- Jun 2004 Archive
I'm not a regular eater of fast food, but there is one
particular fast-food restaurant I love. There was one of them near my old
apartment, and my roommate and I would go there frequently.
At least, we USED to go there frequently.
For a long time, I learned to put up with the fact that they
seemed absolutely incapable of making our orders correctly. She always ordered a
grilled chicken sandwich, no tomato, with a sweet tea. They always gave her a
sandwich with a tomato and an unsweetened tea. I always got a cheeseburger with
lettuce, mayo, pickles, and onions. I wish I had kept track of the many ways
they managed to screw up my order. It was always--and I am not employing
hyperbole here--wrong. I tried everything to get them to get my food right--I
tried ordering the cheeseburger with what I wanted on it; I tried ordering it
WITHOUT what I wanted ("I'd like a cheeseburger with NO TOMATOES, MUSTARD,
OR KETCHUP"). I would speak clearly and politely. They got it wrong every
Now, I understand that the fast-food industry does not pay
very much at all. I understand that that fact could attract people who really
care very little for providing accuracy in orders or pleasant customer service.
However, if you are going to allow people to order their food the way they want
to receive it, then you should at least make an effort, oh, let's say, 25% of
the time to deliver it to them.
But I digress.
So we put up with this for a long time, because this
restaurant was one we liked, and it was so close to where we lived; we either
learned to ALWAYS check the bag before leaving, or we just got used to
disassembling our food. I suppose we just acquiesced to mediocre service.
Until two fateful visits. There were two instances leading
directly to our never going there EVER AGAIN.
One day, she and I went through the drive-through, and she
ordered what she always ordered, a (let's say) # 5 combo. I ordered mine. Of
course, it was wrong (no mayo, but we had some at home). She had gotten a
completely wrong sandwich--a bacon cheeseburger. I know she'd never eat it,
because she doesn't like bacon or red meat. So we went back through the
drive-thru, talked to the same guy, and told him we were returning an order.
"I'd like a # 5, please," she said. We handed them our bag, and pulled
up to check it. Another bacon cheeseburger.
At this point, we parked the car, went inside, and told them
we needed to return an order AGAIN. "I'd like a # 5, please," she
The guy who'd been at the window saw us, and walked over.
"I just gave you a # 5," he said.
"No, you gave me a [let's say] # 2."
"No, I didn't," he said, "I gave you a #
"Then why does it have a bacon cheeseburger in it?"
He smirked at her and said, "Because that's what a # 5
is--you should know, you ordered it."
She stopped herself from jumping over the counter and
throttling him, and said, "No, a # 5 is a grilled chicken. # 2 is a bacon
cheeseburger." She pointed at the large, brightly lit menu on the wall
behind him--clearly displaying a # 5, which contains a grilled chicken
sandwich--and said, "You should know--you work here."
That was bad enough.
Then came the final straw.
One day, I had no cash with me, and I went to an ATM across
the street and withdrew $20 (this is important). I went to the fast-food place
and ordered my meal. I drove to the pickup window, and the woman at the window
told me my total (say it was $5). I gave her the $20, and she handed me my drink
and shut the window. I sat there for a moment, waiting, and then she opened the
window and said (none too politely), "Ma'am, you're going to have to
move--there are other customers behind you."
"Okay," I said politely (I am always excrutiatingly
polite to anyone waiting on me--at least until they give me a reason not to be).
"Should I just pull up a little and wait for my food?"
She looked at me incredulously and said, "I gave you your
For a second, I honestly wondered if I'd lost my mind. Maybe
she had handed me my food, and I somehow managed to not notice. I actually
looked in the passenger seat and all around the back seat. Nope, no food. I
turned back to her and said, very pleasantly, "No ma'am, I'm sorry--you
didn't give me my food yet."
Apparently, this was the wrong thing to say.
"YES I DID GIVE YOU YOUR FOOD!" She thundered.
"I don't know what you're trying to pull, getting free food from us, but I
gave you your food. I don't know what you did with it, but I gave it to
Her response alerted the manager, who walked over and asked,
"Is there some sort of problem here?"
She replied, "This girl is trying to tell me I never gave
her her food, and I know I did. I don't know where she hid it, but she has it.
She just wants to trick me out of food."
The manager raised an eyebrow at her and turned to me.
"Ma'am, what's your order?"
I told him, and he looked into the bag next to him.
"Here's your order, ma'am," he said, handing it to me and shooting her
an evil look. I had my food, and she shut the window.
But I still didn't have my change.
I sighed and sat there for about 10 seconds, before she opened
the window and said, "What do you want now?"
"I'd like my change," I replied, still with a
modicum of pleasantness, as much as I could muster, given the circumstances.
She rolled her eyes, opened the cash register, and handed me
Before she could shut the window back, I said wearily,
"This isn't my change."
"Yes it is."
"No, it isn't. I gave you a $20 bill. You owe me $15.
This is only $5."
"I don't know what you're trying to pull here today, but
you never gave me any $20 bill. You gave me a $10."
That was it.
"Look," I barked, "I gave you a $20. That's all
the money I have. I don't have a $10 bill. I never had a $10 bill." I
picked up the receipt from the ATM, held it up so she could see it, and said,
"You could have gotten that receipt anytime."
"CAN YOU READ? CAN YOU SEE THE TIME STAMP ON IT? IT SAYS
TODAY, FIFTEEN MINUTES AGO."
The manager came back. "Is there a problem?"
She said, "This girl's now saying I gave her the wrong
change. She gave me a $10, and she's trying to say she gave me a $20--"
He didn't even respond. He brushed past her, opened the cash
register, and handed me a $20. "I'm very sorry for the inconvenience,
ma'am. I certainly hope you'll come back and see us."
"Not likely," I said, and drove away.
Haven't been back since.
This is an incident that happened to my dad a few years ago.
My family went to the mall to do some shopping. My mother, my
sister and I split off to go look at clothes, while my dad wandering into the
sports store. It was one of those stores that sells are sorts of sports
memorabilia, like custom lisence plates, team jerseys, paperweights with team
logos on them, that sort of thing. The store also has several televisions
scattered throughout the store, tuned of various sporting events, ESPN and the
My dad was watching a football game on one of the televisions,
when something caught his eye. He looked over and saw another of the
televisions, which was tuned to a porn station! It wasn't even soft-core porn,
it had partial nudity, and people performing lewd sexual acts and everything.
Thinking that there must have been some mistake, my dad
approaches the sales clerk and points out the offensive tv, stating that they
might want to change the channel. The clerk refuses. My dad points out that
there are children in the store, and they definately should not be seeing porn.
The clerk just replies that that is what that tv is always tuned to. Keep in
mind that this is in a shopping mall. My dad says, "look, it's not
appropriate. If I wanted to see that, I would have gone to an adult store. Now
change the channel." Again the clerk refuses. My father gives him one last
chance, saying, "change the channel, or I'm going to register a formal
complaint." To this, the clerk just shrugs and says, "Do whatever you
want. I'm not changing the channel." Guess he thought that my dad was
making an idle threat.
Well, my dad doesn't make idle threats. As soon as we get
home, he writes a formal complaint letter, then hand-delivers it to the store
manager, and the manager of the mall. They apologized to my dad, and assured him
that porn was not what the tv was supposed to have been showing. That clerk got
I am currently pregnant with my first child and with
pregnancy come food cravings of all kinds. One of my biggest cravings is
food from a particular fast food place. I try very hard to not eat there
all the time but about once a week I go there so that I can eat what I am
cravings. The first time I went to this particular fast food place while
pregnant I order a burger with fries and a coke. They messed up the order
and put one burger on when the item I ordered and paid for had two patties.
They fixed it easily enough so I took my food home and start eating when I
notice that the inside of the second patty is red in the middle. Seems
like when they went to fix it was they didn't want to cook it all the way
through. I took the burger back and got a different menu item so that I
would not be faced with the same problem.
I stop ordering that item and switched to a different
location. I just went back for lunch today and was eating my burger that I
have never had a problem with when I bite into something hard. Thinking it
is the ball on my tongue ring I pull it out when I look at it, it looks like an
old tooth. Needless to say I won't be eating any food at this particular
fast food restraunt considering that in less that 4 months I have had 2 problems
that are disgusting.
Why fast food places can't make sure that there food is done
completely or make sure that there aren't any items in your food you wouldn't
eat is beyond me. Thought I would share my story with people on this
website considering the fast food restaurant is one of the most popular around
and can be found in every part of the world. Thank you, Disgusted
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