I’m still laughing about a trip through the drive-thru of Chik-Fil-A yesterday evening to grab some supper. I really respect the values that the Chik-Fil-A company holds to and I am all for the great customer service and friendly attitudes that I always find there. However, yesterday, the female employee on the drive-thru intercom nearly shocked me into forgetting my order. She was positively dripping with syrupy sweetness, so much so that I guessed if I ordered sweet tea, she would probably tell me they were all out.
Seriously, it was more than I could handle, and I like to think I’m a nice person. This was over-the-top friendliness, agreeing with everything I ordered and adding extra enthusiasm and exclamation points to each item. “Oh! A kids meal?!! Well, sure!!!!....With lemonade? Of course!.....And you have a coupon for buy-one-get one -free sandwiches? That’s SO wonderful!!!!!!!” I honestly thought for a moment that she might be mocking me. All I could think was, Is she for real?
Anyway, enough of my teasing the poor girl. I hope that she is sincerely a nice person. Maybe someone will tell her that she could eliminate a few exclamation marks and cut down on the “sugar” a little and she’d still be incredibly sweet and a bit more believable. Even though my encounter with her was under two minutes long, she was quite a character that I won’t soon forget!
This little encounter made me think of Kim O’Brien’s recent guest blog post on humor in writing and letting it develop naturally based on real situations you find yourself in. I’m thinking I need to file this away and maybe Super Sweet Drive-Thru Girl should end up in a funny scene if I ever write a novel of my own. If you have one, share a funny story that’s happened to you recently. Will it make its way into one of your books?
(Oh, and if you love Chik-Fil-A, be sure to check out the upcoming Cow Appreciation Day on their website. Too fun! I’ll try to remember to post a picture if I make Jodi participate. )