Most mornings this past spring, when my wife began her online workday, I would head out on my e-bike for a long ride before it got too warm or windy out there. Every so often I’ll zip past the various fast food restaurants, some of which have solid drive-thru lineups, usually for coffee. But this morning, given what I saw at one such restaurant on the busy O’Brien strip, I knew I had to get a photo example of this laziness and entitlement.
I took this photo while parked off Froats Street, outside Dr. Rouble’s office, just after 10 o’clock this morning. Both lanes of the restaurant drive-thru were completely full, and the people in that red pickup and grey SUV were just sitting there, waiting to get into the drive-thru, and in the process blocking traffic. Likely for little more than a cup of coffee.
The problem around here is that so many people, especially those coffee addicts, will not ever get their stuff by any means other than a drive-thru, and they will go so far as to block traffic on town streets. This has been happening in Renfrew for many years, even before the pandemic, and given the recent rise of Karens & Chads and so many people in general becoming more and more entitled and lazy, it’s not going away anytime soon. It still boggles my mind that people will waste at least 10-15 minutes in a restaurant drive-thru lineup just to get a cup of hot coffee, when they could easily “brew a cuppa” themselves at home for a fraction of the time and money. Canada’s two most popular fast food franchises offer their ground coffee in most major retail and grocery stores, so whether you choose to use a standard electric coffeemaker, an old-fashioned percolator, or a Keurig or Tassimo machine, you really don’t have an excuse. “But I’m paying good money, I shouldn’t have to do the work…” Here’s a tissue, Karen… cry me a river.
The Town of Renfrew needs to make Froats Street a No Stopping zone on both sides between O’Brien Road and the laneway in front of No Frills, and whoever owns that 200 m stretch of pavement between the gas bar and Froats needs to make that strip a No Stopping zone on both sides. STAT. Might even be a good idea for the No Frills store’s new franchisees to somehow discourage any lengthy stopping outside of parking spaces. As for the occasional trucker or chartered bus that comes in off Highway 17 for some coffee and grub, perhaps a lane or two for truck or bus parking could be opened up, or their drivers/passengers could stop at Haramis Park and walk the block to the nearby restaurants and retailers.
As of this writing, most restaurants in Ontario are once again allowing walk-in customers (takeout only), so unless you have a physical disability, what’s so difficult about getting out of your vehicle and going into the restaurant to pick up your cuppa joe?
UPDATE 7:30pm Wed evening: my wife & I were rounding the curve where Veterans Memorial Boulevard becomes O’Brien Road, and a bunch of vehicles sitting on the road, waiting to get into the already completely full McDonald’s and Dairy Queen drive-thrus, nearly caused us and others to be involved in a multi-vehicle crash. All because those lazy and entitled people blocking traffic flat out refused to park in the massive parking lot behind McD’s and DQ and go inside to order.