Drive-Through News

Starbucks Drive-ThroughAs a wheelchair user, I’m a total sucker for drive-through anything. Drive-through banking, drive-through fast food, drive-through coffee, drive-through library book drop, drive-through liquor store—anything that enables me to get an errand done without getting me, myself and my wheelchair out of the car is pure gold.

So I’m sad to announce that Starbucks is getting rid of its drive-through trash receptacles. I don’t know if this is a corporate decision, but it seems to be true for most of the Starbucks I hit around here. According to employees, this is because people put nasty things in the trash cans. That’s very anti-social behavior, people! Because of you, my car is full of random receipts, coffee cups, and candy wrappers.

Full ServiceAnd on a related note, wouldn’t it be cool if someone would invent drive-through gas stations? You know, where you could pull up, and without honking the horn, depending on the kindness of strangers, or trying to reach an inaccessible button, someone would just come out and pump your gas for you? I know, I know—that nirvana will never be mine unless I move to Oregon or New Jersey. Reminds me of that joke about the teenager who wondered out loud why someone didn’t invent some way to tether the phone to the wall so that you could always find it when it rings…



  1. Elpgal

    Katja, In here, I have seen stickers on gas pumps that ask you to honk if you need a service attendant to pump gas for you. I have driven through and to NJ so many times but have never had a chance to get gas there.

  2. Katja (Post author)

    Yup, and like the guy in the video says, most places you can honk until the cows come home and you won’t get any response!

  3. Donna

    Full service gas stations do come to the vehicle and ask how much gas-clean the windshield, check tire pressure, check oil etc. We have about 2 in our city – Fayetteville, NC

  4. Katja (Post author)

    Sweet! We had a full service gas station in Boulder for about 5 minutes, but it closed recently.

  5. Coach Laura

    Katja, I bet if you handed the Starbuck’s barista your trash, s/he would take it for you. They have a strong customer-oriented culture, or at least they do here in Seattle where Starbucks was founded.

    You should move out to Or-y-gun: State Law in Oregon forbids pump-your-own gas. I’m in Washington State and always get confused when they run out to fill it for me!

    P.S. Nice blog, Katja. I always appreciate your comments on corporette.

  6. Coach Laura

    I just realized that you talked about Oregon. Oh, well. So much for my reading comprehension after a 12 hour work day.

  7. Katja (Post author)

    Hi, Coach Laura, thanks for stopping by, and for commenting! Yes, the SB baristas have on occasion taken my trash as well – I just hate asking for favors, and wish the world were set up so that I could get stuff done without that.


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