THE BIGGEST FAST FOOD
The Biggest Failures and
Flops in Fast Food History
Though Big Macs
and drive through windows have proven to be eternally successful staples of fast
food, there have been many embarrassing and disgraceful chapters for fast food
that deserve remembrance. retroCRUSH is proud to present the 5 worst
moments in fast food history.
#5 McDonald's Arch
Marketed as a
sandwich that kids would hate but adults would love, McDonald's Arch Deluxe
turned out to be little more than a burger with dijon mustard and a fancy bun.
Despite catchy ads like the one above of a kid licking a free coupon (???), the
sandwich failed to win over the average American, who was just as happy buying
39 cent hamburgers.
#4 Domino's 30 Minutes
or Less Delivery Policy
It seemed like a
good idea on paper. Domino's could sell their crappy pizza like crazy with
the claim, "You'll get it within 30 minutes, or it's free!"
Drivers were fined $3 if it ever happened, so you can imagine the intense
pressure to drive like a madman and get them there on time. After a St.
Louis jury awarded a woman $78 Million for near fatal injuries suffered at the
hands of an overzealous Domino's driver, the plan was soon scrapped.
#3 Jack In The Box E-Coli
After a young boy
died in 1993 from eating a tainted burger from Jack in the Box, and several
other folks suffered severe organ damage, the fast food chain suffered a massive
financial blow. I'd rank this #1, however the company managed to do a
complete turnaround by bringing back a Vengeful Jack, who was pissed for being
blown up in the late 70s, and took no prisoners when he returned as the
#2 The Shamrock Shake
Quite possibly the
most evil concoction ever created by a human being. This frozen green cup
of mint flavored leprechaun jism was brought out every St. Patrick's Day for
unsuspecting schmucks who didn't learn from last year. Luckily it's been
"retired" for nearly 10 years, but there's actually people
TO BRING IT BACK! (from whence the picture of Uncle O'Grimacy above was
#1 Burger King's
called Burger King's "Herb" campaign "the most elaborate
advertising flop of all time." It started out funny enough in 1986,
when the narrator bragged that everyone in the country has enjoyed a Whopper,
except the mysterious "Herb". His parents were ashamed, his
teachers were shocked. Who wouldn't like a Whopper? Only Burger King
didn't know when to quit. They decided to reveal Herb to the world and
gave away thousands if you happened to see Herb in one of their restaurants.
And for some reason, they even felt the need to have him be a timekeeper at
Wrestlemania 2 (pictured above).