Ah. Twitter. What glorious news we find on thee?
Yesterday, Fort Lauderdale Hard Rock Improv posted a picture on Twitter of an engagement ring stuffed into the top bun of some sort of McDonald's sandwich -- fish, fried chicken, who knows -- with the headline "Somebody got McEngaged!"
At first, we were appalled, but that got us to thinking; could there possibly be a less romantic place on earth to propose?
Actually, there are. We compiled a list of five places that are even less proposal-worthy than McDonald's.
Dark, dinghy, smoky, bras hanging from the ceiling, TV's blasting with porn: if that's your definition of romance -- and it sure is ours -- pull out that ring. However, we're going to bet most ladies are not really into that sort of thing. Tucked in the industrial part of Lauderdale, south of State Road 84, the dive is full of men looking to get a show -- and a touching proposal is not the show their after. Better off getting on one knee at McDonald's and heading to Bimini Bay for the after-party.
4. 7 Eleven
Think engagement over Big Mac is bad? Proposal over Slurpees and Go-Go Taquitos is even worse. Yes, you mock McDonald's for all of the bad for which it stands -- cheap (yet, strangely addictive) food that overturned traditional food culture, globalization, and increased diabetes, heart disease, and obesity -- but 7 Eleven doesn't even have seats. Standing high next to a gas pump at 2 a.m. is not the time to propose. Do it in the morning: preferably not drunk or stoned.
3. Chick Fil-A
Marriage is supposed to be about sharing love, man. Apparently, that's not what Chick Fil-A thinks. Owner Dan Cathy has tweeted against gay marriage on numerous occasions, the last of which occurred after the Supreme Court rulings in June. "Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies," said Cathy in a tweet that was later deleted -- screen shots were captured before it was taken down. Point being: you don't want to show your love in a place owned by a bigot -- unless that's your thing, in which case, we hope you get divorced. (Yeah, we said it.)
We love Dunkin Donuts for many reasons: good coffee, friendly staff, donuts, obviously. However, you might want to hold off on your proposal due to some crazy customers. Remember Taylor Chapman from a couple of months back, the most hated woman on the internet -- for, like, a week. In case you missed it: Ms. Chapman achieved great internet fame for posting a smartphone video of herself going off on a racist tirade at Dunkin Donuts employees, because she was not given a free meal after one night shift worker failed to give her a receipt. In the eight-minute video she directed numerous insults and racial slurs at the store's employees. You don't want any racist rants casting a shadow your big moment.
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