Aug 5th, 2007 by Alex
I dropped someone off at Office Depot to pick up a few things yesterday. I had groceries in the car so I kept it running and backed into a space in the shade facing the front door so I could see when they came out. Bear in mind that I’m about 200 feet from the storefront.
In a minute a pudgy faced kid in an oversized sports jersey walks out of the store and towards my car. He carefully gets into the Mercedes sedan that is parked next to me. He backs out and pulls away. I was pleased that he was paying attention and didn’t ding my doors.
A few minutes later the kid pulls into the space again and gets out of the car, again taking care to avoid dinging my doors. He goes around to the passenger side and retrieves a McDonald’s bag and two large drinks. He walks them into the store just as my passenger is walking out.
A small map of the area is here. I was parked just to the right of the green marker, in the row closest to the highway. The grey-topped building (straight shot from the parking space) is Office Depot. The small rectangular building at the top is McDonald’s.
According to Google Maps the McDonald’s is about 500 feet away. That’s on the road, straight mileage. He would have had to circle all the way around the parking lot to get over there. The walk from door to door is certainly less involved than this. This guy walked 200 feet to his car, started it up and drove a few hundred feet and probably did the drive-thru, then drove it back only to walk another 200 feet back into the store. No doubt it was hot yesterday, but cars don’t cool that quickly and meanwhile you’re stuck in a hot car for the first few minutes. He could have walked it in less time and spent the time ordering inside. Absurdly lazy.
And we wonder why kids are overweight.
Whilst searching for a McDonald’s logo, I found The Girls of McDonald’s (NSFW) linked from Google Images. Apparently this occurred back in 2004 although I don’t remember anything about it in the news at the time despite all evidence to the contrary. I can’t decide what’s worse: that the fryer grease laden girls of McDonald’s are old enough to pose for Playboy or that Playboy has lowered its standards so much that its staff thought that conducting a model search at a fast food chain was a good idea.
I’m still astounded.