For the 14th day, Frito Lay factory workers in Topeka, Kansas protested working conditions with a general strike. The frustrated employees cited forced overtime and 84 hour workweeks as their main grievances and asked customers to boycott Frito Lay products until a resolution happened. As the events unfolded, people have been wondering how such terrible working conditions could last in modern America without someone sounding the alarm. Sadly, it was announced Monday that workers have been putting SOS notes in bags of baked lays for years, but they went unnoticed due to tasting just like the chips.
“There’s very few opportunities to write a note on the factory floor,” explained Adam Evelson, a chip shaper who’s been working with the company his whole life. “We get very short breaks, and the quality control bosses are always watching. However, I realized the baked lays section of the factory has no quality control because the company gave up on the product years ago. So that’s where I started putting SOS notes in bags.”
Hard Money tracked down Kansas consumers who had purchased baked lays in the past five years, but all four of them reported missing the notes. “I think one time I did almost notice something,” Cheryl Vance told us in an email. “There was one chip that tasted exactly like dry flavorless paper, instead of mostly like dry flavorless paper, but I was too depressed to investigate so I just kept eating. The diet I’ve been on is pretty miserable.”
Adam Evelson was happy to hear his notes had reached people, but felt bad he wasn’t able to have his voice heard. “I should have tried harder,” he said sadly. “I remember once I started putting pictures of my children in with the notes, but I can see now that anything paper based would have suffered the same fate. I should have added some flavor to the notes to make them stand out against the ghastly chips.”
After further investigation, Hard Money managed to track down one customer who remembers seeing a note in his bag. “I just managed to catch it,” Morris Wood remembered, “but I was so angry at how bad the chips were that I didn’t want to help the workers. If you want to use the bathroom or see your family, you should make a product that tastes better than used matchsticks.”