Confusion at McDonald's

Dear Editor:Sometimes, I am confused as to why the City of Downey does certain things. For example, years ago, they allowed the McDonald's on Gallatin and Lakewood to extend their drive-thru, thus moving the drive-thru box further from the window. (Assuming McDonalds asked for a permit.) I'm even more puzzled as to how none of our city officials have ever been to that McDonald's on a Sunday morning, or during the dinner time rush. If they had been then they would have noticed that the drive-thru process is simply chaotic and, one would think, have done something about it years ago. When McDonald's extended the drive-thru box, it made more room for cars to be within their drive-thru area. However, the service is usually so slow that they have more cars waiting to place their order than waiting to pick up their meal. Thus, our main problem. With the current location of the drive-thru box there is only space for one car to place an order. This means any other car waiting to place an order is either blocking the intersection, on the wrong side of the road, (this is the norm) or on the right side of the road, blocking the lane. Any way you look at it, if you are car #2 or higher, you are somehow breaking the law and/or creating congestion. Meanwhile, the long drive-thru of McDonald's is usually empty. I'm just curious if I'm the only one in Downey bothered by this? - Sylvia Rand, Downey

********** Published: July 1, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 11