This image has been shared online with the claim it shows a waitress who refuses to serve a hot dot because someone has been rude.
If you look closely it is clear to see that the actual sign the waitress is pointing at has been altered.
It’s not a very good Photoshop-job either, you can see that the text isn’t lined up with the paper.
It didn’t take me very long to find the original, here it is;
As you can see the sign says something different;
So, what is the real story behind the image?
During both World Wars the American people were encouraged to consume certain items less often due to shortages, to help the war effort and avoid rationing.
The government promoted the idea of Meatless Tuesdays but also Wheatless Wednesdays and even Poultryless Thursdays.
People were asked to do their patriotic duty and help the forces but also the suffering people of war-torn Europe.
Although tons of meat were saved there was also quite a bit of non-compliance.
Perhaps that is the meaning behind the photo, maybe the waitress is making a joke about either the Meatless Tuesday initiative or the meat content of hog dogs.
As the sign shows the photo was made in a Nedick’s fast food restaurant, a chain that began in New York but expanded to outside the city in the 1950s.
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