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|Yellow Grease (standard:Satire, 1783 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Nov 01 2010||Views/Reads: 5020/2228||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A funny story on collection of used grease from fast food restaurants|
YELLOW GREASE By Subba Rao Jimmy ran his company “Grease Man” from a small tool shed in a poor neighborhood. The company logo “Grease Man” was written boldly on a large picture of a 55-gallon drum painted on both sides of his pick-up truck. He was not in the business of selling grease or cooking oil to the restaurants but he collected used cooking oil from the fryers for re-cycling. “Hey Jimmy, you were supposed to pick up the grease last week,” said Christie, one of the girls at “Chicken, all you can eat,” a neighborhood restaurant. “Yeah, I couldn't make it last week, my vacuum pump broke down you know, I just got it fixed.” Jimmy immediately started pumping the grease into one of the drums on his truck muttering “man, this is yellow gold.” Though, restaurant workers called Jimmy “Grease Man”, he didn't mind at all since he was making pretty good living by peddling grease. At the other end of the town, Billy ran “Fat Man,” another grease collection outfit. Billy was fat and never liked anybody call him as fat man. He pained “Fat Man, Grease Recycling Company,” in bold letters in yellow on both sides of his truck. Jimmy and Billy competed against each other, and turned the restaurant grease recycling into a cutthroat business. Jimmy was a veteran in the business and Billy started later in the grease business. The teenage workers in the fast food chains didn't have a clue about all the fuss about collecting the foul smelling, yellow grease from the fryers. The grease clouded with drippings from hamburger cooking, with floating burnt-out batter drippings from fried chicken and fish, and small pieces of French fries, smelled bad. The grease turned sour and rancid with strong spicy odor within a few days of storage in outside containers for pick-up. But for Jimmy and Billy “the yellow grease” was “Yellow Gold.” The “Grease Man” and “Fat Man” competed against each other by stealing grease from each other's accounts. The restaurants contracted with either one of the two companies for disposal of the mess once the cooking oil was unfit for further cooking in their fryers. Jimmy hated winter months when the grease solidified, and he had to shovel it or worse use his hands to scrape it. “What's wrong with the kids?” Jimmy thought loudly several times when he found all kind of stuff like plastic forks, spoons, emptied tomato ketchup cups etc., in storage drums with yellow grease outside the restaurants. The workers at fast food chains have no understanding of what it takes for Jimmy or Billy to clean up the yellow grease before it can be sold to the animal feed industry. Jimmy made a ton of money in collecting the used restaurant grease for free, and selling it for use in animal feed before Billy got into the business. The feedlot owners fattened the cows and hogs by feeding them the recycled restaurant grease or yellow grease. The animals loved their feed laced with the spicy restaurant grease, and gained weight by munching on the meal soaked in yellow grease - the animals got their share of grease without going to restaurants like us. Billy's “Fat Man” grease recycling company cut deep into Jimmy's monopoly in the grease business and the “Grease Man” started to shrink slowly. Jimmy started paying a small fee to the restaurants for their grease to keep his contract with the restaurants, and to keep Jimmy away from taking his business. The Fat Man Billy was no dummy either, he paid a penny more per pound for rancid grease than Jimmy did, and on top of it he distributed frozen turkeys as gifts for thanksgiving to the restaurant managers. The price paid to the restaurants for picking up the yellow grease did not affect the bottom line for either Jimmy or Billy since both cheated Click here to read the rest of this story (139 more lines)
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