McWhat?!?

Faced with the daunting task of raising thousands of dollars to take five kids to the Forensics National Tournament in Indianapolis this summer, I have spent the last several weeks enconsced in fundraising activities such as sending kids out in their professional business attire to solicit (beg) for donations, running concession stands, and supporting parents who held a giant yard sale – all typical fundraising activities.

Then I got a phone call and found out my team and I had been volunteered to join forces with another team and head up the first ever McTeacher’s night in our town.

“You signed us up for what?!? I asked.

“Working at McDonalds!!” my former friend answered a little too gleefully. “We make 20% of all total sales for the time we work. It’s a great fundraiser!”

I spent my entire day yesterday dreading my shift. I put myself through college waiting tables, and to be totally honest, I was NOT looking forward to returning to the food service industry. But I gotta tell you, working the drive thru is fun despite the fact that I kept getting in trouble because I slowed down the line.  I ended up knowing way too many drive thru customers and I had to at least say hi! It’s a small town.

Did you know drive thru’s have a timer that tracks the average number of seconds it takes to get a vehicle through? I had no idea.  I didn’t do much to help the crew’s averages, in fact, I probably would have gotten fired for being a bit too chatty.

But I did get to say hi to our vet, a gal from my husband’s office, a teacher I used to work with, two teachers I currently work with, former and current students, you get the picture. I even handed one of them my phone to take this shot which severely impacted our times, but we had a good laugh – people were not expecting to see me in the drive thru!

I finally got banned from hitting the little button that said we were done with an order because I hit it too early one time and deleted the order before it was served – oops! Thankfully the customer had her receipt, so the non-McTeachers could still fill her order.

I did some fascinating people watching which is a fun exercise in terms of character development. I never would have considered the drive thru as a good people watching place – who knew? You get to see inside people’s cars which is like a little window into their world.  The best (or worst) was the lady (thankfully in the passenger seat) who had clearly just left a casino and had her cigarette and cocktail in hand.  Apparently she needed some nuggets to go with her drink. I think I’d agree that a drink could definitely make them go down a little easier.

There was the angry grandma who was not so happy to get her “happy” meals for the also not so happy grandkids in the back seat. Another family had their dog in the bed of their truck. It was his first time ever to experience a drive thru, so we had to share a moment together. He was pretty excited about the whole experience.

You could also tell the weather has been nice by the somewhat shocking number of men who were beet red sunburned.  Apparently they don’t keep sun screen in their trucks, but I was surprised to find that a ton of people keep cigarettes in their vehicles! I clearly live in a secluded tobacco-free high school world because I had no idea how many people smoke in their cars. My 17 year old supervisor assured me that actually most people do in fact smoke in their cars and her wealth of experience in drive thru’s has provided solid evidence for reaching that conclusion.

The only bad part of the experience was that it reminded me of my age. The drive thru people are in charge of filling the drinks.  This is fine but the screen that shows all the drinks is way up high which means we had to crank our necks all the way back to see it. Then, being just a wee bit competitive I kept having to look at the little second counter to see how we were doing which seriously crinked my neck.

Unfortunately, McTeacher Night might end up with McChiropractor afternoon.

Advertisements

10 thoughts on “McWhat?!?

  1. Hey, Ms. McFundraiser, you forgot to leave “an ask” at the end of your post asking inspired donors for a donation and giving them the info on where to send their checks.
    Love the pic – really glad you got it.

    Like

    1. I didn’t even think of “an ask,” but I think we’re in good shape. The little beggars had a successful solicitation session as they drove around town all dressed up in their suits! They were quite impressive. Thanks though! Love the McFundraiser – that cracked me up.

      Like

  2. It seems like you made the most out of a strange situation. It is shameful what one has to so in order to raise funds for educational projects, though. And McD’s of all places… is this how they are trying to clean up their reputation- by helping HS kids earn money by selling junk food?

    Like

    1. It was a little weird, but besides quite a few laughs in the drive thru, I did get a lesson out of it. Last week I showed “Super Size Me” to my sophomore classes as it is a perfect “persuasive essay.” He has clear claims, evidence and warrants. We analyzed his arguments, discussed it etc. to work on argumentation/persuasion strategies. Then, after discussing the effectiveness of the film, I passed out fliers to go eat at McD’s. This led to a good little lesson on irony which is sometimes hard to teach as its hard to define!

      I think Mcd’s is trying to clean up their reputation by doing things like this. The sad part is, as you point out, that we need to take advantage of it in order to provide our best and brightest students with the educational opportunities a trip to nats provides.

      Like

    1. I was actually pretty surprised at how much fun it was, though I will say I only did it for an hour and a half. I think everyone should work in a job where they have to deal with customers at some point in their growing up years. You learn a TON about people and how to deal with them! It definitely builds character.

      Like

    1. I hadn’t heard of it either until I found myself passing out happy meals to grumpy grandmas in the drive thru! It was a pretty entertaining evening to say the least. I still don’t know what we made off of it, but we had fun.

      Like

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s