Too stupid for sandwiches? NY Times columnist says it’s insensitive to take someone with ‘only a high school degree’ to a gourmet deli

Gourmet deli counter: Too many choices? / Source: Google images

All we have to do is simplify menu choices and everything will be OK.

New York Times columnist David Brooks appeared to equate confusing sandwich menus to the destruction of the American Dream.

In a piece published Tuesday called “How We Are Ruining America,” he described a recent luncheon date with a friend.

“Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop.”

“Insensitively”? Treating a friend to a gourmet lunch is now insensitive?

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Columnist David Brooks is now lecturing on the insensitivity of too many sandwich choices / Source: Google Images

“Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named ‘Padrino’ and ‘Pomodoro’ and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette,” he continued.

Sounds like the perfect opportunity to offer helpful suggestions and introduce her to delightful new tastes.

“I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.”

Opportunity lost.

It didn’t take long for that paragraph to attract attention.

A few believed Brooks’ sandwich shop story was just that — a story.

Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley offered this suggestion.

Hmm, maybe his friend’s confusion had nothing to do with her high school education after all.

Finally one wondered why Brooks was writing about this when the rest of the liberal media outlets were so focused on the “Trump Jr.-Russian lawyer” non-story.

And this one had the answer.

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