Monday, March 9, 2009

A Mini-Rant

Can someone explain to me the proper ketchup packet ratio per individual order at a drive-thru? I seem to have perfectly sane unrealistic expectations apparently. Seriously. In the great Northwest we have this divine faux-Mexican food called Taco Time. Yummy! And Taco Time's unique niche in the fast food world is their "Mexi-Fries" ::cough:: tater tots. I order the same combo meal every time (I know I'm a creature of habit, I can't help it!) and every time my quantity of ketchup varies wildly. Sure sure - this is a common issue, it all depends on the size of the employee's hand when they reach into the bucket of packets, right? Well sure - but there is this one employee that ALWAYS gives me two packets. TWO! What am I supposed to do with two packets of ketchup. No that's not a question, I know what I'm going to do with them I'm going to use them on 7 tater tots and then be without for the remainder of the box. Two packets? Really?

Ok ok I know what's the big deal? Just ask for more... sure. But this employee walks away as soon as she tosses the bag to you. It's like she knows that she's stiffing you on ketchup. So normally I leave and just use my cold fridge ketchup which I assure you is NOT THE SAME! But this last time I took a stand and waited for her to return to the window. I think she took a break or something because I waited there for a while. She came back, assuming that I would most certainly be the next car in the drive thru awaiting their drink and meal... and she was surprised to find that no in fact it was still me. I demanded with a glare asked politely with a smile, for a bit more ketchup.

I know it is silly, but I just don't understand. Two packets is not the luck of the draw, I mean I have tiny hands and even I could grab more than that in my fist. Heck Ace could grab more than two! Perhaps this is God telling me to think of all those packets that went to waste so many moons ago. Divine retribution for stealing enough ketchup packets one summer when I was in high school with my friends to fill up one of our trunks with sauce packets. A goal we had over the summer! Yah we didn't think that one through too well - BUT we did succeed! Just as I succeeded in squeezing two more packets from Ms. Stingy. Yes, when she finally reappeared she gave me two more packets. TWO! So 14 tater tots Mexi-Fries were able to be coated.

I know there are real problems out there... like wrong orders, diet coke when you asked for regular (gag!), and NO ketchup at all... but ya' know sometimes a girl just needs to complain. :-)

15 comments:

Celine said...

I think it's great that you stood up for what you wanted! :D
Way to go!

Stephanie said...

That's a bummer! At least you can get extra condiments. Our McDonald's has a sign that says "Extra Condiments have an Additional Fee." I don't really use them but I can imagine that you'd be paying for quite a lot of ketchup there!

Relimom said...

Sometimes it's the little things that get to you!

What is it about getting too little ketchup sachets that gets to you so much? I think you are right to find it annoying. Perhaps it's a justice thing!

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FROGGITY! said...

amen amen amen!

cold ketchup is NOT THE SAME! hubby will ask until he gets enough. hahaha

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I remember working fast food in high school and they were so stingy not about ketchup just the sauces! But 2 that makes no sense, I always would do a huge handful, I figured it was cheap really did it matter if people didn't use it!

You go girl! Let it all out! :)

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feather k said...

right there with ya sister...but you also have the times when you have more ketchup packets than tots...like the bag is weighed down with them...some consistency people...i am a creature of habit too by the way...thanks for taking the time to visit my site today :)

angie said...

Forget the ketchup. What about Arby's and their Arby sauce?!!!

Alison said...

Ok, I just laughed out loud at that one! Adrienne is a ketchup FANATIC and trying to communicate that she wants more is so exciting when we don't speak Japanese! There's this one place we go that seriously gives a dab of ketchup...not even a full packet worth!!

Melissa said...

I so agree with you..cold refrig ketchup is NOT the same. The people at taco bell are just as stingy with their mild sauce. WTF??

TuTu's Bliss said...

LOL HYSTERICAL!!!!

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

{{giggles}} yes, service these days is spotty at best. The other day I ordered a happy meal for Sweetpea with apple slices and they gave me french fries...but I think we were both secretly happy with that particular mistake... ;)

Jen said...

Its like those packets are lined with gold or something.

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

My diet is pretty limited and doesn't include fast food so I'm not really sure what the proper etiquette is for the drive-thru, but I would say kudos to you for waiting until you got what you wanted. You are a customer in that situation who is paying for both goods and a service and there is no reason why the person providing that to you should deny you a few ketchup packets.

Also, I can't believe that Stephanie's local McDonald's charges for extra condiments. That's ridiculous. It's freaking ketchup!

UPrinting said...

Maybe the restaurant is currently cutting their expenses on ketchup. It really is kinda annoying sometimes. Even if a person ordered like five burgers, there are employees who would give just one packet of ketchup.

What? :D