Let me set the stage –It’s 8:30 am – There are about 8 to 10 cars in the McDonald’s drive-thru line and the line is so long it’s partially sticking out into the street.
The line is a single file line with everyone heading towards the order speakers. Right before you get to the speaker is the split, which is the place where the next car in lines driver gets to make the decision of whether they are going to take the left speaker or the right speaker to place their order.
Everyone has been waiting a long time but still, everything seems to be going smoothly the cars are moving slowly forward with each driver taking their turn filtering through the speaker split and working their way through the line to the prize of their morning cup of coffee.
And then she happens….
I’m pretty sure you’ve met her before – The double drive-thru cheater seems to magically appear out of nowhere. Like a thief in the night, she slides her car down the side of the line and with perfect timing she slips right in front of the person at the split, stealing the outside speaker lane and making herself the next person in line to place her order.
Did I mention its early and that nobody in line has had coffee or breakfast yet?!
By now we can all see what she has done and I’m pretty sure we all want to honk our horns and roll down our windows and let her know that she isn’t supposed to be next in line!
I personally had a million things going through my head that I wanted to share with her.
“Lady can’t you see this long line of people hanging out in the road???… are you blind???… or maybe we are all invisible??”
But I didn’t say anything but I do think for a few moments I may have seen steam billowing out of my ears.
Was she really so naive that she didn’t realize she had butted in line or worse yet was she really just that rude??
I know to you this probably sounds like a pretty minor frustration and you are right it is pretty minor, but for some reason, the double drive-thru cheating thing is one of those things that really…really get under my skin and it seems to happen to me a LOT.
In the whole scope of things, I do know that it’s really not that important that I get my coffee 2 seconds sooner (though it did give me something to write a blog about today 😀 ). And Yes, the drive-thru cheater was still rude to butt in line, but it would have been a whole lot worse if I’d have made the choice to make a total idiot out of myself by saying something rude to her.
So, for that day the choice of a great day was chosen!
As far as the double drive-thru cheater goes – she will probably always get under my skin in some way BUT, thankfully I get to be the one to choose how things go from there.
So how about you? What gets under your skin? When it happens what will you choose?
Chose to make today a great day! 😊
Thanks for reading!
P.S. I drew a little picture at the beginning to help you get a visual of all of this … If your eyes are hurting now please remember I never claimed to be an artist 😊😊 😊
5 thoughts on “Double Drive-Thru Cheater”
I’m so with you on this – that kind of stuff makes me shake my head – where do they come from that this is OK behavior, and right on the other hand, I’m not letting it steal my joy.
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I understand your frustration. Something that irritates me is being in line eat a stop light and the car in front of you creeps to the stoplight, takes off when it turns yellow and you are left to sit through another sequence of lights before being able to go. Oh, well.
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Ohh this one gets me too! oh well I guess that’s just more time to sing along with the radio lol 🙂
I shared this on Facebook today. I had it happen to me after waiting in a single line for about 10 minutes. I got out of my car and yelled at her. She was under the impression that two lines are to be formed thus blocking the entire parking lot. Maybe she also believed that the entire line of drivers had a phobia about the second drive thru speaker. She ended up leaving the line and I was thanked by several of the other drivers.
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I applaud you for speaking up 🙂 This has happened to me several more times since writing this and my choice of not saying anything is getting harder to do! Thanks for reading and for the Facebook share!