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Free Food Brings America Closer | 980 At Night
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Free Food Brings America Closer

Alright, so free food might not actually bring America closer, but it sure lifts everyone’s spirits. I had a nice breakfast this morning at Denny’s on Broadway in Downtown KC. I’m sure many of you are aware that the restaurant chain is giving free “Grand Slam” breakfasts from 6a-2p today. You still have time to get out and get a free, pretty good meal.

I arrived at about 8a, and the line was inching its way out the door into the bitter cold. Soon, though, I was able to keep warm inside the lobby. Now part of me wanted to take off, partly because of this thing called work and partly because I didn’t want to eat by myself. However, for whatever reason, I decided to stay.

I was seated about 8:30a with a total stranger. I welcomed this opportunity; I’m one who likes to engage in conversation with strangers in environments outside of my comfort zone.

As expected, the topic of the economy was brought up; how could it not be? We’re sitting, eating with strangers…for free. The stranger, let’s call him Phil, started talking about how “disgusting” it was for all the CEOs to be taking huge bonuses and firing thousands and thousands from their companies. He said anyone like that are “crooks.”

“They should be lined up and shot. A crook is a crook,” Phil told me. He told me about a story of a friend of his, many years ago, who was caught stealing a pair of shoes from a department store Downtown. The shoes must have been worth 10 or 12 dollars, and the crook was sent to jail for 10 years. Whether or not the sentencing was justifiable, it does bring up the interesting notion of what should happen to those “crooks” on Wall Street, in Congress or in the banks.

After that conversation ended, we briefly talked about the Chiefs, and then that was it. Phil and I sat there in silence, enjoyed our free breakfast and went on our separate ways.

I’m glad I decided to stay. I’m glad I decided to eat with a stranger. It’s nice to talk to an honest individual who doesn’t want to play the game of politics, rather, he wants to be treated fair.

Should we line up the crooks and shoot them? That might be a tad extreme, but one thing is for certain: Denny’s Grand Slam hit the spot this morning.

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