I am convinced that I do my best thinking at the drive thru.
As you lovely folk may or may not know, I work at an ice cream shop during ice cream season. Primarily I work at the drive thru register, taking orders, serving ice cream, and enduring far to many crabby people.
Of all the places for brilliance to strike, it is always there. Do I have time to jot down my story idea or new theory for my current read?? No. No I do not. Yet my brain decides to pelt these dodge balls of brilliance at me during these hours and these hours only.
Today’s (well actually last night, but I got distracted) dodge ball of brilliance (and I use that word lightly) comes in the form of weird customer experiences. Let me tell ya, customer service is an ~experience~ and not necessarily in a good way. I’ve had plenty of interesting encounters and lots of weird things said to me. So of course my bookish brain went straight to hmmm let’s compare these to books!
Welcome to Booked Till Midnight and today we are counting down our picks for the top 5 weirdest things I’ve been told at the drive thru (but with books). Ignoring that sucky title, let’s hop in.
Do you sell gallon sized shakes??
No sir, we do not. Could I interest you in a take home pint or quart? No, you want a shake. Ok, well I could give you multiple 16oz shakes that equal three gallons worth of shake, will that work?
Apparently, it did work. Don’t ask me why this man needed 3 gallons of chocolate shake. It boggles my mind to this day.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo made me want to cry a (gallon sized) bucket of tears. Evelyn is a largely unlikeable character, but by the end I was so emotionally wrecked and invested in her story. I don’t know how or when it happened, but wow it did.
Let me tell ya, being called this for not having lemon ice cream was not the peak of my drive thru experience. In my first ever week of work, no less. The amount of stress this encounter created… not fun.
The second hand anxiety caused by Nova sneaking around places and me hoping that she doesn’t get caught in Archenemies is fairly close on the stress-o-meter. Not really that close, but fairly if you really squint. I don’t know, there is just something about characters sneaking around, with the possibility of getting caught any moment, that really freaks me out.
Fa la la la la, a s’mores sundae (aka singing the order)
Confession: this one hasn’t happened to me. I work with one of my best friends and it actually happened to her. Shoutout to her for helping me brainstorm for this list!
The comparison on this one is going to be pretty straight forward. Customer sings aggressively long order, Noteworthy has singing. I mean, its basically the a cappella book of dreams soo the comparison sort of makes itself.
It’s always the creepy old men. Always.
Like winking on its own, fine it’s weird, but I can handle. It’s the winking and being called darling or whatever that really makes me feel scuzzy on the inside. Nope nope nope.
I am convinced that no real life human can pull off a wink. Thomas Cresswell on the other hand?? That man can make sarcastic comments and wink at me all he’d like.
(I would also be ok with anyone from the KoS Duology. But that is where I cap the list)
Have you ever considered becoming a flight attendant??
I cannot say that I have considered becoming a flight attendant?? But thanks?? I think???
For some reason, I get a variation of this comment a lot?? Radio persona, actor, podcaster, and of course, flight attendant. People claim that I have a very positive and nice voice. I don’t know, but this is a strangely common comment. I’ll take it.
Soo bare with me for a hot sec while we hop on this logic train (or is it a plane??). Nice voice = Flight attendant = travel = books about travel = A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. Wa la!
It’s funny how as soon as I had the idea for this list, basically every weird experience I’ve had just took a hop skip and a jump out of my mind. I am willing to bet that as soon as I publish this post, ideas and memories will come flooding in. Just you wait, I might need to do a part two once that happens lol. But until then, I’m calling this post a wrap!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?? Do you work in customer service?? What are some of your weirdest experiences???