It had been a while since the last time I eaten at a Wendy's. I stopped by today on the way to the library. And boy have things changed. Gone are all the $2.99 meals that I ate. Instead Wendy's has a new menu. The new menu is full of miniaturized hamburgers. Including one billed as a jr. double cheeseburger. WRONG. The jr. is actually a double burger with a slice of cheese. One slice of cheese, not two pieces of cheese as a double cheese burger implies.
The new menu is tiny. The 99 cent fries look like something from a happy meal, and the small soda is now 16 0z. If you recall my Wendy's does not have a self service drink counter. That means I have to go up to the slightly retarded 4o year old mother of 4 and ask her to refill my ice tea every 26 seconds. How fucking annoying, eh?
All these tiny foods coming form the purveyors of things like BIGGIE FRIES. It's discombobulating. The tiny portion size made me feel like I was eating in a restaurant back in 1956. So I ate slowly and read the newspaper instead of working down a large part of a cow. I still left the establishment feeling sort of full. I even forgot to order a chocolate frosty for dessert. But after getting to the library and thinking it over, I felt cheated. Wendy's had always given me much more food than I actually paid for. That's why it was such a good value. Now I feel like the 99 cent value menu, first started more than 10 years ago and constantly under threat from disgruntled CEO's and stockholders, has finally run its course. And I am worried about that. I may have to keep a job just to keep eating.