Planet Granite

Yippee: Unreal finds a way to interact (virtually) with the world's sexiest people! Plus -- Granite City's relative suckiness, McDonald's bad 'tude and Circuit City's parking-lot campers.

Andy said the group had already made tentative plans for the weekend.

"Nintendo Wii is coming out this Sunday," he noted. "We'll probably be out here again."



Commontary™
This week's Commontary™ is brought to you by Bob Hohlt of O'Fallon, Missouri, who has a beef with McDonald's. Take it away, Bob!

On September 27 I was charged with trespassing at a McDonald's in O'Fallon. The incident occurred after I ordered two cherry pies and a milk at the drive-through. Instead they gave me an apple pie and a cherry pie and no receipt.

I drove back to the window to inform them that they got the order wrong. I was then told that the restaurant could no longer serve me. A policeman showed up and told me to park my vehicle. He handcuffed me. When he realized I couldn't walk with my arms handcuffed, he gave me a summons for trespassing. I'm a disabled Vietnam veteran. I was twice injured by explosions in Vietnam and exposed to Agent Orange. I have numerous health ailments as a result of my military service. This is no way to treat an old, honorably discharged veteran.

Worse, I believe McDonald's action was a direct retaliation for an incident that happened earlier this year. I was eating at the same McDonald's in January when I witnessed a couple bring their young boy into the restaurant. The boy slipped on a wet floor in the bathroom. He was wearing a white shirt and was just filthy from falling on the floor. The kid was crying like crazy and the father was angry.

I told the manager that she needed to call an ambulance. But she was extremely rude and told me to butt out: "This is none of your business." I said, "Yes it is. You ruined my meal, and you have offended me."

I went home and called McDonald's 800 number to complain. After that incident I came to the McDonald's another day with my granddaughter. We bought some food. Again they got the order wrong. They gave me an apple pie. I can't eat apple pies. Spice (nutmeg and cinnamon) and I don't get along. If I'm going to have apple pie, I want it country style — flavored with lemon and sugar and honey.

In regards to the little boy who fell at McDonald's, my son remarked to me: "That's what you get for trying to help someone." But I've always believed that offering help to others is the right thing to do. I figured McDonald's would want to know about a problem in their store — a dirty restaurant is a health hazard and a wet floor is dangerous. I never expected the outcome. Now I'm forced to hire an attorney I cannot afford to defend me for a crime I did not commit. But then, I guess no good deed goes unpunished at McDonald's.

Ever get the urge to jump up and ____ this damn town?
Tell Unreal about it! unreal@riverfronttimes.com.

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