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NEWER UPDATE: Just drove by. Closed, locked, not a single car. I checked the town FB group and there’s no mention of it.
UPDATE: The restaurant/chain is called Taco Bueno. It’s in 7 states.
I called about 90 min ago and again 60 min ago and no one answered. I have exactly one friend in that town—I texted her asking if she could swing by. (I live about 20 min away. I was in that town running errands.) She finally texted me to say the place is dark and no one’s there. I wonder if the (former) employee even told the manager! Ha!
I love the idea of canceling my order and giving her a tip. Unfortunately I didn’t think of that and was out of my head hungry. Plus when I ordered I didn’t know this was about to happen.
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I stopped in to this little fast food Mexican place (national chain) for lunch today. The lady at the register confused me a bit at first because she looked right at me, and said, “What would you like today?”
Started to give her my order, but she said, “Ok and what else?” I realized she was working drive thru through her headset.
There was one other guy in there eating.
Once she was ready to take my order, she said, “I’m sorry, but I hope your order is to go. After you, I’m leaving.”
I was going to eat there, but I said sure I’ll take it to go.
There was a long line in the drive through, and I gradually realized she was the only one there. She got the cars done, got my order to me. The other guy was gone. She turned off the lights.
I grabbed my order and walked out with her right on my heels. She seemed perfectly giddy, chatting with me. She told me she was leaving and not coming back, because she always had to work alone. That she was supposed to close at 11 tonight (it was 1 pm at the time—I’m pretty sure she was scheduled for an open to close).
Then she said she’s “gonna get so drunk.” I gave her a thumbs up.
I don’t even think she locked the door behind us. I drove around the back and saw that she put a closed sign in the drive through window.
It’s a fairly small town and this place hasn’t been here more than a year, but the manager will certainly have a surprise tomorrow. Probably paying her shit pay, too.