September 8, 2006
This is what I observed: People working at fast food chains are obese, unhealthy and lack energy. They literally drag themselves from one counter to another, fake their smiles, seem as if they came to work straight from bed and seem very disinterested.
Contrast this with people working at health-conscious eateries like Souper Salad or Subway. They are fit, enthusiastic, full of energy, beaming with loads of genuine smiles.
I propose the “Feel-at-home” theory. I said theory, but it is close to being called Pavan’s axiom (TM).
When you are at any of these obese joints (McD, Wendy, etc.. hmmn did you notice they rhyme?), if you see healthy people (sexy babes and hunks) at the counters, would you buy food there? Nope, because you know what that food does to you (err make you fat, incase you didnt know), and these people, who sell junk food to us are NOT eating it themselves (how else that figure?). Hence, the drift between us (the customers) and them (the cashiers) increases (both physically, and otherwise). This is called the guilt factor. We dont want this. So if we see people who are fatter than us, who take 5 minutes to move from the cashier’s box to the soda fountain to serve us, and are at the serving end, it somehow makes us feel better, and help us forget the guilt of eating the junk food. This is the “I-wont-become-like-him/her” factor.
Same with Souper Salad: You made a conscious choice. You went there for health reasons. Unless the people there stand by that (by being fit), and show brimming health (not overflowing as with McD’s), you wont be compelled to eat there.
So, now let us ponder further. Who goes to Souper Salads? A 5-min sit-in would tell us the following classification:
- Those who are really really obese (even by American standards) for whom every calorie counts, literally.
- The older people, who cannot digest anything other than salads and soups.
- Moms with their just-born babies: coz they have to get back to their “OMG, are you married?” look.
- People like me.
Why was I there?
- For a veggie, this is my last destination after I am bored with grazing in the campus lawn, eating at the mexican place and cooking.
- It is near, very near.
- I sometimes get possesed by a uber-health-freak demon
- It is a buffet! and costs only $6! Eat-all-you-can! Store-all-you-can! I sometimes ruminate.
- They have all kinds of soups and salads, some pizzas, cakes, icecreams, desserts (fruit salads), macaroni, etc..
It is a nice place. Give it a try, if you havent.
PS: I didnt mean to poke fun at obese