Tennis fan filmed dipping chicken fingers in Coke explains: “I just really liked the taste”

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We’re all on board with dipping French fries in a Wendy’s Frosty—the combo of salty and sweet totally makes sense in this context. But woe to tennis spectator Alexa Greenfield, caught on camera this week dipping her chicken finger into a Coke while watching a U.S. Open match. She was immediately the subject of public ridicule, as evidenced by this Good Day New York chyron that, under Greenfield’s name, reads like an indictment: “Dipped Chicken Finger In Coke.”


On that program, Greenfield explained where the unusual dipping move came from: Her dad taught her.

“He didn’t do it [himself], but I guess he was like, ‘If [the chicken finger is] hot you can cool it off. But, he was a strange eater too,” Greenfield told Fox 5’s Good Day New York.

Is it unconventional? Sure. But it’s harmless. And Greenfield didn’t seem to be courting this kind of scrutiny: “I just really liked the taste. People are telling me I should go to jail.”

Ridiculous. Many of us have a weird-eating preference or two. Why has the public collectively decided that shredded cheese straight from the bag at 2 a.m. is celebration-worthy, but dipping chicken fingers in soda isn’t? We at The Takeout salute you, Alexa Greenfield, as the poster woman for the most important rule in food: Don’t yuck someone’s yum.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.



Weird Al eats Twinkie Weiner Sandwiches, a hotdog in a split Twinkie that is covered in cheese whiz, that are dipped in milk. Dipping a chicken finger in Coke is rather tame compared to the former.

The rule should be that we shouldn’t judge what people like to eat outside of people who eat any steak cooked greater than medium or adults who put ketchup on hotdogs.