The Heart Attack Grill is a Chandler, Arizona burger restaurant that has become internationally known for serving incredibly large, unhealthy hamburgers and for its criticism by the Arizona Board of Nursing and Baltimore-based Center for Nursing Advocacy for putting its waitresses in naughty nurse uniforms.
The menu includes "Single," "Double," "Triple," and "Quadruple Bypass" hamburgers, ranging from half a pound to two pounds of beef, "Flatliner Fries" (cooked in pure lard), cigarettes, beer and liquor, and soft drinks. The names imply coronary artery bypass surgery, and refer to the danger of developing atherosclerosis from the food's high proportion of saturated fat and excessive caloric content. The Quadruple Bypass burger has 8,000 calories. Customers who finish a Triple or Quadruple Bypass burger are pushed in wheelchairs to their cars by the waitresses.
The waitresses' nurse costumes and behavior have caused the most controversy. The waitresses wear crosses on their nurse hats, thigh-high fishnet stockings, short skirts, and low-cut tops. On occasion, they sit at the table with customers while they eat, role-play as nurses, or even jump into the arms of their customers.
However, Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH, founder and executive director of the Baltimore-based Center for Nursing Advocacy, started a separate campaign to get the restaurant to stop using naughty nurse themes for its waiting staff. The Center says the association of nursing with sex discourages real nurses and contributes to the nursing shortage, a global public health crisis. The Center started a letter writing campaign, and tried to get real nurses to hand out fliers outside the restaurant. The complaints incited a backlash against Summers, who has been criticized as being humorless and politically correct.
Jon Basso has commented that the complaints have been good for business.
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