This is not about how best to load up a burger with the various fixings and condiments available nor is it about whether or not one should take some of the free peanuts from the restaurant even when explicitly asked by a sign by the door not to. No, this is about the ethics and legitimacy of a fast food restaurant, albeit one that is admittedly relatively good at what it does, participating in a school based fund-raiser for Diabetes Research. There is something a little unsettling to me about this, but last night that was the case as my son’s sixth grade class participated in a fundraiser at the local Five Guys to benefit the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure program. Now, I firmly believe that is a very worthwhile cause and I even think that a restaurant chain like Five Guys should do what they can to raise funds for organizations like The American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association amongst others given the contributions they make to people suffering from those problems in the first place.
I’m not a member of the nutrition police and I believe adults can choose for themselves, so I am not railing against the restaurant from that perspective. They actually have a decent product. What makes me uneasy is tying in a fast food restaurant or any restaurant that really is part of the problem as far as something like diabetes is concerned with school age kids trying to do something for a cause that is really not in line with the kind of food the restaurant is serving. Earlier this year the same group did a fund raiser at AppleBee’s featuring a pancake breakfast, about as bad a breakfast for a diabetic as there is. At both of these fundraisers, students would help out at the restaurants greeting patrons, cleaning tables and even serving food and waiting tables. Is this really sending the right message to the kids (6th graders)? What do you think?