Largest Fortune-Cookie Maker Nixes Romantic Slips
Company doesn't want to 'upset a single person' (no pun intended)
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2013 9:27 AM CST
A fortune cookie maker decided to drop its romantic fortunes over parents' concerns.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The planet's top fortune cookie maker doesn't want its products to be the source of even a little unhappiness—so it's changing its romantic messages over parents' concerns. Parents "said they didn’t want their kids reading them," says a VP at NYC-based Wonton Food; a second exec amazingly adds that fortunes that receive just two or three complaints are screened (this in the face of the 5 million cookies it makes a day).

Indeed, "messages have to be rated G," says the VP, and these were among those apparently deemed PG or worse: "One who admires you greatly is hidden before your eyes" and "The evening promises romantic interest." In their place? Not-exactly-fortunes like "You make every day special" and "No one on Earth is as beautiful as you." As "fortune cookie expert" Jennifer 8. Lee tells the New York Post, "'You will meet a tall, dark stranger' means one thing to a 20-year-old fashionista and another to a 6-year-old kid." And as the VP explains, "We want to put messages inside our cookies that don’t upset a single person."

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Feb 11, 2013 11:04 PM CST
I got one that said the chef spit in my food.
Feb 11, 2013 3:56 PM CST
pc crap going way over the top!!!!!!!!!!!! BAN FORTUNE COOKIES NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 11, 2013 11:30 AM CST
This wouldn't be a problem if we stopped teaching kids to read.