Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Might Be Bad Combo to Mix Kids Meals with Heroin Orders

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Might Be Bad Combo to Mix Kids Meals with Heroin Orders

Article excerpt

After reading about the local fast food franchise where heroin was being supplied to buyers via Happy Meal boxes when drive-thru customers asked for a "toy," one wonders if that was really such a good idea.

On a busy Saturday afternoon when lots of families might be coming through the drive-thru and ordering actual food for kids, isn't there potential for confusion? Admittedly, The Morning File staff lacks experts on heroin transactions who would really know, but we're wondering if the conversation through the speaker box could have gone like this recently:

Employee: Can I take your order?

Car 1: I'd like two cheeseburgers, french fries, a kids meal and a vanilla milkshake.

Employee: Do you want a toy with your kids meal?

Car 1: Sure, whatever. Whatever you put in there.

Employee: I'm sorry, m'am -- just to be clear, do you want a toy, or do you want a toy?

Car 1: Excuse me?

Employee: I think you just want a real toy then. That'll be $11.49. Please pull up to the first window. ... Hello, can I take your order?

Car 2: Give me one of those kids meals with a toy.

Employee: You're sure? You said you want a toy, right? A special toy?

Car 2: Yeah, I need a toy really bad. Give me a toy fast! My little girl's kicking the back of my seat like crazy.

Employee: Wait, you said your small daughter's with you? But you want a toy anyway?

Car 2: Of course I want a toy when my daughter's with me. You think I want one of your stupid little toys for myself? How does someone like you get hired to an important job like fast food drive- thru order-taker anyway?

Employee: OK, I'm sorry, I get you now -- that'll be $3.99, please pull up to the first window. ... May I take your order please?

Car 3: Yeah, I need a McSmack. Hurry up.

Employee: We don't have anything called that, sir. Would you like anything else?

Car 3: Oh, yeah, I mean a toy. Just a toy.

Employee: No food. Just a toy?

Car 3: That's right, you know what I mean.

Employee: Yes I think I do, sir. Would you like that toy supersized, for a particularly dangerous toy experience as part of your, uh, kids meal? …

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