Customers waiting for fast food unfazed by gunfire inches away
posted at 1:08 pm on December 14, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
What price an In-N-Out Burger “Double-Double?” I don’t mean literally what does the fast food chain charge for the sandwich? Rather, what are devotees of the restaurant, which services five western states, willing to risk in order to chow down at one of its installations?
An answer to that question seems to have been provided on Monday, at a branch of In-N-Out Burger in Pinole, California, where a man in his twenties opened fire on another man just after 5 p.m. The shooting occurred in the drive-through line, but drivers mere feet from the incident were unmoved—literally—by the sounds or sights of gun violence. Instead, they sat patiently in line, waiting to pick up their orders.
MercuryNews.com reports that the victim was airlifted to a regional trauma center, where he remains in critical condition.
The sound of the gunshots was loud enough to rouse customers of a pizzeria next door but not to deter burger lovers, who continued streaming through until 7:15 p.m., when police officially closed the restaurant to investigate the shooting.
One possible explanation for the customers’ stoic behavior is that the food at In-N-Out Burger is that good. Another possibility is that violence at fast food restaurants is becoming so routine an occurrence that patrons have become inured to it.
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