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WeWork Cuts Back Honor-System Snack Program Because No One Was Honest

Plus, black farmers are suing Burger King’s chicken supplier for discrimination, and more news to start your day

A WeWork sign in California. Shutterstock

It seems honesty is not the best policy

Faltering tech giant WeWork is eliminating many of its honor system snack kiosks (some outlets are reporting that all are being eliminated, although a statement from WeWork indicates that this is not the case). While the change is reportedly not a cost-cutting measure, it is happening at a time when the company is frantically attempting to reduce spending, having apparently lost major control of its finances. The reading-between-the-lines message behind the decision to eliminate the so-called “Honesty Markets” (a truly cringeworthy name) is that people were possibly stealing from them.

The moral of the story here: stealing is bad, and nice things will be taken away from you if you do it (although a WeWork statement indicates that other food offerings will take the place of any killed-off Honesty Markets). After all, you don’t get something for nothing — unless you’re WeWork founder Adam Neumann, who managed to juice $1.7 billion out of the company while it prepares for massive layoffs. That’ll teach ‘em.

And in other news...

  • Black farmers are suing a chicken supplier for Burger King and Walmart, alleging that the supplier put onerous extra demands to black farmers, but nobody else it purchased from. [Modern Farmer]
  • The Washington Post ponders how you can put on a sustainable Thanksgiving. It’s more complicated than you’d think. [WaPo]
  • It’s looking like canned tuna company Bumble Bee Foods will file for bankruptcy, and it’s looking for somebody to buy it. This comes two years after the company was caught price-fixing. [LA Times]
  • A woman has been sentenced to 15 days in prison after throwing a milkshake at Florida Republican and general weenie Matt Gaetz. Gaetz, who apparently has nothing better to do, showed up to the sentencing to push for prison time. [Jezebel]
  • Serve corn nuts at Thanksgiving? Sure, it’s a solid workaround for those participating in no-nut November. [Lifehacker]
  • People in eight states from coast to coast have fallen ill after eating possibly E. coli-tainted prepared chicken Caesar salads. [NBC]
  • Do you care about the zesty sauce at Burger King? If so, take note that they’re running out because of a shortage of horseradish. [Business Insider]
  • Gird your loins, Colonel Sanders stans: the “KFC Museum” (or Harland Sanders Café and Museum) in Corbin, Kentucky is getting a makeover. [QSR Magazine]