FOND DU LAC, Wis.—A 54-year-old man says his obsessive-compulsive disorder drove him to eat 23,000 Big Macs in 36 years. Fifty-four-year-old Don Gorske says he hit the milestone last month, continuing a pleasurable obsession that began May 17, 1972 when he got his first car.
Gorske has kept every burger receipt in a box. He says he was always fascinated with numbers, and watching McDonald’s track its number of customers motivated him to track his own consumption.
The only day he skipped a Big Mac was the day his mother died, to respect her request.
The correctional-institution employee says he doesn’t care when people call his Big Mac obsession crazy. He says he’s in love with the burgers, which are the highlights of his days.
Some of you may have heard me make mention of my colleague here, who I call Charlie Brown. He’s the guy who changes his pants every day but wears the same shirt for a week at a time.
Anyway, he eats McD’s every day. Every day. I do not kid. We work nights, and each night he comes in with his bag of McD’s and his sodie pop. Sometimes I’ll see his car parked there at lunch, too. And once I took the kids there for breakfast and there he was, Egg McMuffining over a newspaper.
Reading about Mr. Gorske here has given me new insight into Charlie Brown. It also might explain the twitching, and why he walks around the receptionist’s desk three times every time he has to go down the hall for something.
I also kind of want a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. God, I’m sick.