Wednesday, February 19, 2003 :::
Freedom fries? Man are people lame.
Fast-food owner rejects French: They're 'freedom fries'
BEAUFORT, N.C. -- You can get fries with your burger at a restaurant here, but just don't ask for french fries.
Neal Rowland, the owner of Cubbie's, now only sells his fried potato strips as ``freedom fries'' - a decision that comes as Americans watch French officials back away from support for possible war in Iraq.
``Because of Cubbie's support for our troops, we no longer serve french fries. We now serve freedom fries,'' says a sign in the restaurant's window.
Rowland said his intent is not to slight the French people, but to take a patriotic stance to show his support for the United States and the actions of President Bush.
``It's our way of showing our patriotic pride,'' he said, noting that his business has a lot of local military troops as customers.
Rowland said the switch from french fries to freedom fries came to mind after a conversation about World War I when anti-German sentiment prompted Americans to rename German foods like sauerkraut and frankfurter to liberty cabbage and hot dog.
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