Mango banana berry wild
Extra sweetened to hook a child
Smoothies fructose supersized
Wages food stamp subsidized
Here I go again, another long caption. Please feel free to skip it, you wouldn't miss much. 😊
There's a story behind this photo, taken a while ago. One fine night I passed by this restaurant, which is part of the world's 2nd largest fast food chain (the largest is Subway), and noticed these large plastic posters on its window. The backlighting was kinda interesting, so I decided to take a few pictures from the sidewalk, all the way across their parking lot.
Within minutes, some guy in restaurant uniform came out and told me to stop taking pictures. Didn't even say please. I explained to him I was on a public sidewalk, not on their property. I could do whatever I want and he better back off. But he kept repeating "No pictures!" So I encouraged him to report me to the police.
Guy went back inside. I finished my picture taking, but decided to hang around the sidewalk some more, hoping they would actually call the police so that I would have additional photo opportunities when the cops showed up.
A few minutes later, the McManager himself came out, perhaps after consulting with their lawyers, and conceded that everything's cool. He didn't say sorry, but would still like to know what the pictures were for. I told him they're for social media. He then offered me a complimentary smoothie. I politely declined, cuz I enjoyed staying pissed.
In retrospect, all of this seem so petty. I wish I had the presence of mind to de-escalate the mini-situation like an adult. These guys were just trying to do their job.
That's especially true with the first guy. He's not being paid a living wage for his labor already. And as if that wasn't stressful enough, along came this self-righteous a-hole with a camera …
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