A few years ago, I told the story of going to a Burger King that had run out of ketchup. Last week, I ordered a milkshake in a diner and was told they had run out of ice cream. I shared that story with a friend and he said he’d recently been to a Taco Bell that had run out of soft tacos.

Is nobody keeping an eye on inventory in America? Is there no employee authorized to take some petty cash and go down the street to a supermarket to replenish that inventory until the next official delivery? Of course, it snowed here in St. Louis yesterday, so the grocery store was probably out of milk.