PUBLIC OPINION > The Heart Attack Grill Is Still Worth a Try
News 2012/02/16 14:00:00
Call it irony or call it fate, but The Heart Attack Grill lived up to its name this weekend when a man went into cardiac arrest at its Las Vegas location. While eating a Triple Bypass Burger. Customers were amused at what they assumed was a publicity stunt, but Jon Basso, the chain's owner, assures the press it was not. However, it did generate publicity, and you know what they say: There's no such thing as bad publicity. Unless you're Kim Kardashian or Anthony Weiner. At 2000 calories a patty, the Bypass Burger is simulateously horrifying and fascinating. But how many people would actually try it?
Man Has Heart Attack at Heart Attack Grill: Would You Ever Eat There?
60% Would Give It a Try
Not many people were turned off by the heart attack. Many voters pointed out that you can't get a heart attack from a single burger. One commenter wrote, "Arteries don't clog and burst from one meal -- it takes YEARS of bad eating to get that far." It's all about moderation and balance. That said, a healthy amount of people refused to go near the place. Some even went so far as to suggest it be shut down, specifically because it offers rewards for being overweight.
Overweight Are All Over It
The Heart Attack Grill is clearly meant to appeal to the overweight, so naturally the first place we went for some demographics was weight type. It turns out voters who claimed to be above average weight were 20% more likely to eat there than slim voters and 16% more likley than average weight voters. Interestingly, athletes were only 5% behind the overweight, and all of the bodybuilders said they'd go.
Smokers Are So
The chain's owner says they just have a "morbid sense of humor," but there are clearly health risks involved with a meal like this. You might not keel over from a Triple Bypass Burger alone, but if you have high cholesterol or other related health issues, it's not the best route to take. Smokers threw caution to the wind with 76% saying they'd go.
Liberals Don't Like the Idea
Unfortunately, politics are even following us to the kitchen. Liberals and conservatives just couldn't see eye-to-eye on this one, making the political spectrum the most divisive. Consevatives were 38% more likely to try it out than liberals -- more than twice the margin between Christians and atheists.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about The Heart Attack Grill. We'd love to hear from you!
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