Murderous rage in McDonald’s drive-thru

After helping my mother and grandmother finish up moving into their new house, Honey and I went with them to the local McDonald’s for a quick bite to eat. We used the drive-thru because we still had a couple of things we needed to do after eating.

mcd_petpeeveOur McDonald’s is situated so that there are city streets at the front and back of the restaurant, and it has entrances from both streets. Most of the patrons enter the parking lot at the front of the restaurant and either park or get in line for the drive-thru lane that wraps around the building. This line of cars often literally goes from the front entrance all the way around the restaurant to the window on the other side. I’ve created a rather elementary graphic for demonstration purposes.

Almost every time I am sitting in this line of traffic, someone will enter the parking lot from the back entrance and awkwardly point the nose of their vehicle towards the oncoming line of drive-thru traffic until someone lets them in (see the red arrow in the accompanying graphic). This doesn’t go over very well with the patrons who have been waiting their turn for several minutes, yet these intruders seem to think using the back entrance somehow entitles them to cutting in line. This is definitely one of my biggest pet peeves.

Several months ago, Honey, Liz, and I were in this exact situation. We had been patiently waiting our turn when someone entered from the back and tried to inch the nose of their vehicle in front of ours. Honey was driving and would have none of it, so the driver and passenger in the other car started flipping us the bird. Honey flipped one right back. I was mortified since I was sitting on the passenger side; the side nearest to the offending vehicle and most likely to take any bullets that were sure to fly if the encounter escalated. Thankfully, it didn’t.

Tonight’s visit to Mickey D’s found us in much the same situation. We entered from the back street, but since I try to practice what I preach, I drove all the way around the restaurant to get in line the proper way. As we waited, true to form, a vehicle entered from the back street and started inching its way forward. When it became clear that they intended to cut in front of our car, I did my best to stick as close to the bumper in front of me as possible. This really set off the line-cutter, who proceeded to flail her arms about in the air as if to say, “What in the hell are you doing? Can’t you see that I deserve to cut in front of you even though I haven’t been sitting in line as long as you have?”

Despite every fiber in my body telling me not to, I let her in. I was seething, but holding back because Mom and Grandmama were in the backseat. As I placed our order and moved around to the window to pay and pick it up, I noticed that the offending driver had been told to pull over to wait for her order. I turned my head to glare at her as I drove by, wished looks really could kill, muttered “Bitch” under my breath so the maternals wouldn’t hear, and felt glad that even though she had cut in front of me, she was still waiting for her food while I was continuing on down the road.

Yep. Even I have a dark side. :P

Author: Brian

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7 thoughts on “Murderous rage in McDonald’s drive-thru”

  1. Brian, I sure hope that you made healthy choices when you ate at McDonalds. I am sure though that you most likely chose a grilled chicken salad w/ fat free dressing w/ a fruit cup on the side and a lg diet coke. However if you were there w/ the intentions of a double cheeseburger,FF, and a lg. coke in your mind, the person trying to cut you off in the drive thru may have been a sign. A sign that maybe you should not be in the McDonalds drive thru for lunch :-) Your fried Lorrie

  2. @ Alyson: I didn’t know it either… until yesterday. She’s sneaky like that.

    @ Lorrie: Um, yeah. I had a Quarter Pounder w/cheese, french fries, and a Dr. Pepper. Maybe you’re right. :lol:

  3. That’s how one of the McDonald’s in this town is set up too. And that red arrow is actually painted (in white) on the pavement. I think they mean for cars to be able to go into the drive thru line from the back street as well as the front street. Like it’s designed that way so that people will merge. I thought you weren’t drinking Dr. Pepper anymore. Hello swimsuit season!!! ;)

  4. @ Liz: Thanks!

    @ fightingwindmills: I’m sure the entrance is there for that exact reason, although there isn’t a painted arrow at our local restaurant.

    I tried cutting out sodas, but it didn’t last long. I have been drinking alot more water and juice though… and I’ve dropped around 7 lbs since the beginning of the year. :D

  5. It never ceases to amaze me how people can be both so clueless and so self absorbed. It’s road construction season here in MI and everday I count the amount of people that go flying past in the soon to be ending lane by all us chumps who are patiently waiting our turn in the 1 lane of traffic. As if they are so much smarter than the rest of us dummies who never thought to cut in front and/or they are better than us and deserve to go straight to the front.

    It’s all I can do to keep from screaming profanity at them or ramming my minivan into them. I absolutely refuse to let them in and it brings a smile to my face if they get stuck next to me. They look at me like I’m the jerk! Ha. I just shake my head no at them. They bring the devil out of me.

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