Readers; views on drive-up windows

The in basket: My invitation last week for readers to explain why smokers often have their car window half-way down, and why people without children in their car willingly endure the limitations of drive-up windows brought a lively response.
Two dozen readers weighed in on one or the other.


The in basket: My invitation last week for readers to explain why smokers often have their car window half-way down, and why people without children in their car willingly endure the limitations of drive-up windows brought a lively response.
Two dozen readers weighed in on one or the other.
Today I’ll share their thoughts on drive-up windows and save their thoughts on smokers for Friday.
The out basket: Stanley K. Stout, Nancy Briggs, Dennis Halstead, Don Taylor and Ira and Sue Carr were among those who pointed out what should have been obvious to me – physical disability makes drive-up windows a valuable amenity for those for whom it hurts to get in and out of the car.
Jo White wrote, “There are days I do not get dressed to go out or want to cook. So I go to a drive-through for my lunch or dinner in my PJs.”
Charlee Wilcox expanded on that thought. “Sometimes they aren’t dressed for public viewing, they haven’t combed their hair, brushed their teeth or are just too tired to get out of the car. Maybe a hangover with red eyes and they smell like a dirty bar. The list goes on and on..”
Kathi Trostad had lots of reasons. It’s unsafe in some parking lots to back out of a parking spot to leave, notably the Bank of America and post office in Silverdale. The drive-through spares her from exposure to cigarette smoke and perfumes. She knows a foster mother who couldn’t take her charges into a store because they stole.
Two others – Steve McDermott and Val Deacon – saw cigarettes as a motivating factor for just the opposite reason. The driver doesn’t want to put out his smoke to go inside, they suggested.
Nancy Briggs also says drive-up bank windows are safer. You don’t have to expose yourself to robbery at an ATM. And they keep you out of the weather if there’s a roof over the window.
Bryan Garrett says, “Lazy, that’s all it is, people are lazy and the drive-thru facilitates our desire to minimize movement. With the products mostly sold at drive thru’s and our energy output reduction, our physical appearance reflects our choices…maybe that is why I can’t see my feet.”
Don Taylor was clearly ambivalent. “Let’s not start a campaign to discourage driving through,” he wrote. “That’ll cause longer lines inside.
“If we have another gas crisis like ’79, the first thing to shut down should be drive throughs,” he continued in the opposite vein.
“What I want to know,” he concluded, “is what is so exceptional about the coffee kiosk on Kitsap Way just east of the Taco Bell. I’ve seen nine cars lined up there at 10 a.m. The last three were waiting in the road.”
The Carrs (an appropriate name) added “Many years ago the bank in Hadlock taught us to turn off the engine when at the drive-up window to avoid asphyxiating the tellers and we still do that automatically.”
Lastly, Jerry Harless invokes a reason NOT to use drive-thru windows, taken from the movie “Lethal Weapon II,” in which Joe Pesci exclaims, “Always walk up to the counter. You know why? They know you’ll be miles away before you eat your food. They **** you in the drive-through.”

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