In the world of business, maintaining a competitive edge is necessary. And sometimes, that process leads to some interesting events.
Let's take the struggle to protect the home front in a Shrewsbury, Mass., shopping center. When Qdoba, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box
OK, I'll admit that I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but since when has a burrito or a taco been a sandwich?
Wait. It gets better. This thing went all the way to court, and we needed experts and a judge to tell us that a burrito is not a sandwich. I have a feeling this may someday make it to Mind of Mencia.
And to have our little bit of fun with the event, The Motley Fool brings you:
The Top 10 things overheard at the Panera/Qdoba hearing:
10. Objection, your Honor! That's delicious!
9. Can we get them on the rule that a "u" must always follow a "q?"
8. Didn't Clinton question the definition of the word "is" in his defense?
7. OK, OK, but can I talk you into ruling that our Crispani flatbread pizzas are tostadas?
6. That's "nacho" decision to make, Your Honor.
5. Jack's head looks much bigger on TV.
4. I knew that a baker's dozen would be an unlucky number.
3. The Earl of Sandwich was most definitely not from Mexico.
2. Great! Now our landlord is putting a Chipotle
And the number one thing overhead at the Panera/Qdoba hearing is .
1. If the bread doesn't fit, you must remit!
First of all, thanks to Fools Rick Munarriz, Anders Bylund, and Matt Koppenheffer for their contributions to the list. They added the funny ones. I'm sure you can figure out which ones are mine.
Second, while I think it's ridiculous that this thing wasted the court's time, I can certainly understand Panera's motivation. Competition can be brutal, and preventing it can be lucrative.
But still, does anyone think a burrito is a sandwich?
If you have any other funny things that might have been overheard, shoot them to me in an email.
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Retail editor and Inside Value team member David Meier does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned, but he loves going to the local Panera with his wife. He is currently ranked 163 out of 14,426 investors in The Motley Fool CAPS community intelligence stock-rating service. You can view his TMF profile here. The Fool takes its disclosure policy very seriously.