New York’s Deserted In-N-Out Burger Mystery of 2019 Appears to Be Solved

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One of New York City’s most ridiculous food mysteries has apparently been solved.

Earlier this week burger superfans across the city were stumped by an unlikely find on a Queens street: a perfectly wrapped In-N-Out burger. The extremely popular West Coast burger was found in Jamaica last Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and instantly grabbed New Yorkers’ attention. How did it get there? How did it still look fresh? Was it a TV prop? Was it a marketing scam?

But no one became as obsessed with the matter as Lincoln Boehm, the man who originally found the meaty specimen and has now tracked down its supposed origin after posting about it on Instagram.

According to Boehm, who unveiled the discovery today on Vice, the culprit was a 16-year-old Flushing student named Helen Vivas. The story goes: Vivas brought back four burgers from San Diego on her flight home to New York, taking special precautions like refusing sauce and packing vegetables in separate bags to ensure freshness. She ate one of the burgers on the flight, but the other three arrived with her at JFK at about 5:30 a.m. Later, when she was running across the street to catch a bus home from the airport her greasy bag of burgers split open — and a Double-Double tumbled out.

Boehm found the burger at about 6:30 a.m., and the story soon went viral. He has since started selling T-shirts online sporting a fake Jamaica In-N-Out logo, the proceeds of which are going to the NYC Food Bank.

He has apparently corroborated Vivas’s story through Instagram stories and text messages about the incident. And now we can all go back to eating Shake Shack burgers like normal New Yorkers.


Cute story on Vice. The shirts are kinda cool

So let’s get this straight…
An advertising guy finds a mystery West Coast burger in Queens – gets his story picked up by Eater and others – solves the mystery with a Vice article – and is SELLING T-SHIRTS!!!???

Granted – I know I should not expect ACTUAL journalism from either Eater or the NY Post, but it’s RIGHT.FRICKING.THERE. in the original linked article:

"Since the encounter, Boehm, who works as a creative director in advertising, says he and his friends have been on the case."

JESUS H. CHRIST PEOPLE. – it’s a publicity stunt.

You wrote a book of a quote, but guess you didn’t fact check, eh?. All proceeds from the shirts go to NYC Food Bank.

I’m just shaking my head in disbelief on what a sad state we’ve become to treat this like a CIA unsolved mystery case. Besides, everything sounded so planned out to concoct this ‘glorious’ discovery.

Yes, I can now have a calm sleep tonight.

No sauce?!?! That’s the whole point of an In n Out burger.

really lame to not mention that the proceeds are going to a food bank! The author is trying really hard to sell her superior tone, at the end of the day the guy who found the burger didn’t make this a viral story honey, the Internet did. And by the way, you didn’t have to write about it! It seems like you thought it was real stupid, so why give up your integrity in the first place!!! Anyway unlike the writer of the article, I personally think it’s kind of cool that a person with a sense of humor that happened to have a stupid story go viral for a couple of days decided to take the opportunity to actually help a ny food bank while people who work for eater get to eat at restaurants for free!!!!! mmmmkay byeeee!!!!

The only thing that could have made this more realistic would have been casting Jussie Smollett as the lead actor.

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