Top 5 reasons why the ‘fast food purse’ won’t work for Americans

Fast food purse cuts down on waste and allows you to carry your fast food purchase with one hand

Like the Red Cloud ketchup/fry duo, this is a type of packaging that I didn’t know we needed “fixed” but apparently we do.

Unfortunately, after watching this gif one too many times, I started to notice a whole lot of reasons why it just wouldn’t work for Americans.

  • The cup holder is way too small! Come on, we’re the home of the ‘super size it’ phenomenon and even if McDonald’s no longer has that option, that doesn’t mean we don’t still have much larger drinks than what would be seen as normal or ‘regular’ in other countries. 
  • There’s only room for one each! So what if a normal combo comes with a small burger and small fry? Unless your burger is small enough and the variety that goes in a wax paper wrapper instead of a box, this isn’t going to work out so hot.
  • Mixing cold and hot is bad! Speaking of hot, we want our fries as hot as possible and the drink as cold as possible. Chances are, we’re not going to get that from a fast food restaurant half the time anyway, so putting them right next to each other, even temporarily, is likely to make us whine even more.
  • Can’t steal fries at the same time! Everybody knows the joys of stealing fries out of the bag while driving or walking to your eating location. I know the goal of this packaging is to make it a one-handed journey, but what good is having the other hand free if you can’t use it to easily steal fries? Or to get a drink from the cup, for that matter?
  • Not enough packaging! Sure, there’s been a trend toward minimalism and a bunch of extra packaging isn’t a GOOD thing, that’s for sure. But as Americans, we tend to come up with some great excuses for those extra layers of trash (like how it helps keep the heat in!). The designer said she reduced the overall volume by 50%, but between our excuses and our need for bigger holders, I just don’t think that’s going to fly in the US.

If that’s not enough, think about how manly American men are going to reject ever carrying something that’s been called a ‘purse’. This is far too dainty for them. And all that fry grease is sure to leak right through that dainty purse and destroy the whole thing anyway, so nope, back to the drawing board!

McDonald’s in a mansion

fast food, restaurant | May 20, 2013 | By

McDonald's mansion near Jericho Turnpike and Hyde Park in Long Island New York
While I don’t immediately think “mansion” when I see this building, considering it’s from the 1800s and in New York (Hyde Park, specifically, for you locals), then this clearly wasn’t your average sized house either.
And now, it’s a McDonald’s! This isn’t anything new and it’s been this way since the early 90s, but I had never seen it before.
My favorite part is that they full restored the glass veranda, too, and allow it to be used as a dining area:

Glassed in veranda dining area in McDonald's that's been put in historic restored mansion in Long Island New York
View from the McDonald's manshion in Hyde Park Long Island New York 

So maybe the view isn’t that great, but it’s still far superior, both inside and out, than your standard Mickey D’s:

What McDonald's usually looks like

Who doesn’t want a pancake wedding cake? – Las Vegas Denny’s wedding chapel

alcohol, fast food, nablopomo | November 11, 2012 | By

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*raises hand*

Me. I don’t want a wedding cake made out of pancakes. Well, I mean, maybe I would…. pancakes are pretty good, but…. Ooo, I wonder if they would allow a syrup fountain? It’d be a wedding cake fondue event with….

Wait, no. I said I didn’t want this, didn’t I? Oops.

Anyway, for those who really do want it, apparently Denny’s is opening a new location up in Las Vegas that will not only hold wedding ceremonies, as per the  marriage tradition in the city, but it will also have a full service bar for all the guests. You wouldn’t want your Elvis priest to be sober, right?

Also, I wasn’t joking about the pancake wedding cake. The chief marketing officer said it:

“It’s unique. It’s different. It’s going to be an icon within Vegas. People are going to want to travel to see this Denny’s,” she said. “The wedding scene is such a part of Vegas, and who doesn’t want a wedding cake made out of pancakes?”

Ooooo, and look at this cake I found while looking for a pancake one. Too bad it’s mostly real cake only shaped to look like breakfast foods.

 Wedding cake that's made of breakfast foods - Pancake cake, krispy kreme donuts, hashbrowns, texas toast gumpaste coffee cup  and bacon around the bottom