Never say that teenagers are all impetuous and uncreative. Given the choice between a more traditional violent brawl and a food fight, one group wisely chose the latter.
As reported by San Antonio news network KENS 5 and a variety of other Texas news outlets, students from O'Connor High (San Antonio, Tx.) and Brandeis High (San Antonio, Tx.) started an enormous food fight at a Whataburger fast food franchise (or "Waterburger" for all Texas kids age 8 or younger who can't pronounce "What a Burger") shortly after Brandeis pulled out a 12-10 victory in the teams' annual face off.
The messy dispute lasted all of 30 seconds, but by the time it was over the fast food chain's location at Bandera Road and Loop 1604 was an unbelievable mess, to the point that the dining room section of the restaurant needed to be closed and everyone involved felt a bit sheepish.
Both schools expressed a willingness to review film of the food fight to determine which students were responsible and subsequently punish them. Instead, the restaurant chain itself stepped forward to insist that it was not interested in prosecuting any of the students, arguing that the food fight was all just a big, messy misunderstanding. Also, it was probably clever enough to realize that high school students by an awful lot of hamburgers.
"We understand that this act was an emotional moment between a small group of students and not representative of the entire student population," Whataburger announced in a prepared statement. "The Whataburger team will continue to welcome Brandeis and O'Connor students at our restaurants and we're also committed to continuing the partnership and support both high schools."
In fact, Whataburger may have even felt a bit responsible for the melee, given that it was allegedly spurred by contrasting school spirit decorations honoring both high schools.
There's a marketing plan that didn't go the way executives anticipated.
As for the students, it turns out that not all of them were angry heathens of food throwing filth. KENS 5 has reported that a number have returned to the restaurant to apologize for the mess, some even before they knew that the restaurant wouldn't be handing over video of the food fight to authorities.
Now, if only they could get back some of those delicious Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits and fries ...