Fast Food News

Chipotle Faces $2 Billion Lawsuit For Allegedly Using Photo Of Woman Without Permission


This is probably not the best way for Chipotle start off the year, but the burrito bowl maven is in the middle of another lawsuit. This time, a woman is suing the fast-casual chain for more than $2 billion for using an image of her in a promotional photo she says Chipotle had no permission to use.

According to Grubstreet, Leach Caldwell of California is seeking a least $2,237,633,000 from the company for a photo taken by a food photographer Steve Adams in 2006. Caldwell alleges that Adams took a photo of her eating at a Denver Chipotle.


Caldwell refused to sign a form to use that image after her encounter with him, but discovered eight years later that the image of her was used as promotion at a Florida Chipotle store in 2014. Additionally, alcohol was digitally added to Caldwell’s photo in front of her.

Chipotle founder and CEO Steve Ells and Adams are named as defendants of the suit. The specific amount in her suit is a reflection of the company’s profits from 2006-2015.

Fast Food News

McDonald’s Reveals How Much You Would Save If You Buy Their Coffee


Last year, McDonald’s announced that they planned on implementing some major changes in their McCafe coffee concept at the beginning of 2017. Among the changes was a proposal to move towards more sustainable coffee beans, as well as reduce prices for beverages to beat the competition.

In further updates on this strategic rollout, McDonald’s has revealed exactly how much money they’re projected to save customers if they purchase their coffee.

For example, the fast food chain’s $1 any size coffee will save customers anywhere from $84-$93 over four months. McDonald’s is also lowering the price of their small specialty hot drinks to $2, which will save customers about $109-$140 over a period of four months.


Savings are calculated for someone buying coffee five days a week from January through April. The pricing is compared to that of competitors’ regular coffee and popular small specialty hot beverages (lattes, mochas, and hot chocolates).

If we can avoid long coffee shop lines and save ourselves some cash for unessential kitchen gadgets, we’re down for it.

Culture Hit-Or-Miss

Japan’s ‘Tuna King’ Pays More Than $600,000 For A Single Fish


Sushi entrepreneur Kiyoshi Kimura, also known as Japan’s “Tuna King”, has won at Tsukiji’s famous fish auction once again.

Kimura, the head of Japan’s Sushizanmai chain, paid more than a whopping $600,000 for a 212-kg (467-lb) Bluefin tuna at the first auction held at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, according to AsiaOne. Based on the price he paid, a single piece of tuna sushi would cost around $85, 25 times more than the $3.40 price he charges at his 51 stores spread all over Japan.

“I feel it was a bit expensive, but I am happy that I was able to successfully win at auction a tuna of good shape and size,” said Kimura.

The “Tuna King” was able to transition his successful chain into a national brand by paying massive amounts of money at Tsukiji’s first auction every year. Kimura has won six straight times including this year – which is also essentially and strategically used for publicity.


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His most expensive purchase by far was a bluefin tuna he won at the same auction against a rival bidder from Hong Kong. He paid an eye-watering $1.8 million at the New Year’s auction held in 2013.

Although the prices look very intimidating, Kimura makes sure that he gets the most out from his purchase. To spread the word and place the spotlight on his business, Kimura announced on Japan’s major TV networks that the bluefin tuna will be cut and distributed among his many restaurants.

“As always, I want to buy the best one so that our customers can have it. That’s all,” Kimura said.

According to Daily Mail, the 2017 fish auction could be the last one at Tsukiji – the world’s largest fish market.

The event was supposed to be moved in another location in November of last year but it was put on hold because of toxic contamination concerns at the new site. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said that the move could be delayed until spring of 2018, but all plans remain indefinite.

Written by King Malleta | NextShark | Feature Image via Flickr / Tai-Jan Huang

Hit-Or-Miss Restaurants

This Couple Posted A ‘Tipping Trick’ That’s Pissing Off The Internet


A pretty scummy Internet post is going viral, showing one of the cruelest ways to get “the best service of your life” at a restaurant.

Munchies reports that the image is going super viral and making its way to many publications and Reddit threads.

To sum up the block of text above, you go to a restaurant and lay out five singles on your table. You then meticulously pay attention to your waiter’s service throughout the meal, knocking off a dollar every time a mistake is made. The post summates that your server will be so afraid to lose any part of that already-low tip that they’ll produce uncanny service just to make the full five dollars.

The Facebook screenshot garnered some pretty major Internet backlash, with folks easily siding with waiters and waitresses.

Making a mockery of the people serving you aside, is this really how you’d want to try another human being just doing their job? It’s shenanigans like this that makes us feel uneasy about the state of the world.

Cravings Features Restaurants

How Expensive Buffet Restaurants Trick You Into Thinking They’re A ‘Great Deal’


Any person heading to an expensive buffet restaurant thinking the higher-priced buffet meal is worth the money is probably just being duped into thinking so.  

A study suggests that all-you-can-eat restaurants may have been leading consumers to believe that they are getting better deals for food just because they are paying more.

Published in the Journal of Sensory Studies, the research conducted by Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that when customers are charged more for an all-you-can-eat buffet, they tend to rate the food higher than when charged less for the same food.

In the study, participants were divided into two groups, and made to pay a different price for the same buffet meals. The experiment revealed that the group who paid more expressed a higher satisfaction rate than those who paid less.

The findings highlighted that consumers generally tend to think that the quality of food is better just because restaurants charged a higher price, regardless of the food’s actual quality.


“People set their expectation of taste partially based on the price—and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If I didn’t pay much it can’t be that good. Moreover, each slice is worse than the last. People really ended up regretting choosing the buffet when it was cheap,” said Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management  professor David Just, one of the study’s authors.

Some buffet restaurants also employ strategies to discourage customers from taking larger quantities of food, according to Dollars and Sense.  Diners do this by presenting dishes in smaller quantities. Not only does doing so increase the perceived value of the dish, but it also makes consumers take less and leave the rest for other patrons.

Such tactics, in addition to reduced expenses in food preparation and individual services, make for higher revenue for the restaurant if done right.

Of course there are those who are able to beat such systems by using a methodology of their own, as one dude from London who pushed the AYCE buffets to their limits.

Written by Ryan General | NextShark

Health Hit-Or-Miss News

The Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Harvard Scientists To Make Fat Look Bad, 50 Years Ago


Sit back and listen to his sweet piece of sugar news. NPR reports that in the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that played down how dangerous sugar was and shifted the blame of heart disease to fat.

A recent article published by JAMA Internal Medicine, sheds some light on what transpired 50 years ago. Through internal documents, the article shows that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation was trying to disprove the role of sugar in heart disease.

Around that time, there had been concerns about sugar being a possible contributor to the coronary illness. In an effort to quell the issue, the SRF took action.

In 1965, the SRF sponsored a report from Harvard nutrition professors that essentially said there wasn’t much of a link between sugar and heart disease. Instead, that report shifted the blame to fat and heart disease. There was not even any mention at all that the sugar industry had sponsored it.

We know today that too much sugar essentially leads to weight gain and diabetes, significantly contributing to the risk of heart disease.

Now we can’t help but wonder what else is low-key bad for us. Fortunately, it’s almost time for lunch and we’re grabbing some BBQ. Nothing healthier than some good all-American red meat.


Philly’s Soda Tax Is The First Of Its Kind, And It’s Expensive AF

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Philadelphians will soon be paying extra on some of their sweeter drinks after Philadelphia just became the first major U.S. city to successfully pass a soda tax.

The Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax, as it’s officially named, will be 1.5 cents per ounce and taxes items including non-100% fruit drinks, flavored water, pre-sweetened tea or coffee, non-alcoholic beverages that are intended as mixers for alcoholic drinks and flavored water. reported that the tax is expected to add up to 18 cents to the cost of a 12-ounce can, $1 to a 1-liter bottle and about $2.16 to the cost of a 12-pack.

Exceptions to the law will include baby formula and products more than 50 percent fruit or vegetable juice.

The passing of the tax follows months of controversy. While the tax passed with a 13-4 vote and was supported by Philadelphia mayor, Jim Kenney, the vote followed a multi million dollar opposition campaign by the beverage industry. Following the vote, the American Beverage released a statement saying it will seek legal action to stop the law, saying it “unfairly singles out beverages,” and calling taxes of this kind “discriminatory and highly unpopular.”

Kenney was able to sell the idea of the tax with the plan to use the expected $90 million to support pre-kindergarten, community schools and recreation centers.

Berkeley, California previously passed a similar tax, but no major U.S. city has been able to pass such a tax. Other major cities who tried in the past to pass similar soda taxes include New York and San Francisco.

With the tax set to go into effect on January 1 maybe it will give Philadelphians the incentive they need to follow through on their New Year’s Resolutions to kick soda.


Drunk Dude Tips $1,000, Shamefully Asks For It Back The Next Morning

As a former server, I can tell you that I used to thrive off of drunk guests. I would do everything in my power to make sure that they had a fantastic time, all the while ignoring the people I “knew” wouldn’t tip me well, like high school couples, Middle Eastern people and postal workers. The postal workers may not be a common thing, maybe I’ve just had a randomly bad history with them.

One particularly hammered man enjoyed his time at a restaurant called Thailicious in Denver so much that he ended up leaving a $1,088 tip for his server. The server was shocked at the generosity, but had the foresight to assume that this may have been a mistake. He immediately went to his superiors, husband and wife co-owners Surachai Surabotsopon and Bee Anantatho, and explained the situation to them.

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Husband and wife owners Surachai Surabotsopon and Bee Anantatho.

Thankfully, they had the forethought to hold onto the money for a short time, in case Drunky McTipstoomuch came crawling back, begging for his money, which is precisely what he did.

As soon as the restaurant opened the next morning, the customer was there waiting and apologizing profusely for the mistake. Anantatho felt bad for the man, so she very graciously returned the money when she certainly didn’t have to. She suspects that he thought he was leaving $1 bills instead of $100. The grateful customer then left a $40 tip for the server, which obviously isn’t a $1,000 tip, but most servers know better than to complain about a $40 tip.

I’m sure Anantatho, Surabotsopon and the rest of the staff will be seeing him again soon, since generosity and understanding like that from a restaurant deserves a lifetime of patronage from that very lucky man.



Photo Credit: The Denver Post, Moving Gal