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Row over 'tasteless' tsunami food
BBC ^ | 12 January, 2005

Posted on 01/12/2005 1:25:31 PM PST by nickcarraway

South African restaurant customers are complaining that the use of the word tsunami by local eateries leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

The Mugg and Bean chain has been selling its spicy tsunami chicken burger for over a year but will rename it in April, its managers say.

Johannesburg's Tsunami Seafood Emporium opened just three weeks before the giant waves devastated parts of Asia.

The Japanese sushi bar manager said he could not have predicted the disaster.

"A lot of research went into the name," said Claudio Goncalves.

'Traumatised'

He said that some people thought the restaurant was trying to cash in on the disaster.

One woman has asked what he would think if someone had opened a 9/11 grill house, he said.

Mr Goncalves, and his counterparts at Mugg and Bean, said they would donate some of the profits to victims of the tsunami.

Mugg and Bean's marketing manager Mike Said explained the choice of the name for the chicken burger, topped with bacon, cucumber pineapples and Thai sauce served in a bagel:

"We named it 'tsunami' because the burger is big and powerful."

Ten South Africans have been confirmed dead in the disaster and another 184 are officially missing.

On Monday, South African police warned that conmen were circulating letters and e-mails falsely claiming to be collecting contributions for victims of the disaster.

Meanwhile, a Cape Town family who survived the tsunami while on holiday in Thailand were car-jacked at gunpoint on their return to South Africa.

"I am absolutely traumatised," said Nicky Miller, 31.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japanese; restuarants; siuthafrica; sushi; tsunami
Meanwhile, a Cape Town family who survived the tsunami while on holiday in Thailand were car-jacked at gunpoint on their return to South Africa.

Do not stand anywhere near this family.

1 posted on 01/12/2005 1:25:32 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It's about as funny as a kebab shop being called...

"Silence of the Lambs"


2 posted on 01/12/2005 1:27:29 PM PST by Red Sea Swimmer (Tisha5765Bav)
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To: nickcarraway
Name change forthcoming? Tsunami Asian Grill
3 posted on 01/12/2005 1:27:57 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves
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To: nickcarraway
South African restaurant customers are complaining that the use of the word tsunami by local eateries leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

Number 1 rule of business: The customer is always right, even when the customer is an idiot...

Suprisingly enough, Tsunamis existed before 12/26 and were large walls of water then, too.

4 posted on 01/12/2005 1:28:50 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: nickcarraway

They could call it the "Tsosumi Sushi Bar".


5 posted on 01/12/2005 1:29:34 PM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: Onelifetogive
>Suprisingly enough, Tsunamis existed before 12/26

"Sue Nami Crowned Miss Dixie 2003

The Miss Dixie 2003 Pageant was held Sunday, November 10, 2002 at Backstreet on the Disco Main Stage. This year's theme was: "Stars, Stripes, & Divas Forever!"

"This year's Dixie pageant had three incredibly talented contestants and featured: Cheyenne Demure, Miss Dixie 2002; Teena Love, Miss Dixie 2001; Gayla, Miss Dixie 2000; and Amber Divine, Miss Dixie 1996. Also making stellar appearances were Camilla Poker Balls, Miss Friends Universe 2002, Kissya Myrear, Miss Friends Universe 2001, and Bali High, Miss Friends Universe 1999. The world-famous Charlie Brown emceed the pageant and entertained the audience spectacularly.

This year's winner was Sue Nami (Frank Fegurgur) of Friends Friday and Lambda leagues. First Runner-Up was Brittany Lamoure (Jason Harper) of Monday's Myth, and Second Runner Up was Krystal Saint James (Jim Underhill) of Friends Friday and Lambda leagues. ..."

6 posted on 01/12/2005 1:32:26 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: headsonpikes
I guess hooters needs to rename it's 911 (pronounced "nine-one-one" hot wings. ooooor people can suck it up and not ban words because they find them unpleasant. Next up...Hitler, genocide, Dutch (the whole SAfrican history and all) hate, I disagree, maybe we should do it this way, don't you think, freedom....

kills me, truly kills me.
7 posted on 01/12/2005 1:34:28 PM PST by tfecw (dolphins are the spawn of evil)
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To: Red Sea Swimmer

"It's about as funny as a kebab shop being called...

"Silence of the Lambs""

Actually, that IS pretty funny...


8 posted on 01/12/2005 1:37:51 PM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel
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To: theFIRMbss
This year's winner was Sue Nami (Frank Fegurgur)

The information
you provided was more than
I wanted to know.

9 posted on 01/12/2005 1:37:55 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: theFIRMbss

Sick stuff... but I knew there was somethin' funny about the 'Miss' Dixie and the whole pageant!

10 posted on 01/12/2005 1:38:02 PM PST by Chieftain (Thank you Swift Boat Veterans/POWs/Vietnam Veterans for Truth - you did it for ALL your brothers!)
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To: nickcarraway

I dunno about a 9/11 grill house, but a 9/11 shooting range wouldn't offend me at all.


11 posted on 01/12/2005 1:42:49 PM PST by thoughtomator (Rooting for a Jets-Vikings Superbowl!)
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To: thoughtomator
SOW Africa... (Society of Wusses)

--erik

12 posted on 01/12/2005 1:47:48 PM PST by erikm88 (This tagline is false.)
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To: tfecw
Next up... Dutch

National Lampoon featured the Dutch in an issue in the mid-70s.

13 posted on 01/12/2005 1:50:29 PM PST by PAR35
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To: nickcarraway
Whatever happened to that diet candy called AYDS?
14 posted on 01/12/2005 1:52:04 PM PST by Alouette (Abu Mazen: Arafat after a shower and shave)
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To: nickcarraway
Johannesburg's Tsunami Seafood Emporium opened just three weeks before the giant waves devastated parts of Asia.

Oops. Fire the marketing weasels. Not a good name choice regardless of events.

15 posted on 01/12/2005 1:52:20 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: nickcarraway
Do not stand anywhere near this family.

I don't know. They seem to survive where others die so maybe they are very lucky. Maybe being near them would be a safe place to be.

16 posted on 01/12/2005 1:56:45 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum (V minus 3 and counting))
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To: Red Sea Swimmer
It's about as funny as a kebab shop being called...
"Silence of the Lambs"

That is actually very funny. But I have a slightly twisted sense of humor.

17 posted on 01/12/2005 1:59:07 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum (V minus 3 and counting))
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To: Alouette

Those were tasty! I'd always eat my Mom's AYDS candies out of the fridge. Yummy caramels.


18 posted on 01/12/2005 2:22:54 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Socialism failed. Bush won. Wellstone is dead. Get over it, DUmmies!)
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To: tfecw


I would also propose banning theme park rides with names the likes of Hurricane, Twister, Tornado or Tidal Wave. People have died in these natural disasters.


People really need to stop looking for ways to be offended.


19 posted on 01/12/2005 2:54:58 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: nickcarraway; Red Sea Swimmer; Mr. Jeeves; Onelifetogive; headsonpikes; Hank Rearden; ...

Toyota drops 'Tsunami' name for sports car model

Toyota Canada is abandoning plans to name one of its most popular models of sports cars in this country, the "Celica Tsunami."

The automaker confirmed to CTV affiliate, CFTO in Toronto, that it was immediately changing the name of the car -- and pulling all advertising and marketing containing the tsunami name.

The move comes as the world continues to learn the staggering scope of the Dec. 26 natural disaster in south Asia, and as the death toll continues to climb. It was updated on Friday to 147,000.

Five Canadians have been officially declared killed in the tsunami: four in Thailand and one in Sri Lanka. Another 146 are missing.

Exactly one year ago, on Jan. 7, 2004, Toyota announced the name of for the car, calling it "the new wave of bold style."

Its press release at the time noted that "tsunami is the Japanese word for tidal wave."

The "Special Edition Celica Tsunami" was to have been a high-performance car, and was to have been available in both red and a colour that was described as "thunder cloud."

The car will now be called the Celica Sports Package.

Meanwhile, world aid continues to pour into south Asia, and Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team is on the way.

Canada has earmarked $80 million for immediate relief and recovery efforts, promising as part of that commitment to match, dollar-for-dollar, private donations from Canadians.

20 posted on 01/12/2005 2:58:45 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: nickcarraway
Meanwhile, a Cape Town family who survived the tsunami while on holiday in Thailand were car-jacked at gunpoint on their return to South Africa.
"I am absolutely traumatised," said Nicky Miller, 31.

So much for the notion that with the new year one can expect better luck...

21 posted on 01/12/2005 3:01:25 PM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen, ignorance and stupidity.)
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To: nickcarraway
The Mugg and Bean chain has been selling its spicy tsunami chicken burger
for over a year but will rename it in April, its managers say.

And it takes 10 weeks to do this because ..... why?
22 posted on 01/12/2005 3:02:37 PM PST by oh8eleven
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To: FreedomCalls

So how many instant collectors' cars did they manage to sell before the change?


23 posted on 01/12/2005 3:03:12 PM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen, ignorance and stupidity.)
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To: Alouette
Yep, I remember them. Their slogan was, "Lose weight with AYDS."

Not good, I bet they wish the feds had used the original name for the disease, GRID??? or something?

Whatever happened to them, did they go out of business?

24 posted on 01/12/2005 3:05:54 PM PST by Lx (If dolphins are so smart, why do they live in igloos?)
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To: nickcarraway

I have just started work in a building whose occupants, for some totally unfathomable reason, named every single conference room on my floor after a natural disaster. So there's the Earthquake room, the Volcano room, the Thunderstorm room, and so on.

And yes, there are rooms labeled "Tsunami" and "Tidal Wave". I guess nobody bothered to tell them that they're the same thing. I've been hanging out in the Hurricane room for the past three days reading documentation. Fun.

}:-)4


25 posted on 01/12/2005 3:42:44 PM PST by Moose4 (http://www.livejournal.com/~moose4. .Because the Internet was made for self-important wanking.)
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To: Lx
Whatever happened to them, did they go out of business?

Died of AYDS.

26 posted on 01/12/2005 3:54:45 PM PST by Alouette (Abu Mazen: Arafat after a shower and shave)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Does that mean that you play Twister whilst telling jokes ?


27 posted on 01/12/2005 4:10:50 PM PST by Red Sea Swimmer (Tisha5765Bav)
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To: oh8eleven

Well, if SA is like here there is about 14 reams of paperwork to be filed before he can make the name change.


28 posted on 01/12/2005 4:34:01 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum (V minus 3 and counting))
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To: Red Sea Swimmer

Something like that. :)


29 posted on 01/12/2005 4:35:31 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum (V minus 3 and counting))
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To: Moose4

Probably named such because every conference I've ever heard of has been a time-wasting disaster.

Thank God for email.


30 posted on 01/12/2005 4:40:55 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: Lx

I also remember they would say "lose weight the AYDS way"......


31 posted on 01/12/2005 5:20:47 PM PST by boop (Testing the tagline feature!)
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To: tfecw

Hooters is a distateful restaurant name, for cancer survivors who undergo masectomies.

They shouldn't even offer chicken breast on the menu. < /sarcasm >


32 posted on 01/12/2005 5:25:50 PM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: thoughtomator
but a 9/11 shooting range wouldn't offend me at all.

Not a bad idea at all....here's a proposed logo.

Courtesy of

IFR

33 posted on 01/12/2005 5:32:11 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Hank Rearden

The article says this was named BEORE the last tsunami.


34 posted on 01/12/2005 6:26:40 PM PST by texasflower (Liberty can change habits. ~ President George W. Bush 10/08/04)
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To: texasflower
The article says this was named BEORE the last tsunami.

Yes, I know. It's still a stupid choice; like a "Honda Mudslide", for instance.

Tsunamis happen; one could have anticipated the marque eventually getting a black eye via events.

35 posted on 01/12/2005 6:37:37 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
Exactly. A 9/11 flight school on the other hand, would offend me.
36 posted on 01/12/2005 7:37:58 PM PST by thoughtomator (Rooting for a Jets-Vikings Superbowl!)
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