I don’t think I’ve ever ranted on this blog. Have I? Well I’m about due.
Let me start at the beginning….
I’ve had a long busy day, running here, running there, trying to squish too many things in 24 hour period as usual. There was no time for dinner so I decided the little guy and I would hit the drive thru on the way to the gym. I really wanted Chick-fil-a but Burger King was on the way so I settled. I should go on the record as saying I think Burger King has the worst options for anyone who is WeightWhatchen but that’s not he point. So I order the best I can…
For the toddler – Kid’s Meal with 4 Chicken Nuggets, applesauce and a milk
For mommy – A Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich no mayo and a bottle of water
Not too bad for a meal on the run, although not my first choice.
Note the key words “ON THE RUN”. That’s when you want to hit the drive thru, right? When you are busy, on the run, and don’t have time to go in and eat. Translation… I’M IN A HURRY!!!
Oh… Did I warn you the rant has started??
So WHY is it that drive thrus take F-O-R-E-V-E-R. I should NOT be sitting in my car for 15 minutes, stuck with NO ESCAPE. In 15 minutes, I could whip up a much healthier meal at home. I’m paying these fast food places for a service. That service is food, fast because I don’t have time. If I had time, I sure as heck would NOT be wasting it sitting in a drive through with a whinny toddler and a growling stomach.
This isn’t just one occurrence, every time I go to one of these “fast” food places it takes FOREVER to get food that’s not even good for me. Plus, most of the time the food itself doesn’t even taste good either. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a greasy burger and fries as much as the next guy, I just don’t indulge as much as I used to. So when I do, I want it I want it fast and I want it good. Not with a stale bun, cold French fries and nuggets that have been sitting in a drawer for 4 and half hours.
Alright so all that and I’m not even to the best part yet. So after waiting 15 minutes for my slow food, I pay, pleasantly I should add, saying thank you, and smiling. Do I get the same courtesy and respect in return? Do I get a “sorry for the wait”? or a even just a “you’re welcome” to my “thank you”? NOOOoooo I get treated with disdain, like I am such a burden on this person’s day at work. I’m sorry you work there, but it is your job to serve people pleasantly. I know it sucks, I know you are tired, you feel greasy and gross. You want to know why I know? I did it. I worked at McDonald’s for 5 years, yes YEARS. And when I did I was pleasant to customers. I gave them respected, apologized when I took a long time or messed up an order.
Speaking of messing up an order there is one more aspect to this story I didn’t tell you about yet. The best best part is yet to come.
I drive away with food in hand. After all that and I’m still going to make the class at least. I get to the gym parking lot where the toddler and I are going to picnic in the car. I get his kid’s meal ready and sure enough, no applesauce, just cold fries. Unbelievable. Ok, I figure not a big deal, it’s a common mistake. I take a deep breath, pull out my sandwich, and notice it doesn’t feel right. It’s not the round. It’s their original FRIED chicken sandwhich with BACON on it. WHAT? Could it be the polar opposite of what I wanted any more? This is beyond unbelievable. All of that and they got the WHOLE ORDER WRONG!!! I am NOT kidding.
So that’s it. That’s the straw that broke the camel’s back. I am TIRED of paying for bad (UNHEALTHY) food and bad service at these “fast” foods joints. I’m done.
My husband is not going to like this, but I am starting a boycott of fast food restaurants that do not provide good service or good food. Life is too short to waste a meal on junk and deal with bad service.
Will you join me? Can you do it? Can you vow to avoid fast food? Are you already doing it? Let me know and spread the word.
phew I never ranted before. Man that felt good! ;~)