Is it just me, or does anyone else become defensive upon entering McDonald’s these days? Before both of my feet are in the building, I’m greeted with a smile and a warm “Welcome to McDonald’s” greeting. Without the smile or the warmth. Or eye contact. At high volume.

I never attended Hamburger University, but apparently basic training involves a lot of yelling. Being verbally accosted in this manner is strangely disorienting, and generally causes me to swivel my head around, searching the room to see who is being yelled at. It all happens so fast…who’s yelling?…what did they say?…are they yelling at me?…am I supposed to respond? Just BACK OFF, OKAY?!?!

Yes, I suppose I am too picky. It’s okay, really.

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