Monday, September 08, 2008

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Burgers

I don’t go to Burger King much, but yesterday I used the drive-through at the store on Veterans Parkway. My son had been bugging me for weeks to go to Burger King. I’m not sure why, maybe he’s seen the ads for whatever toy their giving away in their kids meals.

After ordering, I pulled up to the first window to pay. I noticed a sign on the window stating that taking pictures or video of prohibited. Huh? What’s that about?

I paid the woman and decided I would try to sneak a picture of the sign. How ironic it would be! But I stopped myself. While it would have been satisfying to take the forbidden picture, I had to weigh that against the (remote) possibility of them withholding my son’s kid meal. The resulting fit of a five year-old would have been horrible and a penalty I wasn’t willing to risk. So I put my iPhone down and compliantly took my change and moved on to with window where the food awaited. But I’ll be back, Burger King, I’ll be back. And I will take a picture of that sign. I just won’t have my son with me.

Still, I wonder what that sign is all about. What mischief has been caused by photographing the Burger King cashiers? Why is photography being banned in the drive-through? Does McDonalds have a similar problem?


JeromeProphet said...


They're scared.


So let's see. That would imply they're trying to hide something.

The company you trust to serve you something that you take into your body is trying to hide something.

JeromeProphet said...

By the way, it's a lost cause.

A camera already no larger than a button can easily be placed into a lapel, and secretly make video recordings.

Maybe if this were the 1960s it might seem dick tracy, but the fact that these companies are trying to prohibit this now is laughable.

Does anyone recall how a female manager of a McDonald's forced a McDonald's sixteen year old female employee to give oral sex to her fiancee, or was it some delivery guy?

It was all recorded on McDonald's video cameras.

So it's not like you aren't being recorded, it's just that they want to record you, but not have you able to record them.

I see a day when people like myself will carry very small, button sized, video recorders just about everywhere, and record their daily lives.

There will be millions, maybe tens of millions of video bloggers doing this, and there won't be anyway to tell it's being done, and there will be no way to stop it.