Fast food and takeout is a beautiful thing. It allows us to go about our very busy daily lives without skipping lunches.
Oftentimes people can be seen eating their to-go lunches at their desks, or whatever their place of work.
In cities like New York, favorite lunch joints can be seen with lines that wrap around the block.
In fact, it seems as though the carryout lunch routine has bred an entirely new cultural habit, especially within urban centers.
But perhaps the most intriguing part of the fast food lunch routine is the outlandish prices people pay for their one-time meal that doesn’t even include table service.
The people who frequently purchase their lunches only to bring it back to work also typically try to conserve their calories for after-work happy hours.
So more traditional fast food restaurants that sling burgers and fries aren’t typically experiencing the block-long lunch lines in cities like NYC.
Because of the demand for healthier options, restaurants that specialize in things like salads have been on the rise.
Brooklyn-based comedian, Andy Ward recently took to Twitter to chronicle just what it’s like to order one of these salads in New York City.
me: hello… yes, one salad please
salad person: of course.. your total is $17.82
me: yes.. and .. that seems perfect and normal.. may i have a drink?
salad person: yes.. and.. your total is now $23.88
me: yes and thank you very much this is reasonable and great
— Andy Ward (@adubjay) January 10, 2019
But people everywhere are nodding their heads vigorously while also trying to decide whether they should laugh or cry.
Dude. This happened to me yesterday and I didn’t even realize how out of line it was until I just read this tweet.
— Stacie Burrows (@stacie_burrows) January 12, 2019
Sweetgreens. And PS we don’t take cash. ME: I understand. Thank you.
— TrixKid 🇺🇸🌊 (@trix6) January 11, 2019
salad person: also remember all salad currently has E. coli
— bojicima rapsidoo (@missunitedface) January 10, 2019
And then because it's the US you're supposed to tip another buck even though you ordered at the counter like a fast food joint and carrying your own tray
— ben (@bencsin) January 11, 2019
This is the hardest I’ve ever laughed
— connor white (@connorbwhite) January 11, 2019
— Ellis Hyman (@ellishyman) January 12, 2019
Others couldn’t help but point out the alternative.
Burger person: we can give you 10 burgers for $5
— (((lip1978))) (@lip1978) January 11, 2019
me: yes ok just curious yes.. what is the cost of say, some fries & maybe idk a double burger with say, some cheese?
salad person: of course.. your total would then come to $2.89
me: ok seems perfect and normal..#ThisIsAmerica
— Danielle (@Dani_Marie1488) January 11, 2019
McDonalds: We'll pay you $4 to take 35 of these nuggets
— Adultish Gambino (@iffykaysar) January 11, 2019
I feel seen.