Food & Nutrition

8 Polite Habits That Fast Food Employees Secretly Dislike

Making a fast food faux pas is no fun! Here’s a look at the most common friendly mistakes—and what to do instead.

Not correcting a mistake in the order

Unidentified customer receiving hamburger and ice cream after order and buy it from McDonald's drive thru serviceShutterstock / Yaoinlove

Be as clear as possible when ordering so nothing gets lost in translation. The employee will repeat your order back to you, or you’ll be able to see it on a screen, so make sure everything looks correct. It’s harder to fix once you get up to the window. These are the fast food copycat recipes you need to make at home.

Handing over extra money

Row of order desks with computer screen and card payment terminal in fast food restaurantShutterstock / Andrey Burstein

Your total is $ 17, so you give the cashier a $ 20 and two $ 1 bills, expecting a $ 5 in return. It makes things easier on your wallet so you’re not carrying around extra bills, but it’s not always easy for fast food employees to add in that they’ve taken in extra cash—especially if they’re in a hurry.

Waiting at the drive-through window

McDonald's drive-thruShutterstock / Seika Chujo

The drive-through at certain chains will have you pull to the side or into designated parking to keep the flow of orders coming. You might think it makes things easier on employees to park and wait at the window instead, but they want you to follow the directions. These are the craziest things drive-through workers have seen while on the job.

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