Does fast food make people crazy? Seriously.

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The above video of an Ohio woman going berserk and attacking a hapless fast food employee is busy making the viral rounds today.

It’s not the only example of craziness related to McNuggets. In March, a Florida woman called 911 three times to complain that McDonalds was out of McNuggets. Just a month earlier, another Florida man called 911 to complain that a Burger King had run out of lemonade. “Sir, come on. I know you don’t seriously think that the police need to make Burger King give you food faster. I cannot believe that,” said an exasperated 911 operator, according to the police report.

In November 2009, a California woman thought that was, in fact, the job of the police when she dialed 911 to complain that a Burger King outlet couldn’t get her request for a burger correct. “Ma’am, we’re not going to go down and enforce your Western Bacon Cheeseburger,” the 911 operator told her. Earlier this month, another man called 911 to complain Subway had left the sauce off his sandwich.

Earlier this year, a New Jersey man crawled through the drive-thru window and slapped a McDonald’s employee whom he felt was taking too long to deliver his Filet-o-Fish sandwich. 

But there’s some interesting studies being done that the Ohio woman’s lawyers might want to consider when mounting her defence. After all, Dan White famously attributed the murder of Harvey Milk and George Moscone to his addiction to junk food, better known as “The Twinkie Defence.”

In 1999, the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest cited numerous statistics to support its claim that diet may trigger adverse behavior in children. More recently, the group released a guide for parents about the relationship between fast food and Attention Deficit Disorder.

 Research done by graduate students at the University of Toronto found through a series of experiments that individuals exposed to fast food logo tended to be more impatient and make judgements that were more focused on immediate gratification than long-time logical reasoning. Research conducted last year show that rats fed a steady diet of junk food would rather starve then go back to their usual rat chow, exhibiting behaviors commonly seen in studies around heroin and cocaine addiction.

With all of that in consideration, it doesn’t seem so crazy that the woman went ballistic. But perhaps fast food joints should start taking cues from banks and gas stations and put their workers behind bulletproof glass.

About katflinn

Kathleen Flinn is the author of "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry," "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" and "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good." All are published by Viking/Penguin.

Comments

  1. Very interesting story. It’s funny, I saw the video on TV but they didn’t offer any other information. I had no idea there was a rash of such incidences. Crazy that someone would call 911 over a fast food order!!

  2. maxinecannon says:

    When I hear about people dialing 911 over fast food orders, it makes me fear for the future of humanity.

  3. maxinecannon says:

    I also meant to say that the relationship between food and behavior is very interesting.

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