Sunday, January 4, 2009

Putting pressure on IHOP

I recently got an e-mail from a lady by the name of Rachel Thompsen who has started a blog called Bring Back Boysenberry.

Yes, I've been irate at IHOP for some time because of the fact that company's restaurants don't carry wonderful, wonderful boysenberry syrup here in central Arkansas. I fired off an e-mail a few months ago griping about the lack of boysenberry syrup, and received a note from IHOP that local managers could choose whether or not to carry boysenberry syrup.

That fact didn't help me a bit, of course, so my brother sent me a gallon of boysenberry syrup for Christmas. I became complacent and, indeed, didn't care that the rest of the boysenberry fans in the world were having to choke down IHOP pancakes covered in syrup flavored with maple, blueberry, strawberry or something else that pales in comparison to the magical flavor of boysenberry.

So I'm glad to see that Ms. Thompsen has started her blog and I'd encourage all you disgruntled boysenberry fans in the world to go visit it. You can even sign a petition over there calling for the return of boysenberry. I had trouble getting my signature to take on the petition on the blog, but I had more luck going directly to the petition located right here. I'm not sure if there's something wrong on the blog or the fact that I'm using a computer equipped with junky Windows prevented the "blog based" petition from working.

Here's the thing about IHOP. That e-mail suggesting that local managers can determine whether boysenberry syrup is carried in restaurants is a bunch of bureaucratic nonsense. It's all buck passing and blame shifting, really.

IHOP corporate certainly has the authority to force local stores to carry boysenberry. An outraged public could make them do just that. Give them hell, folks.

9 comments:

Krissi said...

The fam ate at iHop this morning and I swear to you as I am sitting here typing this I thought about asking for some "good berry" syrup :) However the service was AWFUL and they didn't get my order right, so I didn't feel to "chatty" at the time!! But hey it's the thought that counts right???

PaulsHealthblog.com said...

I talked to Mom the other day, who lives in North Carolina, and she said her and a few friends went out to eat on Christmas Day. The only place that was open was IHOP.

She said she got a drink and a chicken sandwich, and it cost her over $10.00.

She should have gotten a drink and some crackers.

Or stayed home.

The Fearless Blog said...

We love IHOP. However, my oldest son will not eat the pancakes there unless he has "old fashioned" syrup. If IHOP stopped serving the "old fashioned" we would probably stop eating there.

Sherry said...

I like everything boysenberry!!!

anajz said...

We don't have an IHOP anywhere near us, but one thing is for certain...you just don't eat IHOP pancakes without the boysenberry!

Ra said...

Hey this is Rachel "Ra" Thompsen here, just wanting to thank you guys for your support! Hopefully I'll get that boysenberry syrup back!

Grandy said...

I think boysenberry makes more sense than some of the other flavors.

The Natural State Hawg said...

Krissi -- Ah, but verbalize that thought next time! I used to pester them about boysenberry syrup every time I'd go to IHOP. Now I let my bottle of boysenberry do my talking for me.

Paul -- $10 for a chicken sandwich? Did they have a Christmas tax or something?

Fearless -- A maple fan, is he? Hey, I'm all for variety, hence my outrage at the lack of boysenberry around there.

Sherry -- You are certainly wise.

anajz -- It's just not American to have an IHOP with no boysenberry available.

Ra -- I hope we get some folks sent your way! Go get 'em!

Grandy -- Ah, boysenberry is the syrup of kings. And queens. Kings and queens...

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*lynne* said...

aha! I do recall the last time I went to IHOP (it was a while ago) I'd noticed they didn't have boysenberry syrup, and wondered what was up with that. I use that whenever I have pancakes there. Of course, nowadays I order the chicken/spinach crepe thing that's absolutely delish and fat-laden...