Fucking Fortune Cookie

For several years maybe longer I have been eating Chinese food at a place in Studio City named City Wok…..it is a clever use of the City Walk, the tourist trap at Universal City. The food for the most part has been very good and why not? City Wok is owned by a white guy, the food is cooked and prepped by several hispanics ( Legal and or Illegal ) and it is overseen by some what look to be the real McCoy Chinese Nationals. I have to say the hispanic guys can ‘wok’ like the older Chinese guys….fascinating to watch. (It has always been my opinion that if the hispanic guys went on strike there would be no cooking in any restaurant in Los Angeles, this is a fact!)

Now I certainly do not have such nice things to say as to one of the other locations of this mini chain….the City Wok in Palm Desert’s only problem is a simple fix, A WRECKING BALL! The place looks tired, the staff was less than friendly and the food? Exactly opposite of Studio City….THE WORST, it was just horrible!

Back to my point, a few months ago, I went into City Wok and as we often do, we spend $60 to $80 on Chinese take out. I was furious to find that the counter staff had not put any of those goofy ‘fortune cookies’ in the bag! I called later and spoke to a ‘good’ employee who told me that ‘they no longer give fortune cookies for take out orders’. I told him what I thought of this budget saving issue and fumed over getting screwed by a white guy and his henchmen cookie bandits. A few weeks go by and I see a guy at the car wash who is a ‘manager’, and he is African American and I asked him about the ‘fortune cookie shortage’. He said that he was not sure, Hmmm I thought did this ‘cookie henchmen’ short change me on my fortune cookie so he could feed it to his hay chewing bitch on his couch at home?

Well, I once again came and got a take out and I thought OK, I got screwed by some jerk that works the counter. Now, I have spoken to the owner of this mini chain and told him what I thought of Palm Desert but he was floating on the ‘De Nile barge’. As he stated that group in the Desert are some of the best…..not buying it….I sat there and got ‘served‘. The worst Chinese eats ever. On the other hand, Mr. White Guy Owner is wealthy and I am assuming he is edging his 401K with the Fortune cookies he is not giving us…..the cash paying citizens who are NOT COPS!

Here is the ‘rub’….the City Wok location in Studio City is like a substation for the Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles City Fire Department and even the California Park Patrol….you go into City Wok in Studio City in dam near ‘any’ uniform and you will get your food HALF PRICE and I am betting that even when the COPS get take out they get their F’n cookies. Now I have to wonder why? Why free or discounted food for California law enforcement, they are very well paid, very well! Is this an attempt to ‘corrupt’ a cop or an agency? You know, ‘in case I get stopped for speeding?’ Do I, as a restaurant owner want something in return? My daddy always told me ‘nothing is free’, fellas!

We will be updating this story in the next few days as we will be reaching out to local Police and Highway Patrol management to ask what is the policy on the ‘Great Food Discount?’

So today I am asking, what gives? When a restaurant and its owner will dam near give its food away to the members of law enforcement. And for the rest of us citizens who support an eating establishment, we have to ask for the fortune cookies that have been a freebee for 50 years in your local Chines eateries?……NOT FREE, as I said, ‘nothing is free’, we pay for every dam cookie with the outrageous prices that a place like this gets for its food….except now it would appear we are supplementing the local cop’s meals. And if we want our cookies we have to “ask for them”……YOU ASSHOLE!

—–Original Message—–
From: Stuart Davis sdavis@citywok.com
To: John J Nazarian
Sent: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 8:48 am
Subject: Re: Comments from CityWok.com

All you have to do is ask and we’ll happily give you as many fortune cookies
as you need.

Thanks so much for your continued support.

—–Original Message—–
From: John J Nazarian
Sent: Sunday, August 11, 2013 10:20 PM
To: info@citywok.com
Subject: Comments from CityWok.com

Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by
() on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 22:20:06
—————————————————————————

name: John J. Nazarian

comments: whose ever idea it was to screw those of us who get take out and
be given cookies? Standby for a story….maybe charging the Police, LAPD,
CHP and all the rest regular price we that pay full price might get some
cookies.
John J. Nazarian

FOLLOW UP: Public Affairs Officer, Officer Barrios of the California Highway Patrol told me, ” Something you would not get on a regular basis if not in uniform “……the CHP does not condone discounts or free drinks or food for its officers….AGAINST POLICY!

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