Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lies in Advertising are the Norm with McDonalds et al

I pulled into the local Mickie D's to get myself a sandwich
As I gazed hungrily at the menu I placed my order
I opened the wrappings to find a crooked sandwich
Pickles and mustard all on one side and cheese on the other
One lonely thin leaf of lettuce and a slight sliver of tomato
Why are companies permitted to lie in their advertising? Sometimes I think it is funny, other times it just makes me mad but one thing for sure – I am really getting tired of all the lies being blasted out at us by marketers and ad agencies.

And what about restaurants? Have you ever gotten a sandwich or plate of food from a restaurant that looked anything at all like the picture on the menu? I have not. In fact the actual sandwich barely even resembles the ‘doctored up’ photo they display. It doesn’t matter if you go to a fast food joint like McDonalds or Burger King or a fancier place. They have these pictures advertising their food yet the food looks very little like the photos! Can anyone tell me why they are allowed to do this?

Maybe someone should create a website specifically for this. I can see it now. Here is the photo that they present to sell you on that sandwich and here is a photo of the actual sandwich! Any similarities? Very little if any at all!

Places like McDonald’s are bold faced liars and we need to stand up and tell it like it is. If I were to try the same thing with selling cars, or a house or nearly anything other than food could I get by with it? Would I be permitted to show you a picture or a model of a house or car, sell it to you, then give you something completely different? No! People would be outraged and law suits would be filed. But when it comes to restaurants all bets are off and lies seem to be acceptable.

The next time you order food at a restaurant why not ask for a manager and ask them why your food doesn’t resemble the picture on the menu. Why not ask them if they think it’s acceptable to lie so blatantly to their customers?

In the words of Neil Young “You pay for this but they give you that”.

According to the corporate website McDonald's wants every customer to have a great experience every time they visit. You can submit your feedback be it negative or positive -

Of course this isn't limited to McDonald's. It includes, I am guessing, a very high percentage of fast food type places as well as many other restaurants. Next time you go to one of the higher priced "sit down" places note whether or not your food looks like the promo materials.

I do not expect my sandwich to look exactly like the picture in that every seed and every piece of lettuce is in the same place, but I do expect there to be a close resemblance and especially to the quantity and quality.

When you have a problem with the food you order let them know about it. Ask for a manager and tell them what you think and what you want. If you don't want to be confrontational you can wait until you get home and call back. Almost no one complains or informs management, most people just "go on".

Many Cops Routinely Break the Law

Last month I wrote about a problem with the law - Arrested and Forced to Pay Up Again - where I was actually arrested for a fine that I had already paid years ago. Here is a bit of an update about how it went when I appeared in court.

After I paid the fine for the second time the judge told me I was free to leave. I turned around and started to walk out of the area and realized that I hadn't gotten any sort of receipt. I turned back around and walked back up toward the judges bench and said that I would like a receipt. I told her that I didn't want to go through the same thing again or get arrested on my way home. They were all taken aback and acted as though it was quite a strange thing for someone to request a receipt! At first the judge didn't know what to do but then she had them photocopy some form which she signed.

I said, "I'm not going to try to take up any of your time your honor but while I am waiting for that receipt I want to say a few things." I told her about how the police officer was going at 73 mph in a 55 mph zone while taking me to jail and how he had left my wife and kids sitting by the Interstate out in the middle of nowhere. I told her that I really felt the entire thing was completely unfair and that we all saw cops speeding and breaking traffic laws often. She said I was wrong and that cops didn't speed or break any traffic laws unless they were on an emergency and perhaps off to save a life. I disagreed. I told her (loud enough for all in the courtroom to hear) that we had all seen it many times. Police officers routinely run red lights and stop signs, they fail to give turn signals, they pull out in front of you, they tail gate and they exceed the speed limit.

Not too long ago I was coming home late one night, just going up a country road with my wife and children. In the rear-view mirror I saw a set of very bright headlights coming up fast. It was foggy and the road was very curvy so even 55 mph (the posted speed limit) was a little too fast. Anyway, the car in the rear-view closed in on us and soon they were right on my bumper! I was starting to get a bit angry because this was definitely unsafe and that driver was risking the life and safety of me and my family. I kept easing off the gas pedal slowing down gradually until I was doing about 25 mph. The driver behind me then flashed on his blue lights, it was a Kentucky State Trooper! He asked for license and insurance and then told us to be careful.

I know there are some good cops out there and over the years I have met a few of them. But when people like me drive around and we see law enforcement breaking laws and endangering the lives of others for no reason it really makes us angry!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

UFO in Floyd County Southeast Kentucky

I don't recall the exact date but this happened somewhere around 1975 or 1976 in Floyd County, in the small town of Wayland Kentucky. My father and I were on our way home from church when we came upon a crowd of people standing out in the middle of the road talking and pointing up at the sky. We got out of the truck to see what was going on. It was very strange for so many people to be out in the middle of the night.

We soon discovered that they were watching "something" up in the sky.
This 'thing" I saw seemed to be spherical in shape but there was no way to know for sure. Basically I saw a light or perhaps the reflection of light on a craft. There were about 20 other people who saw the same thing. It was around 11 PM in southeastern Kentucky.

It appeared to be purple in color and what could be seen was just a circle. The strange thing was how it maneuvered. It would "sit" in one position then would go off at a right angle in an instant, it was extremely quick and darted back and forth for awhile. Eventually it shot straight off into the sky like lightning.

The facts are that myself and numerous others saw something that was tangible and that "something" could maneuver in a way and achieve speeds that seemed impossible. Even today, more than 30 years later, I know of no technology that could do this.

I am very curious to know whether others have ever seen anything like this.

Sites with more information about UFOs:

The Alien UFO Factor

Alien UFO Truth

Sunday, October 10, 2010

If You're Going to Drive Stay Off That Phone!

I was leaving the grocery store and nearly wrecked as I had to slam on the breaks to avoid hitting a car that pulled out directly in front on me. I was looking right at the car and the driver did not look in either direction, she never even glanced at all! What was she doing? She was talking on her cell phone!