Felony Franks: Funny or Foolish?
October 13, 2009
This morning the Wall Street Journal reported that a Chicago business man has opened up a hot dog stand in a crime-riddled neighborhood on the West-side of Chicago called Felony Franks. The menu includes items such as the Felony Frank, the Misdemeanor Weiner, the Pardon Polish and Probation Burgers. Signs hang on wall advising customers that “You have a right to remain hungry. Anything you order can and will be used to feed you here at Felony Franks”. Customers are asked, “Are you ready to plead your case?”, instead of, “can I take your order”.
Is this distasteful? Well, the food probably isn’t. But local politicians and community leaders are not amused. Before you pass judgment though, consider that owner, Jim Andrews only employs ex-convicts. According to the Journal, “He (Andrews) says he things people deserve a second chance and felons need stable jobs so the don’t add to homelessness”. Mr. Andrews plans to franchise shortly, so Felony Franks could be coming to a town near you!
Can’t decide whether this is funny or exploitative, but I’m betting Mr. Andrews doesn’t perform employment background checks.
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