You have probably heard stories of kitchen and/or restaurant workers maliciously mishandling the food and/or drinks of customers who they dislike and/or who have offended them in some way, or of other scenarios where a boss who feels that his or her authority is threatened and/or a competitive co-worker or business rival endeavoring to supplant their competition by among varied methods, instructing kitchen workers, with or without incentives, to contaminate or poison their food. This is an issue that should be treated with appropriate seriousness, via specifically placement of audio-visual cameras in all school kitchens and all restaurants and in all places where food is prepared and by taking appropriate corrective measures, up to and including prosecution of culprits and co-conspirators. This would optimize the safety of students and other consumers, and, in many instances, save lives.
I thought, until realizing otherwise, that Sonic restaurants were drive-in movie theaters. The multiple drive-in stalls appear to be or could be movie/food menus and intercoms and movie listening devices, or the bases from which they would be retrieved and returned (to appeal to customers who’d prefer not to zap energy from their vehicular batteries by listening via radio)…
I then thought of how great it would be to be capable of conveniently pushing a button and ordering both a meal and a movie, and how Sonic would be ideal for the venture, considering the present design of Sonic restaurants and how the design could easily conform to a dual drive-in restaurant/movie theater.
A sonic movie theater is actually not a foreign concept. Sonic actually owns several “Sonic Beaches,” which include outdoor seating and flat screen televisions (Sonic artificial and optionally seasonal beaches would also be great in inner-city localities, though distinguishable from what I’m ultimately prescribing here).
Movies on the Menu
Sonic drive-in movie theaters, which could optionally be incorporated into certain, rather than all Sonic localities, would, ideally, premiere/show all of the newest movie releases when, or perhaps prior to when they are shown in traditional movie theaters.
They’d also show other older movies being shown at traditional movie theaters and, possibly, those that are viewable on cable pay-per-view channels, et cetera, et cetera.
Movie Screen Arrangement Options
Movie screen options could consist of one or several large screens that would be situated around the restaurant(s)* and/or at other angles of the subject Sonic lots (*This could be an in-door theater, or an enclosed area where customers could sit or lay and watch a movie with a view of the sky, and shielded from mosquitoes, noting that there could be both in-door and outdoor screens. If there are in-door screens, however, parking provisions would have to be made for indoor customers).
As another option the multiple drive-in stalls could each have corresponding flat screens that would exemplify the movie menus from which customers would make their viewing (and food) selections, and from which they would watch the movies at, perhaps, a lesser cost than viewing from a larger screen.
Preferably, all Sonic movie screens would be enclosed within protective coverings that would shield them from inclement weather and other potential damage.
All Sonic movie theaters should be equipped with surveillance cameras and armed security officers who’d monitor the premises from Sonic Theaters patrol cars; and notices informing customers of the presence of surveillance cameras and armed security officers should be posted around the lots and exhibited on the movie screens prior to showing of trailers and movies…
Sonic drive-in movie theaters [and all drive-in movie theaters] should have portable toilets for customer convenience. Those portables should be cleaned and sanitized daily by designated employees, who’d also be responsible for making certain that the lots are debris-free.
Movie Concessions and Collectibles
All Sonic drive-in movie theaters would, ideally, have movie concessions (popcorn, candies, etc…) and collectible items* on the menu (*Customers would be distributed collectible items based on their movie selections, as much as is reasonably possible).
Customer napkins, containers, and other items would also contain the Sonic Theaters and/or Sonic Drive-in name and logo, incorporating the theater concept.
Sonic drive-in movie theaters would expand movie-going audiences, in light of the convenience, and considering that there are so few drive-in movie theaters. They would ultimately provide a more readily adjacent cinematic/dining experience to customers and communities that lack movie theaters and/or sufficient sources of local entertainment…
Besides school and home-cooked meals, fast food restaurants and public programs, like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, are the other significant sources of student dietary intake, and have tremendous potential to improve both student and community health.
A Supplemental Nutrition Health Overhaul
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance programs should be fine-tuned to encourage healthy food selection and meal preparation, and, accordingly, purchase of empty calorie foods with EBT cards (formerly foods stamps) should be properly limited.
The Department of Human Services assuming a more proactive role in preventive healthcare via educating EBT Supplemental Nutrition recipients and the general public on diet and nutrition would eventually translate to substantial improvements in public health and savings in terms of public health care costs.
EBT Card Public Purchasability Juxtapose the Traditional Supplemental Nutrition Program
EBT cards should be purchasable for cents on a dollar at grocery stores, and primarily for underemployed parents/guardians of students who do not qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, although the cards should be purchasable by anyone.
Making EBT cards available for purchase to anyone for about half of every dollar, for example, and with respect to restrictions on unhealthy foods, would avail more food to consumers as a condition of eating healthier and decreasing likelihood of development of serious health problems and/or helping to reverse any existent illnesses.
The proposed purchasable EBT cards would come with brochures discussing the initiative, and would entail coupons for discounted access to local gyms or health clubs; they’d also inform of locations and times of health-related seminars, i.e. healthy cooking classes, etc. The noted brochures would also entail subscription cut-outs or applications for regular mailings of health tips, etc., and provide a web address where consumers could sign-up online to receive the mailings in either printed or electronic form.
Elevating Fast Food Standards
Fried and other foods that are high in saturated fat, such as those frequently on the menus of fast food restaurants, contribute substantially to incidences of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other synonymous illnesses, and, for this reason, all fast food restaurants should be held to standards and regulations that require methods of preparation that are conducive to human health.
This is very practical, without compromising taste, and could be accomplished by replacing deep fryers with combination-oven steamers and/or other appliances or equipment for oven-frying or baking chicken, fish, French fries, etc., and by appropriately reducing oil contents in pizzas, cheese and other breads, and properly reducing sugar contents in deserts and beverages…