Ordering food at a DRIVE-THRU

April 14, 2008

I am not an authority on this. So you may want to consult another expert. But as far as I understand it, you pull up to the sign. Do this pulling up on an off time, not during the normal times for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It will all be less stressful this way.

After pulling up to the sign, get ready to make your choice because the drive-thru worker will usually give you about a minute to decide. If you are like most of us travelers, you will have trouble deciding between the millions of different options and choices available. So, you will probably have to say, just a minute. In fact come to think of it, maybe I should have suggested that you go inside of the restaurant first and decide what your “usual” will be. It is just so stressful if you have no idea what to order, are puzzling through an unfamiliar menu, and have people behind you in line getting irritated.

Maybe you have finally decided. Mmmm a pineapple malt, some onion rings, a grilled chicken sandwich. The drive-thru worker’s voice comes over the microphone in the sign, asking if they can take your order. Do not freeze up, confidently lean out your window, and yell slightly loudly. Then repeat it if need be. They will then ask that you pull up to the window.

Do so slowly. The key here is pulling up close enough that you can hand them the money through your open window. At the window they will tell you how much it is. Hand over your hard earned cash. They will then tell you to pull up to the next window

Pull up to the last window, then wait. They will give you your order. Check and see if it is right. If it isn’t, do not be too afraid to ask for the right thing. Thank them and pull off. Try not to speed off because you are so excited that you did it. It is bad form.

Follow up to the above. Yesterday I did my first fast food drive-thru run. Amazing, isn’t it. I am twenty-four years old and yesterday I did my first drive-thru. Blessedly there weren’t fireworks or choirs singing, in fact it was very low key. I actually heard myself going through the steps in my head. It was kind of funny to be following my own tutorial. I pulled up to the first sign and had about ten seconds to decide. Fortunately I was ready; two junior bacon cheeseburgers, two crispy chicken sandwiches, a chocolate ice cream, and a root beer. I could see my order on the LCD screen on the sign. I could check if they got it right and check if I was spending more then I had in my change purse. I then pulled up to the second window, opened up my purse in a rush, and spilled my change all over my lap and in my seat. Note to self: have money ready first. Then I pulled up to the last window and got my bag of food. Second note to self: open up the window wide. It is embarrassing to try to fit the bulging bag through the small crack. Oh and I never checked the order, good thing it was right. And I didn’t speed. My husband loved the fattening food and was proud of me.

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2 Responses to “Ordering food at a DRIVE-THRU”

  1. Miranda said

    haha, I’m proud of you too. I went through the drive through last year. One of my roomates found out that I had never been through a drive through and so we went. Last week we did the car wash. That was exciting. I took her to Krispy Kreme for the first time though, so we are pretty even.

  2. Widsith said

    I really appreciate your blog, and think the concept behind it is fantastic. I’m looking forward to future posts! Oh, and if you’re looking for topic ideas, I know of a couple groups of TCKs we could ask. 🙂

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