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Great Food Truck Race 9/11 - SPOILERS

HOLY MOLY - Korilla totally threw away their chance at the win - I thought they had this game in the bag and then they cheat?!?! wow. i was stunned. it appeared to me that they had an off-camera discussion about adding money to their till, that 2 of the guys vetoed it and the third guy went ahead and did it anyway.

in other events - vegetarian in Memphis seemed pretty ridiculous and I think Hodge Podge's solution was lame. he was unwrapping cheese slices and putting it on wonder bread. seriously? and then said it was "better than Roxy" who uses better bread and cheese? please. Lime deserved their immunity - they definately had great sounding vegetarian dishes!

during the truck stop I had an image of the Sea Birds girls' horror at being asked to butcher a pig - what would they have done!??!! I guess something similar to the sausage challenge where they didn't. :)

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  1. I definitely thought the Korilla truck was the team to beat. That's a pretty low-rent move on their part, and the fact that they still would be in the race by a couple hundred bucks over Hodge Podge without cheating makes it even more head-scratching. The Boston boys are sure picking up steam.

    1. I think my jaw hit the floor when I saw that. I can't believe they thought they would get away with it. I agree the veggie move in Memphis was lame. I'm having a hard time really enjoying this show this year. It's hard to prove you're the best food truck at making YOUR food when you're not allowed to make YOUR food. It's just too gimmicky this year, and I don't really like it. The challenges are interesting, but they shouldn't be forced to change their whole way of doing business.

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      1. re: Cgrout

        I really liked the Roxy guy's comment about the cheating - "it's called integrity - get some" lol

        +1 on too gimmicky! I'd like to see how well they do head to head, doing their own thing with no goofy speed bumps!

        1. re: jujuthomas

          I thought that was Hodge Podge dude who said "learn it". Not that it matters exactly what he said, but I did think it was a little bit of pot calling kettle black when HP were the ones trying to snake customers from someone else's line last week and doing generally dumb crap like making inferior product and telling customers it's better than their competitor's. I guess some people think that stuff is cute.

          At any rate, that was a lame move on Korilla's part, and it also made a fine teaching point with my kids last night who've been rooting for Korilla this whole time.

          I think Lime is the one to beat at this point.

          1. re: inaplasticcup

            it may have been hodge. I don't remember for sure. :)

            yeah, I think Lime has a good shot now, but Roxy is coming up from behind. just what, 2 more weeks, right?

          2. re: jujuthomas

            The Roxy guys need to take their own advice. They have had enough of their own questionable actions already. Not that what Korilla did was right either.

        2. I missed the last few minutes of the show, but then caught the very end. Couldn't believe they cheated and was wondering if any of it was caught on camera. Wow. While I understand that winning the money would sure be nice, their business would have been much better off if they had just lost (which I realize wouldn't actually have happened) than be thrown off for cheating. I don't live in NY, but I was sure interested in eating their food. Now, I think I'd walk right past their truck.

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          1. re: LurkerDan

            Eh. It's just a game, granted, a high stakes game. I would definitely still eat there.

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              I am not requesting others to not eat there, and you are of course free to view it as you wish. But IMO, while it's a game, how people play games says a lot about their character. I'd rather support someone who would rather lose than cheat. Because someone who would cheat in this game might cheat in other ways, if circumstances warranted: taxes, quality of product, employees' pay, etc.

              1. re: LurkerDan

                True, but in my opinion, these "games" are designed to put undue stress on people and put them in very unrealistic situations in which they would never otherwise find themselves. I don't really think how people behave on reality television is necessarily indicative of their character, although, I understand your point. However, I think someone would understand the gravity of say, cheating the IRS, versus cheating at a game and I don't really equate the two.

                I would still eat at their truck if I walked past.

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  P.S. I haven't been watching this show very carefully, by the way, so maybe what they did is sleazier than it looked.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Me too. People make mistakes. It's good to move on. Their food looks good to me. If he did something like that again, though, I'd have to seriously consider his judgement, and my own in staying in business with him.

              2. re: LurkerDan

                My 12 yo son and I had a rather involved discussion about this last night. While I'm assuming they're bound at this point by a non-disclosure agreement which would keep them from defending themselves if there is any defense to be made, I think I would walk past their truck as well unless/until they made some kind of statement of contrition if they did indeed cheat.

                I don't think it's casting stones to decide you wouldn't patronize a business run by people who are publicly unashamed for cheating as it appears they did.

                1. re: inaplasticcup

                  I thought they looked pretty contrite, actually. Instead of saying "Wow, they made us look really bad there." (paraphrasing from memory) I wish they'd said, "Wow, we looked really bad there." But I think that's just splitting hairs. They did something wrong and they knew it and knew it it was their own actions that made them look bad.

                  A nondisclosure agreement that would prevent you from disclosing a defense of yourself would also likely prevent you from disclosing an admission of guilt.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    I thought the guy said "Wow, HE made us look really bad there" - which I took to mean the dude who cheated, not Tyler.

                    1. re: jujuthomas

                      Oh, that's an interesting interpretation! I really need to go back and watch the whole episode. I kind of fell asleep for about 15 minutes in there and just awoke to find Tyler disqualifying the guys. Did they actually catch the cheating on camera and air it? It takes an incredible amount of nerve to cheat when you know you're being recorded. Sometimes I wonder if these reality show people get so used to the cameras they forget they are there...

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        From what I could see, there was nothing in the footage leading up to the accusation to indicate there was cheating going on (then again, I was working and watching at the same time so maybe I missed something), so in our household, we thought that statement could be taken any number of ways, including the way juju interpreted it upstream.

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          no, there was no indication of cheating on camera at all, just comments about how concerned they were about their final total because their sales were REALLY slow, partly because of their first day location. The tallest guy kept saying "I have a bad feeling about this" but he wasn't the one who put the money in, at least as far as I could tell. It was my impression it was just the one guy responsible for the cheating, the one who drove off in the truck while the other two got in the car.

                          1. re: jujuthomas

                            Interesting, interesting! This kind of reminds me of the pea puree incident on Top Chef awhile back. Either the "incident" wasn't captured on camera or the producers/editors decided leaving us all wondering was better television.

                            Nevertheless, too bad these guys burned themselves by cheating. Hopefully there's a life lesson in that for them.

                            ~TDQ

                        2. re: jujuthomas

                          I'm fairly certain that the key word nobody has yet recalled was 'tried', as in "Wow, he _tried_ to make us look really bad". That one extra word does not speak toward contrition or accepting responsibility at all, I believe. And it also more clearly directs the statement to the show's host, not their own team member. Anyway, that's how I recall it...

                          1. re: jujuthomas

                            That was my interpretation: I understood it to mean the other two gents didn't know the first fella had stuffed the box and were just hearing that it actually occurred.

                        3. re: inaplasticcup

                          I'm with you. I'd have to pass, one little cheat, leads to another etc. I think their food looks amazing. These are well educated young men, and I hope that they learned a lesson.

                      2. I wondered if there'd be fall out between the three Korilla guys that would put them out of business, but according to their website korillabbq.com, they now have 3 trucks.

                        1. Does anyone wonder if they'd been doing it previously and only got caught when they did it on a larger scale that was more apparent?

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                          1. re: rainey

                            Well, it certainly wouldn't be unreasonable to think it's possible they've done it twice if they've done it once...

                            1. re: inaplasticcup

                              True, but how do they not get caught? Isn't there a camera operator present at all times? I guess the camera can't see everything, but still...

                              ~TDQ

                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                well, yeah. I wonder about that. On other programs the cameras follow them "home" when they are not competing... on this program they do not. So maybe they do have off time?

                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                  Well, it would behoove the production team to take custody of everyone's cash box at the end of each evening and bring it back the next morning. Are you thinking they have more off time than that?

                                  ~TDQ

                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                    I don't know. I'm just curious how closely watched they are... how much the production crew is part of their lives.

                                    1. re: jujuthomas

                                      I'll bet they'll be more involved now, at least in securing the cash box at the end of filming!

                                      ~TDQ

                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                        P.S. I've been assuming that every truck is assigned its own camera crew that follows each team's every move, the way it is on Amazing Race. But maybe they only have a couple of crews that go from truck to truck to truck and that's how teams can cheat without getting caught.

                                        As you say, it's hard to know how present the cameras are.

                                        ~TDQ

                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          I don't really have a problem with the producers not taking the cash boxes every night, especially if they have a means for making sure they weren't cheating (i.e. comparing receipts/cash). If someone wants to attempt to cheat, let them get caught.

                            2. re: rainey

                              i could see where minor discrepencies in total v. receipts might be overlooked or attributed to miscounted change or something, but this larger amount was so egregious that the cheating was more obvious.