Social Distance Checkers, Crown Them: Burger King Debuts Its New Cardboard Sombreros for Royally Safe Eating

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FILE – This Oct. 21, 2016, file photo shows a Burger King restaurant logo in Philadelphia. Burger King has delivered its own hot take on a regulatory showdown that has enflamed the U.S., with a flame-grilled Whopper. The new ad has become a sensation, with more than a million views and counting on YouTube. In the ad, customers are told they will be charged different prices for a Whopper, depending on how fast they want it. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


How’d you like to be king for a day? Or queen?

Burger King’s got you covered, literally. And boy, is it a whopper.

And with cheese.

Give ’em room, folks — in light of our current Zombie Apocalypse, everyone’s favorite place for royally good slabs of meat on a bun is birthing a brilliant idea. And the thing is crowning.

After weeks of closure due to the COVID clampdown, franchises are beginning to reopen in Germany. And my hat’s off to the chain that’s off the chain when it comes to conveniently keeping your social distance. Convenient, that is, unless you need to sit on the throne — it looks like the brim wouldn’t fit in their stalls.

The New York Post reports:

Burger King tweeted an image of two customers digging into a meal outside the store while using special “social distancing” crowns to stay safe.

The post was captioned: “Distancing, but make it fashion.”

The oversized headgear is meant to extend far enough off the wearer’s head to ensure they are 6 feet from other customers.

That’s right — patrons’ll be able to chomp on that “¼ lb* of savory flame-grilled beef topped with cheese, juicy tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a soft sesame seed bun” within the safe space of their paper sombreros.

Is all this burger talk makin’ you hungry?


Feast your eyes:

A spokesperson for the joint told Business Insider it wanted to play around:

We wanted to reinforce the rules of high safety and hygiene standards that the BK restaurants are following,” a Burger King spokesperson told Business Insider.

“The do-it-yourself social distance crown was a fun and playful way to remind our guests to practice social distancing while they are enjoying food in the restaurants.”

Across the pandemic’d globe, we’re surely set to see some interesting ways establishments encourage people to stay away from one other.

A couple weeks ago, I covered a bit of this:

That was also in Germany — Hamburg, to be exact.

And now on to hamburger.

Way to go, BK.

But where social distancing’s concerned, don’t assume the King rules. The Post notes there’s a place in Sweden that’s most majestic.

In these diseased times, society needs some strong medicine; I give you the eatery world’s most potent potentate:

[I]n Sweden, a restaurant called Bord för En, or Table for One, is serving a single person every day by delivering food to a table in the middle of a field via a basket on a rope pulley system.



We’re living in madness, and I don’t see Normalcy up ahead. But maybe my view’s just obstructed by this gargantuan crown.

Either way, I’ll enjoy my Angry Whopper™ in the cardboarded shade.

Hey, wait — I thought the sun kills the virus?



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