You see, one night some 10 years ago while working at a Sonic in Waverly, Tenn., she too had a customer who also wanted more than fast food. Only the twentysomething dude who ordered a Combo No. 1 wasn't really interested in cash. Rather, he was engaged in the kind of self-pleasuring that no amount of cheesy tots can buy. Which leads me to a question that has nagged me for ages: Are you, or are you not, supposed to tip at Sonic?
I kid. Well, sorta: Since whether or not you are paid minimum wage at Sonic differs from franchise to franchise, it's kind of confusing whether or not you are to treat the interaction with the carhop as you would being waited on in a restaurant. Readers?
Also, you aren't alone if you wondered whether Sonic carhops aren't robbed all the time if it's so easy, as this story seems to indicate. Turns out greater precautions are usually taken, according to Spurgeon. First, backing in to the drive-in spot would have been pretty suspicious from the get-go she says. "No one ever ever did that, and that would be a really weird thing to do," she told me by phone. And the wallets carhops wore, at least in her day, weren't easy to snatch. The wallet was supposed to be looped through and attached to a belt. "If you're wearing it the way you're supposed to wear it, you'd have to literally take off the belt to hand it over to someone," she adds.
And whatever happened to her enthusiastic male customer from a decade back? "I went inside and called the cops," she said. Strangely, the guy sat there to finish up. "He didn't immediately leave or anything, so the cops got there and just pulled in right behind him."