The first major roadblock that Harry and Esther Snyder encountered struck home especially hard in the form of cancer. After smoking a pack a day for thirty years Harry was diagnosed with lung cancer. The second problem they faced while Rich was president of In-N-Out Burger was when their company headquarters burnt to the ground. That was just the begging of the Snyder family’s bad fortune Harry and Esther’s youngest son Rich was tragically killed in a plane crash. Rich was not alone on the plan Phil West and Jack Simms, associates at In-N-Out Burger also died that day. Another problem that they faced was all the imitators who were infringing on their patented In-N-Out Burger fast food restaurants. The fifth and what I believe to be the biggest problem In-N-Out Burger along with the Snyder’s faced was the lawsuit that Boyd brought against the company for alienating him from the company.
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I can’t jump into talking about the problems that the Snyder family faced without giving a little bit of background on In-N-Out Burger. In 1948 the United States was still more like an old western frontier than the booming economy we have today. (33) Baldwin Park is where I-N-Out Burger began. This is the place In-N-Out founders Harry and Esther Snyder bought some land, a small modest house, and built and even smaller burger-stand. This is where the Snyder’s developed their basic philosophy: serve the freshest, highest-quality burger and fries; treat