The conundrum of how an In-N-Out double-double hamburger made its way onto a New York street has been resolved!
As it turns out, the reason behind the madness can be explained 16-year-old In-N-Out burger transporting genius.
Queens resident, Helen Vivas dropped the burger while running to catch a bus. She reportedly grabbed a few burgers from an INO in Encinitas, Calif., before catching a red-eye back to New York City. She provided photos as evidence to Lincoln Boehm, who found the mystery burger.
“Naturally, I was suspicious. Over the past four days, I’ve received a lot of messages from people claiming to be the culprit, but after soft interrogation, their claims completely fell apart. But this one was different. This explanation stayed as intact and solid as the very burger I discovered on the streets of Queens,” Boehm explained.
The reason why the burger looked so fresh was because Vivas ordered the double-double without any sauce. Over time, the sauce would make the burger appear soggy.
The real tragedy struck after she landed at JFK. Helen took the AirTrain to the Jamaica station to then catch the Q44 bus home.
“She started running down the street to try and catch the bus with now slightly greasy bag of three In-N-Out burgers in her hand. The good news: She caught the bus. The Bad news: The bag burst open at the bottom while she made this fateful sprint,” Boehm wrote.
She was able to catch all but one of her burgers and did not realize it until after she sat down on the bus.
Boehm detailed his experience and confirmed Viva’s story in a first-person essay on Vice.
Although Vivas suffered a loss with the abandoned double-double, she has definitely changed the game of how to get INO onto the East Coast.