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She's not a troll.

I miss them too...the money.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
Too funny! grinning smiley

I checked the calendar, thinking I was this year's Rip Van Winkle and it was really April 1.

Art must destroy violence, only it can do it. - Leo Tolstoy
Yes. I miss pre-COVID life greatly.

Five Guys and Texas Roadhouse. The two greatest mystery shops ever (imho)!
To make lemonade out of lemons, I always said that my favorite fast food meal would be a Five Guys burger and McDonald's french fries. I would always eat inside, but now that eating inside is not allowed, the other day I got my burger at Five Guys and then drove down the street to the drive-thru at McDonald's for my fries and a drink, Then I ate in my car in the parking lot.
I really thinking end of month country will be fully reopen. As for this thread I unfortunately am not with the MSC who has 5 guys got kicked out. That's the only shop from them I am missing. I miss just eating In-N-Out period but always get it when traveling out west. I do Five guys on my own dime occasionally. I actually like their fries. McDonalds has good fries too. I honestly try to avoid fries. I have often gotten fast food drive thru and ate in the parking lot during this Covid-19 time. I was a big casual eat out in the dine in portion of the restaurants pre covid-19. I miss and hope to go back soon and hopefully sports resume soon.

Shopping Western NY, Northeast and Central PA, and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. Have car will travel anywhere if the monies right.
Probably won’t be able to scoop your own peanuts when they reopen:

“While the chain's peanuts are a classic (and free) side to go along with your burger, there might be some changes to the peanut process during the reopening. The company's coronavirus statement doesn't specifically mention peanuts, but don't be surprised if an employee has to scoop them for you now, rather than the nuts being self-serve.“
I am really going to miss scoop your own salad bars! 5 guys will be back eventually and they may figure out how to serve the peanuts which are at least in shells but salad bars..nope not for a really long time if ever..
The Five Guys I was in this week had no peanuts. The Coke machine had a sign on it saying that only employees could dispense drinks and encouraged customers to order drinks in bottles. I'm wondering what the new normal will be when this pandemic is over. Will there ever be self-serve items again?
Another place I like is the Golden Corral, which I was introduced to when I was down in North Carolina. I found how that one was finally opening about 30 miles from here. It was supposed to open in March. I wonder what buffets will be like in the future.
(quote -eclark3) Another place I like is the Golden Corral, which I was introduced to when I was down in North Carolina. I found how that one was finally opening about 30 miles from here. It was supposed to open in March. I wonder what buffets will be like in the future. (Unquote)

They are reopening but I haven't gone there yet. Instead of buffet service They say it will be more cafeteria style with an employee dishing out the items for you. In some locations they will also have some sort of table service where you can order from the server and they will bring whatever you want and I guess there will be unlimited reorders.
Yep. I saw a news story about two weeks ago. Golden Corral will essentially have the same set up but customers will have to tell employees staffing the stations what they want and the employees will put the food on the customers' plates.

I tried my local Golden Corral only once. Did not care for it at all and never went back, even when I saw the shops (which paid too little, anyway).

@eclark3 wrote:

The Five Guys I was in this week had no peanuts. The Coke machine had a sign on it saying that only employees could dispense drinks and encouraged customers to order drinks in bottles. I'm wondering what the new normal will be when this pandemic is over. Will there ever be self-serve items again?
Another place I like is the Golden Corral, which I was introduced to when I was down in North Carolina. I found how that one was finally opening about 30 miles from here. It was supposed to open in March. I wonder what buffets will be like in the future.


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I was hoping Souplantation /Sweet Tomatoes would do a version of unlimited they serve you so they could stay in business. Or if you have ever been to The Counter where you get a slip of paper with a long list of offerings and a stub pencil and you check off what you want then they bring it from the kitchen, that would work for them as well. . But alas, they did not do either and the whole chain is gone.
A 5Guys scheduler called me today for a Sonic shop. I asked about 5Guys. He said he did not know when they were returning, but they were working on it.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
Will people be eating "cold" foods that aren't cooked like salads?

I've only eaten hot foods that are cooked fully during this time.
Souplantation went under? Was it due to COVID?

@sandyf wrote:

I was hoping Souplantation /Sweet Tomatoes would do a version of unlimited they serve you so they could stay in business. Or if you have ever been to The Counter where you get a slip of paper with a long list of offerings and a stub pencil and you check off what you want then they bring it from the kitchen, that would work for them as well. . But alas, they did not do either and the whole chain is gone.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
Souplantation...Evidently they filed for bankruptcy. Does anyone know the process for applying for bankruptcy funds for unused gift cards? There are lots of those out there but I doubt the company keeps track of names and emails of people who purchased them.
@sandyf wrote:

Souplantation...Evidently they filed for bankruptcy. Does anyone know the process for applying for bankruptcy funds for unused gift cards? There are lots of those out there but I doubt the company keeps track of names and emails of people who purchased them.

Simple google of the subject returned this:

“But when a retailer shuts down entirely, Hunter says, pretty much the only option left is to file a claim in bankruptcy court as what’s called an unsecured creditor.

That claim can take months to work its way through the legal system, Hunter says, and might not result in recovering even one penny of value from the gift card.

Why? Secured creditors – such as banks and landlords – get first dibs on a retailer’s leftover assets. Unsecured creditors, including holders of gift cards, are essentially at the back of the pack.

Therefore, holders of gift cards must “stand in line with a tin cup,” Banks says, “and hope and pray that there’s money left over from the secured creditors to pay for their gift cards.”

I would say you are out of luck. If the gift card purchase was fairly recent and done by credit card, you could try to dispute the charge. Probably wouldn’t be approved by your bank but worth a shot.
@eclark3 wrote:

The Five Guys I was in this week had no peanuts.
I actually tweeted them when this whole virus thing was starting questioning why they still had the peanuts out for people to touch. They should pre-bag them and give them out on request.

Slightly related -- if you do a delivery shop, are they supposed to include a bag of peanuts or is that something my Doordash driver did the one time I got them? Of course, after posting this I realize that this was a "funny" post that I fell for.

Sadly the 5G shops are not back yet in NY/NJ/CT. I did see some Sonic shops but there are none of them near me.

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@MSF wrote:

This is what they call being a TROLL.
No, it's what they call being an ***.

Actually you're probably right --

"In internet slang, a troll is a person who starts flame wars or upsets people on the Internet by posting inflammatory and digressive,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses[2] and normalizing tangential discussion,[3] either for the troll's amusement or a specific gain.'

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So what's the definition of an ***?

@MisterBill wrote:

@MSF wrote:

This is what they call being a TROLL.
No, it's what they call being an ***.

Actually you're probably right --

"In internet slang, a troll is a person who starts flame wars or upsets people on the Internet by posting inflammatory and digressive,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses[2] and normalizing tangential discussion,[3] either for the troll's amusement or a specific gain.'

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
Gift card = "unsecured debt" = fat chance in bankruptcy.

Unless you have far more gift card dollars outstanding than most, you'll probably spent a bunch of time filling out forms (or paying a lawyer / paralegal to fill out forms) and get little to nothing for it.

@sandyf wrote:

Souplantation...Evidently they filed for bankruptcy. Does anyone know the process for applying for bankruptcy funds for unused gift cards? There are lots of those out there but I doubt the company keeps track of names and emails of people who purchased them.
That was just mean-spirited. Now I will probably have to mask up and go buy one! [sarc]

@Maryanne J wrote:

Sorry, just wishful thinking. Anybody else miss them?
Nah, once I finish doing my taxes i will have plenty of time.
I don't suppose we can take our gift cards as a loss since they were purchased to be used on mystery shops.
On my regular taxes it would not amount to much but against my mystery shopping fees it would at least help. But then i have no way to prove they were a cost of this business.

@JustForFun wrote:

Gift card = "unsecured debt" = fat chance in bankruptcy.

Unless you have far more gift card dollars outstanding than most, you'll probably spent a bunch of time filling out forms (or paying a lawyer / paralegal to fill out forms) and get little to nothing for it.

@sandyf wrote:

Souplantation...Evidently they filed for bankruptcy. Does anyone know the process for applying for bankruptcy funds for unused gift cards? There are lots of those out there but I doubt the company keeps track of names and emails of people who purchased them.
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