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‘Food Fraud’: Unethical, Immoral – But Legal?

I was shocked to read, in one of my favourite food news sources, that a new kind of deception has emerged in the Restaurant world. And the cheat is so obvious, someone should have caught it earlier. Would you rather serve somebody else’s food as your own or rock your own establishment’s fare?

Popeyes Chicken Tenders - © PopeyesPopeye’s iconic Crispy Chicken Tenders: If you want ’em, get ’em from the source!

I once posted a rant here, about people who serve frozen, catered or pre-made foods to their guests and claim that they made them. That’s cheating, no mater how many times you see it suggested in commercials for packaged and pre-made foods.

Now, however, there is a disturbing new ‘thing’ in the Restaurant sector. Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, California has some pretty favorable Yelp reviews and seems to be pretty popular. The trouble is, they are secretly reselling other restos’ dishes.

Los Angeles Restaurant Blogger Tyler H. accused the restaurant of passing off Popeyes chicken as their own. In the review, Tyler said:

“Before my friends and I got seated we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles to see whether or not they were serving Popeyes to their customers. I thought the chicken tasted suspiciously like Popeyes and was also rather stale. I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking he admitted that they do in fact use Popeyes.”

What the cluck?

Sweet Dixi Kitchen owner Kimberly Sanchez actually replied to the review, saying “We Proudly Serve Popeye’s spicy tenders.” Can you believe it? Who in their right mind…? But is she in her right mind?

Yelp Review - Sweet Dixi - © Tyler H. via Twitter-YelpThis is just nuts! Somebody who simply doesn’t ‘get’ real life! Or care, either! Here’s a person who opened a restaurant without a menu of her own and doesn’t cook her main menu items herself. Instead, she cheats, secretly serving other restos’ dishes as her own! She seems to think that, because Popeye’s Chicken is her favourite, she has a right to serve it under her own name, as her own creation. Who would lie to their customers? Misrepresent the food they serve? Risk contamination when bringing the food in, without cleanliness or temperature safeguards, from the place that really made it? Who could possibly think like this?

One word: Millennials. The kind of people who shun work to play on their phones, come in any old time they please and expect to get paid just for showing up. And they have no sense of morals or ethics, or even the legal aspects of reselling someone else’s product as their own. The sense of entitlement Millennials bring to their lives is truly breathtaking. But don’t be taken in by them, and their ideas of what a restaurant is, or should be.

I do hope that Popeye’s sees this story and that they and their lawyers drop a 16-ton weight on Little Kimmie and her friends. This ‘thing’ needs to be stopped before it becomes a ‘trend’.

~ Maggie J.