What Have We Become? The Drive-Thru!


Faster and Faster!
We must get our food faster!
Quick! Hurry up! Eat! .

Over the next year, McDonald’s will spend over $3 billion to open 1,500 to 1,600 new locations and upgrade 1,000 existing ones. They admit they earn about 70 percent of their sales via the drive-thru. Every day I see the line up at Tim Horton’s and shake my head. Since everyone is in the drive-thru lane, I simply park, walk in, get my order, walk out, and wave to everyone still waiting in the drive-thru lane. Park your car, walk 40 steps, and order inside. You’ll expend 50 calories.

Now if these fast food places would only do something about the people who use the drive-thru to place orders for the whole hockey team that might be nifty. Or how about the office? They pull up, and then start talking to the people back at their office on the phone and relaying their orders.  Maybe making them go inside might help. I feel for these staff that have to deal with the craziness on a daily basis.

Relax. Enjoy life. Take time to smell the roses. And for God’s sake, don’t drive while distracted, trying to balance a hot cup of coffee, with an overflowing pocket of Tim Bits all over your lap. Unless of course, you’re the 8-armed Goddess of Hindu mythology.

Say Hi and Thank You to those hardworking staff doing their jobs as best they can. Again, I just don’t understand the massive long lines. Maybe we need food replicators (ala Star Trek) in our vehicles?:)

Any drive-thru horror stories?

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

4 responses »

  1. As a pedestrian, trying to cross an intersection with the green light, have to watch very carefully. Drivers think they can run the orange and red in their rush to get a coffee. Seen it happen.
    Running an orange or red light if you are transporting blood or heart for a transplant, maybe.


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