For lunch today I stopped at the local “Scottish Cuisine” fast food restaurant for a sandwich to take home. I wheeled my touring bike up to the order station, wondering whether the vehicle detector would pick up my wheels. It did.
As soon as I stopped over the loop wire, I heard a distorted announcement about the specials. Then a young lady asked for my order.
When I turned the corner of the building and rolled up to the payment window, she did a double take on seeing my bicycle and went back to ask others whether I was allowed at the drive-up window. She came back to announce “We’ll serve you today but don’t do it again”.
I told her that my bike is a legal vehicle and mumbled something about prejudiced based on ignorance as I paid for the sandwich.
When I went to the pick-up window, I saw a fellow who looked and acted like a manager. I mentioned the trouble at the payment window. He said “no problem” and that bicycles, motorcycles, cars, etc. could all use the drive thru.
So far this is turning out better than the last time I went to a drive-thru. Several years ago, I was denied service at a Wendy’s in Cleveland. When I protested, I was warned they would call police. I’ve not been to a Wendy’s since.
I plan to follow up with MacDonald’s to see whether the corporation is concerned about turning away customers. Stay tuned