Lightning Round: Pasta Passes, Happy Meals, Good Deeds and Bad Tweets

By Frazer Jones
Rememberwhen Olive Garden first released its $100 Never Ending Pasta Passand we contemplated how much use and pasta one could possibly (reasonably) ge...
  • Remember when Olive Garden first released its $100 Never Ending Pasta Pass and we contemplated how much use and pasta one could possibly (reasonably) get out of one over the course of seven weeks? One man put everyone’s speculations to the test and actually lived the dream, utilizing his Never Ending Pasta Pass card every day, twice a day, for the full seven-week span of the promotion. His total count: $1,870 worth of never ending pasta. That Pasta Pass turned out to be quite the investment after all. ~ Gawker
  • McDonald’s Hello Kitty Happy Meal toys are 100 percent adorable, but that doesn’t mean they’re 100 percent safe. The fast food chain recalled 2.3 million Hello Kitty whistles, a part of the brand’s Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Toy, after receiving several choking hazard complaints and notice of at least one child needing medical attention. ~ CNN
  • Oh, no — this is not how you do social media. Nestlé is in hot water after its CRUNCH México account tweeted an extremely ill advised and inappropriate joke about the 43 missing students who were abducted in Guerrero earlier this year, suggesting that the students, known as “those from Ayotzinapa,” got CRUNCHED. No. Just, no. ~ Washington Post
  • In more uplifting news, Frito-Lay is making an effort to improve the environment through its supply chain. According to a report by the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing (NACS), the PepsiCo-owned brand has launched an aggressive plan to cut its carbon footprint and reduce emissions through improvements in its distribution fleet including a switch to alternative fuel vehicles. ~ NACS



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