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Old 03-31-2016, 11:47 AM
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:28 PM
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:36 PM
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Nope. It's not the fast food industry at fault for serving what they sell.

Seems the FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) needs a big time overhaul.
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The food industry as a whole is responsible for what they sell, but people are responsible for what they slide down their gullets.
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Forbid? Here, in America? Hmm . . . well, as far as I understand it, everyone's responsible for their own choices. Unfortunately, people don't have the willpower and here, in America, most of the citizens feel they're owed a living so CAN make any choice they want (well, within reason).

So, no. Forbidding fast food places (or making them illegal) would go against the company/franchises's rights to create a franchise in the first place where they can make a serve food. What those companies SHOULDN'T do is just toss out tons and tons of (at least edible) food, but give it to people who don't HAVE any. Oh, but God forbid, it's against the law to feed the homeless/hungry. :/

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Lol! Heck, I'm excited to see you smacking down an opinion back here, Dev!
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It's not going to happen.

Besides, the fast food industry is in decline. Soft drink and processed/packaged food sales are down. Companies like Conagra and Kraft are reporting declining or sluggish sales.

When it comes to healthy eating, Americans have a long way to go, but it looks like we might be headed in the right direction.
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To forbid them from existing, no. To restrict the places they can be built, yes: not in areas of outstanding natural beauty, not on sites of special scientific interest, etc. I can imagine a fast-food-joint-free community such as a town or village. Here in the UK there have been successful campaigns to stop a Starbucks from opening in a historic town centre.
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What those companies SHOULDN'T do is just toss out tons and tons of (at least edible) food, but give it to people who don't HAVE any. Oh, but God forbid, it's against the law to feed the homeless/hungry. :/
There should be some kind of tax credit for donations of food from restaurants to homeless shelters; perhaps that would get the ball rolling. There are unfortunate people everywhere.

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It's just the low-lighting by candle flicker . . . kind of gives everyone's faces an eerie/shadowy presence, doesn't it? I thought the effect would heighten one's curiosity to join in. Should I set out a few more candles on the table to brighten things up?
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Should I set out a few more candles on the table to brighten things up?
Hmm . . . well, then we run the risk of someone coming back here and sweeeeeping all of the candles off the table in a snit, catching the sparkly curtains on fire, and everything else in between.
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To forbid them from existing, no. To restrict the places they can be built, yes: not in areas of outstanding natural beauty, not on sites of special scientific interest, etc. I can imagine a fast-food-joint-free community such as a town or village. Here in the UK there have been successful campaigns to stop a Starbucks from opening in a historic town centre.
"Historic Communities" or "Quaint Villages" etc mange to keep the fast food and chain restaurants - as well as chain/big box stores.

It accomplishes several things - it is a type of protectionism for traditional businesses and it does maintain character/architecture/beauty, etc.
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Fast food chains trying to plop restaurants down into historic locations doesn't seem to be a big problem here. Either the communities keep them out or the fast food companies realize it would upset people, including some of their own customers. Or it's a combination of those things.

In a historic or revitalized community, especially a downtown with storefronts etc., Starbucks will move into an existing structure and use minimum signage, so it's usually quite unobtrusive. Personally, I'd prefer a mom and pop place, but what are you going to do.

In my neighborhood they renovated a mid-century bank building that probably would have been torn down otherwise. They did a good job maintaining the integrity of the design, inside and out, plus they added some tasteful landscaping and a nice outdoor seating area.

I had a problem with it at first, but I got over it. And I wouldn't be surprised to find some of the loudest complainers out there right now on this lovely spring morning, happily sipping their lattes and cappuccinos. I suppose convenience and familiarity can make hypocrites of us all. Or most of us anyway.

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Hmm . . . well, then we run the risk of someone coming back here and sweeeeeping all of the candles off the table in a snit, catching the sparkly curtains on fire, and everything else in between.
We don't have sparkly curtains back here, Devon. Heavy drapes keep down the sound of beatings and prevent the odd shadow of an arm raised with a knife in hand or a strangling going on from being flashed across the windows late at night.

Otherwise we're pretty sociable.

To the subject at hand: Arcata, the college town across the bay from me, has banned fast food restaurants in the main part of town, while allowing them on the outskirts, which has worked out well. They're all clustered up with some motels and gas stations in what used to be cowfields by a Freeway.
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If you want to discuss in terms of regulating the food industry for health reasons, there are a few cities that have limited beverage size to 16 ounce servings.
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Heavy drapes keep down the sound of beatings and prevent the odd shadow of an arm raised with a knife in hand or a strangling going on from being flashed across the windows late at night.
OoooOOOoooo. Makes sense. Must have been my sparkly vision, then, that made the heavy drapes sparkle.
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