Pickle Spear

Can someone help me explain the rationale of the pickle spear as a traditional condiment with a burger as opposed to sliced pickles. The spear of course is intended to be munched at leisure and is not necessarily part of the burger. The sliced pickled invariably is placed in the burger and therefore becomes an intrinsic part. What is the thinking behind each style. I for one like my pickle spear on the side, I don't want it to dominate my burger. What is the thinking behind each approach?

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