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The Fast Food Numbering System That Repeatedly Inspires Theft

When Harmon Dobson founded the first Whataburger in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1950, he wanted to make burgers so good that people exclaimed “What a burger!” Now, the fast food establishment promises food “just like you like it,” and the breakfast menu boasts its own set of wonders, including the honey butter chicken biscuit. Yet sixty-plus years later, the restaurant has become a cultural and culinary institution in Texas and surrounding states thanks in part to a curious ritual that has little to do with burgers: It’s become practically routine to steal a Whataburger table tent.
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