2009 Year in Review: Side Dishes

When applying for a job, try not to rob the place

OMAHA, NEB.—Here’s a helpful hint on what not to do when interviewing for a job: Try not to rob the restaurant where you say you want to work.

A man here, who asked for and received a job application at a local Subway restaurant, began filling out the paperwork, but then reportedly got up from his seat, pulled out a knife and demanded the money from the cash register, according to a report in the Associated Press.

The prospective employee/alleged thief then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Maybe the pay just wasn’t enough to entice him.

Subway is now offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest of anyone involved in several robberies of its restaurants in the Omaha metro area.

‘Older’ diners decry cafe server’s classification

BOSTON—We’ve all heard the old cliché “age before beauty,” but one woman recently took umbrage at the sensitive descriptor “Older Couple” when it appeared on her credit card receipt while dining out recently at a local restaurant here.

According to the Boston Globe, Cheryl Fox, 55, had dined at Sam’s Café with her husband, when she saw the identifier a server had put on her bill.

“I was like, ‘Whoa! Wait a minute!’” the woman told the Globe. “We’re fit. We’re healthy. We’re active. Maybe I am considered an older person now, but I certainly don’t identify myself that way.”

The manager said servers often use identifying characteristics to keep track of their tables, but agreed that this probably was not the best choice of words.

We wonder if the server could be described as “Callow Youth?”

Doctors’ group stews over beefed-up burger

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.—The staff dietitian at a physicians’ group here has asked minor league baseball team the West Michigan Whitecaps to put a warning label on a new 4-pound, 4,800-calorie hamburger being sold at its concessions stand.

Dietitian Susan Levin of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine sent the team a letter asking that the burger be labeled a “dietary disaster” that increases the risk of cancer and heart disease, the Associated Press reported.

The $20 burger is composed of five beef patties, five slices of cheese and nearly a cup of chili with salsa and corn chips, all stuffed inside an 8-inch bun.

A spokesman for the team said the item already was being promoted as a very unhealthy menu item.