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Lori Borgman: Happy to help — and get free fries

By Lori Borgman, Tribune News Service on

Published in Health & Fitness

A financial planner on the radio said we should all patronize our favorite restaurants now, because in two months they'll probably be out of business. I asked the husband what his favorite restaurant was.

"Mama Carolla's," he said.

I pointed out we had not been to that wonderful little Italian place in years. If the restaurant industry depended on us to keep them afloat, they all would have gone under long before COVID-19.

Still, having seen business after business in our area paper over the windows and now sit empty, we noted three restaurants to visit in hopes of helping them stay put. Two are small breakfast spots we can walk to and the third is a few miles down the road, part of a burger and shake chain the grandkids love.

Priorities mandate our first visit be to the burger place. We pull into the drive-thru line and see a big sign on the window: "Free Fries with Every Burger (Per Person)."

This is exciting to the husband who loves a special. He orders two burgers, two fries and drinks. The voice in the box announces the total, then instructs us to pull forward.


The husband hands over the credit card at the window. He says the total sounded high and asks if we got the free fries.

The young lady says, "Did you ask for free fries? You have to ask for them."

He said he didn't know you had to ask for them. A second lady joins the first lady at the window and says, "You have to ask for the free fries."

Again, he says he didn't know that.


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