Monday, November 19, 2012

It's All She Wrote

Now members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union have decided that not only does America not need Twinkies and Ho Hos, but 18,000 of their fellow workers do not need jobs.

The irony here is that as the company goes into bankruptcy, its product, Twinkies, become the Tickle Me Elmo - Furby thing to have. There are to be no more. 200 lb women are fighting young men half their size for the last box on the shelf. The most recent price I saw on eBay was around $250,000 for a box. Seriously? The fearful have become hoarders and the addicts have become desperate. It is not pretty.

In the day of organic nutritional dining, such a specimen of high caloric mass marketed snack food has become a rare and coveted item, the truffle of the junk food world. Mayor Bloomberg may try to outlaw the Big Gulps, however even he knows better than to mess with the iconic Twinkie, Ding Dong, or Ho Ho. He knows political suicide when he sees it.


The hero here will be the company that comes in, buys the brand, and saves the day so once again Twinkies, Ding dongs, and HoHos can fill the shelves of a store near you. And America can once again enjoy the nostalgic high caloric snack food we all crave, whether we are willing to admit it or not. (And if not, you have more issues than you realize. Denial is the first indication of a problem. I'm just saying. . . But, I digress.) 

Let's put this in perspective:
The weekend before Thanksgiving, after one of the two major unions was willing to come to the table realizing it was either that or the company had to shut its doors, in the worse economy this country has had since the 1930's, the second union was unwilling to do so, and their action (or lack thereof) cost 18,000 folks to lose their jobs immediately and an American institution to be removed from our shelves forever as Hostess took down the web site, turned off the ovens, loaded the last batches of tasty treats on the trucks, turned out the lights, and shut the doors.  

Aside from the constant chatter about the tasty treats, the victims here are the every day workers. I am not privy to any details, however I doubt a majority of them checked the box, "Yes, I am willing to lose my job tomorrow." 

And, I suppose the union now thinks it will mount the infamous "Twinkie Defense"? No, unfortunately, the Genie is out of the bottle or maybe more appropriately, the Twinkie is off the shelf.

1 comment:

Linda Medrano said...

Anybody losing a job in this economy is a tragedy. Still, this stuff is poison, Darling. (Okay, I'm a Northern California Liberal on this one. Give me tofu or give me death!)