Inside Advice For Working Drive-Thru

Inside Advice For Working Drive-Thru

They shouldn't be that stressful.

I'm sure we can all agree, whether you've worked in one or not, that working in a drive-thru is hard. From the moment you hear the headset go off to the moment that car drives off can be chaotic and stressful. It's stressful enough without someone in the drive-thru forgetting how a drive-thru works. I just started a new job working in a drive-thru, and I have come across a lot of people who seem to forget how a drive-thru works.

Know your order. In order for the drive-thru to run smoothly, you have to know what you want in advanced. I can't play twenty questions with you over the speaker when I have people to serve inside as well. Even if you don't quite know, you should be able to make a quick decision. If you really can't decide on what you want, you should just come into the building so the drive-thru can keep moving

Use the speaker to place your order so I can have it ready for you when you pull up. I'm not sure if some people are just in too much of a rush or what, but in order for me to know you are there, you have to place your order in the speaker attached to the giant menu before the window. If you pull up to the window before ordering I will have no idea you are there and you will be waiting a while before I see you.

Keep your order small. You shouldn't be ordering everything off the menu in the drive-thru. The drive-thru is supposed to be for quick, on the go ordering. If it takes me 20 minutes to make your order because you ordered 5 different coffees all made specific ways, I'm going to be running around like a chicken with its head cut off. It also slows down the drive-thru, which makes everyone behind you mad. I know I'm never happy when I go through a drive-thru and it takes forever for me to get up to the window. Come in and order, it will be easier for everyone.

Pull close to the window. I understand driving up to a window can be a little tricky, but you shouldn’t be so far away that I have to physically come out of the window to give you what you ordered. If I have to stretch, fine, but my whole body needs to stay in the window. I promise I won’t bite you.

Speak up. Listening to someone talk to a speaker can be difficult, but it's even harder to hear you if you don't speak up. If I ask you to repeat yourself, make sure you speak a little bit louder. Also, make sure you don't speak too fast, I am trying to write down what you are saying and I can't get your order right if you talk a mile a minute. Face the speaker, and speak clearly. I know, personally, I get nervous ordering in a drive-thru. Take a deep breath, and focus on what you are saying.

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Having a Bad Day? Read This.

One bad day means many more good days.

We've all had bad days. Then sometimes, "bad" isn't even the word that covers the day. Some days we'd rather use words like terrible, or horrible. Some days we're angry, while other days we're upset. Either way, on a bad day it could seem like the world is crashing down. We could just wait until the full day is over, but who has time for that? Welcome to my list of things to do when you're having a bad day!

1. Write your thoughts on paper and throw it in the trash

Writing helps you release your feelings and negative energy. What better way to end the process then to throw it in the trash?

2. Vent to your parents

Because no one know you better then mom or dad.

3. Facetime your best friend

If you can't hang out then facetime is best face-to-face contact you can get. It's much better seeing someone than just hearing their voice.

4. Listen to music

Either put it on full blast, or listen quietly through headphones. This is an old trick guaranteed to work.

5. Workout

Working out really does clear your mind, while releasing negative energy from your body. Give it a try.

6. Spend time with animals

It's proven that time with animals helps relieve stress. I mean, have you seen how cute they are?

7. Spend time in nature

Nature has many benefits. One of the benefits would be how calm nature can be. Use the fresh air to relax your soul.

8. Go to church

This may not be for everyone. However, if you do hold religious beliefs then church could be one of the best places to find peace.

9. Pamper yourself

This could mean getting your nails done, or spending a day with your beloved netflix. Whatever it is, make sure you're doing something you love. You deserve time for yourself.

10. Clean

Sometimes organizing your room, changing sheets, or even doing dishes could lift a person up. Having clean surroundings equals a clean mind set.

11. Take a hot shower or jump in a hot bath

Not only are you getting clean, you're also going to feel much more refreshed afterwards. A shower or a bath is the perfect place to clear your mind. Maybe add a bathbomb or soothing music into the mix.

12. Set goals for the next week

This could give you a sense of organization, while being productive. Setting goals and then reaching them make you feel empowered. Try it and then keep up the good work.

13. Write down what your thankful for

Remember that it's only a bad day. One bad day means they're are plenty of good ones. Instead of throwing this list away, this time hang it up.

14. Get Creative

Creativity creates happiness and self expression.

15. Use your bad day as motivation

On a bad day you may feel terrible, but that feeling won't last forever. Do what you can in preparation to make the next day the best day yet. Nobody has time for two bad days.

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To The Person Up To Bat When Life Throws Out A Curve Ball

Take every experience as a learning experience and apply that to future endeavors.

We all have experienced those times where something goes wrong especially a way in which we could never have imagined. I am the first to support someone when something goes wrong in his or her life that makes him or her upset and feel hopeless.

It is always easy for me to say "everything happens for a reason" to my friends, but I can never make myself believe that.

How are others suppose to believe me when I do not even believe myself?

The pressures of being involved, finding an internship or job for the summer, and having social responsibilities pile on top of each other. If one thing goes wrong...everything seems to come crashing down.

This year has been A YEAR, for me at least. It is hard to recover from constant shut down, but when you have such a supportive group of friends everything gets easier with time.

Sometimes I wonder why me? What am I doing wrong? What about me is not good enough? I have realized, doing that to myself hurts me so much more.

Everything does happen for a reason, and no, nothing about you is wrong. People make mistakes, do not get positions they were extremely excited about, are hurt by people they care about, but none of this is a reason to be upset.

Everything that you may deem horrible now will seem minuscule in the end when something comes along that you may not have been able to do if you received that position or ended up with that person.

For my birthday, my sorority big gave me the "path of life" ring from Alex and Ani. Trust me I was in tears when she told me why she gave me that ring for specific reasons. I have been shut down so many times this year I thought nothing good could ever happen to me again.

When I received that ring, it gave me hope. Hope that something good was to come. Hope that truly everything does happen for a reason. Indeed, good came and it finally clicked that everything does happen for a reason. After being turned down from a sorority position I have wanted since I was a potential new member (PNM) here at the University of South Carolina, I received an internship that with the other position I would not have been able to accept due to the time conflict.

I was appointed a position in my sorority after being turned away from a few, and I have met people I would not have been able to meet if I limited myself to the people I met freshmen year.

No, not everything works out in your favor. You have to push the bad things to the side and celebrate the good things. If you too have had A YEAR, trust me, everything gets better with time.

You can take a day or two to yourself, but forget about the bad and think about everything good that has come your way. Smile. This can apply to anything in life, so take the advice and apply it to what you wish.

Be happy with who and what you have in life because those who truly care will be by your side no matter what. No one gets everything he or she wants, but what you do get in life is what you are meant to have. Take every experience as a learning experience and apply that to future endeavors.

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