Drive-thru not safe for children


Bre'Anna Brown, Author

As a McDonald’s employee, I recently witnessed a very disturbing event that occurred in the drive-thru last week.

A young child no older than six years old jumped out of the window of his mother’s moving vehicle to pick up coins on the ground beneath the drive-thru window.

It is not safe for a young child to be jumping out of a window to pick up coins. The young boy didn’t even open the door to get the coins. He jumped out of the window, and while he was getting back in the vehicle, it was moving. Something very bad could have happened to the child.

There should be signs in the drive-thru for parents. This incident was dangerous. His mother didn’t even know if he was in the vehicle yet when she pulled away.  

His mother could have gotten into loads of trouble. Even more importantly, her child could have been seriously injured.

He should have been in his car seat with his seat belt on. Because anything could have happened. Buckling up on every ride is the single most important thing a family can do to stay safe in the car. 

Perhaps the driver of the vehicle thought that this incident was ok. Maybe she is the one who told him to get the coins, not thinking anything would come of it. Whatever her reasoning, she was wrong. A small boy jumped out of the window in the McDonald’s drive-thru.

Warning signs for people that think it’s okay for things like to happen are obviously necessary. Keep children buckled up while coming through the drive-thru. The drive-thru is not for children to get out of a car to pick up coins.