Have you ever done a SMH (Shaking my Head) at yourself? I did last week. This disappointment is still lingering.

One day last week, after a long day at the office, I was not in the mood to cook. So, I hit the Tuscaloosa Whataburger Drive-Thru. They always have great food and friendly service. Apparently, I wasn’t the friendly one this particular day.

Whataburger has two drive-thru lanes. One that is closest to the building where you drive up to the window to pay and pick up your food. The other lane has its own travel lane, and a server comes out to get your money and then brings back your order. I always opt for the window lane.

This particular day, a man in a minivan was in the server lane, and we both left out of ordering windows at the same time.

Me, “Ms. Know it All,” blocked him from getting in front of me. I pointed to the other lane with a smile. (Yup, I did that - shame on me). The minivan man shrugged his shoulders and smiled back. Probably thinking, she has no clue.

(Rolls eyes at myself - I actually pointed)

I get up to the window to pay, the server goes over my order, and SURPRISE it’s the man in the minivan's order. The sweet lady informed me that I skipped the line. She further explained that they merge the lines when they are short-staffed. Makes total sense, but I didn’t know. I don’t believe I saw a sign or anything. And it had been a while since I’ve gotten Whataburger.

(I’m sure my trainer is reading this and plotting out my next workout of suffering)

I begged the drive-thru server to tell the man behind me that I was super sorry and didn’t know the lanes were merging. I really hope she did. Thinking back on it, I should have paid for his food. But I wasn’t thinking.

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The pointing of the finger is a borderline Karen move. However, I think the smile disqualifies me. Plus, I didn’t go into a full-on rage, crying, and blaming others. I believe this matter should be filed under being a character out of the movie Mean Girls.

So to the man in the minivan, I’m sorry I was an accidental a-hole at the Tuscaloosa Whataburger. Please forgive.

The moral of the story, you don’t always have to be right or in control. Just go with the flow.

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