Re: [rootsradicals] Restaurant Experiences
- I picked up my new 40gal water heater by bike. (pre-Xtracycl days)...
Rode my long-wheelbase recumbent right into the big loading bay doors of
Home Depot with cargo trailer connected. Rode up the aisle to the one I
wanted, asked the plumbing guy for help loading (around 150lbs?) and
strapped 'er down. Rode out through the cash, paid, and departed through
the same doors. Yup - big eyes all around.
Back home in 20 minutes to see the guys loading the busted rental heater
into their cargo van. Chuckle.
Drive-through experiences at burger joints have been varied (try to stay
away but sometimes I stray). McDonalds once tried to argue drive-thru
was just for vehicles. Sitting on my recumbent comfortably was easy to
explain that this IS a vehicle. They mumbled something and after several
minutes discussion said to drive to the next window for pickup.
Local Harvey's (Canadian burger joint) on Xtracycle not too long ago was
friendly. Driver in car behind gave thumbs-up. Much easier than locking
up bike to go in. Need to think ahead how to stash the drinks if picking
up for several people. Can't recall at the moment but my son may have
been on the back that time.
> I found stories online about people who go to drive thru's and other
> restaurant features on their bicycles, so I decided to try it a little
> bit. Burger King outright refused to serve me, and offered no help to
> store my bicycle anywhere. McDonalds had bike racks out front, which
> was a welcome addition to a storefront. Tonight I just tried the 99
> Express Pickup service -- you park and they bring the food out to you:
> 99 Receptionist: "Alright, what make and model is your car?"
> Myself: "Uhmm, it's a bicycle."
> 99 Receptionist: "Oh. Uhmm. Ok... (awkward tone of voice.)"
> The order went through just fine, and they had no problem with it! I
> came to pickup the food and got a lot of comments sitting in the
> parking lot spaces with a neon-lit bicycle and blinky lights. The
> receptionists were in disbelief seeing that my bicycle could actually
> hold the food to go -- even the manager came out to see it! The 99 was
> the best service for bicycles I've seen yet, with only minor issues in
> my order that were covered by making portions of my order free.
> Overall, restaurants aren't used to bicycles being used to pick up
> food, however it seems that some of them welcome them with little to
> no problems at all! Thanks 99!