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Ordering at the Fast Food Drive Thru

Updated on December 8, 2012

"...where for lunch?" When they say McDonalds, Papaw. He then says "Cheeseburger, fries & coke, right?" Then in chorus, they reply, “Yeeessss, sirrr..."

I think my older brother has the best idea when he takes his grandkids to McDonalds, Burger King or any fast food restaurant drive-thru. No kidding, the kids are all satisfied and there is never any bickering. He’s got it down to a simple science any adult or child can understand and it doesn’t take him fifteen minutes to order. When I first saw him do this the first time I thought, amazing, truly amazing. He’s considerate of the kids, the order taker at the window and particularly the cars behind him waiting to place their orders.

Now he just asks the kids, where for lunch? When they say McDonalds, Papaw. He then says Cheeseburger, fries & coke, right? Then in chorus, they reply, "Yeeessss, sirrr. Very simple, he orders for all at once. The employee understands the order and it is filled quickly and correctly much to the appreciation of the kids, the employee, the cook and all those in line behind the car. A minimal amount of time is taken and the results are appreciated by all.

Now in contrast, this is what I observed over this past weekend. I was directly behind the lady as she pulled up to the speaker to order for herself, hers and the neighbor’s kids. I believe there were 4 or 5 kids, I can’t be sure because I never got to see them all…and it went something like this-- "Hi, I’m watching the neighbor’s kids too, today, so Billy what do you want?" Now I never did see Billy—I think he was rolling around wrestling with one of the neighbor’s kids in the back of the SUV, because she never did get him to tell her what he wanted. "Never mind, Billy, Madeline, what would you like…? Now Madeline must have ordered something with tomatoes because I heard the lady confront her by saying, "you know tomatoes break you out, can you get something without tomatoes, because I don’t want to have to explain to your mom about you having tomatoes when I know they break you out." "Angela, what do you want—Aaron, Aaron stop choking Billy, now what do you all want for lunch?" "While they are thinking, I’ll have the McRib, and I’ll let the baby suck on one of the bones…she has her bottle anyway. What! You’re not carrying them any more? Oh dear, well, I’ll just have a Big Mac Burger, combo… super-sized—" Then I heard a scream as one of the boys rolled out on the pavement on the other side of the car. I couldn’t tell which one is was, but the lady hollered for them to get back in and make up their minds as to what they wanted for lunch.

I checked my rear-view mirror and found that two more cars had pulled in behind the VW behind me. I was thinking that if I had my camera I would love to have pictures to back all this up. Now I wish I had gone to Subway instead.

Madeline finally settled on a fish sandwich, and Aaron must have wanted a BigMac too, because the lady said that was too much for him to eat and she wasn’t going to be wasteful and for him to pick something else. Now while she was waiting for Aaron & Billy, she ask the girl at the window to read back what she had so far… I couldn’t make out what all the girl read back but I did notice a pick-up truck pulling into the line behind us all.

I would have hated to be the order taker--, I don’t think I could have read back the information because of all the confusion and changes in ordering. One car in line behind us blew his horn, obviously he had picked-up on what was happening with the SUV in front of us all. I just shrugged my shoulders because I couldn’t go anywhere and was likewise getting a little perturbed myself because of the inconsiderate situation at the call box ahead of me.

Then I heard a cell phone ring and I said, "Oh, no…" sure enough, the lady’s cell phone was ringing as she told the call box, "Just a minute—" and she reached and answered the phone. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the line behind us was of little or no concern to her, but if it was, she didn’t let it bother her. She turn and said, "Just get the boys a cheeseburger I guess—Two, and two more cokes."

I never was more glad to hear the voice at the call box say, "Pull around", and believe me, as she moved we all moved up. I ordered and pulled around the corner behind her, but not too close. Then I noticed she pulled forward and got out of the SUV still on the cell phone. When I approached the window, I gave the girl my card, she took it and slid it through the card reader and I could hear the people in the back of the restaurant still bickering over the previous order. The young lady handed me my card and my order and thanked me for choosing their establishment. I pulled off looking back and the woman was still hollering at the kids and talking on the phone as two employees came out the door with bags in their hands approaching her SUV.

I don’t know what happened with that lady and those kids. I do know I’m not nearly as good at multi-tasking as she was, but I do have her tag number mounted on my dash with a description of that SUV, and a description of her, just so that I can make sure I don’t find myself in that predicament again.

© 2010 SamSonS

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    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      4 years ago from Tennessee

      Hey Brett, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Things have really changed here, I mean from what it used to be in the beginning. Hope all is well with you and yours and that you have a wonderful holiday season...;)

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      Brett Caulton 

      4 years ago from Thailand

      Lol ... this made me laugh! You paint the picture well. I can't imagine having to handle 4-5 kids in a car, but you would hope that some forward thinking would be involved.

      Sharing to make others smile.

      P.S. Glad to see you have branched out with your own website too. Thanks for visiting!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks josh for stopping by, I appreciate your interest and ratings...

    • josh3418 profile image

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great job, I sure am enjoying your funny hubs! Voted up and awesome!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      *thank you Amber for reading and commenting. I must admit that my mind carries me back to this incident every time I frequent a fast-food establishment. Appreciate the 'UP'...

      *Thanks so much for stopping by Angela. I was thinking of this hub just yesterday as the grand kids and I passed thru McDonalds...

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great article! Your brother knows how to take charge. I need to learn from him!

    • justamber profile image

      justamber 

      7 years ago

      This is funny! I've totally ran into her before. voted up.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks Sally for stopping by and for your comment. Hey, I know, people are so conceited these days and think we enjoy waiting behind them...

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Entertaining! What about when someone uses a credit card for a fast food purchase -- in the drive-thru??

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank Tammy L for your visit and your nice comments. Things certainly aren't like they use to be...

    • Tammy L profile image

      Tammy L 

      7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      I bet you were wishing you had your huntin' rifle. People like that really need to walk up to the counter. Some fast food places around here limit cars to two separate orders each to avoid problems like that.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thank you CMerritt for your visit, your kind remarks and welcome to my family of friends...

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      WOW, that very same lady was JUST at the McDonalds I was at this weekend....AMAZING!!

      This was a fun, but true stroy we can all relate too, thank for another great hub.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Pinkchic18 for your friendship, your visit and your comments...

    • Pinkchic18 profile image

      Sarah Carlsley 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      LOL oh man, I'm glad you took note of her license number because that is one woman you don't want to get stuck behind again! Funny article!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Squidmom, for your visit and your kind remarks...

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      Squidmom 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Very good hub,funny and very true! What's crazy to me is that is the same kind of person to complain later about slow service or if the restaurant got theorder wrong. It's definately smarter to have in mind what everyone wants before they get there.(it's even wiser to make the order as simple as possible)

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks prasetio30, for your friendship, your visit and your nice remarks...

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Another good hub. Nice story from you. I also choose a drive thru when I bought Happy Meals in McDonald. Thanks, my friend.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks notioc27, for your visit and nice remarks-- yes, life is definitely a challenge...

    • notloc27 profile image

      notloc27 

      7 years ago from Some Place

      Oh my!! That is hilarious!! I used to work at In-n-Out, and those were the type of customers that gave me nightmares!! I would always, ALWAYS prefer the orders like your older brother over the lady with the kids.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks BennyTheWriter, for your visit and your comments...

    • BennyTheWriter profile image

      BennyTheWriter 

      7 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

      Funny story! Sometimes I'm not looking forward to being a parent so much, haha...but I know the benefits would outweigh the headaches. And sometimes those headaches make for great stories, like this one! Thanks for sharing!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks blbhhdcn, for your friendship, your visit and your nice comments -- and may God bless you and yours...

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      blbhhdcn 

      7 years ago

      Nice article. Thanks by the way for your nice comments on my articles.

      God bless you

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks lahoriamplifier, for your friendship, your visit and your comments...

    • lahoriamplifier profile image

      lahoriamplifier 

      7 years ago from Lahore

      great hub

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks drpastorcarlotta, for your visit, your friendship and your kind remarks...

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      lol, lol, lol, WOW! And when you said" "I don’t know what happened with that lady and those kids. I do know I’m not nearly as good at multi-tasking as she was, but I do have her tag number mounted on my dash with a description of that SUV, and a description of her, just so that I can make sure I don’t find myself in that predicament again. This was the icing on the CAKE! I am so sorry, but this laughter made my day!!! lol, lol, lol, Blessings to you, GREAT HUB!!!!!!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks so much enchanted13, for your visit & for joining my family of friends...

    • enchanted13 profile image

      enchanted13 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Lol..I love all your hubs Samson! I can go one better with this one though. :)

      I happened into a McDonalds drive thru on a Friday night on my way home from somewhere just in time to pull in behind an SUV full of drunken teenagers who not only took forever and a day to order..imagine drunken laughter and incoherent ordering for what seemed like an eternity but then they each had to pay for themselves using a bank card. Watching them fall out of the Suv, since the cord wasn't long enough for everyone to get to, I had the distinct feeling they couldn't have operated the machine had they been sober. I did have a good laugh though when 2 of them didn't even have enough money in their bank accounts to cover a cheesburger..lol. Last time I go to a drive thru on a Friday or Saturday night!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks scia, for visiting my site... you're right, these people are totally oblivious to those behind them. Hope you look around, maybe you'll like something else...

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      scla 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      LOL been in this situation many times. Having to eat food on the run many times, I have run into families going back an forth all of the time while cars are piling up behind. For some reason the people that are ordering in this situation never seem to notice or try to hurry :).

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Shadesbreath, that would have been something indeed if the one who called had likewise placed her order..., glad she didn't!

    • Shadesbreath profile image

      Shadesbreath 

      8 years ago from California

      This is a funny story. You have to have a writer's disposition to have sat through it bemused rather than irate. Wouldn't it have been funny if your lady on the phone had to give her order to the chick on a cell phone that TOOK my order at a fast food joint once? How funny would that be. That's the idiocracy we're headed for.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Money Glitch, for your 'fast' reply. So this is all over is that what your saying...

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      LOL! Samsons1, you have just described everyone's nightmare. I've found myself in this type of dilemma and have just left and went to another establishment couldn't stand the stress of watching. :)

      It's hard for me to understand how some people can be so inconsiderate. After all it is called "fast food" for a reason. Your brother has the right idea, or at least have one of the kids to write down everyone's order beforehand. Thanks for sharing. :)

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