The Chinese economy continues to boom, while ours remains teetering on the precipice. That’s probably why savvy franchise outfits are moving east — far east. The latest to make the trek is Carl’s Jr., which just opened its first franchise in China and plans to add 100 more over the next eight years. Of course, the All-American Carl’s Jr. will have to modify its menu to suit local tastes. Just ask Pizza Hut, which had to add squid, potatoes, corn kernels, and mayonnaise to its list of toppings when it entered Japan. But George Quek, the man spearheading franchise development in China, says his country is ready for more Western-style cuisine. “We are confident that Carl`s Jr. will find ready acceptance in China,” he says. “The average Chinese consumer is now primed for more discerning menu items.” Discerning? Who knew the Double Chili Cheese Burger was such gourmet fare? But hey, George, don’t forget the oyster sauce.
No Quiero Sarah Palin. Are you as sick of Sarah Palin as we are? Then why do we click on every news item with her name on it? Maybe for the same reason we can’t look away from a car wreck. Anyway, the latest item that caught our attention was a Vanity Fair article penned by America’s favorite baby daddy Levi Johnston (not that we believe he actually wrote the article himself). Johnston claims the Palin household is “much different from what many people expect of a normal family.” How so? Well, it seems the kids cook meals for their famous mom and even fetch her fast food “like a Crunchwrap Supreme from Taco Bell.” Wow, that’s so messed up. You can bet nothing weird like that ever happened in Johnston’s house. Well, if you don’t count his own mom being busted for possession.
Happy ending. Massage parlors get a bad rap. Maybe deservedly so, given the large number that provide “extra-special” services. Not that we’d know anything about that. But Massage Envy, an above-board, nationwide franchise, is supposed to different. Of so we thought. Until we read this item about a Massage Envy masseur from Foster City, Calif. who was arrested for “inappropriately touching and orally copulating a female client.” He faces ninety days in jail, where he should find plenty of willing customers.