OK...so while watching the Olympics, they had a small story on Chinese culture and McDonald's...how they have just in recent years (maybe it was this year...minor detail) introduced the drive thru. S0, naturally, when anything is new...there's a learning curve...

So, now I ask you...How long have drive thrus been in the US of A? I think almost FOREVER...well, since I can remember...No need for a learning curve right??? Well, you'd think not...

First we started with the 1 order screen and 1 window to pay and receive your grub.
Then we progressed to the 2 windows...pay at window 1 -grub at window 2
After that we have 2 menu boards. The one strategically placed approximately 3 car lengths back so you can have your order ready and then proceed to the menu board/order screen in which you can yell your order (oh..it also now has a screen so you can see your order)...
Then we have the 2 lanes so we can weave and they have to repeat your order a just in case you cut in front of the other car in the other lane...You know you've tried it...You also get that feeling like when you're at the bank of which lane to choose...and kick yourself because you knew to choose the other one when your lane takes forever...

Well, with all that being said...drive thrus are not new to us...perhaps the way they look change...but the last 3 times I have gone through a drive thru the person in front of me has practically parked at the preview menu board...waiting to give their order...then their demeanor (from what I can tell by looking at their side view mirror) goes from...Why don't they acknowledge that I'm here and take my order to Oh, I need to pull up to order like this sign on the menu board says...

I would like to say my fast food visits were weeks apart...but no--all within the last week at different places though...Am I impatient...yeah...it's FAST food for goodness sakes...and if you are stalling at the preview menu board to mull over your options...that's ok...unless you can proceed to the ACTUAL menu board...Just odd that it's happened this many times...and people actually don't know or remember...I'm sure it's not their first time at this rodeo...

2 remarks:

So, yeah, and I'm the dorkette who sits at the first window at Braums, waiting on my cone til the guys are all laughing because I am still sitting there so they tell me move up and by then the cone is melty and they have a do-over....

August 18, 2008 at 11:05 PM  

i always order a number one, super sized with a SMALL DIET COKE. i think it makes a difference.

August 19, 2008 at 10:10 AM  

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