Massachusetts Court Declares Burritos Not Sandwiches

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  1. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    So, Panera Bread went to court to to argue for a broader definition of "sandwich", seeking to add quesadillas, burritos and tacos to the sandwich family.

    Well, Massachusetts wasn't going to have any of that.

    And why does Panera bread care? Well, if they can corner the quesadilla market, they can close down competition, apparently.

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  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Duh...my dictionary says that one of the characteristics of a sandwich is two pieces of bread. (Apparently anything more than that would be a Dagwood.)
     
  4. skunk macrumors G4

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    Anything more than that would be gluttony.
     
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Hey...I occasionally go for the three-bread-slice sandwich, particularly when there are only three slices left in the bag and two of them are heels. Does that make me a heel?
     
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    A double heel, I'd say.
     
  7. thedude110 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The court's ruling seems to seriously jeapordize the open-faced sandwich. Without the second piece of bread, does the open-faced sandwich face a difficult transition from sandwich sub-genre to kingdom of its own?

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  8. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I wonder where open sandwiches fall in this mess.

    Apparently, somewhere ahead of me.
     
  9. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    It was a long shot, but clearly worth pursuing. Mall traffic for food tends to be rather profitable, with shoppers and all (especially in the winter when trips outside are kept to a minimum). If they could have convinced the judge to rule in their favor, that would have minimized competition. Additionally, it is always good business to get maximum clarity from a court regarding the interpretation of a contract - since that would be in the interest of both Panera and the mall.
     
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    so this is were court cases are headed?:eek:

    Ok i want to know if there is a food court in this mall and if Mc Donald's is there since they sell a McChicken isn't that a sandwich?
     
  11. BengalDuck macrumors regular

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    Ahh... I love how tax dollars are spent!

    (And for the record - Sandwiches can have 1 piece of bread, like the open face. But it must be a hoagie-type piece instead of a regular old sliced bread. They can be slices of bread, like the club as well.)
     
  12. MacNut macrumors Core

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    What about bread without crust, since the bread has been modified does it still count as a sandwich?
     
  13. BengalDuck macrumors regular

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    Absolutely! It's still bread... I've always eaten the crust but as long as theres bread there it's good.

    How many posts until my title reads "Sandwich Judge of MA"?
     
  14. fotografica macrumors 68040

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    Let's what we have going on in this state right now...Our infrastructure is literally crumbling around us (read Big Dig,lol),people are leaving the state in droves,the state's economy is lagging,RE prices are still insanely overpriced,we have a governor that's hardly in the state anymore,the welfare system is abused left and right (don't even get me started on that,lol) and all the courts can spend time on is deciding the correct terminology for a sandwich???Ahh gotta love this state :D :D
     
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    They needed experts and chefs and agriculural officials to convince the judge and others that a burrito isn't a sandwich?

    There really should be a law of common sense so that people's time isn't wasted.

    But then a pizza would count as a sandwich. Where will the madness end!
     
  16. ozontheroad macrumors 6502

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    they could start by demonstrating that Burritos are considered sandwiches in Mexico

    but they are not... I spent 4 months in Mexico last year and sandwiches are called "tortas" and Burritos are ....well.... burritos
     
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    Yes. But, people still have contract disputes. The courts don't exist solely to resolve major questions. The courts don't have the power to tell the Gov to stay in MA or the legislature to fix the welfare system (at least, based on the failure you describe).

    I don't think the judge was that well versed in the food industry. When interpreting a contract, the factfinder should be aware of common use in the industry. When I say I will buy 10 chickens from you, does that mean 10 fryers, boilers, or a mix? You need experts to make the court aware. Same with the burrito/sandwich. What if contrary to common sense, food experts grouped the two in the same class of "filling contained within a grain product"? This is especially distressing as "wraps" are becoming a popular low-carb alternative to traditional bread.

    Can anybody here provide a satisfactory distinction between a cheesesteak wrap, a cheesesteak, and a beef and cheese burrito (other than the first is really a Swiss-topped freak of nature)?
     
  18. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    Is the Philly Melt I had Denny's considered a sandwhich?
     
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    Kind of off-tangent, but Chipotle (a burrito place) wanted to open a store in our downtown area here and the city wouldn't let them because they serve with plastic forks. :rolleyes:
     
  20. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Well the mall's food experts didn't sign that agreement and probably signed something they interpreted as completely different. Even if it was true in the culinary world, the people who signed it thought a sandwich was what most people interpret as a sandwich. I think that part of the contract would never hold up in court anyway. Hit me if I ever call a pizza a "sandwich".
     
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    What would the mall have signed? Or, if I understand you correctly, are you saying that the mall's food experts were not the signers - it was the mall's administration, who would not be viewed as understanding a broader interpretation? I would view that failure against the mall - they are savvy enough to have understood the need to define terms. Their attorneys should have known to define the terms explicitly (although, here the fault rests with the Panera attorneys who did not define sandwich well enough) and avoid having to rely on a culinary definition.

    Can I ask why you think that the clause wouldn't hold up in court?
     
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    Why can't they get along? These are two of my favorite not-quite fast food places! :)
     
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    First we're the home of the highest crime rate in the US. Now we're the home of some idiots who think a burrito is a sandwich. I think the media just wants STL to look bad after our world series brought in the lowest ratings in history :D


    And it's St. Louis Bread Company, not Panera dammit!
     
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    No Jewish deli's in Surrey?

    I love double-deckers.
     
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    I think this case has already been to Food Court. If the sandwich shop doesn't agree with the ruling, I believe the next step would be to the Court of Unappealing.
     

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