OK, I know I have complained about this before, but when did someone decide the best way to give back change was to pour the coin change on top of the paper bills and then hand the entire mess over to the customer?!?! This pains me more than any other subject, so I thought I'd revisit the issue (click here for original article).
Last week, I was in the drive-thru at El Pollo Loco, and sure enough, the cashier tried to hand back a collection of coins perilously stacked on top of my paper change. Did he count it out to me? NOOO!!! So, a dime drops between my window and get this: he gives me a quarter and asks for 15 cents back! After about a minute of me searching my ashtray for a nickel the guy gives up and tells me to drive on.
Needless to say, none of this would've happened if he had handed me the coins first and then the paper. I told him as much but all I got in return was a stupid grin and a shrug. I don't think he even understood what I was saying. Man, this makes me mad!!!
Got an email from reader "Allie" who writes:
"I wanted to pass along a funny Carl’s Jr. video that features skateboarding superstar Rob Dyrdek doing various stunts in the "Happy Star" costume. Carl’s Jr. has teamed up with Dyrdek for in-store cup promotion and also charity – thanks to a generous donation from Carl’s Jr., The Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza Foundation recently opened a new skateboarding park at La Fayette Park in Los Angeles. It would be great if you could share this info and the video with your blog readers!"
Ok Allie. Consider it done. Check out more in this Carl's Jr. Social Media Release.
I decided back in February that this Easter season I would give up french fries for Lent. Not just french fries, but also french fry-related items like onion rings, tater tots, and even hash browns. That last one made Fridays even more challenging as we Catholics try not to eat meat on Fridays. So naturally, breakfast for dinner seems logical until you start removing key breakfast side items like hash browns and home fries. But I digress.
What did I learn? Giving up fries is HARD. Even I, a long time admitted fast food junkie, didn't realize how many places offer fries as the main side item. Dinners were relatively easy. I could have veggies, cole slaw, a side salad, or even a baked potato. But at lunch and especially at fast food restaurants, give up fries & onion rings and your options become severely limited. I found myself getting side salads a lot, the health advantages of which are debatable when you factor in dressing. In one case, while eating at McDonald's with friends, I ordered a side of apple slices. That was surreal. But more often, I just skipped the side altogether. That was a revelation. In an era of combo and value meals, it takes adjusted expectations to be satisfied with just a sandwich
Mexican food was great because I didn't count tortilla chips in my exclusion list. After a couple of weeks I settled into a routine where I got used to life without my fried friends. Don't get me wrong, I still missed them and counted down the days until Easter like a kid anticipating summer vacation.
So it's been a week since Easter. My first fries were from McDonald's. I figured one of the world's most popular french fries would be a good choice for the return from my fast food fried side fast. And ahhhh, it was good. But I took away something from this experience. Call it a better awareness of side item alternatives and a willingness to be content with skipping sides altogether on occasion. While not done for the health benefits, I can't help but think my cholesterol count benefitted from this experiment. All in all a satisfying experience, although it's too early to think about whether I would do it again next year!
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