Why Even Ask?

If you order food at any Taco Bell restaurant anywhere in the country, and I know because I’ve been to at least 6 of them, the person wearing the Brittany Spears head set will ask you at the window if you’d like any hot sauce with your order. Every once in a while she will look you in the eyes and act as if she cares whether you want the spicy stuff or not. Most of the time she will mumble, “Youwantanyhotsaucewithat?” as she stuffs napkins and, get this, hot sauce into your bag.

I always, always say, “no,” not because I don’t like spicy things but because I don’t want one more opportunity for disastrous mess in my car. I repeat. I always say, “Negatory.”
And I ALWAYS get one, if not several, packets of hot sauce in the bag. ALWAYS.

The same thing happens at McDonald’s. When you order a sundae, they always ask you if you’d like nuts to go with it. Over the years, I’ve become intolerant of hard chunks in my ice cream. I don’t trust them. “Was that a peanut or a pill bug?” I ask myself.

So I say, “No thank you,” when they ask if I want the peanuts.

“Does she get peanuts?” you ask yourself.

Yes. Yes she does.


If you’re just gonna give me peanuts and hot sauce, why are you acting like I have a choice?

At the grocery store, when they say, “Paper or Plastic?” they then proceed to give you the style of bag you choose, even if you’re like me and choose your own handmade reusable, 100% recycled, free range, biodegradable totes.

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11 Responses to Why Even Ask?

  1. Nancy says:

    I always ask for ketchup at McDonalds and rarely get it….what is up with that? Apparenly, we need so ‘sync up’!

  2. LisAway says:

    Oh! Nancy’s comment surprises me! I remember always getting handfuls of ketchup from McDonald’s whether I wanted them or not. But I wanted to say that in Poland not only do you have to ASK for ketchup yourself if you want any, you have to PAY for it. Like 20 cents a packet.

  3. Janel says:

    And I’m pretty sure it’s a proven fact that if you ask for ONE packet of salt, they give you four. Yey for earth day.

  4. Eve says:

    you are true.

  5. jk2boys says:


  6. cyndi says:

    Today I asked for ONE packet of mayo and got two, the cashier even saying “I gave you two” like it was a wonderful gift….I know it’s a hard job, but when people are specific, listening is a good thing 😉 Maybe you could make something from all the remnants ot things not wanted? ….except the peanuts, of course, they are probably really sticky 😉 Happy Earth Day!

  7. Ei says:

    I must have the factory release staff at my Taco Bell. They always ask, never give it to me when I decline, and rarely if ever mumble. And they always give me my extra sour cream on the side as requested.

    But let’s not talk about McDonalds. I didn’t ban them because of “Super Size Me” I banned them because they NEVER give my boys apple dippers….like no matter how many times we tried. Jerks

  8. Hot sauce should not come in a packet. If fact, now that I think of it, unless you are an astronaut, your food should not come in a packet.

    • Dan says:

      “Unless you are an astronaut, your food should not come in a packet.”


      Words to live by; words to live by.

  9. Tiffany says:

    I NEVER get ketchup from McDonalds!

    When my dad orders a burger he always asks for no cheese and they ALWAYS put it on there and if he doesn’t say anything it’s on there to.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Nope, never get ketchup… anywhere. Or napkins in the drive thru. But when this mama says NO PEANUTS she means it, and I never get peanuts, so bad luck, K?

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