We've all been there before. You're leaving the bar after last call and the whole squad has the drunk munchies. Unfortunately, everything's closed, no one has much cash, and you definitely can't drive. Well, luckily, one McDonald's in UK is solving this age-old conundrum, revolutionizing its late-night drive-thru to also include a late-night "walk-thru" for inebriated patrons.
According to the Sun, the walk-thru only happened because of a perfect storm of late-night booze and fast-food. A new club recently opened up down the block from the McDonald's in Llandudno, North Wales. And while it brought a new flow of customers to the area, the club lets out after McDonald's has closed down it's dining room, only allowing patrons to order at the drive-thru window.
Seeing as most of the club-goers are hammered, operating a motor vehicle for a Big Mag isn't exactly a safe option. The manager of the restaurant decided to take it upon himself and open a separate lane for the drunk, walk-thru traffic. This specific McDonald's location doesn't have a 24-hour permit, so both the drive-thru and walk-thru options are only open between the hours of 2:30 and 4 a.m.
“The ‘walk-thru’ was a local initiative by the business manager of the restaurant to invite local residents to come and enjoy a meal at the restaurant after their night out at the newly reopened nightclub Broadway." A McDonald's spokeswoman said. “As the restaurant is in the process of securing a 24 hour license, customers can only use the drive-thru to order food at night, so the ‘walk-thru’ is just a play on how customers can come and enjoy a nice meal, later in the evening.”
While it's rare for an owner of a McDonald's franchise to actually sanction the practice of wasted club-goers stumbling up to a drive-thru window (and so far it doesn't seem like any other locations are following suit), there's always that one brave pedestrian who weaves through the line of cars to get his Happy Meal on. For years, patrons have been trying to ride horses up to drive-thru counters, and earlier this year, a blind man in New Orleans filed a lawsuit against McDonald's, claiming that the company was denying him a "quintessential American activity" by not allowing him to walk up to the window.
[via The Sun]