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I've got a real beef with a $100 burger

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I don't mean to sound like a bleeding-heart liberal but sometimes those rich folks sure do make themselves easy targets. Though I strongly question the number of people in this country who actually - because of no fault of their own - go to bed hungry at night, I am stunned by the announcement of a new $100 hamburger at a swank Florida steakhouse. There will always be rich and there will always be poor. But despite this fact of life, the super rich folk aren't doing themselves a favor by flaunting their money.

The Old Homestead Steakhouse caters to the ultra-rich in Boca Raton, Fla. Membership in the Resort and Club will set you back a one-time fee of $40,000 plus $300 a month for the privilege of rubbing elbows with your hoity-toity friends. Now, the eatery has debuted the $100 hamburger comprised of beef from three continents - American prime beef, Japanese Kobe and Argentine cattle. Add some organic greens, exotic mushrooms and tomatoes and your ticket is a cool $124.50 with tax and tip. Just so you know their heart is in the right place, the restaurant will donate $10 from each burger to the Make-A-Wish program. How nice!

I would assume that a low-income person would read about this burger and get a bit hot under the collar. And I don't blame them. Granted, it's your money and spend it as you like. That's the American way and I find no fault with the process. But common sense should kick in at some point and you should realize that many families have less than that for their weekly or monthly grocery list.

I'm in favor of everyone making every penny in income they can possibly make. You work harder or smarter and you earn more money. But don't rub it in our face. Eat your darned burger with your trust fund income provided by daddy and may the organic greens work their wonders. But don't tell the story of the $100 burger while many people are trying to make ends meet on a whole lot less.

And to the restaurant owner who is so generous to give $10 to the Make-A-

Wish Foundation - many people with much less money give much more and for all the right reasons. Please don't try to act generous with your paltry donation. It's repulsive.

I've eaten in some fine restaurants and paid much more for the setting than the food. But even I have sense enough to know that a $100 burger says more about the patron than it does about the food.

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Michael Jensen
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