At oh-dark-thirty in the morning the other day I had to take the wife to the airport so she could fly home and spend some time with her parents. Since her dad doesn’t like me and a family visit for me is about on the same level as a root canal I decided to stay home. Besides, someone has to take care of the cats.
Anyway, as we are leaving we stopped to get some gas and we were a bit hungry so, since I noticed that Burger King had their lights on, we pulled into the drive-thru to get a little grub to go.
They weren’t open.
Lights were on, sign lights were on, but no people were actually doing any work inside. The lights were on, no one was home. Pissed me right-the-hell off, lured in by the lights like a moth to the flame in expectation of artery clogging breakfasty goodness (breakfasty is now a word, deal with it) and no one was there to fulfill my desires. Just WRONG I tell ya.
If you aren’t open for business then turn off the lights so we KNOW you aren’t open. I promise, we won’t think badly of you for not being open. I know you want us to know where you’re located, but I know that already. You’re in the exact same spot you were yesterday, and the day before that, and the one before that too.
I drove past a pizza place right after that and they had their pizza sign on and another that said “free delivery” which is total crap because I do know that there’s no way in hell they are going to deliver a pizza to me at that time of the morning. Turn the damn lights off people, I bet those signs are equipped with switched that are designed to deny power to the glowey part of the sign. I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.
As we continued on our way I saw another person who was tricked by the glow of the food lights. Poor guy walked up to the door of a diner whose lights were on, the sign was on, and were they open? Of course they weren’t. I watched as he pulled on the door and then turned to look around in that “I hope no one saw me look like an idiot” kind of way.
Now, Taco Bell, they had the right idea. I cruised on past, heading off the island, and there was Taco Bell, totally blacked out. No sign lights, no interior lights. You knew right away that they were closed, no ambiguity at all. I was able to say “Gee, let’s not check Taco Bell because they don’t look like they are open.”
All I want is open and honest communication from the people that are trying to kill me with tons of salt, sugar and calories. Is that too much to ask?