The other day I'm at a fast food restaurant at City Creek. I order my food, and add a large Diet Coke because it had been a long day. The girl helping me out is a little awkward (staring at me way too long and the like). She asks me what the difference is between Diet Coke and regular Coke.
I tell her that Diet Coke does not taste as sweet. I tell her I like the taste better. She is not reacting to what I am saying, so, for added effect, I smile and say:
"Plus it has all that aspartame so it's way worse for you."
I wink. I think I'm being funny and charming.
Somehow, in the mist of that short conversation, the cashier at the register next to the one I am ordering at joins in:
"Yeah, Diet Coke is horrible."
I note that she is being very serious. I smile.
"It's the WORST drink you could EVER drink."
My smile is straining. I start to think: this is too ironic to be happening to me.
"It WILL kill you."
She's looking at me with grave concern. I can't help myself:
"Funny how the lady behind the FAST FOOD counter is giving me HEALTH advice. If I wanted anyone's health advice, I certainly wouldn't be ordering from a FAST FOOD restaurant."
She remains silent with her arms crossed. She almost looks like she's pitying me.
I wonder if she gives the same "it WILL kill you" speech to everyone that orders a french fry.
The point of this story is not whether or not Diet Coke is bad for you- the point of the story is that a fast food employee was acting like my weight watchers coach and that's not cool.
I feel like I don't eat like a total pig, but sometimes I want my food fast and without a side of judgement.
Am I wrong in that?