Friday, March 11, 2011

a closer look: Fast food ashtrays

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #144: Guess Who Two Ken and Dana have the following exchange:

Dana: You go to, like Burger King or Taco Bell and they would have these little pressed, almost like aluminum foil but really thick, pressed...
Ken: The ashtrays? Oh yeah with the logo on 'em.
Dana: Yeah.
Ken: Yeah.
Dana: Which obviously they don't have anymore.
Ken: They used to be fun to muck around with while you were waiting.
Dana: 'cause you'd, like, take 'em.
Ken: Or it was like air hockey! Those things would really fly across a laminated table.
Dana: They were great.
Ken: I bet they don't even make those anymore.

I don't know if they still make the ash trays, but they are certainly getting harder to find. Last year McDonalds started moving to make their Japanese restaurants non-smoking just like the U.S. counterparts.

In the U.S., smoking is banned at indoor restaurants in all but 11 states. McDonalds has a self imposed ban on smoking. Perhaps it's because they figure if they can't have healthy food at least they have healthy air.

Or maybe the cost of replacing the ash trays Dana stole was too high.

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