Drive-thru walkups

It was late last night as we got off the Metro at Courthouse after the Nats loss. The Vicodin I’d taken to dull the pain after my wisdom teeth came out was wearing off, and frankly, in that situation I get might grumpy. Having only had a yogurt, I pulled into the Wendy’s at Courthouse & Wilson for a Frosty.

Now, the Wendy’s closes its dining room at 10 or so, but their drive-thru is open until 2 in the morning. Which is great, if you have a car. But as the picture here demonstrates, about a half dozen people last night took it upon themselves to just walk up to the window. Sure, two of them waited in “line” between a few cars, but the rest showed up unbidden, and the wait while they placed their orders was 10 or so minutes, holding up the rest of the line.

Folks. It’s a drive-thru window. It’s not a walk-up.

Drive thru walkups — Originally uploaded by tbridge

9 Comments so far

  1. Monica (monica) on April 10th, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

    Unfortunately a lot of people in the greater DC area don’t have cars. And I know I wouldn’t hop in a Zipcar to order food thru a drivethru if I could just walk there.

    Granted… if people want to order food from the window, they ought to wait their turn in line (with the queued cars or bikes or vespas).

  2. aquaamber on April 10th, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

    That’s so car-ist.

    I’ve been turned away from more than one drive-through because I lacked the requisite vehicle, for "security reasons." This is a very open-minded and forward-thinking Wendy’s.

  3. dodger on April 10th, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

    Yeah, you drunk people, get in your cars and drive if you want food!

  4. Tiffany Bridge (tiffany) on April 10th, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

    Please. There are any number of other places that don’t close their walk-up lines at 10PM if you want food (including the Cosi a block away from this particular Wendy’s). You’re just endangering yourself and others by walking through the line at that hour, not to mention driving up the insurance premiums of the franchise owner (don’t forget, drive-thru establishments are usually franchises, owned and operated by local business people, not faceless corporate monoliths).

    Of course it’s car-ist… that’s why it’s called a "drive-thru." If you’re feeling insulted by rampant car-ism, you’re very welcome to not patronize the establishment and go someplace where your car-free lifestyle is celebrated and appreciated. The only reason to walk through a drive-thru is to be an asshole.

  5. amandaa on April 10th, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

    wow, i certainly disagree with that last post. if people actually wait in line–between cars if necessary–what’s the problem? i don’t think it’s being an asshole; it sounds to me like someone who simply wants a single with cheese rather than whatever cosi has to offer (which frankly usually ain’t that filling!). if the franchise wants to enforce the rules, they will–but why do it for them? jeez, we have enough rules; it’s so great when there’s a chance to relax them even a bit.

  6. Tom Bridge (tbridge) on April 10th, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

    That’s part of the problem amandaa, only two people waiting in line. As asinine as their behavior was, the behavior of those who joined them as they got to the window was completely inexcusable. You don’t just cut in line because it’s convenient to you, that’s about as inconsiderate as you can get.

    Surely, I place blame on Wendy’s for closing their dining room early, but you can’t just break the rules because it’s convenient to you. Catch a cab, sit in their back seat. Hell, buy the cabbie a burger, they could use it.

  7. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 11th, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

    It is dangerous, but on the other hand, it would be great if Wendy’s didn’t close its dining room at 10PM. Definitely would be better if they would remain open in a dense metro area like D.C.

  8. greatergreaterwashington on April 11th, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

    Sorry Tom, asinine is saying that someone ought to have caught a cab, which takes up extra space, sits there idling and spewing pollution, and possibly deprives other people of a chance to get a cab, just because you don’t think standing in line without a car is ok.

    The people who cut, sure, that’s probably wrong. But complain about them or the Wendy’s staff who allowed it, then, not the people who felt that just because they weren’t inside a car they ought to still be able to purchase food. Remember, food is for people, not cars. It’s not a gas station, it’s a restaurant. Drive-thrus are for convenience, not to exclude people outside cars.

  9. Tom Bridge (tbridge) on April 11th, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    They’re not walkup windows, seriously.

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