I write to you today with a sad face: ☹
“Why,” you ask? Yesterday I stopped a Sheetz just south of Scottdale on my way down Rte. 119 towards Uniontown, all excited to get some delicious made to order goodness, and was stopped dead in my tracks when I got to the magical touchscreen. I saw signs advertising a new Shrimp sub.
Why, my friends? Why?
I understand the importance of having an evolving and diverse menu. I get that you don’t want to grow stagnant. Sheetz has been a safe-haven for me in dining for years. I have written to you in the past many times over different issues, and 99% of the time, it is high-praise my friends. Years ago when in Altoona, a friend & I even stopped to have our pictures taken in front of the Sheetz HQ sign. I speak of your genius touch-screen ordering and delicious “gas station” food to anyone who will listen.
My problem today extends from that fact that I am severely allergic to shellfish my friends. This includes crustaceans and mollusks… things like Shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck, calamari, scallops, snails, and several other “delicious” sea-bugs and slimy things.
If the disgusting bug-like sea creatures are battered & deep-fried in the same fryer that also cooks my french fries, cheese sticks, or chicken tenders, and I happen to partake of said otherwise non-deadly foods… it sends me quite immediately into something called Anaphylactic shock. Basically, that involves itching, redness, swelling, and the closing of airways.
Needless to say, I don’t generally like to cap off my dining experiences with Anaphylaxis. Yes, I have an Epi-Pen, but it’s a last resort & really only buys time until an ambulance can arrive & get me to a hospital. In order to dodge the excitement of choking while en-route to a hopefully life-saving facility, I generally stay away from any places that serve shellfish. Sheetz has been a go-to safe place for me for many years. Now, I have to cross you off of my list?
Cross-contamination issues are huge. If someone assembles a shrimp sub, then makes me a turkey or meatball sub without washing their hands or changing gloves… Hello, ambulance ride! I’m not doubting the training & cleanliness of your employees, but I’m sure you can imagine that I can’t take placing my health & safety in someone else’s hands lightly.
Sadly, Sheetz will have to be off of my safe list for now. May I ask you to reconsider this deathfish offering in the future? I believe you had a seafood sub that I wrote to you about a few years ago. Are deadly seabugs really a necessary item? Do they sell that well?
Places that have added deathfish to their menu over the years where there was once none include, Quiznos, Taco Bell (it’s gone now), Dairy Queen (it’s gone from most of them now), Texas Roadhouse, Famous Dave’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bob Evans (it’s gone now), and many more that I can’t remember now. Pretty soon I’ll only be able to eat at McDonald’s… until they introduce McLobster country-wide. I don’t want to be the guy that only eats Big Macs and eventually has to have a wall knocked out by Maury Povich or Jerry Springer so I can exit my house.
I write to you on behalf of the shellfish-allergic out there that just want a place to eat with safe food that we know will continue to remain safe.
I beg you to take this off of your menu, and leave it off. Please? I walked out of Sheetz yesterday with my head hung low & after not purchasing anything at all. I also needed gas & drinks but left in shock & had to get them elsewhere. My wife didn’t even say anything to try and console me. She could feel my disappointment as we walked silently to the car. Only after I started the car & pulled out of the parking lot did I let out a string of expletives that only revealed the proverbial tip of the iceberg to my frustration.
Thank you today for your time. I hope you take my thoughts into consideration, and are eventually able to pull the deathfish from your menu, and drain/clean/refill all of the fryers. There are more like me out here. Perhaps they’re less vocal & dramatic, but the shellfish-allergic do exist. We have feelings too. Feelings that are crushed when new seafood offerings don menus everywhere. We slip into a depressed food-related funk when Lent rolls around with all of its horrible seafood specials and limited time offerings. Are we to live in a social hole & prepare all of our meals at home? Please, don’t condemn us!
I thank you for your time and apologize for my need to complain. I hate to come off as a whiner or “poor me”, but something just had to be said. I look forward to your thoughts on the issue, I know you value all customer input. You have a great company, I just don’t want to die while eating at Sheetz. It might be bad press for you guys.