An unidentified man had a heart attack while eating the “Triple Bypass Burger” at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas last Saturday. Few details about the man and his health are out, so it could just be cruel irony that he happened to be treating himself to a rare (and aptly-named) unhealthy meal. But with more and more fast food restaurants marketing their unhealthy fare by giving a humorous and blatant “f-you” to our health, this seems an apt reminder that their joke is still on us.
The customer was wheeled out by paramedics after the staff realized that was experiencing the symptoms of cardiac arrest. The owner (and former nutritionist) Jon Basso told Fox that he initially thought it was just a joke:
“One of the nurses came back to me and said, ‘Dr. Jon, we’ve got a patient who’s in trouble.’”
“The gentleman could barely talk,” said Basso. “He was sweating, suffering. Anyone with an ounce of compassion would’ve felt for him.”
[Note: Dressing like a doctor is part of Basso's schtick, and Heart Attack Grill waitresses are supposedly 'nurses'; see the customer photo, above.]
Basso is right, you have to feel for a guy who’s meal was interrupted by serious threat of death—and then got blasted all over the news for it. But on the other hand, maybe this is a good thing: Because this is probably the most literal warning sign against the dangers of fast food ever.