Felony Franks: Funny or Foolish?

Nick Fishman

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.

Check out the video below.

 

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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