Sunday, October 12, 2008

Frosted Fakes

Let's talk about deception.

College students love cereal. They eat it for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. That's why it's always on display in the dining hall.

But it's only "on display."

The new super-duper cereal feeding troughs falsely advertise a full tank of your favorite cereals around the clock. They never go empty, or so it looks.

But behind the facade is a bitter truth.

Your cereal isn't available at all.

It's always the good ones. The Froot Loops, the Trix, the Corn Pops.

There's a never-ending supply of Cardboard-O's and Fiberglass Flakes. Feel free to load up on those all you want.

It's like they're taunting us with an illusion.

The dining hall is putting out fake display-only cereal now, but next semester the chicken parmesan you see at the International line could be display-only as well.

Then we find out that the ice cream is only there to look at as well.

It's easy to keep a dining hall looking good, but keeping food in stock is another ball game.

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