Is food worth dying for?
It is at the Heart Attack Grill!
Nestled outside of Pheonix, Arizona, this unique dining establishment has been attracting quite a large clientele by offering FREE meals consisting of upwards of 8,000 calories to those over 350 pounds!
Their slogan is literally "Food Worth Dying For" which is ringing all to true after the restaurants 575-pound spokesman just died a few weeks ago.
29-year-old Blair River may have eaten every meal for free at the Heart Attack Grill, but he has paid the ultimate price.
Scratch that, perhaps the single father's 5-year-old daughter has paid more dearly being left alone after her fathers tragic passing.
Although he did not die of a heart attack, but pneumonia instead, restaurant owner Jon Basso isn't denying the link between the young man's excessive weight and his tragically premature death, saying:
"I hired him to promote my food, (but his) life was cut short because he carried extra weight."
Did the light bulb go off yet, Mr. Basso?
What he calls, "an environment of acceptance to overweight customers who are typically demonized by society," we call, "an environment enabling a deadly addiction."
Once inside the restaurant, patrons are welcomed by sexy, young scantily clad waitresses and are encouraged by the scale placed strategically in the middle of the room to stuff their faces until they are big enough to get food for free.
Upon finally reaching this "goal" of surpassing 350 pounds, Basso says:
"Everybody applauds and cheers for them. A big smile comes over their face, and for once they are finally accepted. They are not picked on here."
We do not condone ANY kind of bullying for any reason, especially because of a person's weight, but this restaurant is sending the wrong message.
While no one should be judged for obesity, just like drug or alcohol abuse, it should not be glorified either.
We sincerely hope after the news of the spokesman's passing that regular patrons at the Heart Attack Grill may reconsider stepping on the scale for the sake of a free burger.
[Image via AP Images.]