13. Recap from previous post about this subject- My friend Beth was here for four days. On the way to church last Wednesday night, we hit the drive thru at McDonald's to get food for the four boys, and ended up ordering six kid meals, including ourselves in the mix (six piece nugget and apples with diet coke comes out to 285 calories)
12. Employee came right out at the first window, scowled at me, and told me I was "irritating" her because I had ordered so many meals
11. After posting, several people suggested I call the 800 number...I emailed instead, relating our experience.
10. Got an email from corporate McDonald's saying that the proper people at the local franchise have been notified
9. Two days ago-I received a voice mail from location manager asking to call back
8. I decided to let it go...not really necessary to make a big deal. I just wanted them to work with her on her service skills.
7. Tonight-I received another message from Andy at McDonald's. I figured I should call him back since he took the time to call twice. I hoped they were nice to the poor girl.
6. I called him back. I started by saying that I don't want anything....just wanted to let them know but I don't want anything bad to happen to the poor girl
5. Manager told me this was a repeat offender and it was the final straw. They fired the poor girl.
4. The manager insisted that he had to somehow "make it right" wanting to know how to make it up to me. I told him I really didn't want anything. I just didn't want to face rudeness at this drive thru again.
3. The manager was determined to give something in return. When I didn't have a clue what to say, he gave his own suggestion.
2. For the next two days, my car will receive as many apple dipper bags as I want for free.
Now, as silly of an appeasement as it may seem, you need to understand. We hit this drive thru several times a week for "burger apples". It is a small price to pay for a healthy snack for my hypoglycemic boy to eat something on the way to school, often ensuring that he will have a successful morning.
1. My guilt has several layers. In one layer, this poor girl got fired. How do you get job after getting fired from McDonald's? In the 2nd, more selfish layer, I am thrilled to be receiving free apples for two days. Noah will not eat ones I cut up because they "turn brown." In the third most selfish layer of all, I am tempted to get quite a few apple bags on each visit to get us through next week's Spring Break. He never said how many apples. We did have six happy meals the day of the incident.
I talked to my sister-in-law who told me not to feel guilty. I don't know quite what to think.
Back when we were in college, Steve used to tease me because I could get free stuff in pretty much any situation. I don't know if I've become more meek or more mature, but it no longer feels right to get something for nothing.
I will be hitting the drive thru tomorrow for my free apples.