For some reason, people tend to forget that they are interacting with real live human beings when they order through the drive-thru. Your drive-thru employee can hear you and, in most cases, see you when you order and you get to meet face to face when they collect your money and hand over your goods! And it works both ways! Your customers are human, too! It’s a crazy concept, really.
Well, these AskReddit users told us their wildest stories from time spent working and/or visiting the drive-thru window. Think you’ve had a crazy experience? See how it matches up to these!
#1. You Know We Can See You, Right?
“I worked at McDonalds when I was 16. We had a guy that would drive through the drive thru completely naked.”
#2. Hot And Nasty
“My step dad once asked for a “Hot and Nasty” instead of a “Hot and Tasty.” It was pretty awkward. The manager was at the window when we pulled up to pay. LOL.”
#3. Extra Caramel Jizzle?
“I was working the drive thru at Starbucks and I got these trashy people (I could tell they were trashy because of how much extra Carmel Drizzle they wanted on their Vanilla Beans) and when the car pulls up the girl (in the passenger seat) is giving the guy (the driver) a hand job. His dick was just out in the open. They gave zero fucks. They were so casual about it like it was totally normal. To this day I don’t think I fully understand what happened that night. Thinking back, I wish I said, when repeating their order back, “Two venti Vanilla Beans with extra Caramel Jizzle?””
#4. Unintentional Hate Crime
“I used to work at Tim Hortons and when I had to work on the window I would barely ever look out it if it was crazy busy. I’m 6′-2”, for me to look out of the window I basically have to double over and look through it was so low. Anyways, one time I was really distracted and I took the persons money and didn’t look and handed the coffee out the window and let go when I felt a hand grab the cup. Immediately I heard “Oh shit!” so I look out the window and the guy has nubs for fingers and is waving his hand back and forth trying to get control of the cup enough to bring it in his car. I apologize profusely and he leaves after a couple minutes.”
#5. The Human Tables
“When I was working the drive thru at Popeyes, we would always tend to get this one couple who would come by. Sure, we had plenty of regulars, but every employee knew of the “Human Tables.” There was always the four of them, the dad, mom, sister, and brother, and they always rolled up to the window with AT LEAST 3 big bags of food from other fast food places. Not bags of trash, but bags of uneaten food. We would call them the “Human Tables” because they all had their seats all the way back and would use their stomachs as tables. The smell was pretty horrid as well. Didn’t seem like they were doing too good a job of disposing their trash from 3 meals a day of fast food.”
#6. Fuck Snakes
“One time I was handing a bag out of the window and the lady had a snake wrapped around her arm, reaching for the bag. Fuck you and your snake, lady. I don’t make enough money for that.”
#7. Apparently “Coning” Is A Thing…
“I worked at McDonald’s for two years, and the strangest thing that happened was when a bunch of teenage boys came through the drive thru in a minivan and ordered an ice cream cone. When they pulled up to my window (it was night so we were down to one window taking money and handing out food), a guy that was laying on the top of the minivan grabbed the cone by the ice cream and they drove off. They proceeded to come back through the drive thru and ask if one of them had left a wallet inside.”
#8. Bitch Wants Her Donut!
“I once worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts for a few months, until I realized I hated that shitty job. Once we had a lovely woman pull up at the drive through twenty minutes before open. Naturally my co-worker and I ignored her while we hurried to setup because without the headset on, we had no idea she was even there. And there was no way I was putting that thing on a minute earlier that I had to. Eventually, she pulled up to the window with a pissed, evil-looking face. We gestured, “sorry” and that we weren’t open yet. Apparently she took it personally and started banging on the glass. When we opened the window to explain that we couldn’t serve her yet, she began cursing and squeezed her fat ass out of the car, and hung thru the window spewing off insults. We just stared in awe. I think we told her the cops were coming or something and she left. She was a crazy bitch.”
#9. Being Legal Has Its Benefits
“I had a guy hand me two free entry cards to a strip club once, after asking if I’m 18. Was an odd encounter…”
“I was working the late night shift at a McDonald’s once, and some guys wearing horse masks and “gangster” bandanas drove through at roughly 4 am, and asked specifically for multiple my little pony toys (not meals, only the toys). I quit later that week.”
#11. Mother of the Year
“Not me, but this happened on my shift. We have a drive thru pharmacy where I work. I typically avoid the drive thru at all costs. A woman came through with a prescription for Oxycodone 30mg. This was a little over a year ago, and the DEA was REALLY cracking down hard on pill mills and pharmacies that were providing people with Oxy so easily. The pharmacist went to the window, she looked over the woman’s profile, and based on her information, she decided she would not fill the prescription. Upon hearing this, the woman went ballistic. Banging on the window, nasty slurs, threatening to call the corporate office, etc. Once the threats started (“I’ll come in there and kick your ass”), the pharmacist called me, the manager on duty. At this point, the woman had said she would not leave the drive thru. Cars were piling up behind her honking. She was yelling and screaming at them. I went to the window to tell her to leave or I was calling the cops. She eventually left, and I was left to deal with the aftermath of angry customers who had to wait. To my amazement…the worst part of this entire story…is while this woman was going insane in my drive thru, her young daughter (a toddler) was sitting in the backseat taking it all in.”
#12. Will Entertain For Tips
“At a McDonalds in Australia, there was this guy that sang/quoted/told jokes through the speaker box to every customer. In the most perfect South Park voice ever he goes to me, ‘City Wok, can i tayk your orda prease?’ Made my day.”
#13. Elephant In The Room
“I was working at a Tim Hortons in Newfoundland when I was 15. A guy comes up to the speaker box, orders his coffee, and then I heard a weird noise that sounded like an elephant. He approaches the window, lo and behold there is a baby elephant in the back of his pickup. At the drive through. On an island in Canada. I was so confused, but just couldn’t bring up the elephant in the room- or pickup bed I guess.”
#14. Bitch Better Have My Money
“Today, a couple came up to the drive-thru window. The female passenger was very polite, but distracted by the male passenger. She kept looking back at him while I was taking her payment. He seemed to be talking to someone on his cellphone, but I wasn’t too sure. After I handed the driver her drink, the male passenger screamed, and I mean SCREAMED, “GIVE ME MY MONEY YOU FUCKING IDIOT”. Naturally, I freaked the fuck out and backed away from the window. However, I looked closer and realized he was on the phone for sure. After that, the female driver took a look at me (with an unusually straight face, almost as if nothing happened) and drove away from the window.”
#15. Pickles In The Glove Compartment
“A couple years ago, I worked at a drive thru and this guy came around to pay. When he got there, he asked “Hey, did I say I wanted extra pickles on that? Because I want extra pickles on that.” I informed him that his burger was already made and ready to go, but offered to have a new one fixed up with a satisfactory amount of pickles. The man paused, then had a look of realization. He looked up and said “Don’t worry about it! Now that I think about it, I think I might have some extra ones right here.” This valued customer then proceeded to open up his glove compartment and pull out a giant jar of sliced pickles. It was weird.”
#16. Customer’s Trying To Get Free Shit? No…That NEVER Happens…
“I worked at Sonic, skating food out to people’s cars. I served a meth-head once. Or at least, I thought she was on meth because of the open sores and scratches on her arms oozing blood and pus, along with her black, cracked teeth. She looked like a reaper was hovering behind her. Her car was old and trashed, the backseat full of old fast food junk. She stuttered when she ordered, and didn’t speak to me at all when I brought her the $60 worth of food (which was a huge order). She came back later that day after about an hour with just the receipt, claiming that all the food was wrong. Literally every food item was made incorrectly, she said. Even the drinks didn’t have enough ice in them.
I think we re-made her drinks, but that’s it. The manager refused to give her anything without the original food back.”
#17. Will Provide Own Meat
“My first job was at McDonald’s in a really small hick town in Canada. It was pretty normal during hunting season to see a pick up truck roll through with a dead deer or moose on the back. One time some guy actually drove through with a dead cow.”
Keep on, keepin on.