HeartAttackGrillsign
by Amanda Just
Categories: Eats.

A recent “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) post on Reddit featured a former hostess from the Heart Attack Grill, a restaurant that prides itself on serving outlandishly unhealthy food with sky-high calories. Customers weighing over 350 pounds are treated to a plate of grease-, lard-, and salt-laden, death-provoking “food” at no charge. There have actually been heart attacks at the restaurant, as well as other medical emergencies, including the death of the restaurant’s spokesperson, who weighed nearly 600 pounds and was only 29 years old when he passed. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the former hostess to the restaurant didn’t have anything nice to say about her time there.

The former employee, who did not reveal her name during the AMA, said the restaurant was an “unprofessional” and “terribly depressing” place to work. She claimed that the HAG founder, Jon Basso, once had her film a customer who had passed out at the restaurant “so they could send it to the media.”

When asked by a Redditor, “What was it like being surrounded by the fall of western civilization?” the former hostess replied, “It was terribly depressing. [E]veryday we would have 5-10 people come in who actually qualify for the free meal. And that’s when I would feel bad about contributing to their bad health.”

A separate question asked what made her finally leave her job. Her response was, “Ultimately it was the work environment. Extremely unorthodox, unprofessional, and chaotic.”

No surprises there.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have spoken out against the Heart Attack Grill, saying the restaurant should declare “moral bankruptcy” and close its doors.

Photo credit: Heart Attack Grill Facebook page

About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg, ForksOverKnives.com, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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