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Roland99

(53,341 posts)
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 09:00 AM Sep 21

David Brooks whining about the exorbitant cost of airport food (and an EPIC takedown of his tweet)





I think we all sense that Mr. Brooks claiming he paid $78 for a burger and fries meal at Newark Airport is quite misleading, but how can we prove it?

I had the time this early Thursday morning and decided to investigate.

Here's what I found.

(thread)


There are 61 restaurants listed on the website for the Newark Liberty International Airport, from the Abruzzo Italian Steakhouse (Gate C70) to Zaro's Bakeshop (B Food Court). I began by trying to match the table, chairs, and floor to likely suspects w/ bar + burgers.


This proved to be tedious because none of the available Yelp or TripAdvisor online images of any of the burger and bar restaurants that were listed had close matches. But I focused on one restaurant in particular and did a deep search: the Budweiser Brewhouse (B1 Pre-Security).


I found an image bank of the restaurant via the Untapped social drinking app (https://untappd.com/v/budweiser-brewhouse/11494574/photos…). There were rough matches for the table, chairs, and floor in Mr. Brooks' photo. The red chairs temporarily threw me off, but it appears there are several chair types here.


Finally, as best as I could determine, there is only one restaurant in all of Newark Airport that uses the tray-and-paper deal for serving food. Short of traveling to the Budweiser Brewhouse for definitive confirmation, I feel it's pretty likely this is where Mr. Brooks ate.


There's a PDF menu available for the Budweiser Brewhouse on http://newarkterminalb.com

There are three types of burgers offered + with sub fries added to any of them, the cost for the food, before tax and tip, is no more than $22.18.

NJ sales tax (6.625%) + tip (20%) = $28.09


I did not find a drink menu for the Budweiser Brewhouse online, but maybe one of you more resourceful folks can do that.

But if we look at the price before tip ($23.64) and subtract from Mr. Brooks' stated total cost, assuming before tip, it comes out to about $54 on drinks.


If this is after tipping at 20% (I'm assuming Mr. Brooks is decent enough to tip at that rate), the amount spent on food and alcohol, inc. tax, is $60.80. Minus the cost of food ($23.64), he spent about $37 on alcohol.


Anyway, I'm happy to be wrong here. If Mr. Brooks wants to post his receipt, given that this was important enough for him to talk about in the first place, I'd welcome the correction.

What say you,
@nytdavidbrooks
?

/thread




Brooks' tweet

David Brooks whining about the exorbitant cost of airport food (and an EPIC takedown of his tweet) (Original Post) Roland99 Sep 21 OP
Yeah, I noticed the highball drink MagickMuffin Sep 21 #1
It's scotch, and I'm sure its a good one, easily could $50+ for one drink, especially in NY Beetwasher. Sep 21 #2
Not concerned whether I identified the drink properly I do know it's expensive at airports MagickMuffin Sep 21 #4
There does appear to be an empty glass in the top of the pic Roland99 Sep 21 #5
All the responses to David Brooks are pointing out his drinks MagickMuffin Sep 21 #6
he's one of the lucky few who can actually afford to get drunk at an airport prodigitalson Sep 21 #27
Especially one as big as that one. geardaddy Sep 21 #23
What Brooks is really learning here is that he shouldn't tweet when drunk. n/t thesquanderer Sep 21 #21
Maybe he can go back to his native Canada. geardaddy Sep 21 #24
No Dave, corporate greed in America is terrible. The economy is doing the best it can under Ferrets are Cool Sep 21 #3
We have a winner!!! CaptainTruth Sep 21 #25
... Ferrets are Cool Sep 21 #34
I posted this earlier, then realized it was bullshit. milestogo Sep 21 #7
That's the point. he's being called out on his bs Roland99 Sep 21 #10
David Brooks trying to relate to the underclass Johonny Sep 21 #8
exactly blogslug Sep 21 #15
especially since he is known to wax nostaligc about CAPITALISM Skittles Sep 22 #35
that is a revolting photo, David Brooks maxsolomon Sep 21 #9
Smack down of the Hack Clown! Nt Fiendish Thingy Sep 21 #11
Saddy Meal JHB Sep 21 #12
Hahahahahahahahaha not fooled Sep 21 #22
Professor of Brooksology JHB Sep 21 #29
David Brooks gets paid millions a year to write shit like this. Paladin Sep 21 #13
✔️ enough Sep 21 #26
Probably cost him nothing Johnny2X2X Sep 21 #14
The drinks add up. Somebody recognized him and mentioned "Bobos in Paradise" betsuni Sep 21 #16
Don't Capitalists often state that one should charge what the market will bear? tenderfoot Sep 21 #17
It was not the burger that cost that much, it was the booze. appleannie1 Sep 21 #18
That was the breakdown in the tweet in the OP JHB Sep 21 #30
Who know he was such a big tipper? Layzeebeaver Sep 21 #19
$12 bucks for a Burger King's Whopper No.1 . republianmushroom Sep 21 #20
Yes! He left off the cost of drinks. LiberalFighter Sep 21 #28
Isn't there a Mickey D's there? Course they dont have booze. yellowcanine Sep 21 #31
The restaurant is dunking on David Brooks now irisblue Sep 21 #32
"keep drinking buddy - we get paid off everything" ouch JanMichael Sep 22 #37
Starkle Starkle Little Twink struggle4progress Sep 21 #33
Bad, bad whiskey betsuni Sep 22 #36

MagickMuffin

(15,547 posts)
1. Yeah, I noticed the highball drink
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 09:08 AM
Sep 21



Drinks are expensive. Perhaps poor ol little David Brooks should give water a try. Hellva lot cheaper.

I just never knew David Brooks was teetering on being poor. Welcome to America David Brooks.



MagickMuffin

(15,547 posts)
4. Not concerned whether I identified the drink properly I do know it's expensive at airports
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 09:26 AM
Sep 21



And no telling how many David Brooks had, I’m guessing a few since he drunk tweeted about his cost.


Boo Hoo David Brooks


MagickMuffin

(15,547 posts)
6. All the responses to David Brooks are pointing out his drinks
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 09:39 AM
Sep 21



Next time David Brooks should stop being dishonest, but he’s made a good living off his lies and deception!

I just need to research how much David Brooks, again poor poor thing. Somebody get him a fainting couch.

The estimated Net Worth of David R Brooks is at least $57.7 Million dollars as of 4 May 2023.


geardaddy

(24,870 posts)
24. Maybe he can go back to his native Canada.
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 11:56 AM
Sep 21

He's always stuck in my craw.

I'm sad that Mark Shields is gone and Brooks is still here.

Ferrets are Cool

(20,437 posts)
3. No Dave, corporate greed in America is terrible. The economy is doing the best it can under
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 09:16 AM
Sep 21

the circumstances.

milestogo

(16,782 posts)
7. I posted this earlier, then realized it was bullshit.
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 09:40 AM
Sep 21

Airport food is expensive, especially if you get drunk while eating a burger and fries.

Johonny

(19,759 posts)
8. David Brooks trying to relate to the underclass
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 09:42 AM
Sep 21

By talking about food prices at an airport while being able to afford both eating out and, you know, flying.

His opinions should read; unethical asshole has another opinion.

maxsolomon

(32,112 posts)
9. that is a revolting photo, David Brooks
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 09:53 AM
Sep 21

1, i don't need to see your empty ketchup packs laying on top of your fries.
2, you took the lettuce and tomato off your burger? never put it on? eat your vegetables, child.
3, i don't want to see your half-eaten burger with your disgusting teeth marks.

and you're the NYT's patrician conservative?

JHB

(37,039 posts)
12. Saddy Meal
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 10:33 AM
Sep 21



Frances Langum
@bluegal
This meal just cost me $78 at Newark Airport. This is why Americans think the economy is terrible. @Mr_Electrico


Frances Langum is an editor for Crooks and Liars, and "@Mr_Electrico" is her husband, a C&L contributor known just about everywhere except TwiXer as "driftglass". Both are old-school liberal bloggers in the Midwest (blue dots in a sea of red) and for over a decade have hosted The Cornfield Resistance/The Professional Left Podcast.

not fooled

(5,731 posts)
22. Hahahahahahahahaha
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 11:50 AM
Sep 21

My first thought on seeing Brook's x-cretion was "What do Driftglass and Blue Gal have to say?" They have been ridiculing Brooks for a long time. They are experts on his BS.

JHB

(37,039 posts)
29. Professor of Brooksology
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 01:37 PM
Sep 21

Preaching "the problem is NOT 'both sides', it's REPUBLICANS" (and also "Glenn Greenwald is a foaming nutjob" ) before it was cool.

Paladin

(27,828 posts)
13. David Brooks gets paid millions a year to write shit like this.
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 10:38 AM
Sep 21

You want a travesty? THERE'S your fucking travesty.

Johnny2X2X

(17,854 posts)
14. Probably cost him nothing
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 10:51 AM
Sep 21

I travel for work, it's great because not one dime is spent of my own money. There is no doubt this was a company credit card he was using, at the very least and expense report if that's how he rolls. No way is this guy spending his own money on meals.

betsuni

(24,105 posts)
16. The drinks add up. Somebody recognized him and mentioned "Bobos in Paradise"
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 11:04 AM
Sep 21

and he became triggered, still can't believe "bobos" never really caught on -- what's wrong with you people?

tenderfoot

(8,366 posts)
17. Don't Capitalists often state that one should charge what the market will bear?
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 11:07 AM
Sep 21

It's like he's for Socialism or something.

appleannie1

(4,841 posts)
18. It was not the burger that cost that much, it was the booze.
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 11:25 AM
Sep 21

I recently had a cheeseburger and fries at New Orlean's airport. It was 14.95. I only drink water. If I had had a soda it would have been $3.00 more. Depending on the alcoholic drink it would have been between 7 to something most of us can't afford for a drink more.

JHB

(37,039 posts)
30. That was the breakdown in the tweet in the OP
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 01:46 PM
Sep 21

Don't know exactly what items he ordered, but the maximum for what's shown is $22.18. Add taxes and tip, it's 28 bucks.

Two-thirds of his bill was his choice of drink. But people know drinks add up, so he showcased the burger and fries to pretend he had a point.

irisblue

(32,444 posts)
32. The restaurant is dunking on David Brooks now
Thu Sep 21, 2023, 04:50 PM
Sep 21

source-https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2023/09/new-york-times-columnist-goes-viral-with-78-newark-airport-meal-complaint.html

snip-"-Later, on Thursday afternoon, 1911 Smoke House Barbeque, a Trenton restaurant with an outpost at Terminal A in Newark Airport — Smokehouse BBQ — shared the NJ.com mention of Brooks’ viral meal on Facebook.
Looks like someone was knocking back some serious drinks,” the restaurant commented. “Bar tab was almost 80% and he’s complaining about the cost of his meal keep drinking buddy - we get paid off everything.”

The comment seemed to confirm chatter about Brooks’ post that had been appended to the original photo and message as “context” on X, where it became a meme."

more there

JanMichael

(24,713 posts)
37. "keep drinking buddy - we get paid off everything" ouch
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 05:22 AM
Sep 22

He can pretend he's not an effete twit snob but...

I had the occasional night out when the food was less than half of the bill didn't feel the need to humble brag that I was eating such expensive food or ignore the fact that I drank most of my dinner.

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