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Please drug test!

Posted Sat May 8, 2010 11:44 pm, by Michelle N. written to Taco Bell

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I thought I would stop in at the Taco Bell, located in Elwood Indiana, and grab some food before picking up the kids from school. The drive through appeared empty so I thought I had time. I only ordered two soft tacos and a double decker supreme. After ordering I saw there was one car at the window, no big. Twenty minutes later I was still behind this one car! The drive through has curb on both sides so once you pull in your trapped and cannot leave! I finally get to the window and see the problem. The girl working at drive through is like my DVR in slow motion! All her movements were completely animated. I'm not sure what she was on but it was definitely not an upper! Handing me my change was even too much for her, let alone my request for sauce.

Please drug test.


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by Anonymous A. Posted Tue May 18, 2010 @ 3:56 AM

maybe shes handicap? has a big migraine? is recovering from an injury?
give her a break, you obviously don't know her, so don't make
assumptions that she is on drugs.


by Simbabe54 Posted Sun May 16, 2010 @ 12:16 PM

I have taken medications...legal medications....that have made me
dizzy, lightheaded and forgetful. If you did not know I was taking
prescription medication it is possible someone may have thought I was
taking something illegal.

That being said, most fast food places don't do random drug testing
because it is pretty expensive.


Usually they will test you by batmoody Sun May 16, 2010 @ 10:20 PM

by batmoody Posted Thu May 13, 2010 @ 12:15 PM

Maybe she was sick and made to come in anyways. Sure, if she's sick
she shouldn't be near food but managers make people come in all the
time when they are ill. You have no idea what the issue was.

by sarahsmile Posted Thu May 13, 2010 @ 9:21 AM

You waited in a drive through for 20 minutes?


by secret Posted Thu May 13, 2010 @ 1:41 AM

This just occurred to me- do you think it's possible that maybe the
employe was physically or mentally handicapped? Some of these chains
are good about hiring the handicapped, and while it can slow things
down I generally salute the idea. Though 20 min is a long time and
would mean the employee would be better suited in a different
Just a thought.

by secret Posted Thu May 13, 2010 @ 1:31 AM

While I really am sympathetic to your experience, every time this
happens to me ( usually at a Subway or a (you guessed it!) Taco Bell)
I've decided it was my fault for going to a fast food place in the
first place! And complaining to corporate usually doesn't do anything
when it's a franchise. This experience was a good thing! It was gods
way of reminding you not to eat at these places! ;-)

by Kalphoenix Posted Tue May 11, 2010 @ 5:19 PM

I don't think most places are going to suddenly get better unless the
economy magically picks up. I'm not making excuses for these places
or the employees in question, I'm just saying that it's likely they
really don't care. With the low-wages, low worker appeal (Who WANTS
to work at a Taco Bell?), low retention rate and lack of benefits,
most places realize what kind of people they are often going to get,
and that the people who ARE good workers will probably move on to
something else at some point. Even those slightly higher on the
ladder really just make a show of saying they care about drug-testing
for the benefit of the public.

And to be fair? I'd rather an addict is working at a Taco Bell,
McDonalds, BK, so on and so forth and actually doing something for a
check than getting my tax money through a welfare check/foodstamps,
which is realistically what many addicts do. Welfare doesn't require
drug testing either. Before we start going after private companies
who at least require employees to do SOMETHING to get paid, lets go
after the government who can't/won't drug test benefit recipients
because it's a form of "discrimination."

Note: Before someone gets on me for bashing these programs, I fully
support them for those in legitimate NEED.


Re: Please drug test! by Rebecca K. Tue May 11, 2010 @ 9:45 PM

by Jared C. Posted Tue May 11, 2010 @ 1:10 PM

Drug tests are really useless. Hair tests cost too much and a
minimum-wage employer won't pay the exorbitant fee for them. The only
type of test Taco Bell would use is urine.

Drug tests really only keep pot smokers out of work and pot smokers
aren't a problem in most workplaces (except maybe pilots, surgeons and
cab drivers)...the coke and smack users can usually still get the

Wonder why? Here's a simple chart to explain:

Drug: Rention Time in Urine:

Pot 2 weeks to 30 days
Coke 2-4 days
Heroin 3-5 days

Taco Bell is NOT going to institute urine testing for their employees
(thank god...i.m.o. pot should be LEGAL...just like alcohol as pot is
SAFER to use and LESS HARMFUL than booze).

It would cost too much and turnover in these jobs is high. Not to
mention anybody looking for minimum wage work can simply go to one of
the other 1,000 minimum wage employers that do NOT do urine


True! by starla671 Thu May 13, 2010 @ 12:05 AM

by NathanG Posted Mon May 10, 2010 @ 4:55 PM

I myself have wondered sometimes if the customer themselves are on


by olie Posted Mon May 10, 2010 @ 1:11 AM

The complaint about being blocked in is a great one. We have two TBs
in our town, and once you order, you're stuck. Unless you can back up
in that weird curve that DTs tend to provide.

I know it's bad form to order and not follow through. But I've been
stuck with a screaming infant, who could not be removed from the car
seat, due to state laws. A potty-training toddler, more than once.

I'd have been more than happy to pull ahead and park, and tend to the
child's needs. But the car ahead of me stayed at the window, and I
was unable to safely back up.

At least McDonald's and Culver's allow the driver the option to pull
out of line and walk in to explain.

I'm proud to say that I have no idea what our BK allows.


Is that even legal? by secret Thu May 13, 2010 @ 1:36 AM

not illegal because theoretically you can drive over the curb. by Chadg Thu May 13, 2010 @ 4:09 PM

I wonder as well.. by Harleycat Sat May 15, 2010 @ 3:31 PM

by Harleycat Posted Sun May 9, 2010 @ 2:13 PM

You are assuming that she was on illegal drugs. Many legal drugs can
have the same effect. It's allergy season, perhaps she took an
antihistamine. Maybe she had an injury and took a painkiller.
Without proof it's wrong to assume she took an illegal drug.


I agree by mrsdkm Mon May 10, 2010 @ 3:33 PM

Thank you.. by Harleycat Mon May 10, 2010 @ 9:40 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sun May 9, 2010 @ 11:47 AM

You ordered two tacos and a double decker supreme? And you think
THEY'RE the ones smoking wacky weed?



good one! by starla671 Thu May 13, 2010 @ 12:07 AM

by Donno Posted Sun May 9, 2010 @ 10:40 AM

I don't use drive-throughs. One of the reasons is contained in your
letter - you are trapped in a queue, and you can't get out. If you
are standing in a line, and you want to leave, you just go.

Getting out of the car gives you exercise and brings more fresh air
into your lungs.

I don't see how you know what was going on chemically with that
employee. Did you ask her why the previous order took 20 minutes?


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