I talked to three men—ranging in age from 19 to 28—and one woman, 31. No one was familiar with the Aquinas incident and no one said it mattered. Only the woman said she considered some of the ads gross—"kinda"—while the men said they found the Carl's ads amusing—"kinda." One, Rich Leisl of Anaheim, said Jack in the Box ads were "way funnier." All four agreed the ads had nothing to do with their decision to eat at Carl's Jr.
"That stuff doesn't really affect me," said Leisl, 28, neatly wiping a trail of Sourdough Bacon Ranch Cheeseburger from the side of his mouth.