Nasty, just Nasty!


I’m hungry,”El Paso 306 miles”, a comfy bed is six hours awaits me in this border town.  This is the desert.   Oh look, another tumbleweed.  I don’t want to stop, I just wanna go to bed.   My food options off the Interstate, was  fried, fried and fried.  I chose a familiar chain, the girl on the speaker was a bit huffy.    Ahead of me is a light blue Ford F-150, the occupants are having a very animated conversation.

Money was exchanged, drinks and bags were passed.  The brake lights went off and then abruptly came on,  more animation.  A problem with the fries, the man was handing them back and was waived off by a large girl with a black Mohawk.  The F-150 pulled away.  I rolled my window down, the winds of Montezuma rushed through the window of the drive through into my car, caused my head to recoil.  The stinky air from the restaurant is now contaminating my car.  I turn off the AC and roll down all the windows.

The girl with the Mohawk, said 7.41.  I handed her 10.    The girl was dirty.!  She wasn’t in uniform, she was wearing  blue striped overalls, and a shirt that someone from a auto repair shop might wear.    There were a collection of stain on the overalls. When she reached for the money. I could see her mails, they were filthy .  What the fuck?  Who would buy anything here?  Oh I would!  I just gave her money, when I should have just kept driving from the moment she opened that filthy ass window.

In my mind, I said to myself, the big girl wont be handling the food.   Then another girl appeared,  they were sharing a laugh.  The other girl sneezed and wiped her nose on her sleeve and then wiped her nose again on the front of her hand.   OMG Fucking Gross!

My drink, ,followed by the food through the window.  Oh my gawd, the air coming through the window smells soooo bad!!! .    The two girls are disgusting AND I’m starving!   I’m slowly driving through the parking lot, saying to myself, well the heat will kill the germs. (My mother used to say that)      But I cant do it.  For a brief moment, I considered taking it back, but what I am I going to say.  Y’all nasty!  I want my money back!     I didn’t  want to risk reaching into my bag and pulling out a fry, so I dumped every thing in a nearby bin.

Back on the Interstate, windows down.  Still  Starving, another drive through.  Nope, not gonna do it.   I park my car.  I step into the restaurant. and wait for the smell.  So far so good.  A few people are ahead of me..   I peer into the kitchen, every one is clean,  floor is clean, counters clean.  A young kid takes my order,  nails clean, uniform stain free.

Can I have bacon on my burger?

CityFella

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Thieves fry Kenya’s power grid for fast food


A vandalized transformer lies on the ground in Thika town near the capital Nairobi

[Kenya Power Ltd]

Vandals smash electrical transformers to steal viscous fluid that’s later sold as cooking oil for roadside stalls.

Nairobi, Kenya – The morning scene is increasingly routine for Kenyans. When it’s time to start the day, the power is already out. Somewhere nearby, the shell of a wrecked electrical transformer lies on its side underneath the pole where it had been fixed seven meters off the ground.

The culprit is an unusual one: A vandal who is selling the toxic oil, drawn from the transformer, to chefs who use it for frying food in roadside stalls. Five litres of the viscous, PCB-laden liquid sells for $60. It looks like cooking oil, but lasts much longer, users say.

Kenyans’ appetite for fried food and cheap frying oil is stalling the country’s urgent efforts to build a modern electrical grid, even as it sows the seeds of a public health crisis, experts say.

And with utility companies reporting similar vandalism across East Africa and as far away as South Africa and Nigeria, the crime spree is becoming another thorn in ambitious plans to electrify Africa.

Sudden blackouts darken businesses and communities across Africa. In a continent where 70 percent of Africans are not yet connected to grid electricity, the World Bank says even those manufacturers who do have a connection lose 56 days a year, on average, to blackouts.

Such power losses can cut revenues as much as 20 percent for businesses that can’t easily use or afford backup generators, World Bank said.

Even companies that don’t experience blackouts are likely to suffer as utilities pass on the price of continually replacing transformers.

In 2012, replacing transformers cost Kenya Power $4m, about seven percent of its net profit, according to Kevin Sang, a communications officer for the company. Umeme Uganda, a power distributor, had to spend $2m this year, said Patrick Mwesigwa, the company’s chief financial officer.

One big problem is that the oil that cools electrical transformers is also great for frying cassava, chips and fish. Other than fuel, thieves tout it as a “remedy” for wounds, and even to make cosmetics, said Tom Muhumuza, a senior project manager for Ferdsult Engineering Services, a Ugandan firm that deals with energy projects.

The copper wire from transformers is sold to fix motors and as scrap metal, which enters the global market and can end up as far away as India and China, Muhumuza said.

Kenya represents the problem in microcosm. On paper, its goals for electrification seem promising: It’s sub-Saharan Africa’s fifth biggest economy, according to the World Bank, with better infrastructure than most. Kenya Power Ltd aims to bring electricity to 70 percent of all Kenyans within five years, up from the current 35 percent.

Kenya has even had some success fighting transformer vandalism. In 2013, 535 transformers were vandalized across the country, a stark drop from 898 in 2011, according to Kenya Power. That may be due to a 2013 law that imposes a minimum 10-year jail sentence on transformer vandals.

Kenya Power has also started mounting transformers in more inaccessible places, such as inside homes and much higher up on poles.

But that’s no comfort to Barnabas Ikahu, who runs a small printing company to supplement his income as a teacher in Kaheho, a town 200km northwest of Nairobi.

Ikahu’s plant churns out calendars, business cards, wedding invitations and photocopying and is typical of the small businesses that are the backbone of Africa’s economic growth. His business stops every time the power goes out.

He’s thinking of buying a generator to keep things going, but that would cost around $300 – enough to erase most of his profit when combined with the costs of generator fuel.

Even generators aren’t a possibility for Nderitu Miano, a welder based 30km away from Kaheho, because the machines he uses to fix farm equipment or car parts suck more power than he can get from the type of small generator he could afford.

When the power goes out, “everything stops”, he said. Customers, many of whom don’t have electricity at all, don’t understand why he can’t get their work done.

Within hours of the power going out, transformer oil can end up on the street, where it creates another health and environmental problem because it contains highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The United States banned PCBs in 1979.

“Consumption of PCB-laden chips poses a health risk to Kenyans in a country where health services are already underfunded and doctors are in short supply,” said Dr Esther Maina a biochemist at the University of Nairobi. But use of the oil is so widespread that she, herself, got sick from it when she bought chips at a roadside stand.

Kenya Power, the firm that distributes power in Kenya, is now thinking about building transformers that don’t use oil. Such transformers are not widely used and cost about half as much as ones that do use oil.

More lethal than the Whopper: How Burger King pleases the 1 percent, screws its workers


More lethal than the Whopper: How Burger King pleases the 1 percent, screws its workers

It pays workers like me so poorly I need public assistance despite working full-time. Now it’s dodging taxes

BY: ANTHONY MOORE/Salon.com

For the past year, I’ve worked at a Burger King in Tampa, Florida, making $9 an hour. Taxes are taken right out of my paycheck like they are for most people in America.

But Burger King doesn’t want to pay its fair share. Burger King wants to be seen as an All-American brand, and it is happy to benefit from taxpayer subsidies. But when it comes time to give back to the nation that has made them among the top fast-food chains in the world, Burger King is doing everything it can to get out of paying its fair share of taxes.

I just read that a new business deal could get Burger King and its owners out of paying $1.2 billion in U.S. taxes. Apparently, Burger King and its largest shareholders have a scheme to dodge hundreds of millions in U.S. taxes over the next four years. The key to it is that they bought a doughnut company in Canada called Tim Hortons, and now Burger King is using that purchase to claim that the whole Burger King empire is really a Canadian corporation and not American at all. This move could help Burger King avoid almost $400 million in U.S. taxes and save its main owners another $800 million.

Let’s do some math real quick. I make $9 an hour. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll be generous and say I work 40 hours a week. (Hardly any fast-food workers are scheduled for a full 40-hour work week, which is why so many of us need to work a second or third job to get by.) That’s $360 a week—just under $19,000 a year before taxes. I need food stamps and Medicaid to support my two kids. I’m not the only one. Because pay is so low, a lot of Burger King workers have to rely on public benefits just to survive. All in all, it adds up to around $356 million that taxpayers pay each year to help feed Burger King workers because our pay is so low.

Have you ever heard of something so ridiculous? I feed people for a living. I work for an incredibly rich company. But I can’t afford to feed my family, so American taxpayers just like me are footing Burger King’s bill.

Not only is Burger King taking money from taxpayers, but now that it’s Canadian, it’s not even going to pay back into the system. It’s like the shareholders have taken a giant vacuum cleaner and are just sucking hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and depositing them straight into the bank accounts of a few billionaires. Doesn’t really seem fair.

What all this means is that Burger King will continue to market itself as an American brand when it comes to making money off U.S. consumers and taxpayers, but when tax time rolls around, the Burger King and its major owners will be singing “O Canada.”

As for me, I have joined a movement of other fast-food workers who want companies like Burger King to be responsible to their employees and the people they serve. We want them to pay their workers $15 an hour and respect our right to form a union without retaliation. Better wages would lift a lot of Burger King’s workers out of poverty, and mean that we wouldn’t need to rely on food stamps to feed our families. And we want the company to pay its fair share of taxes like its employees already do.

Anthony Moore works at Burger King in Tampa, Florida, and is part of the nationwide Fight for $15.

Mc Merry Christmas


We could give you a glowing picture of a fire place.  A picture of the snowy mountains in Tahoe or a happy, happy family opening Christmas Gifts.

Nah!

This Kwistmas its all about the Golden Arches.

 

A Ladies Man

Last week ,23 year old Michael Jenkins of Upper Darby wanted things  HIS way?  The problem was he was at McDonalds not Burger King.  According to reports Mr Jenkins was taken by a employee.(she was phine)  He flirted with her, offered  come back and take her out.  Dude failed, she wasn’t giving him the time of day, I don’t she think she asked to supersize his order.

Jenkins (a playah) reached in the window and grabbed her breasts.  The po po caught up with Jenkins at a nearby bar.  He admitted he was at Mcdonalds and told the cop “he was “A Ladies Man” and told them “the girl wanted him”

The ladies man was charged with indecent assault, public drunkenness, harassment, and disorderly conduct. He was later freed on an unsecured $30,000 bond.

 

There are consequences

    when you forget my McDouble !

Your in the drive through. You stick your head out of the window and clearly shout out your order.   The person taking your order asks you if every thing on the screen is correct?   You scream YES.  You speed away on the freeway or get all the way home and your short fries or a burger.     Your PISSED beyond belief.    You sigh and go on.

Well on Monday, 21 year old  Demetri Johnson who lives somewhere in Tennessee was beyond pissed.   He turned his car around and went back to the Nashville Mcdonalds and told them he was missing a Double cheese.

A manager at the store asked Mr Johnson if he would park his car and a Cheeseburger would be brought to him.

Guess they weren’t moving fast enough.   Mr Johnson entered the restaurant with a Gun!  he demanded that his McDouble order be fixed. “He and the three women with him also demanded fresh fries and new soft drinks.   They left after they received their order. 

Demetri is on the lamb!    He’s no stranger to the courts., he has previously been arrested for weapons possession and theft.   For his burger,tantrum he is now wanted for felony aggravated assault.    Demetri stay away from Joseph Avenue.

 

Hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas 

Thanks for Reading

CityFella

The 7 Rules of Healthy Fast Food


Don’t want to order a McSalad? We don’t blame you.  Consider this supposedly healthy item: McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal contains more sugar than a Snickers bar. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that a recent survey by the food research firm Technomic found though 47 percent of Americans say they want healthier restaurant options, only 23 percent actually order healthy. Why? The study indicated that most people don’t believe healthy menu options are healthy. You’re (often) right!

So how can you eat healthier at the fast food joint? Follow this advice.

THE BEST MEATS
You’re in the clear with turkey, roast beef, and ham, but avoid sausage or bacon. Replacing that sausage with ham? It can save you up to 500 calories a week. If you stick with the sausage, pair it with something nutritious and flavorful, like jalapenos or sweet red onions.

PLAIN, PLEASE
It’s a rule of thumb: the less ingredients, the better. Take a BLT: bacon, lettuce, and tomato—simple. And usually never more than 400 calories. Beware: Many restaurants butter buns. Ask for it dry and save yourself 100 calories.

More from MensHealth.com: The 20 Worst Restaurant Foods in America

THE PERFECT PIE
How about pizza? It all depends on the crust (choose thin over thick) and the toppings. Add toppers like spinach, pineapple, or ham instead of pepperoni—4 pieces can add almost 100 calories—to cut calories and add nutrients.

CHOOSE COLORFUL CONDIMENTS
Go with a colorful sauce. Red ketchup, yellow mustard, brown BBQ sauce: good. Creamy mayo, and “secret sauces”: bad. Burger King’s mayonnaise can add up to 160 calories to a burger. Swapping it with BBQ sauce saves you around 100 calories. Want an even better replacement? Salsa, America’s most popular condiment, is full of vitamins A and C from its tomato base. It also contains the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene.

GET IT GRILLED
Seems simple, but this rule is many-a-time abused in crispy chicken salads or KFC’s grease-lathered two-piece combo. Try asking the restaurant to swap fried chicken for grilled—it may not be on the menu, but it’s worth a shot.

PAY ATTENTION TO PORTIONS
The steak isn’t the problem so much as the size of steak. A serving size of beef is 3 ounces, the same size as a deck of cards. Consider this digit next time you’re eyeing that 12-ouncer. Save half of big-portioned meals for leftovers—this includes burritos, which can be a big-time offender of portion control. Chipotle’s Mexican Grilled Chicken Burrito packs 1,179 calories. Halving portion sizes halves calories.

THE COFFEE CULPRIT
Your latte could be to blame for those love handles. Whipped up with loads of sugar, the jolt you get from these babies is from syrup, not caffeine. Switching to a macchiato or cappuccino will save you about 60 calories a cup. For the real caffeine addicts, consider an Americano—a few shots of espresso and hot water. Other coffee commandments: sugar-free syrup will save you up to 50 calories a pump, and always skip the whipped cream (it adds 70 calories and 7 grams of fat).

By:Cassie Shortsleeve/Men’s Health