Locals flock to Thelma’s Hammer Gulp, located downtown, for the great sandwiches, fun atmosphere, and to bury their emotions. Open since 2000, the menu consists of items like The Mercury Retrograde (fried fish) and The Sid Vicious Special. On Tuesday, though, Albert Stratocaster and his long-time pal Tony Tuff stopped by THG in what might be their last lunch encounter.
Mr. Stratocaster, a fan of the MySpace Open Face, placed his order and insisted on the inclusion of tomatoes, despite the fact the sandwich does not come with tomatoes. What followed was an exchange between Mr. Stratocaster and Mr. Tuff where Mr. Tuff openly questioned the addition of tomatoes on a sandwich made with fried chicken breast, white pepper gravy, raw onions, and served open-faced. Mr. Tuff insisted that not only does this not fit the flavor profile, but that the texture is severely compromised. Mr. Stratocaster replied that he just liked tomatoes.
Mr. Tuff insisted that not only do tomatoes not fit the flavor profile of his friend’s sandwich, but that the texture is severely compromised. Mr. Stratocaster replied that he just liked tomatoes.
Online message boards and social media have since been made aware of the tomato shaming. Many seem to be taking the side of Mr. Stratocaster with the consensus agreeing that a sandwich is one’s own and the empowerment an individual can extract from their choice of sandwich shall not be judged. Regardless of the frequency of adding tomatoes to a sandwich, or the public declaration of one’s preference for the enjoyment of tomatoes, at no point should an individual be made to feel ashamed for this. At the end of the day, tomato is not a dirty word.
Since the encounter, those familiar with Mr. Stratocaster and Mr. Tuff have relayed info that their meal that day at Thelma’s Hammer Gulp was eaten in silence. After 9 years, it’s entirely possible the friendship may come to an end depending on if Mr. Stratocaster texts Mr. Tuff back about checking out a movie this weekend. No further info has been revealed at this time.
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