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Prison Puns Annoy Neighbors Of 'Felony Franks'

An entrepreneur in Chicago faces accusations from a pastor that he's "pimping out" a community already struggling with crime, according to the Wall Street Journal. James Andrews opened Felony Franks on the city's tough West Side. With ex-convicts as staff, he offers "misdemeanor weiners" and "probation burgers."

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is about an entrepreneur in Chicago who has a branding problem. The word is Felony Franks. That's the name of the hotdog stand that Jim Andrews opened on the city's West Side. He hires ex-convicts to staff the joint. That's what it's called here - a joint. Instead of hiding the fact of the ex-convicts, he makes the most of it. The menu offers in addition to Felony Franks and Misdemeanor Wieners - Probation Burgers.

The slogan is: Food so good it's criminal. Some locals are not amused by the prison puns. And according to the today's Wall Street Journal, a pastor accuses Andrews of pimping out a community that's already struggling with crime. Other people plan to boycott Felony Franks until Mr. Andrews changes the name and takes down the pictures of hotdogs wearing prison stripes.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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