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posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 07:33 PM
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I travel all over the US as my job requires,and there are certain things
that I have been noticing in travel centers,restaurants etc.. nothing that
you would say is very important,but is very telling to me of the state of
decline that our country is in.
What am i talking about,it is simple things,like at a lot of restaurants they
don't have napkins on the tables anymore,you have to ask for them, I feel
that it would be a common courtesy to have them placed there,but for some
reason they have been removed,Is it to costly? I don't think so,considering
the fact I had to pay $2.19 for a glass of tea,never thought i would see that.

Another point, this really irks the s**t out of me,a lot of times i will decide
that i will take the cheap way out for lunch and dinner,and just have a hot dog
instead,and i have noticed that the ketchup and mustard in the pump bottles
have been watered down to such a point that it lacks consistency.

This morning I had a sausage biscuit,I asked for some strawberry jelly in
the packet,well to my surprise it has been watered down to! I could go
on and on,but you see the point i am trying to make here.

Have any of you noticed the same things that i have? If so,please give an example.Thanks




posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 07:59 PM
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Watered down jelly IN the packet? Yuck, that doesn't sound right.

I've found places that don't offer the paper placemat a real turn off.
Who knows how many germs are on that uncovered table. Sure they may wripe it down, but still.....
Ugh!



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:01 PM
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reply to post by itsallmaya
 


I have noticed that to,great point! It is a turn off!



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:17 PM
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The tables should be getting wiped down with a disinfectant after every meal/user.

And the pump ketchup and mustard might have to be watered down to work right in those pumps, or they just might be buying cheaper bulk goods that are a little less concentrated. Often what seems like 'cheap' is for a reason. People will steal napkins and even those little jelly packages by the hundreds. It adds up for the restaurant and can make the difference between staying open and not.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:22 PM
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reply to post by signalfire
 


I think it all about saving a dime myself,thanks for your reply.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:45 PM
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Originally posted by PatriotsPride
reply to post by signalfire
 


I think it all about saving a dime myself,thanks for your reply.


I think it's about boosting profits at the expense of the customers. Poor service, crap food and the customers will take it, never complain because they have been conditioned that "it's just the way it is"



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:50 PM
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This is along those lines and it bothers me, the fact that the food we shop for is coming in smaller containers.
They market it as if the prices aren't rising like competitors, when in reality you aren't getting as much product.
If a box of pasta was always a pound, and is now 12 or 14 ounces, are we being tricked outright?
My mother in law brought me a bag of sugar and I thought it a typical 5lb bag, but it was only 3lbs. She noticed it afterwards and thought it strange. Being a guy who enjoys a well stocked pantry, I sometimes feel like I am spending the same but stocking less.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:52 PM
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And it seems to get worse everyday, i wonder what will be cut out or
cut back on next, even the meat on hamburgers is less than what it
used to be! I had a Krystal burger the other day,and the pickle slice
was thicker than the meat.Krystal in some parts of the country,White
Castle in others. Thanks for your reply



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:52 PM
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Originally posted by shadow watcher
This is along those lines and it bothers me, the fact that the food we shop for is coming in smaller containers.
They market it as if the prices aren't rising like competitors, when in reality you aren't getting as much product.
If a box of pasta was always a pound, and is now 12 or 14 ounces, are we being tricked outright?
My mother in law brought me a bag of sugar and I thought it a typical 5lb bag, but it was only 3lbs. She noticed it afterwards and thought it strange. Being a guy who enjoys a well stocked pantry, I sometimes feel like I am spending the same but stocking less.

Another trick they do is keep the containers the SAME size but put less inside it haha.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 08:55 PM
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Absolutely,I have noticed the same thing with charcoal,we pay
as much for a 17lb bag for what used to be 20lbs!



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:03 PM
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It is definitely a scam that manufactures are pulling. I wouldn't blame the local restaurant as much as their suppliers. Working at a grocery store I noticed more and more products being given a "new" look and decreasing their sizes while charging the same. While I was working price change, I would see alot of 30 cent increases over the course of a month for a product then a sudden swap in size at the end. The average shopper doesn't have time to notice this, which is how they get away with it.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:05 PM
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reply to post by TheSparrowSings
 


My wallet sure notices it!



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:12 PM
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reply to post by PatriotsPride
 


I noticed a few things.
When Poland Spring changed the large container it's less than a gallon.

I order from Outback for curbside takeout. Their burgers are great fresh ground sirloin but they added stuff to the online ordering like requesting the brown bread you would normally get when you dine in. They used to automatically include it.

That sugar thing pissed me off when I noticed it.

But I do want to add that not all business skimp like this. We have a great local market that still offers free coffee and I not just talking crap coffee with powdered cream. They serve Green Mountain with real cream and sugar. I asked one of the managers recently about how much coffee they go through and he said the budget for the coffee last year was just over $30,000. They want to keep people happy. Plus it's a tactic the coffee is located right next to all the hot prepared food that you have to smell to get to the coffee.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:12 PM
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I havent noticed anything...

Americas the greatest!!! HOORAH HOORAH!! USA USA USA



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:17 PM
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a sausage biscuit with strawberry jelly?


you order the cheapest thing in the lowest budget place in town, what are you expecting?
edit on 12-10-2012 by Rikku because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:20 PM
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reply to post by Rikku
 


so what,its fast food,the fact is your getting less than what
you used to get,thats the point of this thread.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:26 PM
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reply to post by obnoxiouschick
 


I have seen the same thing at a seafood restaurant,used to be they would
have a nice cream cheese and shrimp spread on crackers at no charge,
now you have to pay for,I am ok with that,they do have to make money,
it was nice while it lasted though.Thanks for your reply.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:27 PM
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everyone has to cut back.
sorry about your disgusting fast food, but that's the world we live in.

oh i'm sorry , your special, you deserve more, we'll see to this right away sir.we'll pay it it out of our own pockets.

after all you are an american.


edit on 12-10-2012 by Rikku because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:32 PM
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reply to post by Rikku
 


go troll some where else.



posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 10:20 PM
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Originally posted by PatriotsPride
reply to post by signalfire
 


I think it all about saving a dime myself,thanks for your reply.

Many restaurants with the rising cost of food and labor are barely hanging in there. There has to be a profit margin met, the taxes are taken way ahead of you even making the money. If you can't pay the lease on your building or meet a thousand growing expenses you have to cut costs, we have had to cut labor and so people left are working like dogs.

Maybe things will get better I would hope. I doubt we would ever stop having napkins!




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