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Maybe I'm just lucky, but in my area there are a number of options for quick and easy food that aren't chain fast food restaurants, for days I don't feel like preparing something. And it's better, healthier, and even generally cheaper than fast food.
Food trucks, delis, smaller local restaurants that offer takeout, grocery stores with premade food items, etc.
And I live in a city of only ~80,000, in a metro area of only ~500,000. Those in larger cities would have even more options.
I guess I could see the struggle for folks living in tiny towns in the boonies, whose only options are either McDonalds, a lukewarm hot dog from the town gas station, or cooking it yourself at home. However, surely the Orlando Metro Area (population 2.3 million, nearly 5x my area) has plenty of other options besides fast food...
Sounds like you might need to broaden your horizons and/or explore your city a bit more. Be a little more adventurous. Skip the fast food and chain restaurants. Find and try those smaller local businesses, with higher quality takeout options and more competent staff.
Or just keep going back to the safe and familiar fast food places and accept that the food is going to suck and your order is going to get screwed up. This message has been edited. Last edited by: RogueJSK,
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I haven't gotten fast food (or eaten out at all)for well over two years. I see nothing has changed.
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Good point. I lived in a rural area of Wisconsin, think 75 miles to the nearest mall and there were quite a few Mom and Pop restaurants as well as taverns that served good food. There was not a fast food place for over 30 miles. Those places are sadly being invaded by the chain restaurants.
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outta the oven!
How about all the lecturers in this thread mind their own fucking business whether the OP chooses to eat fast food or not. You don't like it, fine. Don't lecture others on what they should or shouldn't be doing with their food choices.
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Thank you. I was thinking along those lines, but did not say it. Sure, there are a lot of choices in the metro area here, but not that many on my way home from work. If I have been working a long day, and my wife has had a long day at her office, neither one of us is in the mood to drive around looking for alternatives. We may not choose to eat fast food, but when we get home from work at 8:30 pm and are looking at an early start the next morning, we will make do with something that is on the way home. At the same time, it should not be unreasonable to expect that simple instructions, like "NO LETTUCE," should be followed.
On days that timing is not a problem, we do not do fast food. Today, for example, I got everything dealt with at a reasonable time, and have time to prepare an actual meal: fresh Dover sole, fresh asparagus, and baked sweet potatoes. I even think that there's a bottle of Chardonnay in the refrigerator. I would love to do something like this every day, but our schedules just do not permit it.
A mind is a terrible thing.
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Update: Damn, that was good!
A mind is a terrible thing.
I had an order at Wendy's a short while back. Ordered a couple of items (I can't remember what) and a diet Coke. Total was almost $8, I thought that sounded right. $5 sandwich, $1 value menu item, $2 for a drink.
Get to the window, pay, then get my feed bag and there's only one item. No drink, no second item, nothing. Look at my receipt and the one item was correctly priced. I think it was a chicken sandwich.
So not only did I not get everything I wanted, I paid restaurant prices for a shit sandwich. I was hungry and if I started getting into it I knew I was going to get loud and angry. It wasn't worth it.
Yes, please, let's increase minimum wage to $15, I'd so very much love to input my order into a robot that will do exactly what I tell it to instead of a person who puts about as much effort into their job as I put into their job.
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I eat by myself, a lot. So I love drive throughs, they get my orders right MOST of the time.
I'll take that risk over having to interact with even more people.
I think Pesci was talking about bank drive-thru's shorting you on check cashings, which brings me to my rant of the evening, which has to do with bank closures. Everytime I turn around, another BB&T has a For Lease sign on it. I don't mind them closing the buildings, if they'd leave the damned ATM behind. I was on the way to a gun show, this past weekend and usually stop at this bank for some cash. CLOSED. Tired of having to find a convenience store and cough up a fee for getting cash.
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For the price of fast food these days (I went to Wendy's today and for lunch for both me and the girlfriend, it cost around 20 bucks) I'm pretty much of the idea that I will do the "order ahead" at a sit down restaurant like Applebees, Chili's or the like. It isn't THAT Much more expensive, and with curb side pickup, I can go in, pick it up myself, inspect it, and bitch if it isn't right. And then I'm still on scene to put my foot in an ass if it isn't right.
Fast food places are getting closer and closer to putting themselves out of business.
I almost posted it here, but let me friggin tell you about an experience I had at a McDonalds WITH the kiosk where you order your food yourself. Normally that is the best option but this time it royally screwed me, and almost poetically, made me even later by having to get the screw up dealt with by the even more incompetent clerk i attempted to avoid with the kiosk.
Strive to live your life so when you wake up in the morning and your feet hit the floor, the devil says "Oh crap, he's up."
Had a guy working for me and we would go to a fast food restaurant and he always has to special order... then we would sit there at the table and he would unwrap his sandwich and sloooooowly examine it... and at least 50% of the time it would be done wrong. The dumbest thing fast food did was get into the 'have it your way mode'... it's supposed to be fast and that is because they make it one way.... I have never ever ordered a special burger at McDonalds, Burger King, Hardees, Windys or where ever because of one reason... I hate to be disappointed.
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I try to avoid fast food. However, there are times when it's the only practical option because of where I happen to be, and the fact that I have time constraints that preclude traveling out of the way for a better choice.
As far as "have it your way," there are some things that I just do NOT want on a burger. I do not want lettuce. I do not want mustard. I do not want "special sauce." My wife does not want lettuce, nor onions. I can see the possibility of a problem with adding items that are not normally part of the package, but there should NOT be a major problem with deleting things.
A mind is a terrible thing.
The new McDonalds "made fresh" policy has done nothing, other than to slow service. The food tastes the same. My son and I went to one a month ago. There was one other couple in the store and they were eating. It took them 15-20 minutes to prepare our order and when it finally came, it was wrong. My quarter pounter ordered as "no pickles, no onions", came with plenty of both but no cheese. It took another 10 minutes to get a replacement and again, we were the only people there. Their excuse was that they were all now made to order.
Say you have an allergy to what you dont want. I had to order happen wrong once. She lost her job because i pointed out you were told and ignored, so it looks like attempted murder
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