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Twitter Users Are Pissed About Most Popular Fast Food Rankings

By Gloria Borger / mardi 25 septembre 2018 04:53
Leave it to us Americans to get so upset about our regional fast food.

Twitter users are confused by a recently-resurfaced fast food study from 2017.

 

The popular food app Foursquare conducted the "survey" and shared the results via Business Insider in November of last year. It's almost a year old and it's kind of hard to believe it's been around this long without controversy until now.

 

To determine which fast food chain was the most popular in each state, Foursquare calculated which chains had the most average visits per state and divided that by the number of franchise locations in that state. Their method sounds reasonable, but it obviously didn't work.

 

In fact, for a lot of states, the survey seemed to heavily favor the fast food chain with the fewest locations statewide, which is obviously not representative of the state population's fast food habits and preferences. For example, several people on Twitter said some variation of "I've lived in X state for years and I've never seen that chain here." The system is broke, yo.

 

This all resurface (and blew up) this week thanks to a Tweet by Cheddar, a news platform.

In true Twitter fashion, the replies are golden.

Fortunately, there's a little light at the end of this weird tunnel:

Here's a final breakdown of Foursquare's bogus results:

White Castle has Nevada. Taco Bueno has Oklahoma. Culver's has Kansas. Cane's (which we've never even heard of) has California, one of the biggest and most culturally-represented states in the country. Wendy's only has Vermont. McDonald's has Alaska and North Dakota. Popeye's has Hawaii and South Dakota. In-N-Out has Texas and Utah, but not California of course, because that totally makes sense. Chick-fil-A has Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

 

Makes you wonder who sponsored this thing in the first place.

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By  RichardPencil  |  25

"divided that by the number of franchise locations in that state"

This is how 37 In-and-Out Burgers in Texas can beat over 500 Whataburgers. This is a misleading statistic.

By  shadypalmtree  |  20

There are literally 7, yes S-E-V-E-N, Chick-fil-A's in all of NY. 5 of those are in NYC and the the other two are literally on opposite sides of the state. Chick-fil-A was definitely looking for some clout

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By  RichardPencil  |  25

"divided that by the number of franchise locations in that state"

This is how 37 In-and-Out Burgers in Texas can beat over 500 Whataburgers. This is a misleading statistic.

By  shadypalmtree  |  20

There are literally 7, yes S-E-V-E-N, Chick-fil-A's in all of NY. 5 of those are in NYC and the the other two are literally on opposite sides of the state. Chick-fil-A was definitely looking for some clout

By  Neda Saeedy  |  5

Cane’s is actually Raising Cane’s and all they have is chicken fingers, although amazing chicken wings. Having grown up in California I had never even heard of them. It was once I moved to Vegas that I discovered the amazing ness of Raising Cane’s

By  whiskey'swino  |  10

There are two White Castles in Nevada, both in Las Vegas. One in a very touristy area of Fremont Street, and is the size as normal fast food restaurant and the other is inside Casino Royal on Las Vegas BLVD. WTH?
"calculated which chains had the most average visits per state and divided that by the number of franchise locations in that state"
Even that math does not add up, there is no way either location has enough foot traffic to match In'N'Out or even McDonalds per location.

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