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Only At McDonalds

Friday, November 09, 2012

Every morning, Monday through Friday, being the dutiful and loving husband I have become, I sit at the McDonalds drive thru and order a large black coffee for Joan. On Saturday and Sunday she brews her own pot. I donít ask why. Itís how Iíve stayed happily married for close to forty years. This morning we got up earlier than normal for some reason which meant the drive thru line would be sparse. As I am pulling into line I saw there was only one car ahead of me; a very high end BMW. The car was sleek and that amazing midnight blue I love so much. I rolled down my window and waited, and waited a bit more and waited even longer. I line was forming behind me. You could feel the karmic impatience oozing out of the us.

Iím a compulsive eaves dropper. Itís where I get a lot of my ideas. I craned my head a bit and heard the gentleman in front of me going through a laundry list of food related questions. Was their biscuits gluten free? If not did they have a gluten free alternative? Did the sausage and bacon contain preservatives? Those were the types of questions he was asking. Now before you get all judgmental on me here I applaud the dude for wanting to eat healthy and stay as natural as possible. But, seriously friends, at McDonalds? Youíre looking for gluten free?

Iím not sure who became frustrated first him or the attendant but he gunned his finely tuned engine and sped away without ordering. Joan said that maybe the guy makes it a habit of exasperating fast food attendants, causes them to lose their tempers and then sues them for a large sum.

Maybe itís how he can afford a BMW.

It is a true story friend. I have enough of these to share. I donít have to make them up.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GIRANIMAL 11/13/2012 2:17PM

    I hear you. Beyond-relaxed standards for what qualifies as "food" are the biggest reason I don't touch any fast food anymore. (Luckily for me, in this case, I don't travel much!)

Maybe he's not from the U.S. From what I understand, gluten-free menus are practically the norm in other parts of the world. And the FDA is far more lax about chemical preservatives and such than equivalent regulating bodies in others countries, so maybe McD's has to be cleaner elsewhere?

Of course, I like Joan's suggestion too. emoticon

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CMBELISLE 11/13/2012 11:15AM

    I have to say that some people will ask questions of the staff when all they need to do is look online or ask for the restaurant's nutrition and allergen information. If the employee had been trained properly, he would have given a copy to the person.

I follow a gluten-free and MSG-free as much as possible. McDonald's is one of the few fast food places that is MSG-free for the most part (sauces and salad dressings have to be checked closely). For gluten-free, you have to learn to navigate their menu and not be in the super-sensitive category of gluten intolerance (cross-contamination can be a problem for some).

While McDonald's has several menu items that qualify in the cardiac-arrest-inducing category, they have had many that are healthy. Many fast food chains (mostly chicken places) use MSG in nearly everything they serve - some even put it in their biscuits and croissants.

The most important thing to know about fast food chains - their nutrition and allergen information is available online. Know before you go - works for losing weight and avoiding allergens.

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CARTOONB 11/9/2012 9:23PM

    Better be careful...he might read blogs and sue for libel too. emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/9/2012 9:24:45 PM

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DEBRITA01 11/9/2012 6:33PM

    Having started a wheat-free diet this past week, I can relate. However, I wouldn't expect Mickey D's to have much to offer. Quite possibly he had limited options but if he has that many ?'s, he needs to go in - or risk having some irate fellow customers who haven't had their coffee yet!

I love to eavesdrop and people watch, too...our fellow humans are just fascinating! emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 11/9/2012 5:29PM

    i love it and also Joan may have a good point....

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/9/2012 3:36PM

    Thanks for sharing...true stories like that are the best!
Have a great week end and keep your eyes and ears never know what is coming next...I am waiting...

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HKARLSSON 11/9/2012 3:31PM

    *sigh* Oh, the humanity.

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AMAS92568 11/9/2012 1:10PM

    That's hysterical! Couldn't he just look at the picture menu and answered his own questions? Doofus.

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REBECCAMA 11/9/2012 1:03PM

    Maybe there was some reason he couldn't get to a store.

Actually McD's has made a big deal about being healthier. They offer salads, apples, juices, etc.. There are a lot of ways to eat gluten-free for lunch and dinner. So maybe his request isn't as odd-ball as it seems.

Or maybe he's trying to get McDonald's to add some gluten-free items to the menu. If the employees get peppered with requests, maybe eventually Corporate will hear it, and make the necessary changes.

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MOBYCARP 11/9/2012 1:00PM

    Long before I found SparkPeople, I decided it was less stress to go inside and wait behind people who couldn't decide what they wanted than to wait in line in the drive through. You can still get stuck behind someone like this, but at least you're not burning gas and breathing carbon monoxide.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/9/2012 12:27PM

    LOL seriously, why on earth would anyone think McDonald's would have gluten- or preservative-free anything? I mean, order a yogurt parfait or something where you can be reasonably sure the ingredients aren't THAT bad if you really need to get some fast food...I can't even fathom why this guy would bother with those kinds of questions at a McDonald's - and in the drive-thru! At least go inside so you're not holding everybody up! Bizarre. Thanks for sharing this story, it made me laugh. :)

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MISSB8604 11/9/2012 11:20AM

    People are something else!

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SIMPLY-4-ME 11/9/2012 11:11AM

    There always has to be the one that will hold up a line. LOL
Glad you had the patience.

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STHAX10 11/9/2012 11:04AM

    I know, it is so funny, right??? I just cannot see how someone so ignorant can afford that nice of a car!! Maybe McDonald's can make separate menus that are for the "healthy and ignorant" eaters out there...

I really enjoyed your story emoticon

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    Thanks for the laugh !! It is kind of scary that he is allowed to drive on our highways... lol emoticon

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MAMADWARF 11/9/2012 11:00AM

    What I am learning since my niece was recently diagnosed with celiac disease is, you quickly figure out exactly where you can eat when you are on the road. And for any gluten free folks reading this, in and out is the only fast food place. Order the burger protein style which is lettuce wrapped and no bun and the fries are gluten free. Otherwise, go to a store and grab a KIND bar.
I'm wondering if maybe he was caught without some food and he was more mad at the situation than at trying to eat healthy so where really quick.

Sorry to change the tone of this, but it is just another perspective...I also love eavesdropping john!!

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LISALGB 11/9/2012 10:58AM

    Too funny!! Sounds like he has more money than common sense!!
Thanks for the laugh!

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PIPERCHICKAB 11/9/2012 10:54AM

    Some people! Funny story!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/9/2012 10:53AM

    LOL How mixed up must you be if you're looking for healthy alternatives at McD's?

Thanks for making me laugh.


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ANATASHIKI 11/9/2012 10:46AM

    lol , I was wandering what's with that status before . I tend to agree with your wife, someone who searches for healthy food at a fast food shouldn't have a driver license emoticon well , some salads if you skip the sauce aren't that bad though emoticon

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DABLUECAT 11/9/2012 10:42AM

    Rich, simply rich!

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NASFKAB 11/9/2012 10:35AM

  FUNNY CANT HELP LAUGHING only you would mention it thanks

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/9/2012 10:30AM

    Sounds like the guy was up to something. No one thinks you are getting healthy gourmet food at the Golden Arches.

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CRYSTALJEM 11/9/2012 10:29AM

    Hilarious! Thank you as always.

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HDHAWK 11/9/2012 10:27AM

    There's my chuckle for the day! emoticon

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SEESKO 11/9/2012 10:22AM

    To funny! He could have ordered some apple slices maybe! :)
And you really can't beat a large black coffee for 1 dollar! Congrats on a long and happy marriage. My husband and I have only been married 12 years, but would wager that coffee could be the key to happiness!

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