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Entry from February 27, 2017
“If America had a slogan, it’d be ‘Don’t bother me, I’m eating‘“

“Don’t bother me, I’m eating” is a trademarked advertising catchphrase of Carl’s Jr. fast food restaurants, first used on March 19, 2000.  “Fuck You, I’m Eating” is from the film Idiocracy (2006).

“If America had a slogan it’d be ‘Don’t bother me, I’m eating’” was posted on Twitter by “ADLT” on August 14, 2010.


Los Angeles (CA) Times
Carl’s Jr. Hopes New Advertising Will Boost Chain’s Lagging Sales
March 18, 2000 | GREG JOHNSON and GREG HERNANDEZ | TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seeking to ignite lackluster sales, Carl’s Jr. on Sunday will unveil a new advertising program that will replace an edgy but aging campaign that included basketball player Dennis Rodman and occasionally sparked controversy among some consumers.

Created by Los Angeles-based Mendelsohn/Zien Advertising, the new campaign includes two tag lines: “Don’t bother me, I’m eating,” and “Without us, some guys would starve.” The ads are aimed at broadening the appeal of the Anaheim-based restaurant chain.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Idiocracy (2006)
Quotes

Carl’s Jr. Computer: [the woman kicks the computer, and it sprays a fast-acting tranquilizer in her face] This should help you calm down. Please come back when you can afford to make a purchase. Your kids are starving. Carl’s Jr. believes no child should go hungry. You are an unfit mother. Your children will be placed in the custody of Carl’s Jr. Carl’s Jr… “Fuck You, I’m Eating.”

8 September 2006, The Guardian (London, UK), “Film & Music: Upfront: Why has Fox dumped Mike Judge’s new movie? Was it perhaps because the film, a vicious satire, taps a growing anti-corporate mood in America?” by John Patterson, pg. 2:
Like fast-food giant Carl’s Jr, which in 2006 sells 6,000-calorie burgers the size of dictionaries under the slogan, “Don’t Bother Me, I’m Eating”. In Idiocracy, this has devolved into “Fuck You! I’m Eating!”

Twitter
Jonelle
‏@ny2la81
Don’t bother me...I’m eating lol. I know dats a Carls Jr slogan but so what!!!
2:18 PM - 13 Apr 2010

Twitter
Steve Hasting
‏@durandurantulsa
Jingle/slogan of the day:  Don’t bother me I’m eating.--Carl’s Jr.
9:52 PM - 25 May 2010

Twitter
Seasick Crocodile
‏@Betette
The new Carl’s Jr. slogan “Don’t bother me, I’m eating” sounds dangerously close to their slogan in Idiocracy, “F*ck you, I’m eating,”
2:23 PM - 12 Aug 2010

Twitter
ADLT
‏@DelaBoots
If America had a slogan it’d be
“Don’t bother me, I’m eating”
3:56 PM - 14 Aug 2010

Twitter
Megan Webber
‏@Meg_Webber
If America had a slogan it’d be “Don’t bother me, I’m eating”
1:02 PM - 17 Sep 2010

YouTube
Carl’s Jr. commercial (Don’t bother me; I’m eating) D.C. Hamer VOICE OVER
D.C. Hamer
Published on Aug 3, 2012
Car’s Jr. commercial- Don’t bother me; I’m eating D.C. Hamer VOICE OVER

Funny Status
If America had a slogan it’d be “Don’t bother me,…
December 5, 2013 International Status Updates
If America had a slogan it’d be “Don’t bother me, I’m eating”

Twitter
Men’s Humor
‏@MensHumor
If America had a slogan it’d be “Don’t bother me, I’m eating” #TruthBomb
6:00 PM - 6 Dec 2013

Twitter
Bill Murray
‏@BiIIMurray
If America had a slogan it’d be “Don’t bother me, I’m eating”
3:30 PM - 26 Feb 2017

(Trademark)
Word Mark DON’T BOTHER ME. I’M EATING
Goods and Services IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: RESTAURANT SERVICES. FIRST USE: 20000319. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20000319
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 75923187
Filing Date February 18, 2000
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition January 9, 2001
Registration Number 2625830
Registration Date September 24, 2002
Owner (REGISTRANT) Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc. CORPORATION CALIFORNIA 6307 CARPINTERIA AVENUE, SUITE A CARPINTERIA CALIFORNIA 93013
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Deborah S. Shepherd
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20130201.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20130201
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