Sunday, January 07, 2007
Hey, you up there in the SUV. Yes, you, lady. What are you doing? It is 6:30 a.m. and people are on their way to work. Sometimes we like to swing through the drive-through for a Hardees biscuit and cup of coffee TO GO. TO GO is the operative term. Now, there are no posted rules and anybody can use the drive-through window. Certainly, I am not in charge and can not kick you out of line. But if you would take a moment to observe--or just stop and think of somebody besides yourself--it would surely occur to you that this is not the best way to 1) place 13 individual orders for everybody in the office (make that steak biscuit dark and not too much bacon in the low-carb bowl) 2) pay with a debit/credit card that requires passing the card through the window to be swiped, receiving the clipboard to sign the receipt, waiting til the overworked woman returns to the window to ask for a pen, passing the clipboard back, receiving the card back--while making sure to raise and lower the SUV window between each transaction because it is a frigid 67 degrees 3) individually open and inspect each order to be sure it is correct 4) place the receipt carefully in your purse so you can spend another 30 minutes at work settling the tab 5) find Rick and Bubba on the radio before pulling halfway out of the drive lane. If you KNOW your order is going to take 17 minutes, PLEASE park and walk inside rather than hold up the 11 pickup trucks holding blue-collar guys who just want a quick cup of coffee and a biscuit. We could ALL go through the drive-through while your order is compiled. And by the way, your friends will not tell you, but if you park down in the corner of the parking lot and walk in, maybe your butt wouldn't be that big. If that is just too much, maybe you could hang a sign on the speaker saying "Insensitive jerk in line--prepare to wait" and the other 11 of us would gladly park and go inside. If it helps, the spicy chicken biscuit and senior coffee is $1.63 including tax so you can have the exact change ready. Done right, it takes about 35 seconds.