HAVE IT YOUR WAY ???
THEY DID IT THE WRONG WAY !!!
I had a fairly unusual evening when I
last stopped for Burger King. My story appears directly below the following map. I've
included the map so that you have a visual of what I was going through. If you ever have a
chance to get to the Belleville, NJ area, make sure to stop by the Burger King in town. It
truly is a unique experience.
Click on the map
for a larger image before reading...
OK, so you're all wondering what the hell this
whole Burger King story is all about, right? It happened like this.............
I was on my way into work a couple of nights
back when I decided I was hungry. Having only worked in the Belleville, NJ area for less
than 2 weeks, I wasn't really sure what was around. Since I was early for work anyway, I
decided to scope out the area for a little while. All of a sudden, there it was, staring
right at me.........the Belleville Burger King. Actually it's considered one of the Newark
BKs, but it's "technically" in the Silver Lakes portion of Belleville. Anyway,
that part is irrelevant. The important thing was that I had found food that was unhealthy,
yet tasty, and I instantly got a craving for the #3 value meal. Moments later, as I was
carrying on an unusually civilized conversation with the "talking billboard," I
realized that something didin't feel quite right, though I hadn't a clue what could be
wrong at this point; other than the fact that the gentleman taking my order was
unusually polite & civilized. Even after placing my order and proceeding on to the
pick-up window, I still felt as though something wasn't right. I only realized what it was
that was so terribly wrong as I was rolling down the PASSENGER-SIDE window of the car to
receive my dinner from the man in the ugly reddish-colored uniform. That's right, I was
rolling down the PASSENGER-SIDE window. Go ahead..................look at the picture
above................I'll wait....................Anyway, it was the most bizarre thing
I'd seen in a looooong time; maybe ever! Well, not only was I tired & extremely hungry
at this point, but now I was thoroughly confused as well. I mean, if I wanted my food, I
was going to have to reach all the way across the car to get it, and for some odd reason,
that didn't seem right to me. OK, so the cashier opened up his window and
informed me that they were waiting on my burger and that it would just be a minute or two
longer. There was my chance to ask what the hell was going on. So I said, "Excuse me
sir, but are you guys still running that Have It Your Way thing?" When he said yes I
told him that the next time I come by I want the pick-up window to be on the correct side
of my automobile. He chuckled, so I continued to pour it on thicker than Aunt Jemima's.
"I mean, what the hell? Was the guy who designed the building from England or are you
folks just trying to appease the disgruntled postal worker population?" Now I had him
laughing pretty good, and the other guy actually had to come over to take my money and
give me my food. The whole situation was crazy enough, but it was about to get even
better. There I was, tired, hungry and very confused, and I felt like I should have been
paying AT&T 13 cents a minute for long-distance rates we were so far away from each
other. That's when the guy reached out and touched someone. It was my turn to laugh
uncontrolably. They actually had a wire basket with a 6 foot pole attached to it so they
could "feed" your food into the driver-side area of your car. No joke! I had
NEVER seen anything quite like this. It turns out that they didn't originally have a
drive-thru at this BK location, and they only added it in recent years. I suppose it was
too difficult to make the line go counter-clockwise around the building??!!??!!
So I've decided, the next time (and every time
after) that I visit this fine eating establishment, I'm "backing"
through the drive-thru line.........................