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Woman Uses Drive-Thru to Burglarize McDonald's

At first she appeared to just want a drink

(Newser) - A Maryland woman found an unusual way to burglarize a Columbia McDonald's Nov. 5. Police say she first leaned through the store's drive-thru window around 1am to fill up a soft drink, then ultimately climbed all the way into the store through the same window and took a... More »

Couple Passes Out in Florida McDonald's Drive-Thru Line

The driver, a sex offender, was arrested and charged with DUI

(Newser) - A couple was found passed out in the middle of the drive-thru at a Florida McDonald's Tuesday night, the Miami Herald reports. They ordered food at the drive-thru speaker around 10:30pm but never made it to the window to pick up their order. An employee went to check... More »

Deaf Woman Sues Taco Bell Over Drive-Thru Experience

She claims drive-thru employees made it hard for her to order

(Newser) - A deaf New Jersey woman who primarily communicates in sign language is suing Taco Bell, saying she found it difficult, if not impossible, to order two tacos at the fast-food chain's drive-thru window, the AP reports. Gina Cirrincione claims that on Jan. 11, she wrote her order on a... More »

Blind Man Sues McDonald's Over Drive-Thru Policy

La. man says he was turned away, laughed at

(Newser) - McDonald's "no pedestrians at the drive-thru window" policy tramples on the rights of blind people who want late-night fast food, according to a Louisiana man's lawsuit. The federal lawsuit filed by Scott Magee argues that since many McDonald's outlets only have drive-thru windows open late at... More »

Food Fight Erupts in McDonald's Drive-Thru Lane

2 people arrested after brawl

(Newser) - Connecticut police say two people have been arrested after a dispute in a McDonald's drive-thru lane turned into a food fight, the AP reports. Authorities say Avon resident Stephen Nardi and Bloomfield resident Jocelyn Harrell got into an argument Thursday evening at a McDonald's in Glastonbury. Police say... More »

McDonald's Is Reinventing Its Drive-Thru

With 3rd window...

(Newser) - You may soon have to visit not one, not two, but three drive-thru windows to get your Big Mac. McDonald's on Thursday announced "Fast Forward Drive-Thru," a refresh that will see the fast food giant add a third window to its new and remodeled locations. The goal,... More »

'Gourmet' Grub Slowing Down Drive-Thrus

You want a 12-ingredient menu item, you'll have to wait for that

(Newser) - As fast food menu items get increasingly "gourmet"—or at least complex—drive-thru windows are getting slower, according to a report from a fast-food industry trade publication. The QSR Magazine annual study also found that McDonald's had its worst year yet, with customers waiting an average of... More »

Actual 'Hamburglar' Raids McDonald's Drive-Thru

But restaurant won't press charges

(Newser) - A real-life "Hamburglar" hit a drive-thru in Maine on Sunday night, the Kennebec Journal reports. The unidentified male, thought to be a teenager, ran between the Augusta McDonald's drive-thru window and a waiting car, snatching a bag of food just as an employee handed it outside. A nearby... More »

In Ohio, a Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday

Get your Christianity in a Cincinnati church parking lot

(Newser) - No time for church, but still want to observe Ash Wednesday today? A Cincinnati church has the answer for its harried faithful: A drive-thru. The Mt. Healthy Methodist Church will today offer up ashes and a blessing in its parking lot between 5 and 6pm, reports the Enquirer , and you... More »

Woman Plows Car Into Slow Drive-Thru Customer

Jennifer Lynn Betterly wasn't pleased with the speed at a KFC/Taco Bell

(Newser) - It's called fast food, people. Or so may have gone the thought process of one Jennifer Lynn Betterly, a Florida woman who had just about enough of waiting in line at the KFC/Taco Bell drive-thru in Largo on Saturday night. And so she did what any hungry diner would... More »

Woman Cuts in Drive-Thru Line, Gets Tased

Evangeline Lucca wasn't about to wait at McDonald's

(Newser) - It started with a mean Big Mac attack, and somehow ended along the lines of "don't Tase me, bro": A North Carolina woman shut down a McDonald's drive-thru for 20 minutes this week when she cut in line, reports the Fayetteville Observer . Seems Evangeline Lucca skipped past... More »

America's 5 Weirdest Drive-Thrus

Why get out of the car to pay your respects if you don't have to?

(Newser) - Drive-thru fast food makes sense, but drive-thru funerals? The Week rounds up five of the weirdest drive-thru options found around America:
  • Funerals: The owner of a mortuary in Compton, Calif., explains : "You can come by after work, you don't need to deal with parking, you can sign the
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Town That Gave Us the Drive-Thru Bans Them

Calif. town battles traffic, obesity

(Newser) - The California town that gave the world its first drive-thru restaurant has banned the construction of new ones for at least 9 months. Officials in Baldwin Park, birthplace of the cult classic In-N-Out Burger chain that revolutionized fast food, say the move will both ease traffic congestion and help tackle... More »

Want Fries, Er, Knuckle Sammy With That?

'Miscommunication' ends in burgers, punches being thrown

(Newser) - Apparently the customer isn't always right: Hamburgers, fries, punches, and chairs all were thrown during a fight involving customers and employees of a fast food restaurant in Kalamazoo that ended with two arrests. Police said four customers in a vehicle at a Wendy's drive-thru lane midday yesterday claimed their order... More »

Oops: Taco Bell Customer Gets $2K Instead of Burrito

Bank deposit is handed off at drive-through

(Newser) - It's Taco Bell's version of a Happy Meal. When a woman pulled up to the drive-thru window for her order, an employee mistakenly gave her a bag filled with $2,000, reports the Dayton Daily News . The store, it seems, routinely puts the daily deposit in an ordinary Taco Bell... More »

Guy Crawls Through Drive-Thru for Filet-O-Fish

Pushes, slaps McDonald's employee before taking sandwich

(Newser) - A New Jersey man really, really wanted his Filet-O-Fish—and he crawled through a McDonald’s drive-thru window to get it. “His Filet-O-Fish was taking too long at 4:30 in the morning,” a police officer tells NBCNewYork , so the customer climbed through the window, pushed an employee... More »

Weird Stuff for Sale on Amazon

Buy the world's largest book, or a life-size grim reaper statue

(Newser) - long ago expanded beyond books and now offers appliances, musical instruments, and as Random Good Stuff points out, some decidedly odd items:
  • The world’s largest book. At 5 by 7 feet, the photographic book Bhutan includes lifesize portraits of its subjects. It's a steal at $30,000.
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Busy? Get Your Drive-Thru Flu Shot

(Newser) - A Massachusetts hospital has a novel way to administer influenza vaccinations: the drive-through. Caritas Norwood, south of Boston, has nurses on hand to administer the shot in a designated areas of the hospital’s driveway, the Boston Globe reports. Some 250 people, at $20 a pop, have received the vaccine... More »

In-N-Out Burger Clogs Neighbors' Arteries

Traffic jams around popular joint hurting other businesses, owners claim

(Newser) - In-N-Out Burger's customers aren’t “in and out” as fast as its Southern California neighbors would like. Businesses near some oversubscribed locations are frustrated at drive-through lines that block their own entrances and exits—and some are ready to sue, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We've lost a... More »

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