As the days of my life tick away I find myself less and less tolerant of poor service from restaurants both fine restaurants and fast food joints alike. It never fails that whenever I order something from the mundane burger to something nicer such as a steak or whatever the dish may be it's always wrong. Nobody else in my family has the same problem even if they order the same meal as myself! I'm also tired of getting screwed by fast food joints and finally decided to be a consumer advocate for myself. Just last night I went into taco bell to get a chicken taco salad with extra salsa, no onions, extra sour cream. The cost of this item is $3.89. I look at my receipt as I'm standing there listening to them ask "so....she wants salsa and ranch dressing?" Grrrrrrrr. I take a glance at the receipt and notice I was charged $3.29 for the taco salad plus .90 cents for the chicken. Hmmmmmmm I think to myself thats a .30 cent difference. Not a big deal but I call the guy who took my order over to the counter whilst I wait on the taco salad to be completed. I said you over charged me, your sign says 3.89 for the chicken taco salad because 3.29 plus .90 cents doesn't add up to 3.89. He then calls another employee over some chick with a tude. She looks at the receipt and says "thats how much it cost" I said no, thats not how much it cost. Your sign says 3.89 she says "look if the receipt says thats what it is, then thats what it is, there is tax ya know" Yes, I say I know there is tax and I was charged for tax at the bottom of the receipt, that has nothing to do with the .90 cents you charged me for the chicken. It should be more like 60 cents extra. Another employee behind the counter says "whats wrong?" to the other two dorks who question my math skills. The guy says "this lady is complaining about the cost of the taco salad" I correct him and say no, I'm not complaining, I'm questioning the price. She says well we have had a tax increase by 1 penny. I look at her like she's from another planet and say maam, your taco salad is 3.89 I was charged 3.29 plus .90 cents which makes it over 3.89. Finally someone got it right. The manager came out and said yes, you were overcharged. Now, my question is......how many times does this happen? 30 cents isn't a lot of coinage but if it happens everytime and you never question it they are making a nice chunk of change. I went to the Baskin Robins to get 3 scoops of ice cream in a waffle cone. The guy behind the counter asked me what I wanted I said "2 scoops of jamocha almond fudge and one scoop of winter white Christmas in a waffle cone" I turn around to talk to my husband to see what he wants and the clerk hands me a cup with 2 scoops of jamoacha almond fudge. I explain to him that I wanted 2 scoops of that and one scoop of the white chocolate one in a "waffle cone" He then looked at me....no lie and says "so you want a sundae?" NO I explain, I want those two scoops you have in that cup inside a "waffle cone" and then I want a scoop of the winter white chocolate on top of those two scoops making it a total of three scoops of ice cream inside the "waffle cone" He then says I have to get someone to help me. He sits the cone inside the cone holder and I have to wait on the "manager" to finish helping other customers so she can put a scoop of winter white chocolate on top of the two scoops of J.A.fudge that are already melting inside the waffle cone. What is wrong with people these days? I wanted to scream. How can you be so dim that you need assistance in making an ice cream cone? I always keep my calm and smile but today at Burger King was a different story. I went through the drive thru and ordered 4 of their whoppers with cheese, mustard, ketchup and heavy pickles only. I pay for my order and am told to pull around to the front of the parking lot and park and wait for my food. Okay I thought, no biggie I'll do that, even though there was nobody behind me in the drive thru line. So I'm there waiting....and waiting.....and waiting....4 NIN songs played and went while I waited on someone to come out with my food. I finally get tired of waiting and go inside. Then eventually I get my food and get to the car. Of course the burgers are not made right. They have everything on them. I go back in and the lady at the cash register apologizes and is very cool. The manager says "I'll make them personally what does she want on them?" the lady says, cheese, ketchup, mustard, and heavy pickles. She then tells her boss "she's been waiting out there forever too" then looks at me and says "no wonder people get [email protected] So I get my burgers and go out to the car and open one up. After all that wait there is no pickles on there let alone heavy pickles. Big deal? I guess not to most people but when you have to go in THREE times to get something straight it's annoying. I get my bag and proceed into Burger King for the third time. The lady who was running the cash register was leaving and said "Oh no, I'm glad I'm leaving. They're a bunch of fools in there and good luck!" I go inside and tell the manager I asked for heavy pickles, she said "I didn't hear you ask for them" I said I didn't ask for them but the lady at the cash register did as I heard her tell you so. The manager gives me a "cup" with no lie 4 pickles in it. I said Miss, there aren't pickles on my sandwiches to begin with I want "heavy" pickles (thats a burger king termonology for extra extra pickles)so she puts a few more in there making it a total of 9 pickles. I just looked at her and took the cup and walked out. THEN something came over me I snapped like a dry twig as this 5 minute drive through ordeal turned into what seemed like an all day affair and I still didn't get what I wanted. I took the cup and flung the pickles through the air. They landed on the Burger Kings side windows where customers were eating and stuck there like those wacky wall walkers of years gone by. As I watched one of the pickles slide it's way half way down the glass in a smear of mustard I laughed like a psycho, got in my car and peeled out of the parking lot all the while thinking.... I don't care what they say, at BK you obviously CAN'T have it "your way." So is there anyone else that has these same type experiences over and over again no matter what, no matter how clear you are on what you want? Thanks for letting me vent, I'm sick and tired of this.