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Lansing reacts to HopCat’s ‘Crack Fries’ name change

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 — Lansing residents are split if HopCat’s move to rename its signature “crack fries” is a welcome change or hypersensitive.

The fries, named after their addictive quality and use of cracked black pepper as a key ingredient, have been a staple on the menu since 2007. The dish helped propel HopCat into the national eye, even being ranked as one of the “Top 10 Fries in America” by the Food Network.

Some took time to mock the switch:

Others thought it was a profound step in the right direction:

Local addiction counselors and drug recovery centers said HopCat’s decision is a welcome change.

“It was good they changed the name. If someone who has an addiction, or struggled with addiction in the past, saw it — the word crack could trigger them. It could bring them back to addiction,” said Tafie Vedrody, of Mid-Michigan Recovery Services.

The name and its change will affect those struggling with addiction on a case by case basis, said Stephanie Gogarn, a counselor who specializes in addiction at Diversity Psychological Services.

“Some who suffer with addiction may see it as very crucial, and others may think it is a word and it won't affect them,” Gogarn said. “Sometimes things are offensive and we have to be delicate when we talk to people with addiction. We have to give attention, diligence and empathy when people are coming to us for help.”

According to HopCat, the company will change the name of its fries by mid-January.

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