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Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar


Applebee's (often referred to as Crapplebee's in satire) is an American restaurant franchise chain, founded in 1980 and specializing in traditional American food like hamburgers, steak, pasta, and a signature dish they call "riblets." Applebee's is often referred to online, especially by shitposters, as a synonym for the low-quality of mainstream American food and culture.


Applebee's was founded in 1980 in Decatur, Georgia, by Bill and TJ Palmer. By October, 2015, the chain had 2,003 locations, located mostly in suburban America, and 28,000 employees.[1] Applebee's commercials are a staple of American television, and frequently depict a group of young people enjoying a meal while a voice-over explains the new food or promotion; the close-up shots of glistening food recur throughout the oeuvre.[2]

Satires of Applebee's first became popular in the late 1990s. An early example was featured in the film Office Space, which featured a parody version of Applebee's named Chotchkie's.[3] Many popular scenes from the film take place inside Chotchkie's.

Applebee's Boycott

On January 29th, 2013, Saint Louis resident and Applebee's waitress Chelsea Welch, also known as "gateflan" on Reddit, submitted a photograph to /r/atheism in a post titled "My mistake sir, I’m sure Jesus will pay for my rent and groceries," showing a receipt that a customer had left for another server at the restaurant. Along with the customer's signature, a note on the receipt read “I give God 10%, why do you get 18,” referring to the automatic 18% gratuity added on to parties of 8 or more. In the comments, Welch explained that the receipt was issued for a table of 20 people who all asked for separate checks to avoid the automatic gratuity. The post received 12,861 upvotes and 3599 points overall.


On May 29th, 2013, a post was submitted to shitposting subreddit /r/circlejerk titled "If this gets 2,000 upvotes, /r/circlejerk will be an applebees themed subreddit."[4] The post received only one upvote; however, on October 4th, 2015, another Applebee's themed post was created, titled "Oh no! John Cena and Bernie Sanders were just banned from eating at all Applebee's locations! If this post gets 2000 upberns, /r/circlejerk will become an anti-Applebee's subreddit." This post, created by user BarbatisCollum, had received 3,425 points (95% upvoted) as of October 13th, 2015, but the subreddit had been themed "Anti-Applebee's" by October 5th, and users began creating many Applebee's themed posts.

HOT NEW RISING CONTROVERSIAL TOP GILDEDWIKIPROMOTED Want to join? Log in or sign up in seconds. | Engli search subscribe to our newsletter get the best of reddit, delivered once a week enter your email SUBSCRIBE username password remember me reset password login OMG STAR wARS BATTLEFRONT OMG OMG!!!!$%!#$! submitted 23 hours ago by humedav 32 comments share ( 1203 Submit Evidence That Applebee's Sucks I found a dollar bill with the serial number 3 ( Submit Complaint Against Applebees 2 submitted 1 day ago by Chinease_Heffa_Meal 29 comments share 716 circlejerk subscribe 267,552 readers O 180 users here now Post your Applebee's complaints here. Nothing Oh no! John Cena has been flipped over on his side! Press that upCena so he 3 260 will be back to his normal position! ( submitted 20 hours ago by -LiberaMeFromHell- 12 comments share else. a community for 6 yea I know this is an unpopular opinion and I'll probably be downdooted for this, 4 but... ( 12 submitted 4 hours ago by circlejerk_SS 5 comments share Only 40's Kids can relate ( submitted 4 hours ago by GoldenDiamonds56 7 comments share 12 TIL 84% of American vegetarians return to eating meat at Applebees ( 6Applebees submitted an hour ago by Gidonka 1 comment share

The theme spread to other shitposting forums, including Tumblr[7] the popular Facebook shitposting community called "I play KORN to my DMT plants, smoke blunts all day & do sex stuff."[8] As of October 13th, there are over 375 posts on /r/circlejerk relating to Applebee's.

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Oh no! You have been a swarm i 0 deadly Apple Bees Blow.on your m昏nitor in the next 5.1 seconds to fend them off! This is the Applebees-hating Apple Pie of Justice It only appears once every 79.5632 billion years UpPie in 3.14159 seconds or ever eat Pie again When ur crush likes ur post about burning down Applebee's did you know? Epplebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar you can burn down any applebee's anywhere and it is completely legal and encouraged this completely blank meme template bout to get it Like IT u kno sam adamusprime bad news apple Applebee's now im wondering why i didnt make this joke those aren't even bees though they're wasps Apple DEAT

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