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June 22, 2006
It's the cheesiest

Well, it's the first week of summer, a time brimming with fresh ideas. But judging by the stories on “Good Day Sacramento,” we've already hit summer's dog days.

So bereft of new ideas - they did the overdone Mentos-in-the-Diet Coke test last week - producers sent reporter Doug Brauner to Lodi fast-food joints to see whether workers would fill his orders right. “It’s really the bane of a lot of our existences,” says Brauner, serious as Sam Shane.

And people say there’s no hard-hitting investigative reporting in the Sac TV market....

Anyway, earlier this week, at 8:45 a.m., Brauner pulls up to the drive-through window at Wendy’s and orders lunch. “I want a classic cheeseburger, no onion, extra pickle.”

Disembodied voice in speaker: “I’m sorry, sir. We’re only serving breakfast.”


“This is the problem of working our shift,” Brauner tells anchor Nick Toma back in the studio. “At 4 a.m., I’m looking for filet mignon and scotch.”

Voice in speaker: “Sorry, sir. We have no scotch.”

Brilliant television. I smell an Emmy. No, wait. It’s just the greasy, cheesy odor of fast food.

Later, at a trip to Taco Bell, Brauner orders a quesadilla “with no cheese.” So that would be, what, a tortilla?

-- Sam McManis

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