For the almost 25,000 people who have signed a Change.org petition asking that fast food joint In-N-Out add a veggie burger to its menu, the request is a no-brainer. However, as Business Insider reports, some fans of the best burger place in the US are upset that anyone would deem themselves worthy of telling the maker of the 4x4 what to do in its kitchens.
The petition was launched by The Good Food Institute, a group that works to create and promote plant-based alternatives to the traditional meat, dairy, and eggs that make up our diets. "If you want a meat-free meal at In-N-Out, you’re going to be stuck eating multiple orders of French fries or a cheese-slathered bun," reads the petition — implying that the "grilled cheese" on the secret menu is a stale cop-out, which I would agree with, having eaten it. "In-N-Out has been letting its fans down by failing to serve anything that would satisfy a burger-loving customer who wants a healthy, humane, and sustainable option."
The group is seeking to deliver the petition to In-N-Out president Lynsi Snyder once it hits 25,000 signatures (at the time of this writing it has 23,748), and thinks the move to offer a veggie burger makes good business as well as environmental sense. "Burger chains nationwide have been getting huge returns from meat alternatives, and In-N-Out could do the same," the petition reads. "Chipotle has vegan sofritas, Whitecastle has veggie sliders even fast-food kingpin Burger King has the BK Veggie!"
And while you may find the suggestion for another alternative at a place with a tight official menu but a sprawling secret menu rather anodyne, not everyone agrees.
"Petitioning In-n-Out for a veggie burger is like petitioning a pizza place for Chinese food," reads one of many tweets critical of the call for a meat-free option. "It's not something they make! Move on!"
"This is absolutely the most incredibly stupid thing I have heard in a while, and there is a LOT of stupid going around," argues one of the top comments on the petition itself. "In-N-Out, please do not change anything for these morons. If you do not want a burger, do not go to a burger stand. Stupid people are stupid."
A sentiment to which one might respond with the famous words of noted In-N-Out fan The Dude: "You're not wrong, Walter, you're just an asshole."
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