00 for the same meal?

I like to cook. I like to eat. I'm cheap.
Posted by: Divide by Zero


I bought a whole Tenderloin at Sam's for $140. Sliced and vacuum packed 14 filets.
Also bought a 10 lb chub of 90/10 for $42 and got 9 vac packed pouches out of it.

Posted by: rickb223 at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (SVQQi)

96 Is it me, or was Red Lobster a really big deal in the 80's? It just seemed nobody went after that era anymore.

Posted by: Blago at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (A9SyX)

97 A grown man can’t get a satisfying meal from a fast food joint for under $12.
Posted by: polynikes

Occasionally I meet my wife for lunch at Jimmy Johns. And they are freaky fast.

Two subway sandwich combos, sub sandwich, drink and chips, is about $23-24 dollars for both of us. It wasn't that long ago it was about $16 for both of us. That's about a 50% price increase, the way I see it.

Posted by: A face in the crowd..... at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (vcOmj)

98 I’m more angry that they closed all the Long John Silvers close to me.

Posted by: polynikes at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (MNhXM)

99 Red Lobster is auctioning off its kitchen equipment here. As of yesterday, the high bid was $2600.
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist

As is. Some cleaning may be required.

Posted by: Your local Health Inspector at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (v0R5T)

100 Posted by: mr tmz at May 15, 2024 01:21 PM (rJ48h)

I usually get the rotisserie chicken.

Posted by: dantesed at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (pxBCC)

101 Red Lobster fried clam strips? You mean the brown breaded rubber bands?

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (VP9ao)

102 I gave up take out/drive thru food- too expensive, plus I don't trust the sanitation standards at various eateries. I've seen the employees.

Posted by: Don Black at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (/7KEl)

103 >>> I’m more angry that they closed all the Long John Silvers close to me.

Ew! Can you say, *blemish*?

Posted by: the kinda gay kid from Fast Times at Ridgemont High at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (KRtlO)

104 Have people been this stupid always

Yes.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (2CwH+)

105 Coffee?
Last time that was significant was the Civil War (1st Edition) when it was part of daily rations.

And Great War, WWII, Korea, 'Nam, GWOT...

No longer important.

Posted by: Itinerant Alley Butcher at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (6oezN)

106 >>>101 Red Lobster fried clam strips? You mean the brown breaded rubber bands?

It's White Trash Escargot. I love them so, and no one makes them any more.

Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (KRtlO)

107 Well, I don't drink coffee, but Orange juice prices are going through the roof. Just about doubled.
A 2 liter bottle of Coke was $1.99 a few years ago, now it is regularly $2.99.
Ground beef, $4.99 a lb.
Almost everything is up from 25% to 100% over the last few years. And really, it's not that correlated to fuel prices, as we all thought in 2021-22.
Posted by: A face in the crowd....

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I buy groceries exclusively for our family.

Food prices have doubled since Trump was removed from office. That's not an approximation. Food prices have doubled.

IIRC it costs $11,000/year more to simply exist the way a family existed in 2021.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (f6xX0)

108 Let me just say, that this has not been a great couple of months to lose one's kitchen to a renovation project because Dolley didn't like the color of the old one.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:24 PM (GBKbO)

109 My wife and I go out because we don't want to cook. If we get a superior meal than what we can make at home, we're surprised.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:24 PM (tT6L1)

110 Inflation? Let me tell you about inflation...

[pumps furiously]

Posted by: "Elliot" Page's Grafted Tube-shaped Leg Flesh Pantomime Penis at May 15, 2024 01:24 PM (Zz86T)

111 Chili's is also closing a number of locations
Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (CIS44)

They have a great hamburger deal right now.

Burger and two sides for 10.99.

Posted by: polynikes at May 15, 2024 01:24 PM (MNhXM)

112 And MA is testing out government run grocery stores and pantries. Does that make you comfortable?
Posted by: GOP sux at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM


Comfortable about my decision to move to NH. When I can find a house I can afford....

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:24 PM (FAGAJ)

113 “Tall Paul” Volcker?

Not a chance. 15 or 20 years ago I crunched the numbers very roughly back of the envelope style, historical interest rates would be

TILT GAME OVER

In the 90s much of government long term held debt was converted into shorter term debt. The whole shootin’ match rolls over about every 4 years or so. All of it.

They can save the dollar, or they can save the markets. They can’t save both.

Posted by: Common Tater at May 15, 2024 01:25 PM (aPa7n)

114 Have people been this stupid always, and the last few years of panic have caused them to be exposed? Or are we breeding stupid through institutional dumbing-down?
Posted by: red speck at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (0Id0S)


We didn't grow our massive federal government since Biden was elected. People have a feeling... it's usually a stupid feeling with no thought behind it but it's still a feeling. And they want Daddy Government to make it all better. No effort on their part - other than voting for the party which promises to crush freedom the most - just fix it daddy.

Two years later, all that is now baked into the cake and these people have had a new feeling... rinse, repeat.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:25 PM (U7wke)

115 Going out to dinner is increasingly something that only the wealthy do regularly.

Pre-Covid, I ate out and ordered in quite a bit. Being put on home arrest for two-plus years changed that bigly. It's not just the breaking of a habit, it's the still white-hot rage at how all my neighbors and businesses were delighted to cooperate in my imprisonment. So when I hear about restaurant and bars going out of business, I hear the world's smallest violin playing "Die MF Die." That's probably very counterproductive, but ai can't seem to stop being angry.

Posted by: On a scale of 1-10, the anger is a solid 7,648 at May 15, 2024 01:25 PM (Z2B9z)

116 There are > 500 Red Lobster locations nationwide. They're not dead yet.
Posted by: Art Deco at May 15, 2024 01:21 PM (SHrUD)


Looks, notes financial version of Cheyne-Stokes breathing.

It won't be long.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at May 15, 2024 01:25 PM (/HDaX)

117 When I was working, there were all kinds of occasions where there was food or donuts or pizza- I never partook. Someone asked me my once- I told them 'I've seen how many people use the rest room without washing their hands'

Posted by: Don Black at May 15, 2024 01:25 PM (/7KEl)

118 Why all these chain restaurants exploded in the past 20 years or so has always been a mystery to me. Their prices are high, their food is mediocre at best (with some exceptions), and the whole experience is so generic and scripted you might as well be eating at Disney World.

The smaller local places are almost universally better, cheaper, and an overall better experience. Yet the big chains smashed the smaller local places and took over the market. Are people that gullible and susceptible to heavy advertisement?

Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 01:25 PM (iFTx/)

119 As long as the Waltons can afford to drive their Lambos and donate to democrats, everything is okay.
Posted by: huerfano

The article says they are riffing white color and closing business centers, consolidating more people in 'hubs'.
You can keep your job if you move to Arkansas seems to be a perfect means to hire new workers for less money.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 15, 2024 01:25 PM (IU4H7)

120 Government couldn't make money running a brothel.

Funny you should mention that.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:25 PM (U7wke)

121 It's White Trash Escargot. I love them so, and no one makes them any more.


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I think chain seafood places like Cap'n Ds served them, but I havent been in years.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:26 PM (f6xX0)

122 Jobs cut 50%.
Biden economy so awesome nobody need be DINK anymore.

Posted by: Itinerant Alley Butcher at May 15, 2024 01:26 PM (6oezN)

123 101 Red Lobster fried clam strips? You mean the brown breaded rubber bands?

It's White Trash Escargot. I love them so, and no one makes them any more.
Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (KRtlO)

...

I miss Howard Johnsons. Always got the clam strips as a kid.

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:26 PM (z/ifB)

124 It's White Trash Escargot. I love them so, and no one makes them any more.
Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (KRtlO)


Sea-Pak makes a reasonably decent version, particularly if you cook them just a bit more crisp than the package recommends.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at May 15, 2024 01:26 PM (/HDaX)

125 They just removed coffee from the Consumer Price Index, because the price of coffee was going up too fast.

Because no one drinks coffee.


Spirulina is better for you anyways. It is made with real spirulina!

Posted by: Kindltot at May 15, 2024 01:26 PM (D7oie)

126 71 EAT ZEEE BUGZZZZ
Posted by: Inogame at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (53oGX)

Yep. We lost. Game over. It was clear on the day Johnson caved on the border and took the money. Anyone here would have felt ashamed, may be even quit in disgrace, but he pretends he's true blue and runs his mouth incessantly. A slutty spokeswhore for the reset.

Posted by: GOP sux at May 15, 2024 01:26 PM (Zzbjj)

127 OT but I highly recommend avoiding Baby Reindeer
Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (s3qiR)

mrs has watched that. what's wrong with it?

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 15, 2024 01:27 PM (nXhwP)

128 Yet the big chains smashed the smaller local places and took over the market. Are people that gullible and susceptible to heavy advertisement?
Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 01:25 PM (iFTx/)

...

I mean, I don't think the advertisement has to be all that heavy.

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:27 PM (z/ifB)

129
Going out to dinner is increasingly something that only the wealthy do regularly.

The way it used to be when I was a kid 60+ years ago.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at May 15, 2024 01:27 PM (63Dwl)

130 "Walmart announces significant job cuts and relocation demands amidst escalating operating costs, signaling a strategic retreat from ambitious healthcare ventures and remote work flexibility. "


Holy shit that is the most 2024 thing ever said.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 01:27 PM (fV+MH)

131 I take my dad and 3 sons to IHOP once a month for breakfast and it has gone up over $20 from fall of 2022 to yesterday. Insanity!

Posted by: Mishdog at May 15, 2024 01:27 PM (O/mp/)

132 What’s interesting, auction ends on a Thursday- you get ALL of the stuff, and it ALL has to be bye-bye on Friday COB.

No help, no palletization. Could be a good deal. Or … not.

Posted by: Common Tater at May 15, 2024 01:27 PM (aPa7n)

133 Dining out used to feel fun and romantic. Now we do it like once a year. I miss it but I more miss the time. Prices have gone up along with quality going down so it's an easy proposition. I don't miss having slobbering snitching drooling people cooking and bringing me my food.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:27 PM (H3Mdk)

134 Seafood is a tough market. We never had it on our stock menu but always had it a on of our specials.
Wholesalers always had a bargain buy for us.

Posted by: Redenzo at May 15, 2024 01:28 PM (h2mlA)

135 So when I hear about restaurant and bars going out of business, I hear the world's smallest violin playing "Die MF Die." That's probably very counterproductive, but ai can't seem to stop being angry.

lol yep! me too

it cheers me up honestly

people were eating out like every day it was/is this massive bubble, too

Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:28 PM (s3qiR)

136 Actual clam strips? I thought it was a euphemism...

Posted by: steevy at May 15, 2024 01:28 PM (FQmDC)

137 Publius' mama wanted to go to Red Lobster for Mother's Day. The place was swamped* and there was a 50 minute wait, so we went to a cafeteria down the road. She and her husband used to go there all the time (apparently cafeterias were all the rage back in the day). It wasn't bad (but I'm not really into the cafeteria experience). I have to say that the ladies coming around to check on us and refill tea etc were really on the ball, which made it somewhat less of a cafeteria experience.

This particular Red Lobster will not be closing. We'll go on a week day when there aren't crowds. I can't imagine that the service would be great when the place is packed to the point of not being able to get a parking place.

*I think Red Lobster on Mother's Day is a black thing because it seemed like most everyone there was black. Interesting.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 15, 2024 01:28 PM (w6EFb)

138
BREAKING: BRIDGE COLLAPSE - BARGE STRIKES PELICAN ISLAND BRIDGE IN TEXAS

https://tinyurl.com/6rf8d8k5

Posted by: Ciampino - Titbit #05 at May 15, 2024 01:28 PM (qfLjt)

139 You Mooks have plenty of money to spend. Stop your bitchin' or I'll take the strap to the lot of ya...

*glares over aviators*

Posted by: Truck Monkey Report at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (ZV+pB)

140 The liquidator, TAGeX Brands, announced Monday it is auctioning off equipment this week from 48 locations that have closed. The website says auctions are live and will end periodically on Thursday, and that each winner will receive the "entire contents of the Red Lobster location they bid on."
++++
The discounts are probably going to be insane.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (d04cU)

141 I used to go out to lunch pretty much every day. Then I tried OMAD (dinner only), but that didn't work so well. Now I'm bringing a small snack box with 3-4 items every day to carry me through until dinner. I figure it'll save me at least $200/month, and maybe shave off a few pounds (unlike an ewok, who can shave off a few pounds by going to the groomer).

Posted by: PabloD at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (VWZjt)

142 Mr. Mom was all about layoffs and inflation. Released, when, like 1982?

Hollywood doesn't make that kind of movie for Obama or Biden.
Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:12 PM (KRtlO)


The Wall Street Journal Opinion Page had a "Homelessness Rediscovery Watch" section when a Republican got elected.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (PiwSw)

143 It's White Trash Escargot. I love them so, and no one makes them any more.
Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (KRtlO)

I keep ordering them thinking at some point they'll change and get better. Eternal optimist.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (VP9ao)

144 My boss goes to a local gas station/convenience store where they used to offer $0.50 (including tax) fountain drinks when the Cardinals scored 6 runs in a baseball game.

Now, thanks to Bidenflation, the total cost is $0.63 including tax.

26% increase.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel


And the Cardinals now have to score 8 runs because inflation.

Posted by: Not trying to be mean but... at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (BY8dN)

145 The only thing that will stop this inflation is Volcker Shock, and today's Americans won't tolerate that strong medicine. I don't expect the election to make a c*nt-hairs difference on inflation, either.
Posted by: gp Decays To Plage
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The only thing that will stop this inflation is a reduction in the money supply.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (NmlmT)

146 mrs has watched that. what's wrong with it?


to me it is just painfully woke

also just painful in general

also ugly and stupid

I guess it maybe depicts actual life for older Gen Z and younger Millies? which is just indescribably sad.

Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (s3qiR)

147 Seafood is probably the most difficult food item to mass market, due to spoilage.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (lTGtQ)

148 Going out to dinner is increasingly something that only the wealthy do regularly.
_____________

I think the wealthy are cutting back too, not because of the cost, but because they're just sick and tired of the eating-out experience. Covid shut all the restaurants down and people changed their eating habits.

Plus, when the restaurants reopened, they instituted all kinds of stupid new protocols -- electronic menus, not keeping condiments on the tables, too many idiots in masks still -- that annoyed diners. A lot of affluent people said "no thanks." What's what I did.

The nature of dating also changed. I'll bet before covid a very significant portion of restaurant income was people on dates. Covid changed that. Dates are much more likely to take place at one of the daters houses or not involve food at all.

Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (iFTx/)

149 A boat charter captain in South Florida told me lobsters are the cockroaches of the ocean.

Posted by: Jack Squat Bupkis at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (GD2xa)

150 OT but I highly recommend avoiding Baby Reindeer
Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (s3qiR)

If it's on Netflix I'm way ahead of you though I think Apple may be worse.

Wifey wanted to watch the movie with the British women catting on each other and omg it had every anti-male cliche every 30 seconds. It was pathetic. But I did learn that Christians are holier than thou, racist, unfeeling and evil so it had that going for it.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (H3Mdk)

151 I bought a pair of lobster tails today at Aldi's for $12.99. Why would I go out to a restaurant with my wife and pay over $120.00 for the same meal?

I like to cook. I like to eat. I'm cheap.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM


^^^ This is why I almost never go out to eat. I like to cook, and I'm good at it. Ingredients are cheaper.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (FAGAJ)

152 Why all these chain restaurants exploded in the past 20 years or so has always been a mystery to me. Their prices are high, their food is mediocre at best (with some exceptions), and the whole experience is so generic and scripted you might as well be eating at Disney World.

-

Stronk and Empowered Women don't cook, and most local joints don't have drive-thru windows to grab food to and from soccer practice.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (f6xX0)

153 At my advanced age a poor physical condition I can easily carry $150 dollars worth of groceries to the car.

Those were not the gainz I was looking for.

Posted by: Just Lily at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (jDls7)

154 112 And MA is testing out government run grocery stores and pantries. Does that make you comfortable?
Posted by: GOP sux at May 15, 2024 01:15 PM

Comfortable about my decision to move to NH. When I can find a house I can afford....
Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:24 PM (FAGAJ)

Good luck. Seacoast NH (where I live) has sky high prices. Brand new home on a 0.5 acre lot up the street from me is $975k+ If I could pull of a WFH gig, I'd move way up north where I can get more land for my money.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (N39Ws)

155 Update:

26% increase.
They just removed coffee from the Consumer Price Index, because the price of coffee was going up too fast.

Because no one drinks coffee.

Posted by: The ARC of History!


"Everyone is saving money by not eating breakfast." -- XiNN

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (llON8)

156 You guys probably discussed this already in the news thread but a DC court just sentenced an anti abortion protestor who planned a protest chaining protestors to an abortion clinic entrance to five years in prison.

Meanwhile anti Israel protestors are destroying property and assaulting people. Guilty as sin and free as a bird.

Posted by: polynikes at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (MNhXM)

157 Sad to see so many restaurants going out of business. As far as Walmart goes, they can go f*ck themselves.

Posted by: Maj. Healey at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (aFNOf)

158 Spirulina isn't so bad once you get used to it.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (fV+MH)

159 I really like the reasons they keep removing items from the calculations of inflation:

It's too volatile!

Yeah, that's exactly what inflation is, volatility.

Just a little technicality, not like it's the whole point of measuring inflation.

Our measure of inflation now is "the measure of price increase on items that don't increase in price."
And even that is STILL going up.

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (DScAO)

160 It's White Trash Escargot. I love them so, and no one makes them any more.
Posted by: ace



It is the seafood equivalent to fried gizzards, which are also increasingly hard to find.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (lTGtQ)

161 Experts say Americans are now spending over $70 billion monthly on dining out instead of sticking to the traditional routine of eating at home. While this highlights a flourishing restaurant industry, local mom-and-pop shops are grappling with economic challenges, dealing with problems like inflation and road construction.
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That's curious. The proportion of the food budget spent at restaurants had been growing for years. Is it still growing, or is it retrenching? The "traditional routine of eating at home" had been declining for some time, especially for single people.

This isn't computing. What the heck does this actually mean? Is the share of the food budget spent on dining out growing or shrinking, and since when as a baseline?

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (d04cU)

162 155 "Everyone is saving money by not eating breakfast." -- XiNN
Posted by: Helena Handbasket at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (llON

=======

"Everyone is saving money by us measuring different stuff."
-the government

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (GBKbO)

163 Corporate mandated $5 meal deal loss leaders fvck independent franchises.
There will be more bankruptcies.

But I will take the meal deal, thank you.

Posted by: Itinerant Alley Butcher at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (6oezN)

164 Walmart is adopting Sears business plan. Less and crappier merchandise in the store - more trinkets. Also their online shopping experiance is sub par. - They should model from YouGuessedIt and also force their non-Walmart sellers the same return at store policy as Walmart merchandise. They are slitting their own throat.

Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (lCWOD)

165 "What's for dinner? For an increasing number of Americans, especially households making less than $150,000 a year, the answer doesn't involve going to a restaurant. And when people do go out to eat, they are spending less money."

True - pre-Biden and pre-Covid, I'd try to get the kids out to eat for a sit-down restaurant for lunch 1x/week. Now, it's 2x/month, and one might be fast casual (so no tip).

It's a life skill to be able to behave and understand a sit down dining experience. It's one that only the wealthy's kids will understand and be able to execute.

Posted by: Nova Local at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (exHjb)

166 FIRST!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (Zz0t1)

167 Mu hometown lost a Red Lobster, as well as a large grocery store chain.

Everyone is mystified, at least officially. “Didn’t meet financial expectations for the last several years”

That means shoplifters or employee theft. The mayor wants to do this and that, but she doesn’t seem to understand why this is happening.

Because nobody is allowed to talk about it.

Posted by: Common Tater at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (aPa7n)

168 Why would there be any articles about unhappy people under Biden. Everyone is happy! Everything is good! Dear Leader made 18 holes in one while being the reincarnation of Dirty Harry!

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (H3Mdk)

169 Fasting: You're doing it wrong.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:08 PM (GBKbO)

...

Food poisoning >> fasting

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (z/ifB)

170 " Sad to see so many restaurants going out of business. As far as Walmart goes, they can go f*ck themselves."


No one in the history of the world would miss Walmart.

Even Walmart shoppers.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (fV+MH)

171 Umm, update on the 'coffee being removed' story:

twitter.com/KobeissiLetter/status/1790531189637251081

Posted by: geewhiz at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (65K9+)

172 169 Fasting: You're doing it wrong.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:08 PM (GBKbO)

...

Food poisoning >> fasting
Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (z/ifB)

======

Fight milk!

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (GBKbO)

173 "The only thing that will stop this inflation is a reduction in the money supply."

Let's take a look.
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M1SL
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M2SL

Posted by: gp Decays To Plage at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (MvF+J)

174 2 weeks until I unass Fettermonster Land.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory, red heifer owner at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (CFoZl)

175 Red Lobster fried clam strips? You mean the brown breaded rubber bands?

It's White Trash Escargot. I love them so, and no one makes them any more.
Posted by: ace at May 15, 2024 01:23 PM (KRtlO)

...

I miss Howard Johnsons. Always got the clam strips as a kid.
Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:26 PM (z/ifB)
______

Arthur Treacher's. They made pretty damn good imitations of true Brit fish & chips. Which is not easy to do, considering how often restaurants screw it up.

Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (iFTx/)

176 McDonald's has faced criticism as prices soared in recent years, resulting in less revenue from lower-income consumers and reduced foot traffic in stores. As a result, Chief Executive Officer Chris Kempczinski said in a late April first-quarter earnings call that McDonald's has to be "laser-focused on affordability."
++++
Even before I quit fast food, I was having a hard time convincing myself to swallow the price of it. I could go to Waffle House and spend literally one dollar more on a real breakfast.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (d04cU)

177 Look, fat. I'm tired of calling you fat, so you need to not be so fat. My economy causes you to eat less, therefore you lose weight. I'm helping, fat. I'm making you not fat.

Winning. Now, Corn Pop was a bad dude, dogface. Pony soldier up!!!

Posted by: Joe Biden at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (Zz0t1)

178 151 I bought a pair of lobster tails today at Aldi's for $12.99. Why would I go out to a restaurant with my wife and pay over $120.00 for the same meal?

I like to cook. I like to eat. I'm cheap.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM

^^^ This is why I almost never go out to eat. I like to cook, and I'm good at it. Ingredients are cheaper.
Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (FAGAJ)

But sometimes, you just want a break...or don't want to do the cleaning involved after!

Posted by: Nova Local at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (exHjb)

179 Going out to dinner is increasingly something that only the wealthy do regularly.

The way it used to be when I was a kid 60+ years ago.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr.

We go out to dinner in about 4-5 places.
1) Cracker Barrel, food is usually pretty good and not expensive
2) 2 local chinese restaurants that are usually about $10-15 per entree for us, unless I get a beer.
3) Go out to get a pizza, or carry out. Depending on size, $15-20 for it. Feeds two people.
4) Ocassionally go to Longhorn Steakhouse, which is about $30-35 apiece for us, depending on what steak we order. Steaks there used to be very reasonable, but now are at least 50% more expensive than they were just a few years ago.

Posted by: A face in the crowd..... at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (vcOmj)

180 141 What is OMAD?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (tA1+m)

181 A boat charter captain in South Florida told me lobsters are the cockroaches of the ocean.

Posted by: Jack Squat Bupkis



More like the buzzards. The indians saw the pilgrims happily pulling up lobsters and said:

"What are you doing? Don't you know what those things eat"

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:33 PM (lTGtQ)

182 They should revert McDonald's restaurants back to their iconic design, rather than the sterility clinic vibes they have now.

Posted by: Citizen Cake at May 15, 2024 01:33 PM (CwhoI)

183 When I was young I thought Red Lobster was a fancy place to eat. Then I worked part-time as a server in one in the late teens to supplement our income at the time.

I don't go to Red Lobsters anymore. I was so disgusted by the things I witnessed. Servers cussing and reaching under their shirts and wiping off their boob sweat with their bare hands and then returning to the floor without washing; employees who were always late (or absent), and really, really high; a gay old manager who made sure twincks got all the best shifts/stations; and I won't even talk about the dishwashing area - that was enough to make me wanna puke. Had to throw all the "shrimp shoes" away after working there (although my cats LOVED them). Oh, and the women who would come in for endless shrimp, eat one or two with each reorder and stuff the rest in their purses when the waitress wasn't looking, and then order more.

Good riddance.

Posted by: Lady Who Always Has a Burning Question at May 15, 2024 01:33 PM (JCLJi)

184 I've never been in a Red Lobster or even thought about being in one.

Apropos of nothing.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 01:33 PM (fV+MH)

185 Arthur Treacher's. They made pretty damn good imitations of true Brit fish & chips. Which is not easy to do, considering how often restaurants screw it up.
Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (iFTx/)

Used to go to the one on Union Turnpike near St John's University.

Posted by: GOP sux at May 15, 2024 01:33 PM (Zzbjj)

186 New Assassin's Creed game.

Set in Japan.

Main characters are girl and black guy. Well, at least they got the Japanese girl part, right? I mean...she looks half-Japanese half-white, to me.

I hope it sells real well in Japan.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (GBKbO)

187 Headed back out to Island Park, RI over the July 4th holiday for fried clam bellies. It doesn't get any better than that.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (VP9ao)

188 OMAD = One Meal A Day. Black coffee, tea, and water the rest of the day.

Posted by: PabloD at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (VWZjt)

189 Best thing we ever did was finally cave in and get a dishwasher. Cooking and baking is so much easier, and the kitchen is always clean instead of always looking like a bomb hit it.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (H3Mdk)

190 I bought a pair of lobster tails today at Aldi's for $12.99. Why would I go out to a restaurant with my wife and pay over $120.00 for the same meal?

I like to cook. I like to eat. I'm cheap.
Posted by: Divide by Zero at May 15, 2024 01:19 PM (RKVpM)

how are those? I've seen them, but i'm picky on Lobster from working at Morton's. I learned how we did it there so i do like to use whole live lobster.

but those cost so much now i'm checking out those tails.

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (nXhwP)

191 I hate lobster. There, I said it. Call me a philistine, I don't care.

Bugs of the sea.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (dGCAG)

192 181 More like the buzzards. The indians saw the pilgrims happily pulling up lobsters and said:

"What are you doing? Don't you know what those things eat"
Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:33 PM (lTGtQ)

========

Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy motherfucker.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (GBKbO)

193 Have people been this stupid always, and the last few years of panic have caused them to be exposed? Or are we breeding stupid through institutional dumbing-down?
Posted by: red speck at May 15, 2024 01:17 PM (0Id0S)


I didn't understand "dead weight loss" until I listened to Jeremy Kauffman talk about why he did not emphasize economic thinking during his Congressional run, and used it as an example.
I am not unaware of economics theory, though a lot of people think I am a heretic on it.

People glaze over when you discuss politics because it has been made so incomprehensible with special rule and theoretical models that only explain themselves. It has become a science dedicated to affirming its own models which were created to support governmental meddling.

Posted by: Kindltot at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (D7oie)

194 Trump needs one debate condition: hold it inside a Faraday cage so Biden's wireless earpiece won't work.

Posted by: JM in Ill -- Behold the Manchurian Candidate at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (7zeNr)

195 Dear Lord. Why does Microsoft have a picture of a fox with a pedo smile looking out from my lock screen??!!

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (H3Mdk)

196 I don't like McDonalds. They have received no business from me since I worked for them in college. Shit job. I'd rather dig ditches. Had a midget (yes a real one) for a manager. I used to dream about kicking his short fat ass down the stairs into the basement.

Posted by: Xipe Totec at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (pohLc)

197 Did the restaurant segment ever recover from COVID? Shutting that down, making people eat in tents (I mean really, nothing protects your from a virus more than closing it into a small space), the silly mask while you walk to your table then take it off thing, etc. made many people realize they can cook at home. Add in the cost and you really don’t want to go out often.

Posted by: Piper at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (GMx4K)

198 "Arthur Treacher's." They were very good. Back in the mid-70s.

Posted by: gp Decays To Plage at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (MvF+J)

199 I save on eating out by not eating. I drink my dinner and desert.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (Zz0t1)

200 I'm no Nobel Prize winner in economics but I'm pretty sure even Enron accounting included all expenses.

Who knew that not counting the most expensive items means your economic situation is Biden-rific!

Wait.
That's not funny, that's what we're doing ....

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (DScAO)

201 >>>I was so disgusted by the things I witnessed. Servers cussing and reaching under their shirts and wiping off their boob sweat with their bare hands and then returning to the floor without washing; employees...

Wait, wait - HOLLUP.

Posted by: Citizen Cake at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (CwhoI)

202 Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy motherfucker.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (GBKbO)

-Mace Windu

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (H3Mdk)

203 BREAKING: BRIDGE COLLAPSE - BARGE STRIKES PELICAN ISLAND BRIDGE IN TEXAS

https://tinyurl.com/6rf8d8k5
Posted by: Ciampino - Titbit #05 at May 15, 2024 01:28 PM (qfLjt)


Sure do seem to be a lot of bridge collisions, or near misses, in the news lately.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (U7wke)

204 200 I'm no Nobel Prize winner in economics but I'm pretty sure even Enron accounting included all expenses.

Who knew that not counting the most expensive items means your economic situation is Biden-rific!

Wait.
That's not funny, that's what we're doing ....
Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (DScAO)

=======

Clarifications shows BLS is still including coffee, just eliminating some sizes, or something. It'll be in the calculations tomorrow.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (GBKbO)

205 https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M2SL
Posted by: gp Decays To Plage at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (MvF+J)
===============
Yes, and choose the 5 Year M2 chart get the full dramatic effect. Biden Built This.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (NmlmT)

206 What's for dinner? For an increasing number of Americans, especially households making less than $150,000 a year, the answer doesn't involve going to a restaurant. And when people do go out to eat, they are spending less money.
++++
$150k is a lot of money. Real median household income is half that. Per the Census Bureau, 21.1 million households make $150k+, out of a total 131.4 million households. 16.1% of all households cannot carry an industry that big.

So the industry will shrink, and most of the survivors (or successful newcomers) will be higher-end or extremely low-end. Goodbye middle.

If your industry depends on the middle class, you're probably not going to do well for the foreseeable future. Your market is dying off, killed by the state.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (d04cU)

207 Have you ever been to a clam strip club?


They'll shuck their clothes if you shell out $20.

Posted by: Muldoon at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (991eG)

208 194 Trump needs one debate condition: hold it inside a Faraday cage so Biden's wireless earpiece won't work.
Posted by: JM in Ill -- Behold the Manchurian Candidate at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (7zeNr)


Better: Midway through the debate, rickroll it.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (PiwSw)

209 202 Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy motherfucker.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (GBKbO)

-Mace Windu
Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (H3Mdk)

========

WAY too interesting and emotive for Mace Windu.

(I got it, though.)

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (GBKbO)

210 >>It's White Trash Escargot. I love them so, and no one makes them any more.

In the magical land of Rhode Island you can't swing a dead lobster without hitting a clam strip.

No place better than Flo's.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (LkLld)

211 hahahaha

we already know the data from this dot gov link:

https://tinyurl.com/2cjbkw4m

But the search

why are women no longer cooking at home

yields zero results on Brave.

Thanks for protecting us from wrongthink, guys!

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (f6xX0)

212 And the Cardinals now have to score 8 runs because inflation.


And this rarely happens. In fact, the only thing inflation hasn't touched is the Cardinals batting average, OPS and runs scored.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (2CwH+)

213 191 I hate lobster. There, I said it. Call me a philistine, I don't care.

Bugs of the sea.
Posted by: BurtTC at May 15,

I feel this way about shrimp, grossaroo.

Posted by: Piper at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (GMx4K)

214 Our town's signature restaurant, located on the highway, closed in December. It had changed hands a few times in the past decade, but people kept coming, especially since it had a decent large-group room. Freddy's, a chain that does burgers and ice cream (similar to what the restaurant offered), was supposed to take its place. Well, the building was bulldozed last week and a "commercial lot for sale" sign went up, so the deal must've fallen through.

Yay Bidenomics!

Posted by: pookysgirl, paying attention to real estate at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (dtlDP)

215 I'm not great at math, but $70 billion monthly? Every man, woman and child in America is spending nearly $200 a month on dining out?

That doesn't sound right.

Posted by: Grudge Harbor at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (hCzfy)

216 I was so disgusted by the things I witnessed. Servers cussing and reaching under their shirts and wiping off their boob sweat with their bare hands and then returning to the floor without washing;
---------

Awful. Just awful.

What restaurant was this and what is the address and also can I have the directions to make sure I never go there by accident.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (H3Mdk)

217 New smokehouse opened up by us recently. Wife and I were excited to try it.

Our excitement was immediately drained when we found out you had to order everything through your phone using a QR code at the table.

They said it cuts out the middle man and sends the order directly to the kitchen, making it faster.

It wasn't. But it did take a lot longer to order, so that was fun.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (KbCG3)

218 I hate lobster. There, I said it. Call me a philistine, I don't care.

Bugs of the sea.
Posted by: BurtTC


Jim Gaffigan, is that you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjFf_uccGdQ

Posted by: A face in the crowd..... at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (vcOmj)

219 Sure do seem to be a lot of bridge collisions, or near misses, in the news lately.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:35 PM (U7wke)

Burning food processing plants, chicken farms, too. It's like the destruction is totally planned. Sort of like Mayorkas' open border decree.

Posted by: GOP sux at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (Zzbjj)

220 and that each winner will receive the "entire contents of the Red Lobster location they bid on."

...

You're going to want to set that walk in freezer that's been turned off for a week on fire.

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (z/ifB)

221 The nature of dating also changed. I'll bet before covid a very significant portion of restaurant income was people on dates. Covid changed that. Dates are much more likely to take place at one of the daters houses or not involve food at all.
Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (iFTx/)


Chad doesn't have to shell out the cash for the pussy, so he doesn't.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (U7wke)

222 I've noticed some national chains, in their adverts will offer a price for something or other, and then in the slightly smaller print they say "prices higher in California."

Can't Biden issue a decree that forces Californica to lower its prices on burgers and pizzas?

For the children?

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (dGCAG)

223 Gotta think out of the box and synergize if you want to save this restaurant. BWAB Consulting's proposal:

Led Zeppelin / Red Lobster mash-up. That's right: Led Robster, where you can eat whatever Robert Plant pulled up in his nets that day while listening to Dazed and Confused turned up to 11.

Back-up proposal: Turn it i to a Soviet kitsch restaurant, where no matter what you order, you get indeterminate bottom-feeder; the restrooms have no toilet paper, and a random member of your party gets taken to the kitchen to be interrogated, and maybe sent to a gulag.

Posted by: Ideas This Good Should Not Be Free at May 15, 2024 01:37 PM (Z2B9z)

224 I hate lobster. There, I said it. Call me a philistine, I don't care.

Bugs of the sea.
Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (dGCAG)


I'll have yours then. And Piper's shrimp, too.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at May 15, 2024 01:38 PM (/HDaX)

225 For those in NoVa, if you need great lunch deals, I'd recommend...

Eastwind - Vietnamese (7 days/week)
Curry House - Indian/Nepalese (7 days/week)
Yama Chen - Japanese/Sushi (5 days/week)

My Chinese place, Duk Wo, closed b/c of the economy (it didn't have lunch deals, but had great prices). These are about where we go - all local or local chains (aka, under 20 outlets, almost all in VA)...

Posted by: Nova Local at May 15, 2024 01:38 PM (exHjb)

226 Shutting that down, making people eat in tents (I mean really, nothing protects your from a virus more than closing it into a small space), the silly mask while you walk to your table then take it off thing, etc. made many people realize they can cook at home. Add in the cost and you really don’t want to go out often.

Posted by: Piper


The business continuation loans handed out money like candy so that employees would not be laid off. Probably 50% fraud. That program just ended a couple of months ago.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:38 PM (lTGtQ)

227
Bought a two pound sirloin today at Aldi's for $6.99 a pound. Gonna sous vide a quarter of it, slice it down nice and thin and make some wraps for dinner. Dinner for two for about $5.00 altogether.

When I go into 'regular big name' grocery stores anymore I'm shocked at how much cheaper Aldi's protein is. Don't let the leftists know about this.

They voted for this meathead.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at May 15, 2024 01:38 PM (RKVpM)

228 26% increase.

They just removed coffee from the Consumer Price Index, because the price of coffee was going up too fast.

Because no one drinks coffee.


The price of a slave made smart TV is going up slowly, the cost of food, energy, and housing is going up like a rocket.

But...let's only use the smart TVs as our inflation metric because you know people buy those weekly.

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:38 PM (ibTVg)

229 I like to cook, and I'm good at it. Ingredients are cheaper.
Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (FAGAJ)


You're also more likely to know what's in your food.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:38 PM (U7wke)

230 never cared much for lobster. Give me tiger prawns any day.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at May 15, 2024 01:38 PM (Be/+i)

231 Good luck. Seacoast NH (where I live) has sky high prices. Brand new home on a 0.5 acre lot up the street from me is $975k+ If I could pull of a WFH gig, I'd move way up north where I can get more land for my money.
Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM


I'm noticing that. I'm looking further west, though. Still, everyone who works in Boston wants to be in the I-93 corridor. And I'm bidding against 2-income households. At this rate, I'll be lucky to find a garage.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:38 PM (FAGAJ)

232 Spirulina isn't so bad once you get used to it.
Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 01:30 PM (fV+MH)


Grass Jelly was one of those Chinese dishes that evolved from the experience of The Great Leap Forward, and Cambodia now has a minor ethnic specialty cuisine based on insects thanks to the efforts of Pol Pot.

Posted by: Kindltot at May 15, 2024 01:39 PM (D7oie)

233 In fact, nationally, only diners from households earning over $200,000 a year spent money in restaurants more often in 2023 than they did in 2019, according to Circana data. ...
++++
That's even worse. Households over $200k are only 9% of all households.

Fun fact: there are 2.7 *million* more households that earn in excess of $250k than households that earn $150k-$199.999k.

Those are 2022 numbers, latest available from the Census Bureau.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:39 PM (d04cU)

234 A boat charter captain in South Florida told me lobsters are the cockroaches of the ocean.
Posted by: Jack Squat Bupkis at May 15, 2024 01:29 PM (GD2xa)

and they're delicious for it.

side note, if you can get Golden Tile fish to eat, I highly recommend it. they are deep water fish and tend to eat lobster, crab, mollusks and such, so taste almost like lobster.

man, i need to book a fishing trip off shore again....

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 15, 2024 01:39 PM (nXhwP)

235 I was so disgusted by the things I witnessed. Servers cussing and reaching under their shirts and wiping off their boob sweat with their bare hands and then returning to the floor without washing;
---------

Awful. Just awful...

-

They're marketing that Lume spray to *somebody*

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:39 PM (f6xX0)

236 The only thing that will stop this inflation is a reduction in the money supply.

You guys have too much of our money. I'll talk to the IRS...

Posted by: Joe Biden at May 15, 2024 01:39 PM (OqC0L)

237 No place better than Flo's.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (LkLld)

Where's Rhode Island?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (d9fT1)

238 In the magical land of Rhode Island you can't swing a dead lobster without hitting a clam strip.

No place better than Flo's.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (LkLld)

But you can also order a bucket of steamers.

I love Texas but man I miss steamers.

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (z/ifB)

239 Shutting that down, making people eat in tents (I mean really, nothing protects your from a virus more than closing it into a small space), the silly mask while you walk to your table then take it off thing, etc. made many people realize they can cook at home. Add in the cost and you really don’t want to go out often.

I often compare how long it will take me to drive to a restaurant and get my food versus cook at home. A lot of time the latter wins. And the cost is much less too...

But you don't have to do the dishes at a restaurateur so there is that

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (ibTVg)

240 Himself and I have gone out to eat maybe a half dozen times in the past year and a half. It's just too damn hard. Exchange house attire for something half way presentable. Get into car, then drive. Wait for table. Wait for server. Wait for food. Get doggie bag. Get back into car. Drive home.

Since the kitchen in this apartment is a joke with electric burners, we've discovered the joys of frozen meals. What we can get out of the freezer at the grocery store isn't half bad. It's no longer those alleged food in an aluminum pan. We watch for sales and stock up on that brand. (Also cuts down on dishes needing to be washed.)

I think wed go out, or at least do take out more, except our favorite Mexican restaurant burned to a crisp little more than a year ago. The owners just couldn't scrape up the money to rebuild so it's gone.

Posted by: Livia Drusilla at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (zbGp6)

241 Yeah, I hate those effing QR codes.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (tA1+m)

242 Five years from now: "Gruel has been removed from the Consumer Price Index ..."

You vill eat zee bugs.

Posted by: mrp at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (rj6Yv)

243 Have you ever been to a clam strip club?

They'll shuck their clothes if you shell out $20.


How are women like TV?




If you turn them on, they'll show you things.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (Odg76)

244 BREAKING: BRIDGE COLLAPSE - BARGE STRIKES PELICAN ISLAND BRIDGE IN TEXAS



The bridge hasn't collapsed. One pier was damaged on the rail side, and I believe that side isn't even in use. They need to do a structural evaluation before they allow traffic. And it is the only way on or off the island unless your vehicle floats.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (lTGtQ)

245 "Why would I go out to a restaurant with my wife and pay over $120.00 for the same meal?"

You're never going to get promoted to food snob 1st class with an attitude like that.

Posted by: Outside of Life at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (89Sog)

246 In fact, nationally, only diners from households earning over $200,000 a year spent money in restaurants more often in 2023 than they did in 2019, according to Circana data. ...

In related news, all the well off government NPCs I know keep telling me about great the economy is

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (ibTVg)

247 The indians saw the pilgrims happily pulling up lobsters and said:

"What are you doing? Don't you know what those things eat"

********

Hamish MacBeth S1 Ep 1

Big Geordy

Posted by: Muldoon at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (991eG)

248 ***Pepe's Mexican Cafe in Bryan, ...like other small businesses, is grappling with the economic pinch.***
-------------------------

But the restaurant business is booming. Pepe's been in business since 1969. This is a tell tale of people of moderate means having less disposable income and more affluent people having more disposable income. How does that happen?

Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (lCWOD)

249 183 When I was young I thought Red Lobster was a fancy place to eat. Then I worked part-time as a server in one in the late teens to supplement our income at the time.

I don't go to Red Lobsters anymore. I was so disgusted by the things I witnessed. Servers cussing and reaching under their shirts and wiping off their boob sweat with their bare hands and then returning to the floor without washing; employees who were always late (or absent), and really, really high; a gay old manager who made sure twincks got all the best shifts/stations; and I won't even talk about the dishwashing area - that was enough to make me wanna puke. Had to throw all the "shrimp shoes" away after working there (although my cats LOVED them). Oh, and the women who would come in for endless shrimp, eat one or two with each reorder and stuff the rest in their purses when the waitress wasn't looking, and then order more.

Good riddance.
Posted by: Lady Who Always Has a Burning Question at May 15, 2024 01:33 PM (JCLJi)
_______
Read the Paris half of Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London. But beware: London was even worse.

Posted by: Eeyore at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (1bNHn)

250 Lobster and shrimp may be the aquatic equivalent of roaches, but I'll put a hungry great white shark to shame if there's an all you can eat seafood buffet.

Posted by: PabloD at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (VWZjt)

251 " I save on eating out by not eating. I drink my dinner and desert."

This guy gets it.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (fV+MH)

252 New smokehouse opened up by us recently. Wife and I were excited to try it.

Our excitement was immediately drained when we found out you had to order everything through your phone using a QR code at the table.

They said it cuts out the middle man and sends the order directly to the kitchen, making it faster.

It wasn't. But it did take a lot longer to order, so that was fun.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer



Hard 8 BBQ. Where you are only allowed in the door if you brought your banker with you.

Posted by: rickb223 at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (SVQQi)

253 They need to do a structural evaluation before they allow traffic. And it is the only way on or off the island unless your vehicle floats.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (lTGtQ)



Make the AmphiCar Great Again!

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (Zz0t1)

254 In the magical land of Rhode Island you can't swing a dead lobster without hitting a clam strip.


ok but you also can't swing a lobster without hitting Connecticut

Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (s3qiR)

255 So the industry will shrink, and most of the survivors (or successful newcomers) will be higher-end or extremely low-end. Goodbye middle.


You vill eat ze bugs!

Posted by: WEF aka Your Betters at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (yOPBE)

256 Chili's is also closing a number of locations
Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 01:22 PM (CIS44)

They have a great hamburger deal right now.

Burger and two sides for 10.99.
Posted by: polynikes

We go to our local one quite a bit prly like 2 times a month, they are always busy and they said they arent in danger of closing but ya I always find we can get a decent meal there even with a couple beers for not too terrible a hit.

Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (CIS44)

257 No place better than Flo's.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM


Upstairs. Over Flo's.

I still love the 2 hot dog and bottle of Moet lunch deal. Good beach date right there.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (FAGAJ)

258 237 No place better than Flo's.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (LkLld)

Where's Rhode Island?
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (d9fT1)


That's not funny!

Posted by: Lincoln Chafee, Nepot at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (PiwSw)

259 Under Trump: Hmm, our regular restaurants are packed but maybe we should try one of the dozen new ones that just opened...

Under Biden: You know cereal can be for dinner too!

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (ibTVg)

260 never cared much for lobster. Give me tiger prawns any day.

-

I will put Royal Reds up against anything I've ever eaten out of the ocean. They're that good. A sweet shrimp, with a flavor similar to scallops and lobster. Incredibly good.

They're not easy to get, though. I think they're highly regional to the Gulf Coast.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (f6xX0)

261 If only there was some way to cut inflation. But alas, we all know it is impossible to cut inflation. It has never been done.

Oh wait, right, except in Aregentina, where it was actually pretty simple. Just stop the government from spending so goddamn much money. No deficit - suddenly inflation crashes down.

Posted by: El Mariachi Attorney at Law at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (nLFEI)

262 ok but you also can't swing a lobster without hitting Connecticut
Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM


And CT deserves much worse than that.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (FAGAJ)

263 231
I'm noticing that. I'm looking further west, though. Still, everyone who works in Boston wants to be in the I-93 corridor. And I'm bidding against 2-income households. At this rate, I'll be lucky to find a garage.
Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:38 PM (FAGAJ)

We are plotting our exit from the northeast. Been looking at Ohio (to be closer to spawn of OCiS), TN, KY or maybe near Ft Wayne IN.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (N39Ws)

264 The wealthy love the empty restaurants. No riff-raff to deal with. Biden has earned their vote!

Posted by: Im Your Huckleberry at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (6vOeL)

265 Hard 8 BBQ. Where you are only allowed in the door if you brought your banker with you.
Posted by: rickb223 at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (SVQQi)




Ooooh, but that place is SOOOO GOOOOD.......

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (Zz0t1)

266 >>Where's Rhode Island?

In the dreams of all girls and boys.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (LkLld)

267 I will not eat anything with antennae or feelers
or claws or an exoskeleton


my food is moo oink and cock a doodle do

Posted by: Don Black at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (/7KEl)

268 It makes me laugh at people who order "fresh" seafood in places like Nebraska or North Dakota.

Posted by: Maj. Healey at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (aFNOf)

269 California: We're raising the minimum wage to $20/hr! Yay!

Restaurants and Stores: Sorry, but we have to go to self-service and automation to continue to be viable.

California: Wait a minute! You can't do that. We need everyone to make a "living wage"! We're going to pass a law that self-service and kiosks are against the law!

Restaurants and Stores: Bye.

Posted by: Strikethrough Key at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (xaNfJ)

270 This blonde in a dress breathlessly awaits an acknowledgement from the government that at least when it comes to inflation, deficits are, indeed, a problem:
http://tiny.cc/a4q3yz

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (d04cU)

271 Over at Burger King, Today is Whopper Wedneday

Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (RHGPo)

272 Good luck to all those moms who got Red Lobster gift certificates this Sunday.

Posted by: Field Marshal Zhukov at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (wBaIH)

273 I bought a pair of lobster tails today at Aldi's for $12.99.
---
Aldi just announced price reductions on 200 items. Seems like a brilliant marketing move to me.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (woPEM)

274 I don't know the overheads in the restaurant business, but in our engineering company they ran about 120% of wages paid for our billing rates. Assuming a restaurant runs 150% overheads that they need to cover, then that $20.00 minimum wage means that they can only spend 10 labor-minutes on that $5.00 lunch. That's waitstaff, cooks, busing, and cashier - with no lag time between customer orders.

Good luck with that.

Posted by: LCMS Rulz! at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (TOe+Q)

275 New smokehouse opened up by us recently. Wife and I were excited to try it.

Our excitement was immediately drained when we found out you had to order everything through your phone using a QR code at the table.

They said it cuts out the middle man and sends the order directly to the kitchen, making it faster.

It wasn't. But it did take a lot longer to order, so that was fun.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer



I found one of those by accident once. I told the waiter to bring a real men, or I'm leaving.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:44 PM (lTGtQ)

276
Oh wait, right, except in Aregentina, where it was actually pretty simple. Just stop the government from spending so goddamn much money. No deficit - suddenly inflation crashes down.


The left tells me inflation has nothing to do with the government spending money it doesn't happen. Its just a freak natural occurrence like a solar storm...

And google concurs.

Of course all the econ 101 text books are very, very clear its caused by government spending...

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:44 PM (ibTVg)

277 Ha! I called it.

In other news, Leggy Luna is freaking out because she is puking and thinks she might be pregnant. Remember, she has been pounding RJ, until that day she ate her Mom's mints and roofied herself, then fucked Xendi.

Probably end up having fraternal twins, one black and one white, lol.

Posted by: anchorbabe fashion cop at May 15, 2024 01:44 PM (ufFY8)

278 The nearest Red Lobster to me is noted for the number of ambulances that seem to appear outside their doors.

Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 01:44 PM (RHGPo)

279 ***Pepe's Mexican Cafe in Bryan, ...like other small businesses, is grappling with the economic pinch.***
-------------------------

But the restaurant business is booming...

-

It's bizarre that they wrote "While this highlights a flourishing restaurant industry" right before that.

Big Brother is now taught as the hero of 1984.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:44 PM (f6xX0)

280 I will eat crawdads, though, in season.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:45 PM (lTGtQ)

281 Walmart is adopting Sears business plan. Less and crappier merchandise in the store - more trinkets.
Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 01:31 PM (lCWOD)


We used to have a Fry's (electronics store) near my office that my friends and I would visit every other Friday.

One day I noticed that they had re-arranged the store to have the aisle slightly further apart. I told my friends that I thought they were going out of business. No-no, said they.

Fast forward a month or so and I notice that one entire aisle has been replaced by pallets of bottled water. They're going out of business, says I. No-no, said they.

Fast forward a month or so and I notice that half the shelf space is empty and it's all crap that you can get at a dollar store. Yeah, they're gone.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:45 PM (U7wke)

282 @RMBS: Can I offer you the use of a 12x14 shed? There's enough space for a cot and a small kerosene stove among all the stuff we have in their.

Rent is cheap, too.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:45 PM (tT6L1)

283 >>>And it is the only way on or off the island unless your vehicle floats.

Well, that rules me out.

Posted by: Ted Kennedy at May 15, 2024 01:45 PM (CwhoI)

284 Aldi's is fine if you want Jake's Cereal.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 01:45 PM (fV+MH)

285 No place better than Flo's.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (LkLld)


Try the 15 Point Road restaurant right down the street from Flo's. You can eat White Trash clam bellies off of tablecloths and have a drink while doing it.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2024 01:45 PM (VP9ao)

286 Walmart is adopting Sears business plan. Less and crappier merchandise in the store - more trinkets.

Gee I wonder why...

/Evil Laugh

Posted by: Jeff Bezos at May 15, 2024 01:46 PM (ibTVg)

287 I would think all the Mannnix girls together would constitute a multi-million dollar implant business.

Posted by: Xipe Totec at May 15, 2024 01:46 PM (pohLc)

288 Over at Burger King, Today is Whopper Wedneday

-

They were off of my list when they marketed the gay hamburgers to kids a few years back.

Remember that? You could get it with two tops or two bottoms. Because gay. This is not a joke.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:46 PM (f6xX0)

289 i once saw a video or film on some educational type channel: lobster patiently sitting at the bottom of where ever he was, fish swims by, lobster grabs it. wouldn't eat one though, has a a funny smell to me

Posted by: gnats local 678 at May 15, 2024 01:46 PM (B1FKF)

290 > Yeah, I hate those effing QR codes.

I don't mind them in a very limited set of circumstances. I prefer them very much for restaurant menus. The menu and the condiments are the nastiest things at your table in a restaurant. Who knows what sort of nasty people have handled them since they were last cleaned? I'd rather look at a menu on my nice phone.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (Odg76)

291 I have definitely learned to love Aldi and Lidl

but local butcher for meat come on now. we're not savages!

Posted by: BlackOrchid at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (s3qiR)

292 I love Texas but man I miss steamers.

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (z/ifB)

I see them rarely, even in my great local fish store.

I really don't want to drive to Maine just for steamers, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (d9fT1)

293 California: We're raising the minimum wage to $20/hr! Yay!

Restaurants and Stores: Sorry, but we have to go to self-service and automation to continue to be viable.

California: Wait a minute! You can't do that. We need everyone to make a "living wage"! We're going to pass a law that self-service and kiosks are against the law!

Restaurants and Stores: Bye.

Posted by: Strikethrough Key at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (xaNfJ)

--------------

Califzuela: ALTHOUGH YOU CAN CHECK-OUT ANYTIME YOU LIKE, YOU CAN NEVER BE ALLOWED TO CLOSE NOR LEAVE!

Posted by: ShainS -- Blood-Bath-and-Beyond angel investor at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (DDUzn)

294 A decade or so ago, Macy's went from a *somewhat* higher end department store to Wish Walmart. It was really weird being in there.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (H3Mdk)

295 I really don't want to drive to Maine just for steamers, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (d9fT1)
++++
Why go all the way to Maine? You're probably much closer to Cleveland!

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (d04cU)

296 The menu and the condiments are the nastiest things at your table in a restaurant. Who knows what sort of nasty people have handled them since they were last cleaned? I'd rather look at a menu on my nice phone.

That's very judgemental you know.

Other people need to eat as well

Posted by: The guy that stuck a gas pump up his ass at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (ibTVg)

297 I just returned from a business trip, and it is noticeable that even in the popular restaurants (not fast or semi- fast food), that the wait staff numbers are at best 2/3 of what they used to be. Cost cutting is well underway even in parts of the country that are supposed to be doing well.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (lTGtQ)

298
I love Texas but man I miss steamers.

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM


What you want to do is spend an hour slicing and dicing onion and red pepper, cutting short strips of bacon in prep. Then cutting short slices of Monterrey Jack cheese. Fry up the onion and pepper. Take your steamer, add the onion and cheese, toss the precooked strip bacon over top, then the cheese. Under the broiler for a minute or so.

Total prep time: 95 minutes
Total time to consume every last clam: 5 minutes

Posted by: Divide by Zero at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (RKVpM)

299 I love corporate-speak: (Walmart)
"However, a challenging reimbursement landscape and unsustainable cost structures led to a full retreat from these healthcare ventures.""

'a challenging reimbursement landscape' == health insurance companies and Medicaid didn't pay on time or ever.

'unsustainable cost structures' == we charged a fee but Medicare said 'not so much'.

Posted by: Ciampino - Titbit #06 at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (qfLjt)

300 I don't mind them in a very limited set of circumstances. I prefer them very much for restaurant menus. The menu and the condiments are the nastiest things at your table in a restaurant. Who knows what sort of nasty people have handled them since they were last cleaned? I'd rather look at a menu on my nice phone.
Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (Odg76)
---
At least with a phone, there's a good chance most of the germs on there are yours...(phones are filthy!)

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (7fElN)

301 In the magical land of Rhode Island...

********

You misspelled 'mythical'

Posted by: Muldoon at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (991eG)

302 Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of online retailers. It used to be one could get some decent items. These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (tT6L1)

303 Yes come to Maine for the steamers.

Sit outside at dinner time and have wonderful drink with them as well!

Posted by: 10,343,532 mosquitos at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (ibTVg)

304 re 286: i remember someone on varney's fox biz show like six years ago calling sears a fly in search of a windshield. but sears and penney's seem to hang on

Posted by: gnats local 678 at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (B1FKF)

305 side note, if you can get Golden Tile fish to eat, I highly recommend it. they are deep water fish and tend to eat lobster, crab, mollusks and such, so taste almost like lobster.

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 15, 2024 01:39 PM (nXhwP)

Mmmm, golden tile. Absolutely my favorite fish, but it's tricky to find it.

Posted by: hobbitopoly at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (XPM1I)

306 @RMBS: Can I offer you the use of a 12x14 shed? There's enough space for a cot and a small kerosene stove among all the stuff we have in their.

Rent is cheap, too.
Posted by: blake - semi l

Ya wanna live in the box? 8$ a day.
-Storage proprietor on the Simpsons.

Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (CIS44)

307 This blonde in a dress breathlessly awaits an acknowledgement from the government that at least when it comes to inflation, deficits are, indeed, a problem:
http://tiny.cc/a4q3yz
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (d04cU)


Just wow. And smart too!

Posted by: spindrift at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (OguvZ)

308 If you buy Spirulina in powder form, mix it with honey. Also powder is cheaper than capsules.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (J8LnB)

309 >Why go all the way to Maine? You're probably much closer to Cleveland!

ISWYD

Posted by: mr tmz at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (rJ48h)

310 They need to do a structural evaluation before they allow traffic. And it is the only way on or off the island unless your vehicle floats.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (lTGtQ)


Make the AmphiCar Great Again!
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (Zz0t1)

Musk should jump on this opportunity to bore out causeway tunnels to replace all these bridges that are in the way of shipping traffic.

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (z/ifB)

311 I remember going to "The Anchor Inn" in South St Paul in the mid 80's and ordering their All You Can Ear King Crab Legs for $24.99 per person. My friends and I used to gorge on that shit. They eventually banned us from the restaurant because we did not partake in the bread, soup, or salad. A golden age indeed

Posted by: Truck Monkey Report at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (ZV+pB)

312 my food is moo oink and cock a doodle do
Posted by: Don Black at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (/7KEl)
------------
What about "burble burble?"

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (Be/+i)

313 I see your Rhode Island and raise you one Mass: https://tinyurl.com/yckz7u77

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (ibTVg)

314 Hard 8 BBQ. Where you are only allowed in the door if you brought your banker with you.
Posted by: rickb223 at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (SVQQi)



Ooooh, but that place is SOOOO GOOOOD.......
Posted by: Sponge



I know, but dayum.

Posted by: rickb223 at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (SVQQi)

315 BREAKING: BRIDGE COLLAPSE - BARGE STRIKES PELICAN ISLAND BRIDGE IN TEXAS



The bridge hasn't collapsed. One pier was damaged on the rail side, and I believe that side isn't even in use. They need to do a structural evaluation before they allow traffic. And it is the only way on or off the island unless your vehicle floats.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:40 PM (lTGtQ)

And so it begins. While we are all looking for the next plandemic, they threw us a curveball and started collapsing bridges.

The bastards.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (dGCAG)

316 Amazon is cheap Chinese plastic shit.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (fV+MH)

317 Go out to get a pizza, or carry out. Depending on size, $15-20 for it. Feeds two people.

In the before times, I would have a pizza delivered every 3 weeks. Delivered so that picking it up would not delay whiskey consumption. Then the price (with delivery) jumped from $25 to $40. I found that I can make pretty decent french bread pizza for the wife and me for about $6.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (U7wke)

318 These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (tT6L1)

So you're saying Amazon benefitted from COVID and then China benefitted from Amazon?

Huh.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (H3Mdk)

319 Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of online retailers. It used to be one could get some decent items. These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.

Posted by: blake


That is no joke. Search by brand name, and perhaps 5 of the top ten items they list are knock offs.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (lTGtQ)

320 >>>The menu and the condiments are the nastiest things at your table in a restaurant.

Ketchup bottle at home: refrigerate after opening. Ketchup bottle at a restaurant: meh, whatever.

Posted by: Citizen Cake at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (CwhoI)

321 Life spoiler: almost everything is filthy all the time because people don't wash their booger hooks right, often enough, or at all.

Posted by: Bugman at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (Z2B9z)

322 Califzuela: ALTHOUGH YOU CAN CHECK-OUT ANYTIME YOU LIKE, YOU CAN NEVER BE ALLOWED TO CLOSE NOR LEAVE!
Posted by: ShainS -- Blood-Bath-and-Beyond angel investor at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (DDUzn)

IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE IT IS LIKE THE HOTEL CALIFORNIA SONG WHERE YOU CAN CHECKOUT ANY TIME YOU WANT BUT YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE.

Posted by: Ben Rothlissberger at May 15, 2024 01:51 PM (ufFY8)

323 290 > Yeah, I hate those effing QR codes.

I don't mind them in a very limited set of circumstances. I prefer them very much for restaurant menus. The menu and the condiments are the nastiest things at your table in a restaurant. Who knows what sort of nasty people have handled them since they were last cleaned? I'd rather look at a menu on my nice phone.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (Odg76)

The functionality is great. Especially if you're a restaurant that changes its menu from time to time.

Just don't make people order their food that way while sitting among staff.

Remember, people can go anywhere for a burger. They come to Chotchkie's for the atmosphere and the attitude.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 01:51 PM (KbCG3)

324 How do restaurants know my salary range???

Posted by: LinusVanPelt at May 15, 2024 01:51 PM (UHvkm)

325 Why go all the way to Maine? You're probably much closer to Cleveland!

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (d04cU)

I knew the joke was coming...

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:51 PM (d9fT1)

326 We don't want to touch the buggies at the grocery store but don't mind that people have their dogs inside the store.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:51 PM (f6xX0)

327 I don't use Amazon. Jeff Bezos.

Posted by: Xipe Totec at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (pohLc)

328 An annoyance of mine when I do go out to eat: No paper towel in the bathroom.

I want to wash my hands before I eat and forcing me to use a germ blower to dry them and then open the door with my now clean hands defeats the purpose

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (ibTVg)

329 Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of online retailers. It used to be one could get some decent items. These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.

Posted by: blake


That is no joke. Search by brand name, and perhaps 5 of the top ten items they list are knock offs.
Posted by: Thomas Paine

but can still get good prices on the lighttailing LED sets for LEGO, granted those is from CHYNA too.

Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (CIS44)

330 Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of online retailers. It used to be one could get some decent items. These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (tT6L1)

Sending wrong items, wrong sizes, damaged and missing items.

They've blown past Walmart, and are into KMart level customer service.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (dGCAG)

331 302 Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of online retailers. It used to be one could get some decent items. These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (tT6L1)

They'll send us what they want us to have.

Posted by: GOP sux at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (Zzbjj)

332 275 New smokehouse opened up by us recently. Wife and I were excited to try it.

Our excitement was immediately drained when we found out you had to order everything through your phone using a QR code at the table.

They said it cuts out the middle man and sends the order directly to the kitchen, making it faster.

It wasn't. But it did take a lot longer to order, so that was fun.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer



I found one of those by accident once. I told the waiter to bring a real men, or I'm leaving.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:44 PM (lTGtQ)

Did Chuck Norris suddenly appear and roundhouse your food onto the table? Really the only sufficient way this story ends.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (KbCG3)

333 every day is whopper day with joe biden.

Posted by: gnats local 678 at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (B1FKF)

334 If it gets to the point that I can't buy coffee the elites are very likely to find themselves feeling my wrath. I'm not some wine mom who will buy FNM fluff about how coffee is bad for health or the environment and just sedate myself to get past my cravings.

Posted by: PaleRider at May 15, 2024 01:53 PM (wTs+0)

335 I hate lobster. There, I said it. Call me a philistine, I don't care.

Bugs of the sea.
Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 01:34 PM (dGCAG)


Had lobster tails on the submarine. The experience reminded me of chewing an eraser. People tell me that they're actually really good. Not taking out another mortgage to find out.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:53 PM (U7wke)

336 Yes come to Maine for the steamers.

Sit outside at dinner time and have wonderful drink with them as well!
Posted by: 10,343,532 mosquitos at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM


You guys are fags.

Posted by: All The Black Flies at May 15, 2024 01:53 PM (FAGAJ)

337 If it gets to the point that I can't buy coffee the elites are very likely to find themselves feeling my wrath. I'm not some wine mom who will buy FNM fluff about how coffee is bad for health or the environment and just sedate myself to get past my cravings.

The FNM is full of stories now that drinking coffee is bad for da Erf...

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:53 PM (ibTVg)

338 I remember going to "The Anchor Inn" in South St Paul in the mid 80's and ordering their All You Can Ear King Crab Legs for $24.99 per person. My friends and I used to gorge on that shit. They eventually banned us from the restaurant because we did not partake in the bread, soup, or salad. A golden age indeed
Posted by: Truck Monkey Report at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM

I remember that place! Good times. Did they say to you...you been here 4 howa! You go now!

Posted by: Minnfidel at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (4p0Xq)

339 > If you buy Spirulina in powder form, mix it with honey. Also powder is cheaper than capsules.

Most Spirulina is grown overseas in big ponds in very questionable conditions. This study found Microcystin toxins above the recommended daily limits in all samples examined.

http://tiny.cc/25q3yz

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (Odg76)

340 I want to wash my hands before I eat and forcing me to use a germ blower to dry them and then open the door with my now clean hands defeats the purpose
Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (ibTVg)

Grab some TP for the door handle.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (H3Mdk)

341 The one thing that grosses me out: the table is sticky. Waitress comes by with this 'gray' wet rag and wipes down the table. Now it is sticky and wet and when it dries it is still sticky and smells of that rag.

Posted by: The Guy that spent 10years in boarding schools; also YMCA at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (qfLjt)

342 >>> 324 How do restaurants know my salary range???
Posted by: LinusVanPelt at May 15, 2024 01:51 PM (UHvkm)

We have no idea.

Posted by: AMEX, VISA, Discover at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (llON8)

343
When Cracker Barrel closed in 3 Oregon locations, that was the canary in the coalmine to me.

Posted by: Frank Barone at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (+oR7L)

344 >>You misspelled 'mythical'

People scoffed at the existence of Camelot too. It's hard for the average person to accept there is a place of such magical beauty and majesty.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (LkLld)

345 Ketchup bottle at home: refrigerate after opening. Ketchup bottle at a restaurant: meh, whatever.
Posted by: Citizen Cake

Our go to bar in college kept the mayo out too. I did NOT touch that stuff.

Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (CIS44)

346 Palestinian Columnist: ‘We Do Not Want a Ceasefire, We Want Ongoing War’

.. these people have a right to a glorious martyrdom

Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (RHGPo)

347 Whoppers used to be pretty damn good.


Now BK is just straight diarrhea.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (fV+MH)

348 I was so disgusted by the things I witnessed. Servers cussing and reaching under their shirts and wiping off their boob sweat with their bare hands and then returning to the floor without washing;
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Awful. Just awful...

-

They're marketing that Lume spray to *somebody*
Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams at May 15, 2024 01:39 PM (f6xX0)

someone missed an opportunity when they called it boob sweat instead of humidititties...

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (nXhwP)

349 If you buy Spirulina in powder form, mix it with honey. Also powder is cheaper than capsules.
Posted by: Humphreyrobot at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (J8LnB)


welcome back to reality, I suppose you are just passing by?

Spirulina was a mainstay of the peasants living in Tenochtitlan, along with axolotl. It was something you could get during the regular famines.

Posted by: Kindltot at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (D7oie)

350 326 but don't mind that people have their dogs inside the store.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - Little girls dreamt of being moms, women told them not to follow their dreams


Until you see one lift it's leg and let go all over the cereal boxes.

Posted by: Maj. Healey at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (aFNOf)

351 Hard 8 BBQ. Where you are only allowed in the door if you brought your banker with you.

Posted by: rickb223 at May 15, 2024 01:41 PM (SVQQi)


That's a great menu though.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (d9fT1)

352 You can easily grow Spirulina at home though. I've looked into it and it seems pretty foolproof.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (Odg76)

353 Had lobster tails on the submarine. The experience reminded me of chewing an eraser. People tell me that they're actually really good. Not taking out another mortgage to find out.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:53 PM (U7wke)
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Your lobster was over cooked. Done right...yum.

Posted by: WisRich at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (G0vdT)

354 If I've said it once I've said it a million times! Wreckers, hoarders, and saboteurs!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, I've Been Through the Desert On a Horse With No Shame at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (L/fGl)

355
Until you see one lift it's leg and let go all over the cereal boxes.


New: Lemon flavored Kaboom!

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (ibTVg)

356 someone missed an opportunity when they called it boob sweat instead of humidititties...
Posted by: SturmToddler



*snort

Posted by: rickb223 at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (SVQQi)

357 Had lobster tails on the submarine. The experience reminded me of chewing an eraser. People tell me that they're actually really good. Not taking out another mortgage to find out.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:53 PM (U7wke)

We made everything taste like an eraser, on purpose - it's what we do. The crew ate it and loved it...I know, I was the food service officer on my first ship.

Posted by: Boswell at May 15, 2024 01:56 PM (K+UlC)

358 went to a cracker barrel once years ago, one along i95 in virginia. food was ok, one of the waitresses was gorgeous

Posted by: gnats local 678 at May 15, 2024 01:56 PM (B1FKF)

359 I see your Rhode Island and raise you one Mass: https://tinyurl.com/yckz7u77
Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM


Haven't heard that one in a while!

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:56 PM (FAGAJ)

360 Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of online retailers. It used to be one could get some decent items. These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:48 PM (tT6L1)

They'll send us what they want us to have.
Posted by: GOP sux at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (Zzbjj)

1994 Republican Congress called, said this is a small price to pay for all the freedom we've imported to the Chinese people.

So quitcher complainin'.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 01:57 PM (dGCAG)

361 I was so disgusted by the things I witnessed. Servers cussing and reaching under their shirts and wiping off their boob sweat with their bare hands and then returning to the floor without washing;
---------

Once watched a cook drop a slab of BBQ ribs on the floor of the kitchen and pick it up plate it and send it out. Working in food service is not for the faint of heart.

Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 01:57 PM (CIS44)

362
All You Can Ear King Crab Legs for $24.99 per person

I saw King Crab Legs at a local grocery store a couple of days ago at $64.99 a pound.

They looked so meaty that you could beat someone to death with them. Just a tad outside of my price point by about $55.00 a pound.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at May 15, 2024 01:57 PM (RKVpM)

363 Spirulina was a mainstay of the peasants living in Tenochtitlan, along with axolotl. It was something you could get during the regular famines.
Posted by: Kindltot at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM (D7oie)

They also availed themselves to the long pig when convenient.

Posted by: Xipe Totec at May 15, 2024 01:57 PM (pohLc)

364 Had lobster tails on the submarine. The experience reminded me of chewing an eraser. People tell me that they're actually really good. Not taking out another mortgage to find out.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 01:53 PM (U7wke)
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Your lobster was over cooked. Done right...yum.
Posted by: WisRich at May 15, 2024 01:55 PM


^^^ This.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 01:57 PM (FAGAJ)

365 >>> 324 How do restaurants know my salary range???
Posted by: LinusVanPelt at May 15, 2024 01:51 PM (UHvkm)

We have no idea.
Posted by: AMEX, VISA, Discover at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (llON

No. My employer pays me and is an entirely separate entity and is not associated with the CC companies in any way. This is true for the vast majority of folks. So again I ask: how can restaurants draw conclusions about their customers’ salaries??

Posted by: LinusVanPelt at May 15, 2024 01:57 PM (UHvkm)

366 Sending wrong items, wrong sizes, damaged and missing items.

They've blown past Walmart, and are into KMart level customer service.
Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM


Just ordered a folding saw for hiking. They sent it, sans blades. And they are not just blades you can get anywhere. I went on the chat, told them. They said we'll send you another one, but you need to return the other. I said, how about just sending me the blades? Nope. So now I have to go to a UPS place somewhere and return it. They are losing their convenience factor.

Posted by: Minnfidel at May 15, 2024 01:58 PM (4p0Xq)

367 If you buy Spirulina in powder form, mix it with honey. Also powder is cheaper than capsules.
Posted by: Humphreyrobot at May 15, 2024 01:49 PM (J8LnB)

welcome back to reality, I suppose you are just passing by?

Spirulina was a mainstay of the peasants living in Tenochtitlan, along with axolotl. It was something you could get during the regular famines.
Posted by: Kindltot


I've got algae growing in my ponds. I'm rich!

Posted by: rickb223 at May 15, 2024 01:58 PM (SVQQi)

368 Haven't heard that one in a while!

Come for the cheerleaders that can't spell their own state, stay for two buddies about to cross that thin thin line

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:58 PM (ibTVg)

369 I took my Sophie Cat to have her matted haircut. Took about 2 hours so I went to a nearby Marriott, since most of the diners are now Korean joints. Breakfast was about $33 with tip.

A few eggs and sausage and coffee ....Sigh

Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 15, 2024 01:58 PM (SHAib)

370 > Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of online retailers. It used to be one could get some decent items. These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.

Hilariously, ordering online from Walmart is more likely to get you the real product. Amazon is flooded with Chinese knockoffs for all sorts of products. Buying something shipped from Amazon isn't a guarantee either. Amazon mixes products with the same SKU into their bins. So if a Chinese knockoff has the same SKU as the real deal, it's down to luck which one you get.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:58 PM (Odg76)

371 No. My employer pays me and is an entirely separate entity and is not associated with the CC companies in any way. This is true for the vast majority of folks. So again I ask: how can restaurants draw conclusions about their customers’ salaries??
Posted by: LinusVanPelt at May 15, 2024 01:57 PM (UHvkm)
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I have yet to run into a credit card company which does not ask for salary range when applying for their card. And periodically ask for an update.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (tT6L1)

372 The one thing that grosses me out: the table is sticky. Waitress comes by with this 'gray' wet rag and wipes down the table. Now it is sticky and wet and when it dries it is still sticky and smells of that rag.
Posted by: The Guy that spent 10years in boarding schools; also YMCA at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (qfLjt)

Which is how they're going to spread the Gain of Functioned Bird Flu to everyone.

You think eating bats was bad, wait until you eat the bird superflu particles off the gray rag from your favorite restaurant.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (dGCAG)

373 Whoppers used to be pretty damn good.

Now BK is just straight diarrhea.


I wouldn't say they were straight.

Posted by: LGBTQ+ at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (yOPBE)

374 I want to wash my hands before I eat and forcing me to use a germ blower to dry them and then open the door with my now clean hands defeats the purpose

Posted by: 18-1


I have told innumerable architects and designers that restroom doors should open out, not into the room.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (lTGtQ)

375 320 >>>The menu and the condiments are the nastiest things at your table in a restaurant.

Ketchup bottle at home: refrigerate after opening. Ketchup bottle at a restaurant: meh, whatever.

Posted by: Citizen Cake at May 15, 2024 01:50 PM (CwhoI)


Percentage of restaurant customers who died during COVID of no stuff on non-existent menus and condiment containers on tables and massive use of hand sanitizer =
Percentage of restaurant customers who died since COVID of stuff on menus and condiment containers back on the tables and no hand sanitizer available

Posted by: Gref at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (5fDan)

376 Last time we tried to eat at Red Lobster was a few months ago. Walk in, restaurant didn't seem very busy, but we were told it was going to be about an hour wait because not enough kitchen staff. Needless to say, we went elsewhere.

Time before that, Mrs. Cop tried to order a shrimp cocktail and told, "It's not on the menu anymore."

Too bad, we have fond memories of our daughter (back when she was about 14) ordering a Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri and thinking she was so grownup!

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (YQ4mh)

377 An annoyance of mine when I do go out to eat: No paper towel in the bathroom.

I want to wash my hands before I eat and forcing me to use a germ blower to dry them and then open the door with my now clean hands defeats the purpose

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:52 PM (ibTVg)


Pro tip.

Check for paper towels before you use the restroom, then block the damned door open enough so you can use your foot to open it as you leave if you need to. Then 1 star yelp rate them for that. Lunk the yelp rating to the local kitchen cops inspectors too.

Posted by: BifBewalski at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (MsrgL)

378 Manu Raju
@mkraju
Nancy Pelosi on Biden-Trump debates: 'I myself would never recommend going on stage with Donald Trump.'
. . . .
Asked why not: “I think he was stalking Hillary Clinton, he wasn't professional, he wasn't presidential, he wasn't meeting the dignity of the office.”

-
Well, Nanzi knows dignity for sure.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, I've Been Through the Desert On a Horse With No Shame at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (L/fGl)

379 They also availed themselves to the long pig when convenient.
Posted by: Xipe Totec at May 15, 2024 01:57 PM

And for special occasions. A Biden! Poor uncle dumbfuck.

Posted by: Minnfidel at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (4p0Xq)

380 Nothing beats a good clam boil and a beer

Posted by: kactus at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (K93PH)

381 No. My employer pays me and is an entirely separate entity and is not associated with the CC companies in any way. This is true for the vast majority of folks. So again I ask: how can restaurants draw conclusions about their customers’ salaries??

Posted by: LinusVanPel



Because people don't leave their cell phone at home.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (lTGtQ)

382 No. My employer pays me and is an entirely separate entity and is not associated with the CC companies in any way. This is true for the vast majority of folks. So again I ask: how can restaurants draw conclusions about their customers’ salaries??
Posted by: LinusVanPelt at May 15, 2024 01:57 PM (UHvkm)

You give salary when you apply for a cc no?

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (H3Mdk)

383 Just had a huge torta Cubana from the local place, Beef, sausage, ham, cheeses, lettuce tomato, avacado onion and jalapeños.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (RjRQf)

384 Goodbye Choose Your Own Feast and Shrimply Tuesdays. We consign ye to Davy Jones' locker and may King Neptune himself guard your souls forever.

*salute*

Posted by: I'm not crying, that's sea brine at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (Wc83a)

385 "I was so disgusted by the things I witnessed. Servers cussing and reaching under their shirts and wiping off their boob sweat with their bare hands and then returning to the floor without washing"

That's the majority of restaurants, even upscale ones. If you saw the back area, you wouldn't want to eat there. People think the back areas of restaurants look like those huge, gleaming, modern kitchens on all the cooking shows. Oh no. The real deal is total chaos, marginal sanitary efforts, and usually old and beaten-up appliances and utensils. Oh, and LOTS of sweaty cooks and workers. Do you know how hot it gets back there?

Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (iFTx/)

386 Ketchup bottle at home: refrigerate after opening. Ketchup bottle at a restaurant: meh, whatever.

Posted by: Citizen Cake

You don’t need to refrigerate ketchup. Not sure why we do in the US.

Posted by: Piper at May 15, 2024 02:01 PM (pZEOD)

387 358 went to a cracker barrel once years ago, one along i95 in virginia. food was ok, one of the waitresses was gorgeous
Posted by: gnats local 678

The Cracker is now woke af. We used to stop their overnight with the motorhome on long trips because they allow free parking in their lot. No more. F*ck them.

https://tinyurl.com/2945uypt

Posted by: Maj. Healey at May 15, 2024 02:01 PM (aFNOf)

388 370 > Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of online retailers. It used to be one could get some decent items. These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.

Hilariously, ordering online from Walmart is more likely to get you the real product. Amazon is flooded with Chinese knockoffs for all sorts of products. Buying something shipped from Amazon isn't a guarantee either. Amazon mixes products with the same SKU into their bins. So if a Chinese knockoff has the same SKU as the real deal, it's down to luck which one you get.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:58 PM (Odg76)


Yup. Same with Lowe's and Home Depot.

Posted by: Gref at May 15, 2024 02:01 PM (5fDan)

389 I remember noting to a COVID-terrified friend back in the bad days that we aren't seeing a mass die off of waitresses are we? And yet those are the people stuck around a bunch of people without masks on...

It was apparently a persuasive argument

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 02:01 PM (ibTVg)

390 372 The one thing that grosses me out: the table is sticky. Waitress comes by with this 'gray' wet rag and wipes down the table. Now it is sticky and wet and when it dries it is still sticky and smells of that rag.
Posted by: The Guy that spent 10years in boarding schools; also YMCA at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (qfLjt)

Which is how they're going to spread the Gain of Functioned Bird Flu to everyone.


hmm. i think i'll start to referring to that rag as "the gain of function rag".

Posted by: anachronda at May 15, 2024 02:01 PM (v3pYe)

391 Nothing beats a good clam boil and a beer
Posted by: kactus at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (K93PH)
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The shrimp boil at the last TxMoMe was a-ma-zing!

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at May 15, 2024 02:01 PM (Be/+i)

392 Asked why not: “I think he was stalking Hillary Clinton, he wasn't professional, he wasn't presidential, he wasn't meeting the dignity of the office.”


Like ripping up a SOTU speech?

Posted by: Minnfidel at May 15, 2024 02:01 PM (4p0Xq)

393 To paraphrase Stalin, 'It's not the CPI that matters, it's who controls the reported CPI.'

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 15, 2024 02:01 PM (XeU6L)

394
The trick to the small lobster tails is to defrost them completely. Then look up a YouTube video on how to cut the shell to extract the meat and perch it atop the shell. Presentation thing, but important.

Put under broiler and when the top of the meat is seared, they're done. Maybe five minutes.

Drawn butter for dipping. You'll never not like lobster when it's cooked to perfection.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at May 15, 2024 02:02 PM (RKVpM)

395 Asked why not: “I think he was stalking Hillary Clinton, he wasn't professional, he wasn't presidential, he wasn't meeting the dignity of the office.”
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Dignity of the office. LOL from the person who ripped up a SOTU speech on live TV. They need to invent a new word beyond shameless.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 02:02 PM (H3Mdk)

396 360 Amazon is quickly becoming the Walmart of online retailers. It used to be one could get some decent items. These days, Amazon is flogging Chinese knock-offs as much as possible.
Posted by: blake
=====
Some brand names are refusing to let Amazon sell their wares, Temu is eating at Amazon's share on the low end for Chinese junk, and in many places, delivery has slowed.

Like most retailers, growth is always on the front end and that growth is spurred in part due to getting cash immediately from customers but not paying for the goods for 30 to 90 days.

When sales growth stagnates, then your operating costs start to catch up with your gross profits. Amazon's retail operations like WalMart operate on a relatively slim margin and one that is easily disturbed by shocks to the overall US economy and that of the West in general.

AWS is the profit driver for Amazon and other services (like Prime, Alexa) run at break even or even at a loss in order to glom onto customer data for sale.

Posted by: whig at May 15, 2024 02:02 PM (8QJ54)

397 Mmmmm.....tortas.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory, red heifer owner at May 15, 2024 02:02 PM (CFoZl)

398 Just ordered a folding saw for hiking. They sent it, sans blades. And they are not just blades you can get anywhere. I went on the chat, told them. They said we'll send you another one, but you need to return the other. I said, how about just sending me the blades? Nope. So now I have to go to a UPS place somewhere and return it. They are losing their convenience factor.
Posted by: Minnfidel at May 15, 2024 01:58 PM (4p0Xq)

Man, I hope you didn't need it in a hurry. Chances are they'll send it only after the old one was scanned in at UPS.

Imagine the Texas Chainsaw guy, has nubile teens tied up in his shed, waiting for new blades... how embarrassing for him. And the nubile teens.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 02:02 PM (dGCAG)

399 382 So again I ask: how can restaurants draw conclusions about their customers’ salaries??
Posted by: LinusVanPelt at

Surveys to rate your dining experience also frequently ask your salary range. It’s extrapolated from there.

Posted by: Piper at May 15, 2024 02:03 PM (pZEOD)

400 >>Nothing beats a good clam boil and a beer

Clambake > Clam boil

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 02:03 PM (LkLld)

401 Democrat Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY), client of Justice Juan Merchan’s daughter’s consulting firm, said Tuesday he prepared Michael Cohen for his testimony in the criminal trial of former President Donald Trump.

Goldman’s preparation of Cohen appears to raise a conflict of interest.

Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 02:03 PM (RHGPo)

402 McDs has to return to being consistent - doesn't have to be great, just acceptable
Posted by: BlackOrchid

They need to go back to cooking their fries in beef tallow.

Posted by: JT at May 15, 2024 02:03 PM (T4tVD)

403 I couldn't live with myself telling the lies the Left tells, let alone while pretending to be some special moral character. I wouldn't sleep. I guess it makes me weak but I couldn't.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 02:03 PM (H3Mdk)

404 > Had lobster tails on the submarine. The experience reminded me of chewing an eraser. People tell me that they're actually really good. Not taking out another mortgage to find out.

My dad was in the Air Force. From what he said, the Navy guys would go absolutely NUTS at the the high quality of the food at Air Force clubs. They always raved at how much better the food was there. I heard the same thing from other Air Force guys too. You Navy guys got the short end of the stick in many ways.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (Odg76)

405 Been baffled for years how Red Lobster stayed alive in PA. The sites were robbed blind by staff serving free food and drinks to family and friends.

Posted by: L - If they do it with you, they'll do it to you too at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (NFX2v)

406 I've been in tons of places where the water in the bathroom is cold or lukewarm at best. Yuck.

Posted by: Minnfidel at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (4p0Xq)

407 They need to go back to cooking their fries in beef tallow.
Posted by: JT

being a scamp of only 29, I never got to experience these.

Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (CIS44)

408 Under Biden: You know cereal can be for dinner too!
Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 01:42 PM (ibTVg)


Have you seen the price of cereal lately?

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (U7wke)

409 I really don't want to drive to Maine just for steamers, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (d9fT1)

If you are heading up towards Maine, give a shout. Would love to buy you a beer (or ??) or two at one of the fine local microbrewery or distillery establishments. Link is in my name.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (N39Ws)

410 373 Whoppers used to be pretty damn good.
Now BK is just straight diarrhea.Posted by: LGBTQ+ at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (yOPBE)

I knew a district manager for BK back in the old days. He said the flame broiling was designed to give a char on the outside while leaving the interior of the burger a juicy medium rare. That was in ancient times when you didn't have to immolate anything with meat in it.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (VP9ao)

411 Oh, and LOTS of sweaty cooks and workers. Do you know how hot it gets back there?

Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (iFTx/)

Everything in a kitchen is hot.

I say this as someone who has been both a server and dishwasher. There's no break from it.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (KbCG3)

412 Most Spirulina is grown overseas in big ponds in very questionable conditions. This study found Microcystin toxins above the recommended daily limits in all samples examined.

http://tiny.cc/25q3yz
Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (Odg76)

I thought Spirulina was a band?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (b6zMF)

413 " I couldn't live with myself telling the lies the Left tells, let alone while pretending to be some special moral character. I wouldn't sleep. I guess it makes me weak but I couldn't."


I think you have to lose some part of yourself to become a politician.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (fV+MH)

414
I wouldn't say they were straight.
Posted by: LGBTQ
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This is about me, isn't it?

Posted by: The Burger King at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (XeU6L)

415 They need to go back to cooking their fries in beef tallow.
Posted by: JT at May 15, 2024 02:03 PM

THIS. That's what made them good. The zero tranasfat stuff is shit.

Posted by: Minnfidel at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (4p0Xq)

416 >>> 205 https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M2SL
Posted by: gp Decays To Plage at May 15, 2024 01:32 PM (MvF+J)
===============
Yes, and choose the 5 Year M2 chart get the full dramatic effect. Biden Built This.
Posted by: Huck Follywood at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (NmlmT)

Go for the Max. Growth has been ridiculous and then there's an almost vertical spike right around March 2020...

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (llON8)

417 hmm. i think i'll start to referring to that rag as "the gain of function rag".
Posted by: anachronda at May 15, 2024 02:01 PM (v3pYe)

Scott Joplin composed in 1915 a nice little ditty, "The Gain Of Function Rag."

Quite a hit... in 1918.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (dGCAG)

418 I really don't want to drive to Maine just for steamers, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (d9fT1)

They used to be in abundance in CT--that's like half the distance and you don't have to make an excuse for not seeing JackStraw on the way.

Posted by: TexasDan at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (z/ifB)

419 That's the majority of restaurants, even upscale ones. If you saw the back area, you wouldn't want to eat there. People think the back areas of restaurants look like those huge, gleaming, modern kitchens on all the cooking shows. Oh no. The real deal is total chaos, marginal sanitary efforts, and usually old and beaten-up appliances and utensils. Oh, and LOTS of sweaty cooks and workers. Do you know how hot it gets back there?
Posted by: Elric Blade

I went into kitchens of restaurants quite often when I was a yute doing deliveries. Big variation and not like one would think--upscale were often rat infested crapholes in 'historic' buildings for atmosphere. A lot of mom and pop restaurants were clean enough to eat from the floor there.

Tops for cleanliness though were the hospitals and convent kitchens that I delivered product to. Schools were second.

Posted by: whig at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (8QJ54)

420 Too bad about Red Lobster. Now the guy in Happy Gilmore will have no place to meet Shooter McGavin for dinner.

Posted by: Lex at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (fMN7A)

421 412 Most Spirulina is grown overseas in big ponds in very questionable conditions. This study found Microcystin toxins above the recommended daily limits in all samples examined.

http://tiny.cc/25q3yz
Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 01:54 PM (Odg76)

I thought Spirulina was a band?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (b6zMF)

Jazz fusion, I think.

Posted by: Super popular in the late 70s at May 15, 2024 02:06 PM (Wc83a)

422 Just had a huge torta Cubana from the local place, Beef, sausage, ham, cheeses, lettuce tomato, avacado onion and jalapeños.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (RjRQf

Recently I finally perfected my torta/telera rolls. And I mean perfected. I'm just saying.

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 02:06 PM (H3Mdk)

423 Have you seen the price of cereal lately?
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (U7wke)
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You have to get the big bags of Malt-o-Meal puffs.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at May 15, 2024 02:06 PM (Be/+i)

424 David Axelrod said, “I’ve said from the beginning, if you’re sitting around the kitchen — and I feel strongly about these democracy issues, I think they’re very, very important — but if you’re sitting around the kitchen table talking about democracy and the future of democracy, it’s [probably] because you don’t have to worry about the cost of the food on your table. If you have to worry about that, it’s more likely the thing on your mind. And I think there, I’ve been — I’ve said before, I think the President needs to lean into those issues a lot more. He seems more intent on defending his economic performance and getting credit for the good work that he has done in many ways and not really advocating for people in a tough economy because of the inflation.”

Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 02:06 PM (RHGPo)

425 Sad that nobody picked up on The Office Space reference.

So sad.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 02:06 PM (KbCG3)

426 I really don't want to drive to Maine just for steamers, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM

Beats driving to Cleveland for a steamer.

Posted by: Minnfidel at May 15, 2024 02:06 PM (4p0Xq)

427 405 Been baffled for years how Red Lobster stayed alive in PA. The sites were robbed blind by staff serving free food and drinks to family and friends.
Posted by: L - If they do it with you, they'll do it to you too at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (NFX2v)

Should have seen them when they opened one up in Portland Maine. Advertising how fresh their seafood (frozen) was - when the fishing docks were less than a couple miles away.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at May 15, 2024 02:06 PM (N39Ws)

428 In the magical land of Rhode Island you can't swing a dead lobster without hitting a clam strip.
No place better than Flo's.
Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 01:36 PM (LkLld)
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Are they really strips or do they fry the whole damn clam in one piece like they do in Cape Cod?

I ordered scallops once across the pond without realizing they served the entire scallop--stomach, gonads, gills, mantle, YUCK! Naturally I only ate the civilized part.

Posted by: IrishEi at May 15, 2024 02:06 PM (3ImbR)

429 420 Too bad about Red Lobster. Now the guy in Happy Gilmore will have no place to meet Shooter McGavin for dinner.
Posted by: Lex at May 15, 2024 02:05 PM (fMN7A)

Ha HAAA! JACKASS!!!

Posted by: The guy in Happy Gilmore at May 15, 2024 02:07 PM (Wc83a)

430 This blonde in a dress breathlessly awaits an acknowledgement from the government that at least when it comes to inflation, deficits are, indeed, a problem:
http://tiny.cc/a4q3yz
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at May 15, 2024 01:43 PM (d04cU)


Still waiting: https://is.gd/EHd7Pc

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 02:07 PM (U7wke)

431 423 Have you seen the price of cereal lately?
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (U7wke)
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You have to get the big bags of Malt-o-Meal puffs.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at May 15, 2024 02:06 PM (Be/+i)

As a starving college student, I once bought cereal at a dollar store.

I would not recommend dollar store cereal.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 02:07 PM (KbCG3)

432 Some reporterett was talking about inflation on the radio this morning and how it wasn't going down as planned. Referred to it as "stubborn." As if it had a mind of it's own and just refused to comply with regime policies. .

Yeah, high because it is stubborn. But nothing to do with policy.

Even when journalist sort if tell the truth they are still lying shamelessly.

Posted by: Ripley at May 15, 2024 02:07 PM (JojsZ)

433 404 > Had lobster tails on the submarine. The experience reminded me of chewing an eraser. People tell me that they're actually really good. Not taking out another mortgage to find out.

My dad was in the Air Force. From what he said, the Navy guys would go absolutely NUTS at the the high quality of the food at Air Force clubs. They always raved at how much better the food was there. I heard the same thing from other Air Force guys too. You Navy guys got the short end of the stick in many ways.
Posted by: bonhomme

FWIW, Canada and Italy had the best food on bases that I can recall. US Army was at teh bottom of the barrel as far as US services went. AF and Navy vied for top.

Posted by: whig at May 15, 2024 02:07 PM (8QJ54)

434 Had lobster tails on the submarine.

Did you roll down the window to get one?

Posted by: Minnfidel at May 15, 2024 02:08 PM (4p0Xq)

435 Newsom Says Climate Change Partly to Blame for California Budget Deficit

Damn straight ... when Newsom is busy wasting tax payer money of Climate Change BS, he isn't help the citizens of California

Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 02:08 PM (RHGPo)

436 AWS is the profit driver for Amazon and other services (like Prime, Alexa) run at break even or even at a loss in order to glom onto customer data for sale.

Posted by: whig at May 15, 2024 02:02 PM (8QJ54)

Pooky's cousin does AI and algorithm stuff for Amazon in DC. Nice kid, but I wonder how much his eyes have been opened in the last few years (he just became a dad too).

Posted by: pookysgirl was born cynical at May 15, 2024 02:08 PM (dtlDP)

437 ..., the bread makes all the difference. I'll bet your torta rolls are splendiferous.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 15, 2024 02:08 PM (RjRQf)

438 418 I really don't want to drive to Maine just for steamers, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 15, 2024 01:47 PM (d9fT1)

My son has been sending me care packages from "The Lobster Guy" out in Maine. Good stuff.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2024 02:09 PM (VP9ao)

439 Out: "Raping" the sea for food

In: Showering with Ashley

Posted by: 18-1 at May 15, 2024 02:09 PM (ibTVg)

440 Per TGP: Barge collides with bridge in Galeston Bay.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory, red heifer owner at May 15, 2024 02:09 PM (CFoZl)

441 Everything in a kitchen is hot.

I say this as someone who has been both a server and dishwasher. There's no break from it.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer
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See Orwell, 'Down and Out in London and Paris', his descriptions of filthy kitchen work in posh Paris restaurant.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 15, 2024 02:09 PM (XeU6L)

442 I have told innumerable architects and designers that restroom doors should open out, not into the room.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at May 15, 2024 01:59 PM (lTGtQ)

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH EXTRA SPACE THAT REQUIRES?

Posted by: Every Architect at May 15, 2024 02:09 PM (z/ifB)

443 402 McDs has to return to being consistent - doesn't have to be great, just acceptable
Posted by: BlackOrchid

They need to go back to cooking their fries in beef tallow.
Posted by: JT at
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The only buy at McDs is the fish sand - maybe the full breakfast.
Open your bun next time and look at the patty - it's small.
I patronize Jack now. The patty is thicker, tastes like meat and comes to the edge of the bun- both sides.

Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 02:09 PM (lCWOD)

444 Do you know how hot it gets back there?
Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (iFTx/)

Because the Navy required a fighting force and you had a trapped crew for months on end, let me assure you, as the Food Service Officer onboard my ship, among other things, I did the inspections required by the US Navy, before, during and after every single meal. I did not want to face removal for food borne illness. That place gleamed.

But the food, while plentiful and cheap, was pretty pedestrian, I don't mind telling you. The recipes and the costs were worked out many years in advance, and woe be to that FSO and/or PorkChop that went about serving food onboard in his own way...

Posted by: Boswell at May 15, 2024 02:09 PM (K+UlC)

445 Some brand names are refusing to let Amazon sell their wares, Temu is eating at Amazon's share on the low end for Chinese junk, and in many places, delivery has slowed.

Posted by: whig at May 15, 2024 02:02 PM (8QJ54)

I saw recently someone talking about Amazon's nazi practices. If you are a retailer, they can tell you how much you must charge, so if you want to raise or lower your price, they tell you not to, and if you do, you lose your cart box, which apparently is vital to businesses completing sales (without it, customers go to a different retailer, usually a Chinese knockoff).

if you sell your item elsewhere, they tell you to raise/lower your price on that site too, or else.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 02:09 PM (dGCAG)

446 435 Newsom Says Climate Change Partly to Blame for California Budget Deficit

Damn straight ... when Newsom is busy wasting tax payer money of Climate Change BS, he isn't help the citizens of California
Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 02:08 PM (RHGPo)

Weird that Napa and Sonoma continue to bring in the tourism dollars.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 02:10 PM (KbCG3)

447 Just had a huge torta Cubana from the local place, Beef, sausage, ham, cheeses, lettuce tomato, avacado onion and jalapeños.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM


Om, nom, nom!

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2024 02:10 PM (FAGAJ)

448 Kitchen update:

We have an oven. A full range, actually. We should have a sink by end of day.

Still no hood. The second oven isn't hooked up. The electrician needs to come back to finish hookups for the dishwasher and a couple of other things. Lots of little fixups to do.

But, we're about 90-95% done. Almost.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting kaiju with Ishiro Honda at May 15, 2024 02:10 PM (GBKbO)

449 I want to wash my hands before I eat and forcing me to use a germ blower to dry them and then open the door with my now clean hands defeats the purpose
Posted by: 18-1


Thing I learned living overseas; always carry a fresh handkerchief.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at May 15, 2024 02:10 PM (IG4Id)

450 I nuke my lobster tails. They come out perfect every time.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (RjRQf)

451 He seems more intent on defending his economic performance and getting credit for the good work that he has done in many ways
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Oh wow such harsh bare-knuckle criticism. It's like Biden just got in the ring with Mike Tyson and The Incredible Hulk.

"his economic performance!"
"the good work he has done!"

Geez take your foot off the gas for a minute, David. Why don't you just unalive his mother while you're at it?

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (H3Mdk)

452 My dad was in the Air Force. From what he said, the Navy guys would go absolutely NUTS at the the high quality of the food at Air Force clubs. They always raved at how much better the food was there. I heard the same thing from other Air Force guys too. You Navy guys got the short end of the stick in many ways.
Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (Odg76)

Yeah pretty much true, but I hold no ill will towards the Air Force, and maybe one day, we will let them join the real Miliary.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (SHAib)

453 >>>:-I don't go to Red Lobsters anymore. I was so disgusted by the things I witnessed. Servers cussing and reaching under their shirts and wiping off their boob sweat with their bare hands and then returning to the floor without washing; employees who were always late (or absent), and really, really high; a gay old manager who made sure twincks got all the best shifts/stations; and I won't even talk about the dishwashing area - that was enough to make me wanna puke
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Why do you think this doesn't happen at other restaurants?

Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (lCWOD)

454 Dark City and Automat for lunch.

Posted by: Itinerant Alley Butcher at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (6oezN)

455 >>Are they really strips or do they fry the whole damn clam in one piece like they do in Cape Cod?

Flo's are or at least were strips the last time I was there. But there are so many places around here where you can get them. Seafood is kind of thing here and a lot of these restaurants have been around forever serving largely the same menu.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (LkLld)

456 Our "leaders" have the alien worms in their brains.

Posted by: Itinerant Alley Butcher at May 15, 2024 02:12 PM (6oezN)

457 My dad was in the Air Force. From what he said, the Navy guys would go absolutely NUTS at the the high quality of the food at Air Force clubs.
~~~~~

Maybe it's different now. My son separated about seven years ago and did nothing but complain about whole wheat pancakes and turkey bacon.

Posted by: IrishEi at May 15, 2024 02:12 PM (3ImbR)

458 Some reporterett was talking about inflation on the radio this morning and how it wasn't going down as planned. Referred to it as "stubborn." As if it had a mind of it's own and just refused to comply with regime policies. .

Yeah, high because it is stubborn. But nothing to do with policy.

Even when journalist sort if tell the truth they are still lying shamelessly.
Posted by: Ripley at May 15, 2024 02:07 PM (JojsZ)

Obviously Donald Trump told it not to go down.

We should put him on trial for that. One trial for going down on Stormy, another for not going down on the economy.

Damn that Trump.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 02:12 PM (dGCAG)

459 nood police

Posted by: BruceWayne at May 15, 2024 02:12 PM (CIS44)

460 The two men reportedly drove a “box truck” up to the base’s main gate and informed the guards that they were with Amazon and were making a delivery to the post office in the Town of Quantico, located on the base, officials from the Quantico Marine Corps Base confirmed to Potomac Local News.

After preventing the two men from gaining further access to the base, the men were detained and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), so they could be let out on parole while planning even more mischief.

Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 02:13 PM (RHGPo)

461 Oh, and LOTS of sweaty cooks and workers. Do you know how hot it gets back there?

Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (iFTx/)

Everything in a kitchen is hot.

I say this as someone who has been both a server and dishwasher. There's no break from it.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (KbCG3)
_______

I too have been server and dishwasher. At least the servers get a reprieve from the heat. The dishwashers, cooks, and support staff? Nope.

Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 02:13 PM (iFTx/)

462 RMBS, it was delicious and cheaper than a meal at McDonald's

This local place is in no fear of closing.

Posted by: Ben Had at May 15, 2024 02:13 PM (RjRQf)

463 382 No. My employer pays me and is an entirely separate entity and is not associated with the CC companies in any way. This is true for the vast majority of folks. So again I ask: how can restaurants draw conclusions about their customers’ salaries??
Posted by: LinusVanPelt
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Go to somewhere like Optery to find out just how much data that databrokers have accumulated on you. Virtually everyone has a substantial dossier compiled by every single method possible because the companies that you deal with sell your information.

I used to have to ask income questions on farm surveys when I worked on USDA agricultural surveys. Most people rejected answering that question but answered most of the rest of them--fairly easy to impute the income in most cases by USDA economists at home base with a high degree of accuracy.

Data is much more available now and there are actual models of different income groups and using data from the cc agencies and vendors to reverse engineer imputations of one's income.

Posted by: whig at May 15, 2024 02:13 PM (8QJ54)

464 Yeah pretty much true, but I hold no ill will towards the Air Force, and maybe one day, we will let them join the real Miliary.
Posted by: Nevergiveup
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My BIL (USAF- Ret.) says, 'I wasn't in the military, I was in the Air Force.'

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 15, 2024 02:13 PM (XeU6L)

465 Why do you think this doesn't happen at other restaurants?
Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (lCWOD)

Big difference between a restaurant that is run by a hired manager and one run by an owner.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2024 02:14 PM (VP9ao)

466 the bread makes all the difference. I'll bet your torta rolls are splendiferous.
Posted by: Ben Had at May 15, 2024 02:08 PM (RjRQf)

God gave me two things in life. An incredible wife I don't deserve and the baking skillz.

Though she does get a lot of dessert for her trouble.

Hope you are well, hon. 😘

Posted by: ... at May 15, 2024 02:14 PM (H3Mdk)

467 >>They used to be in abundance in CT--that's like half the distance and you don't have to make an excuse for not seeing JackStraw on the way.

CBD wishes he was coming here this weekend. This weekend is the annual oyster festival with oyster growers from all over the state. It's an orgy of oysters, clams, shrimp and other yummy treats from the sea along with enough booze to sink the Navy.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 02:14 PM (LkLld)

468 The only buy at McDs is the fish sand - maybe the full breakfast.
Open your bun next time and look at the patty - it's small.
I patronize Jack now. The patty is thicker, tastes like meat and comes to the edge of the bun- both sides.
Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 02:09 PM (lCWOD)

Must be getting close to lunch time, because I'm salivating here at the thought of a fish sammy from Jack in the Crack.

Posted by: BurtTC at May 15, 2024 02:15 PM (dGCAG)

469 Yeah pretty much true, but I hold no ill will towards the Air Force, and maybe one day, we will let them join the real Miliary.
Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (SHAib)

Yeah, no...the rest of the military can't afford to maintain all their golf courses...

Posted by: Boswell at May 15, 2024 02:15 PM (K+UlC)

470 Did Michael Cohen Commit Perjury In The Trump Trial?

...an honest judge would have no alternative but to grant a motion for a directed verdict and end the case before it goes to the jury.


Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was unavailable for comment.

Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 02:16 PM (RHGPo)

471 Have you seen the price of cereal lately?
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (U7wke)

I haven't bought cereal in a while, but the price of regular old oatmeal is getting pretty disgusting to look at.

Posted by: Octochicken at May 15, 2024 02:16 PM (oCS0o)

472 enough booze to sink the Navy.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 02:14 PM (LkLld)

Every sailor I've ever met: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Posted by: pookysgirl, former Chair Force wife at May 15, 2024 02:17 PM (dtlDP)

473 I saw recently someone talking about Amazon's nazi practices. If you are a retailer, they can tell you how much you must charge, so if you want to raise or lower your price, they tell you not to, and if you do, you lose your cart box, which apparently is vital to businesses completing sales (without it, customers go to a different retailer, usually a Chinese knockoff).

if you sell your item elsewhere, they tell you to raise/lower your price on that site too, or else.
Posted by: BurtTC
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WalMart and Sears paved the way. I worked for a time for Sears and I knew a lot of the early Wal Mart admin folks due to Arkansan roots. Buyers from both set the specifications and vendor prices for items and even the quality level expected (Sears used the good, better, and best system--wal mart didn't make that distinction back then).

Wal Mart drove Murray mowers into bankruptcy after virtually destroying its ability to sell outside of Walmart by cheapening the product so much.

A lot of smaller firms fell into WalMart's death spiral where the more they sold to Wal Mart, the less their profit was. Only the big firms like Nabisco or Procter and Gamble could tell Wal Mart to bugger off.

Posted by: whig at May 15, 2024 02:18 PM (8QJ54)

474 To paraphrase Stalin

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Stalin won WWII single handed! The Russki propaganda film The Fall of Berlin. A 15 minute review.

https://shorturl.at/GHVZ2

A truly astounding number of lies including that we and the Brits only pretended to bomb the Nazis since we were actually on their side.

I actually was aware of this movie because Dimitri Shostakovich wrote the score which I thought was pretty good. Dimitri himself probably hated it, though. He complained in his memoirs about being forced to do such propaganda.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, I've Been Through the Desert On a Horse With No Shame at May 15, 2024 02:18 PM (L/fGl)

475 Why do you think this doesn't happen at other restaurants?
Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (lCWOD)

Oh believe me. I do. I get really nervous about eating out these days. Usually just say no.

Posted by: Lady Who Always Has a Burning Question at May 15, 2024 02:19 PM (JCLJi)

476 CBD wishes he was coming here this weekend. This weekend is the annual oyster festival with oyster growers from all over the state. It's an orgy of oysters, clams, shrimp and other yummy treats from the sea along with enough booze to sink the Navy.
Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2024 02:14 PM (LkLld)
~~~~~

Does anyone know what happened to the invitation JackStraw sent us for the Oyster Festival? It's gotta be around here somewhere.

Posted by: IrishEi at May 15, 2024 02:19 PM (3ImbR)

477 Fishermans feast was my favorite too. One day I had it after an illness. I realized how much butter/margarine/crisco they used.

Havent been back since. This was maybe 2005

its a diabetes factory

Posted by: Butkus51 at May 15, 2024 02:19 PM (BBPQE)

478 Walmart killed RubberMaid
forced their profit margins down, then dropped them

Posted by: SMOD at May 15, 2024 02:21 PM (RHGPo)

479 A truly astounding number of lies including that we and the Brits only pretended to bomb the Nazis since we were actually on their side.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, I've Been Through the Desert On a Horse With No Shame at May 15, 2024 02:18 PM (L/fGl)

Do the Russians currently believe this? Because it would explain a lot if they do.

Posted by: pookysgirl, trying to understand at May 15, 2024 02:22 PM (dtlDP)

480 465 Why do you think this doesn't happen at other restaurants?
Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 02:11 PM (lCWOD)

Big difference between a restaurant that is run by a hired manager and one run by an owner.
Posted by: jwest
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Beach resort expensive restaurant there I worked at. They had live fish the help had caught swimming in the sinks.

Posted by: Braenyard at May 15, 2024 02:23 PM (lCWOD)

481 The Russians also poo-poo our war against the Japs in the Pacific.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at May 15, 2024 02:26 PM (tA1+m)

482 I've ate at Pepe's a number of times. It's good food.

Posted by: Eric2 at May 15, 2024 02:28 PM (QmrCV)

483 Oh, and LOTS of sweaty cooks and workers. Do you know how hot it gets back there?

Posted by: Elric Blade at May 15, 2024 02:00 PM (iFTx/)

Everything in a kitchen is hot.

I say this as someone who has been both a server and dishwasher. There's no break from it.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at May 15, 2024 02:04 PM (KbCG3)

A few seconds if you are lucky enough to be able to pitch something in the dumpster. Even if its 100 degrees outside its cooler because there's a little evaporation.

I was lucky to have graduated to busser early on in food service.

Posted by: Oldcat at May 15, 2024 02:44 PM (eoQWY)

484
A truly astounding number of lies including that we and the Brits only pretended to bomb the Nazis since we were actually on their side.

_________

We could have not bombed the Nazis, which would have freed up most of the Luftwaffe and a ton of 88s used for ack-ack.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at May 15, 2024 02:49 PM (omDF7)

485
.an honest judge would have no alternative but to grant a motion for a directed verdict and end the case before it goes to the jury.

__________

Who cares if it gets overturned on appeal? That's way in the future. Better to get a phony-baloney conviction now.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at May 15, 2024 02:53 PM (MoZTd)

486
Where is Teh Ewok gonna go for fartclams?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 15, 2024 03:12 PM (n+4am)

487 "My suspicion is that they're going to offer the $5 meals as a loss leader and cover for drastically reducing staff and automating wherever possible."

I was told by a McDonald's employee about 3 weeks ago that they were going to be getting rid of the cash registers soon--at least at that store, but I don't know how widespread it will be--and making everyone use the kiosks to order inside.

Posted by: Rick C at May 15, 2024 03:16 PM (BMUHC)

488 Replaced with the new Red Mealworm restaurants receiving $700M in government grants.

Posted by: Hal Dall at May 15, 2024 03:24 PM (sOVaX)

489 Didn't Anna Puma work at Walmart ?

Posted by: JT at May 15, 2024 03:30 PM (T4tVD)

490 You could buy coffee for $8 at WalMart last year, same coffee is now $11 a can. There is no inflation, just your sick imagination.

Posted by: Fred at May 15, 2024 03:36 PM (bXvrr)

491 They removed roast coffee in cans from the CPI, because I guess very little is still sold in cans, but roasted and ground coffee is still a component of the CPI

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at May 15, 2024 03:37 PM (5t75B)

492 $5.00? i remember when you could get a cheeseburger, fries, and a Coke for less than $1.00.

Posted by: iowaan at May 15, 2024 03:48 PM (gT62X)

493 Red Lobster is grossly overpriced reheated frozen meals for boomers. Biden didn't kill Red Lobster, a younger demographic who chooses to eat at local restaurants over chains did.

As to Walmart, it hasn't really been on fire since before the pandemic. Ask Amazon what happened.

Posted by: TerenceT at May 15, 2024 04:44 PM (mDbFW)

494 BIDEN NOT WELCOME,BIDEN GO AWAY

Posted by: Tamaa the Drongo Bird at May 15, 2024 05:22 PM (wGqjj)

495 Would love to bid but don't have the means to move everything on Friday. Will work on logistics. When one closer to me closes will want to have everything in place to have an awesome home Red Lobster.

Posted by: jimmymcnulty at May 15, 2024 09:33 PM (/B4Ic)

496 Anna Puma said she had jobs trouble, but I don't know specifics. Last I knew she worked at Walmart.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at May 16, 2024 08:48 PM (u82oZ)

497 I've seen meat on one ship in a box stated: Rejected by State Prison Central Kitchen.

In my Navy experience most of the cooks and chops try hard. Every once in a while the wardroom would order special food, like when leaving Italy. But the same kitchen prepared all food on the ship.

One time the western omelet poisoned the ones who ate it, and I was on the bridge 12 hours, including a Straits of Messina transit, because I did not.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at May 16, 2024 08:52 PM (u82oZ)

498 72 gallons (274 liters). Forty gallons (151 liters). The act
states that an apology is just not an admission of fault for legal purposes, but
merely an expression of sympathy.

Posted by: Dessie at May 19, 2024 07:46 PM (wX5h4)

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