Canadian Lyndsay

Drive Thru Etiquette

by on Apr.12, 2007, under z-Old Posts

This morning, as per normal morning routine, I stopped at the Tim Horton’s drive thru beside work.

The speaker is usually very quiet, and today a soft spoken girl was working the mike.  As if that didn’t make it bad enough, two cars behind me there was a big diesel truck rumbling away.  So that’s my first etiquette point – loud vehicles – please do not use the drive thru.

The other issue is space.  I suppose drive thrus are built strategically to allow a certain number of vehicles between the window and the speaker.  But, as we all know, vehicles can be all sorts of different sizes.  So, please, when between the speaker and the window, please pull up as close as you possibly can to the vehicle in front of you – this may allow the person behind you to get those few inches closer to the speaker.  After all, unless you’re right in front of the speaker, you won’t be able to hear thanks to Mr. Diesel Truck behind you.

Finally, avoid ordering things that take a long time.  For instance, at Tim’s, please don’t order a bagel or sandwich through the drive thru.  Not only do they take longer, and therefore hold up the drive thru line, they also seem to get priority over inside orders.  Very frustrating when I choose to have a bagel, go inside, and proceed to have to wait for all the drive thru orders to get their bagels before I get mine.  I’m doing it for you people!!

That’s probably it for now.  I am certain I will think of more later.

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