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#78941 08/29/02 12:14 PM
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These are supposed to make you feel calm while you're using your computer, so you like their product more. Good grief, people will do everything they can to make more money, won't they? I think I've posted this before--I am convinced that the food court at one of our malls was deliberately designed to have sounds reverberate through it, and with uncomfortable chairs, so that customers will want to hurry up and get out of there, making way for more people to spend their money. Mind you, it looks nice: lots of big potted plants, lovely-looking wooden chairs and tables. Very subtle effects. I don't hate greed quite as much as I hate lying, but it ranks right up there; it's just so unnecessary.


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Indeed, Jackie. And is the food court decorated in warm colors?

Interesting, Jazz; I'd never noticed! And although I've changed my Mac wallpaper, it's still a shade of blue.

I remember learning about the emotional reactions to warm and cool colors in an article I read years ago about a restaurant chain, Denny's. Its walls were papered in vertical red and orange stripes, to get customers in and out quickly. Dunno if it's still that way these days.


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You're running a delicate balance when you design your restaurant facilities to move people out quickly. It works fine if you have a captive audience. The messdecks (eating space) on the ship I was on in the Navy was once painted a hideous orange that was created, so the story went, by mixing the two main primers the Navy used, red lead and zinc chromate. When we were out at sea there was no place else to go and in port they were saving money by driving customers away. In a restaurant that has nearby competitors it would seem disadvantageous to make the surroundings uncomfortable.

"Shall we eat at Denny's or Friendly's, dear?"

"Oh not Denny's; their food makes me ill for some reason."

In a mall food court you're on the line. It's often easier to eat there rather than go elsewhere but.


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Re: with uncomfortable chairs

Yes, McDonald's has special designed chairs that are pretty, but tend to become uncomfortable after about 30 minutes-- so that people will not loiter in MickyD's too long...

this was reported years ago...(i read in NY times)


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McDonald's has special designed chairs that are pretty, but tend to become uncomfortable after about 30 minutes

Yes, and food that looks good but tastes of nothing and leaves you hungry again after about 5 minutes.

Though this may well be the cheap UK imitation. Obviously licensed to use the name but no License To Fill.

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Read Fast Food Nation and you will never ever go to a MacDonald's again.


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Read Fast Food Nation and you will never ever go to a MacDonald's again

My dear Auntie, I require no persuasion whatsoever; monkey puke is haute cuisine by comparison.

But try telling that to my kids.
Actually they'd love monkey puke, and maybe I'll start renaming greens accordingly. Hey, nice one, connie!


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You're welcome, pezcy.


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