My husband and I were on our way to Little Rock last week for a doctor's appointment and decided to run into McDonald's and get chicken nuggets to go. As usual, we were in a hurry and did not have time to sit down and enjoy a lunch. We make a lot of trips to Little Rock and have discovered chicken nuggets are easy to eat while driving. Also, we like them.
We went in, I went to the ladies' room and when I came back I found my husband ordering off of a touch screen device – no cashier in sight. He told me he had his order punched in and for me to add what I wanted. Then he left me there and went to the men's room.
I started reading the directions and looking for the buttons and finally found the chicken nuggets.
I thought I had it under control and just before I confirmed my order, I noticed it was a little costly. So I took a closer look and somewhere along the way between the two of us we had ordered 30 nuggets, along with extra fries and drinks.
Our 16-year old grandson could probably eat 30 chicken nuggets by himself but there is no way the two of us could eat that many together.
I was searching for the delete buttons and I must have had the “lost look” I get sometimes when I deal with technology. The manager or an employee came over and asked if I needed help. I explained I had evidently hit the buttons too many times and duplicated my order. He helped me take off the extra, got me straightened out and I used my debit card and sat down to wait on my order. It only took me about 15 minutes to place an order and I evidently missed the “to go” button as our order was delivered on a tray. In my case I did not save much time.
The nice employee asked me how I liked the new ordering system and I told him the young people will love it and do fine, but he will need to have someone on standby for us senior citizens because some of us don't learn as quickly.
I can remember years ago my dad saying, “The only thing worse than one drive-through window is two drive-through windows.” He was hard of hearing so he never knew what they said when they repeated his order or how much it was going to cost.
I guess I take after him when it comes to change. It takes me awhile to adjust.
I am slowly starting to use the self-check-out lines. When I first tried to do it myself I would mess up and have to call for help. I gave up and for a long time and I would not even try. Lately, if I have just a few items I will go through the self-check out line and have managed okay. I still prefer a live cashier.
I realize I am letting everyone know how slow I am when it comes to technology but the truth is the truth.
I will go back to the same fast food restaurant and I will continue to place my orders on the touch screen until I get it done. It is now a challenge.
As I said before, I do like a live person to deal with but they are getting harder and harder to find.
Going on to the next topic -- the weather. Friday was Ground Hog Day 2018. Punxsutawney Phil came out and unfortuantely saw his shadow which means (if you believe in ground hog predictions) there will be six more weeks of winter weather.
I did read Punxsutawney Phil is correct about 52 percent of the time. I hope this is one of his off years. I would love an early spring with lots of sunshine and mild temperatures (not hot, just mild).