A rotten choice

Tomatos“Here’s your burger/ No tomatoes/ You didn’t ask/ And now you got hosed.”

Perhaps that should be Wendy’s new jingle after its dismaying decision to hold the tomatoes on all sandwiches, unless the customer specifically requests them, because of the rising cost of the fruit (or is it a vegetable?). The company places the blame for the practically un-American decision (really, can you really have a burger without tomatoes?) on the bummer crop caused by Florida’s hurricanes. We think Wendy’s might have something more sinister in mind: letting the tomatoes rot and then tossing them at former ad character Mr. Wendy.

I mean, really. Burger King has already publicly said it will keep putting tomatoes on all its Whoppers for the foreseeable future. We’re still awaiting a response from McDonald’s.

Of course, maybe the whole thing’s legit. A quick Google search on “tomato shortage” yields more than 60,000 hits. People are up in arms in Washington, D.C., Tucson, Ariz., and parts in between.

—Posted by Aaron Baar