Dunkin Donuts Drive-thru

Dunkin Donuts Drive-thru

This morning on my way to work I stopped at the Dunkin Donuts to pick up some coffee. This is outside of my normal routine. Usually I just have coffee at home or make a to go cup. But today I was just craving the taste of some Dunkin. I pulled up, parked, went inside and was in and out with coffee in hand in about 5 minutes. Not bad.

Walking back to my car I noticed a line of cars wrapped around the building. A line of cars waiting for the drive-thru. It got me wondering why people sit in their car, with a much longer wait, instead of getting out and walking inside.

I had to rule out the weather. It was a beautiful morning. The wind hadn’t started blowing yet, the sun was shining high in the sky, the air was refreshing. I guess I would have been more sympathetic had it been a torrential downpour or arctic cold.

So why? What would prompt people to waste their gas and pollute the air? There are so many times that I really want to give people the benefit of the doubt. But rationalizing on behalf of other people is probably worse than them doing it on their own.

Sadly I think people are just that lazy. So lazy that the short walk from the parking lot to inside would just be too strenuous.

Or, maybe it isn’t a matter of laziness it could be the drive-thru is less personal. Maybe this stems from the I can be connected to everyone and no-one all at the same time. If people were given the option to text in their orders, pay via paypal and never see the person who prepared their food they would do it.

I’m sure I could come up with more ideas as to why people refuse to get out of their cars. I rarely go to a fastfood restaurant nowadays, but it always amazes me when I see 5 cars in the drive-thru line and no one inside.

I’m sure I could go on and make this an argument about the state of affairs of our society. But that takes too much work. I think I’ll just let the car idle a little longer until I can pull up to the speaker and order a dozen donuts and a large coffee.


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