I know everybody has pet peeves, but I have to say that fast food restaurants tend to push my buttons.  Case in point… Cheryl got home from work and watched the American Idol finale (which she is very happy that David Cook won).  She didn’t have dinner yet so she asked me to run to Subway.  The closest one for us is on E. University Ave in Des Moines… probably about four miles from our house.  The stated closing time on a Tuesday night is 10:00pm.  I get there at 9:51pm.  I’m sure that customers like me are one of their pet peeves, but that is beside the point.  I had a whole nine minutes before closing time, and they were CLOSED – doors locked, but the lights were on inside.

I knock on their door because I see them in there with someone who is clearly NOT a Subway employee.  One of the employees opens the door, and I show him my cell phone with the time, and I say, “what gives?” 

“The manager called and said to close at nine,” he says.

I am thinking… “you guys are still here?”  So I think a call to the manager is probably in order for tomorrow if I think of it.  In my mind there is nothing that screams out “we don’t really want your business” more than stores that don’t stick to their advertised hours.

Plan B – go to Burger King.  I called Cheryl to find out what she wanted, and I decide to get a BK Veggie Burger… got to watch the boyish figure.  BK Veggie Burgers come with mayo, ketchup, lettuce and tomato already on it.  I don’t work there, never have, but yet I know this.  I order it – “hold the mayo (because what would be the point then?), add pickles and add onions.”

I get home and pull it out… no tomato… ugh.  Moral of the story?  Eat at home!

So what are your pet peeves?  You can also share your fast food horror story here.  Please feel free to rant, let it out.  May this blog post be therapeutic.

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16 comments
  1. In defense of Subway:
    They’re independently owned.

    If they take an hour to clean up at the end of the day, and they have two hours to go to closing and only one person has been in (I’ve seen it happen, when I was in fast food), then it’s basic common sense to close early.

    It basically boils down to pissing you off– which would pay for MAYBE the cost for one guy, not counting the cost for food, lights, etc–vs saving the operating cost.

    It’s a balancing act, really.

    (And yes, folks who came in at the last minute–or AFTER the last minute– were peeves, but only if we’d been silent up to that point)

  2. In defense of Subway:
    They’re independently owned.

    If they take an hour to clean up at the end of the day, and they have two hours to go to closing and only one person has been in (I’ve seen it happen, when I was in fast food), then it’s basic common sense to close early.

    It basically boils down to pissing you off– which would pay for MAYBE the cost for one guy, not counting the cost for food, lights, etc–vs saving the operating cost.

    It’s a balancing act, really.

    (And yes, folks who came in at the last minute–or AFTER the last minute– were peeves, but only if we’d been silent up to that point)

  3. In defense of Subway:
    They’re independently owned.

    If they take an hour to clean up at the end of the day, and they have two hours to go to closing and only one person has been in (I’ve seen it happen, when I was in fast food), then it’s basic common sense to close early.

    It basically boils down to pissing you off– which would pay for MAYBE the cost for one guy, not counting the cost for food, lights, etc–vs saving the operating cost.

    It’s a balancing act, really.

    (And yes, folks who came in at the last minute–or AFTER the last minute– were peeves, but only if we’d been silent up to that point)

  4. In defense of Subway:
    They’re independently owned.

    If they take an hour to clean up at the end of the day, and they have two hours to go to closing and only one person has been in (I’ve seen it happen, when I was in fast food), then it’s basic common sense to close early.

    It basically boils down to pissing you off– which would pay for MAYBE the cost for one guy, not counting the cost for food, lights, etc–vs saving the operating cost.

    It’s a balancing act, really.

    (And yes, folks who came in at the last minute–or AFTER the last minute– were peeves, but only if we’d been silent up to that point)

  5. You are right that it is a balancing act. I don’t want to give the impression that I was angry. It was just a minor annoyance. In light of many of things that could happen in my life, this is nothing.

    You bring up a good point on cost of operation. I guess I would encourage the owner that if it is a trend that they cut back their posted hours on evenings when they are slow.

  6. You are right that it is a balancing act. I don’t want to give the impression that I was angry. It was just a minor annoyance. In light of many of things that could happen in my life, this is nothing.

    You bring up a good point on cost of operation. I guess I would encourage the owner that if it is a trend that they cut back their posted hours on evenings when they are slow.

  7. You are right that it is a balancing act. I don’t want to give the impression that I was angry. It was just a minor annoyance. In light of many of things that could happen in my life, this is nothing.

    You bring up a good point on cost of operation. I guess I would encourage the owner that if it is a trend that they cut back their posted hours on evenings when they are slow.

  8. You are right that it is a balancing act. I don’t want to give the impression that I was angry. It was just a minor annoyance. In light of many of things that could happen in my life, this is nothing.

    You bring up a good point on cost of operation. I guess I would encourage the owner that if it is a trend that they cut back their posted hours on evenings when they are slow.

  9. Oh, I figured you were doing kind of what I do when I’m mildly annoyed– chat about it.

    So I had to be annoying and pipe up with the other side. ;^p

  10. Oh, I figured you were doing kind of what I do when I’m mildly annoyed– chat about it.

    So I had to be annoying and pipe up with the other side. ;^p

  11. Oh, I figured you were doing kind of what I do when I’m mildly annoyed– chat about it.

    So I had to be annoying and pipe up with the other side. ;^p

  12. Oh, I figured you were doing kind of what I do when I’m mildly annoyed– chat about it.

    So I had to be annoying and pipe up with the other side. ;^p

  13. My husband and I fall into the fast food trap whenever we forget to plan out our meals or when neither of us feels like cooking.

    The food is disgusting, highly caloric, fat ladden, and everything on the menus tastes exactly the same.

    However, I don’t consider Subway in the same class as BK or Mickey Dees because they at least have a few things on the menu that don’t cause your arteries to clog the instant the food hits your bloodstream.

  14. My husband and I fall into the fast food trap whenever we forget to plan out our meals or when neither of us feels like cooking.

    The food is disgusting, highly caloric, fat ladden, and everything on the menus tastes exactly the same.

    However, I don’t consider Subway in the same class as BK or Mickey Dees because they at least have a few things on the menu that don’t cause your arteries to clog the instant the food hits your bloodstream.

  15. My husband and I fall into the fast food trap whenever we forget to plan out our meals or when neither of us feels like cooking.

    The food is disgusting, highly caloric, fat ladden, and everything on the menus tastes exactly the same.

    However, I don’t consider Subway in the same class as BK or Mickey Dees because they at least have a few things on the menu that don’t cause your arteries to clog the instant the food hits your bloodstream.

  16. My husband and I fall into the fast food trap whenever we forget to plan out our meals or when neither of us feels like cooking.

    The food is disgusting, highly caloric, fat ladden, and everything on the menus tastes exactly the same.

    However, I don’t consider Subway in the same class as BK or Mickey Dees because they at least have a few things on the menu that don’t cause your arteries to clog the instant the food hits your bloodstream.

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