(from my 2002 Archives)
Whenever I don’t know what to write about, I remote-control through the television channels until a likely snippet of information strikes my fancy. More often than not it’s something so absurd I have to write it down and come back to it later just to make sure I’m not making it up. I take such notes on whatever’s handy. Like right now, I’m reading what I jotted down earlier this week (on a large, coffee-stained manila envelope) about a guy named Caesar Barber.
Seems like Caesar’s quite overweight despite many attempts at eating sensibly. So he’s decided to sue Wendys, McDonalds, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried Chicken for having served him fatty-types of food for decades that were not appropriately labeled as being such. Caesar claims he became overweight because he was fraudulently led to believe the term “100% BEEF” meant fast food was nutritious.
Give me a break.
I am even more amazed as I write this (2002) because I just performed a search using the keywords “Caesar Barber” and came up with SEVEN pages of link information about this 272-pound slug. (Tim says : I just performed the search again. This time Google turned up 697,000 results!)
Caesar: get a life. Take responsibility for your shortcomings. Quit blaming everyone else for your sloppy habits. And why you’re at it — with a name like Caesar — show a little fortitude: push aside those greasy fries and burgers, and reach for a salad, instead.
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Tim says, some more food for thought: Apparently, the case was dismissed in September, 2003. Through the years, many other obesity lawsuits have circulated through the courts. In 2004, the “Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act” was passed. Who knows, maybe these lawmakers read my 2002 Simply Tim. Then again, maybe not.