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(The New York Times)   Predict my order at the drive-thru? Meh. The morning coffee cart guys have been doing this in Manhattan for decades   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2021-03-09 12:51:17 AM  
meh.  the chinese restaurant I used to eat lunch at knew what I wanted when they heard my voice on the phone.
 
2021-03-09 1:43:30 AM  
I'm not going through a drive-thru that tells me I sound fat
 
2021-03-09 5:37:26 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm not going through a drive-thru that tells me I sound fat


I can see it now, the salad is front and center and the only drink option is diet Coke.

/As somebody who worked in fast food a lifetime ago, the number of people who would order the least healthy thing on the menu, and then a diet Coke, always astonished me.
 
2021-03-09 5:51:20 AM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: meh.  the chinese restaurant I used to eat lunch at knew what I wanted when they heard my voice on the phone.


I called ahead for some takeout a couple weeks ago and realized they had never asked for my name, nor had I given it to them.  I showed up 10 minutes later and they greeted me by name  when I walked in the door.

I order the same stuff every time I go there.  Next time I call them, I should just try saying "You know what I want, see you in 10-15 minutes?"
 
2021-03-09 6:32:43 AM  

electricjebus: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm not going through a drive-thru that tells me I sound fat

I can see it now, the salad is front and center and the only drink option is diet Coke.

/As somebody who worked in fast food a lifetime ago, the number of people who would order the least healthy thing on the menu, and then a diet Coke, always astonished me.


I'm used to diet coke and prefer the taste. I'll order it over regular whether I'm having salad or deep fried everything.
 
2021-03-09 7:08:29 AM  

Marksrevenge: electricjebus: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm not going through a drive-thru that tells me I sound fat

I can see it now, the salad is front and center and the only drink option is diet Coke.

/As somebody who worked in fast food a lifetime ago, the number of people who would order the least healthy thing on the menu, and then a diet Coke, always astonished me.

I'm used to diet coke and prefer the taste. I'll order it over regular whether I'm having salad or deep fried everything.


How?  It tastes like bad battery acid!

/Don't ask me how I know what good battery acid tastes like.
 
2021-03-09 7:25:49 AM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: meh.  the chinese restaurant I used to eat lunch at knew what I wanted when they heard my voice on the phone.


Those are the best ones.  There was one here with a cute girl working the register that would know my order when I called and greet me with "Hey Best Friend!" when I arrived to get it.

So sad they moved out of the area:(
 
2021-03-09 7:52:27 AM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: meh.  the chinese restaurant I used to eat lunch at knew what I wanted when they heard my voice on the phone.


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2021-03-09 8:49:35 AM  
I loved my NYC bagel guy. He remembered my order from the first time I ordered and would put it together as I stood in line thereafter. Those folks are amazing!
 
2021-03-09 9:07:29 AM  
It's different though with people.
It's a human connection and although not a big deal, one feels a certain warmth in being remembered. Also, smiles.
With computers it's highly impersonal; just your data in the cloud, being used in perpetuity to make money.
When the human passes away, so do the memories of you and your sandwich.
I dunno - there's an upside I guess to entering any chain resto anywhere and they'll know your order.
It's a benefits/privacy tradeoff.
 
2021-03-09 9:12:44 AM  

Fear the Clam: I loved my NYC bagel guy. He remembered my order from the first time I ordered and would put it together as I stood in line thereafter. Those folks are amazing!


My husband didn't have the heart to tell his bagel guy he got married and was getting sandwiches at home, so he was just paying for an extra sandwich until he switched jobs.
 
2021-03-09 10:22:50 AM  
I had a pizza place that knew me well enough that when I would call and say, "I'd like to order a pizza for delivery" the guy would just stay "OK buddy!" and hang up. 20 minutes later he'd show up at my door with my regular order.

Good thing I never ordered anything different.
 
2021-03-09 11:54:04 AM  
I ran in to my barista at Target once.  She said "Hey, small latte and a muffin, how's it going?  I'm sorry, you people don't have names to me, you're all just drink orders."  Fair enough.
 
2021-03-09 11:56:35 AM  
Having a loyalty program (or a human) that knows what you ordered last time and asks if you want the exact same order again isn't rocket science.
 
2021-03-09 1:21:38 PM  
The only time I was ever a regular of any place was when there was a coffee shop next door to some job I had, and there was a guy who would try to guess my order every time even though he never got it right, once. They didn't even bake their own shiat so there wasn't exactly a ton of variety to guess from. A few muffins here, a few danishes there. Batted a farking .000.
 
2021-03-09 7:02:20 PM  

NewWorldDan: I ran in to my barista at Target once.  She said "Hey, small latte and a muffin, how's it going?  I'm sorry, you people don't have names to me, you're all just drink orders."  Fair enough.


Are you sure small latte wasn't referring to something else *wink* *wink*
 
2021-03-10 2:22:41 AM  

electricjebus: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm not going through a drive-thru that tells me I sound fat

I can see it now, the salad is front and center and the only drink option is diet Coke.

/As somebody who worked in fast food a lifetime ago, the number of people who would order the least healthy thing on the menu, and then a diet Coke, always astonished me.


Why add extra calories?
 
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