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KenJ

10/5/2017 9:17:37 AM
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McDonald's Parking lot - WHY?

Can anyone here enlighten me on why McDonald's on Richmond blocks off 90% of their parking spots with milk crates regularly? I was there this morning and it was a complete cloostershanoozle because there were about a hundred old people in giant vehicles trying to get in for their morning coffee, plus a busy drive-thru and almost all of the parking spots were blocked. I saw 2 near-accidents and a yelling match that almost turned into a fight. What is the purpose of this?  
 
I've seen this many times, and I can't figure out what they're doing, and why they do it at peak times... someone please explain.

Edited by admin, 2017-10-05 12:45:50. Reason: language

AC2

10/5/2017 9:24:21 AM
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this

is when they get there freight its kinda hard to put the semi anywhere else

J84

10/5/2017 9:40:50 AM
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Lol.

If people complain, park the semi on Richmond instead.

traveller

10/5/2017 12:00:46 PM
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:)

  
J84 said "If people complain, park the semi on Richmond instead. "

so the staff and driver should carry thousands of pounds into the store across the sidewalk and around the parked cars because people want closer parking to carry their morning coffee?  
 
that hardly makes sense imo  
 
it doesnt take that long and people can walk, try being that driver, you'd park as close to the door as you could lol

Getty

10/5/2017 12:03:05 PM
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next time

take a picture and go online and complain to corporate office.

Abbysmum

10/5/2017 12:05:27 PM
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LOL, exactly

  
traveller said "
  
J84 said "If people complain, park the semi on Richmond instead. "

so the staff and driver should carry thousands of pounds into the store across the sidewalk and around the parked cars because people want closer parking to carry their morning coffee?  
 
that hardly makes sense imo  
 
it doesnt take that long and people can walk, try being that driver, you'd park as close to the door as you could lol "

Unless people have worked in the industry, I don''t think they realize how much stuff comes in a delivery. And it happens *at least* twice a week, sometimes more. They generally don''t do deliveries during peak hours (i.e. from 11 until 2), but the rest of the day is generally game, preferably in the morning.  
 
Edited by Abbysmum, 2017-10-05 12:06:15

Oryx

10/5/2017 12:56:28 PM
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What

  
Getty said "take a picture and go online and complain to corporate office. "

use will that do? No, really, what kind of response would one expect when the obvious reason they are doing this keep the area clear for their delivery.  
 
I hardly believe that a complaint such as this to corporate will change the way they receive their delivery.

Getty

10/5/2017 1:06:56 PM
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yup it has

  
Oryx said "
  
Getty said "take a picture and go online and complain to corporate office. "

use will that do? No, really, what kind of response would one expect when the obvious reason they are doing this keep the area clear for their delivery.  
 
I hardly believe that a complaint such as this to corporate will change the way they receive their delivery. "

OF course it will, speaking on other issues it has worked. Complain with a Picture is a MUST.

Simonwalcal

10/5/2017 1:23:11 PM
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. . .

I love being a westerner. Having this as my biggest problem.

FishinAddict

10/5/2017 1:37:45 PM
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Hahahaha

  
KenJ said "

Can anyone here enlighten me on why McDonald's on Richmond blocks off 90% of their parking spots with milk crates regularly? I was there this morning and it was a complete cloostershanoozle because there were about a hundred old people in giant vehicles trying to get in for their morning coffee, plus a busy drive-thru and almost all of the parking spots were blocked. I saw 2 near-accidents and a yelling match that almost turned into a fight. What is the purpose of this?  
 
I've seen this many times, and I can't figure out what they're doing, and why they do it at peak times... someone please explain.

Edited by admin, 2017-10-05 12:45:50. Reason: language"


cloostershanoozle  
 
I'm gonna use that. Love it hahahaha!

KenJ

10/5/2017 1:43:18 PM
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Jeez

This site is full of snarky people.  
 
I was asking a simple question. I honestly didn't know.  
 
Everyone seems to think it's freight delivery which is fine. My question now is - when this place is open 24 hours, why are they taking huge freight deliveries at 8:45am, which I'm sure is one of their busiest times of the day? All it does is frustrate their customers and staff, and create an environment where accidents are way more likely to happen?  
 
McDonalds is a huge company. They have their logistics pretty nailed down I would think. You'd think this kind of thing would have been taken into consideration when they built the place, which was only a couple of years ago.  
 
And it's not my biggest problem. It's just a question. LIGHTEN UP.

Degenerate108

10/5/2017 1:53:22 PM
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.

  
KenJ said "This site is full of snarky people.  
 
I was asking a simple question. I honestly didn't know.  
 
Everyone seems to think it's freight delivery which is fine. My question now is - when this place is open 24 hours, why are they taking huge freight deliveries at 8:45am, which I'm sure is one of their busiest times of the day? All it does is frustrate their customers and staff, and create an environment where accidents are way more likely to happen?  
 
McDonalds is a huge company. They have their logistics pretty nailed down I would think. You'd think this kind of thing would have been taken into consideration when they built the place, which was only a couple of years ago.  
 
And it's not my biggest problem. It's just a question. LIGHTEN UP. "

Trucks are like trains. They all run on a schedule. The ones McDonalds gets probably carry more than one delivery on it.

traveller

10/5/2017 1:53:32 PM
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:)

  
KenJ said "This site is full of snarky people.  
 
I was asking a simple question. I honestly didn't know.  
 
Everyone seems to think it's freight delivery which is fine. My question now is - when this place is open 24 hours, why are they taking huge freight deliveries at 8:45am, which I'm sure is one of their busiest times of the day? All it does is frustrate their customers and staff, and create an environment where accidents are way more likely to happen?  
 
McDonalds is a huge company. They have their logistics pretty nailed down I would think. You'd think this kind of thing would have been taken into consideration when they built the place, which was only a couple of years ago.  
 
And it's not my biggest problem. It's just a question. LIGHTEN UP. "

honestly i assumed and took your first post as you were slightly annoyed but just didnt know why and once you did you would realize that its a small inconvenience but now with your update you sound entitled.  
 
Mcdonalds does have their logistics nailed down and they have decided that their name stands on its own enough and their prices cheap enough (i assume again lol)and that this works best for their workers and distribution despite the few people who might be annoyed because OTHERS dont know how to drive or rather not walk. as well Dont forget that there are many factors that come into play be it the time in gets in to other warehouses, when it can leave, the size of the store drivers hours the list goes on, I do know I see every Mcdonalds in every country ive been in set up for deliveries with crates so no matter what you think f it i doubt it will change

Suckie

10/5/2017 1:55:27 PM
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Deliveries

The reason for being blocked off IS for deliveries and they do that now instead of trying to get 10-25 customer vehicles moved when the semi shows up.  
 
You cant park a 65' truck/trailer on a major artery multiple times a week as it would cause traffic delays and likely accidents.  
 
Each store doesn't choose its delivery day and time, the company Martin Brower likely sets it based on driver schedules and availability. Different locations have different times and days this happens.  
 
Its one or two days a week, there are bigger things to be concerning your selves with. If you dont like it, I'd suggest going to a different location or different business for coffee those days if its that big of an issue for you.

KenJ

10/5/2017 2:18:43 PM
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lol

I didn't realize so many people on eBrandon were experts on parking and shipping logistics and who McDonalds uses for shipping. I have never worked there so I don't have all the secret inside information like many here seem to. lol  
 
And if not wanting to see an old lady get run over in a parking lot makes me "entitled", then I guess that's what I am. If wondering why an international restaurant franchise with hundreds of thousands of locations couldn't figure out how to arrange shipping and receiving without milk crates in parking spaces and turning their lot into a nightmare, I guess that also makes me entitled. Somehow. I guess.?  
 
There are restaurants all over town, including other McDonald's restaurants, that receive large shipments/deliveries. None of them, as far as I can tell, block off the bulk of their customer parking with milk crates to receive stock. Am I wrong?  
 
And while yes, "Suckie", there are much bigger things to be concerned about than old lady safety at McDonalds. I apologize for not seeing the bigger picture as per your world view. I actually don't recall saying it was a big issue at all, but you seem to have put those words in my mouth.

traveller

10/5/2017 3:03:48 PM
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KenJ

you came off sounding entitled because even tho you admit you are no expert in logistics still you believe it should be done differently, just because some old lady, driver or both forgot to look where they were going, its a parking lot, obviously the lots could be full and then the lady would have had to chance crossing the lot anyway, at 845 most of the time only the drive through is busy therefore its a fine time to black a few parking spots so that the semi has enough room to unload  
 
ps i have witnessed several restaurants receiving deliveries in the customer parking, some with semis but most dont serve the volume Mcds does therefor do not need as many or as big of deliveries, now you know pay attention and you will see lots more of the worldly activities

KenJ

10/5/2017 3:26:24 PM
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You're right

For simply wondering why a busy restaurant would deep-six most of their parking spaces during the busiest hour of the morning. Silly old entitled me. Is this kind of discussion not what this site is for?  
 
I'm pretty sure 8:45 is also a very busy time for the restaurant, because there are huge groups of seniors that meet there in the mornings for coffee. And I'm not talking about a "few" parking spots. I'm talking about almost all of them.  
 
If anyone thinks I'm angry, they're mistaken. I asked a simple question, was a little annoyed perhaps, but I don't get angry over anything on eBrandon. Or in the McD's parking lot. I literally could not figure out why they were doing this so I asked. And now I know, so all you logistics and food service delivery experts can puff out your chest and cross your arms knowing you just put some random stranger on the internet in their place.  
 
But y'know what? I still think they probably should have taken it into consideration when they built the place, rather than inconveniencing and endangering their customers and staff. Yell at me all you want, but that's my opinion.

Oryx

10/5/2017 3:30:28 PM
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I would

  
Getty said "
  
Oryx said "
  
Getty said "take a picture and go online and complain to corporate office. "

use will that do? No, really, what kind of response would one expect when the obvious reason they are doing this keep the area clear for their delivery.  
 
I hardly believe that a complaint such as this to corporate will change the way they receive their delivery. "

OF course it will, speaking on other issues it has worked. Complain with a Picture is a MUST. "

agree that quite possibly for some complaints that it certainly is the way to go.  
 
I am only suggesting that logistically, considering the time of the day, the location, the size of the truck and what is exactly being received that they may not be able to change their schedule because a few Brandonites are pissed off about the tractor and trailer taking up spots that are cordoned off by milk crates.  
 
Otherwise, yes I would agree for more minor issues that this is the way to be heard.

BuddyCthulhu

10/5/2017 4:02:43 PM
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Just to clarify . . .

  
KenJ said "This site is full of snarky people.  
 
I was asking a simple question. I honestly didn't know.  
 
Everyone seems to think it's freight delivery which is fine. My question now is - when this place is open 24 hours, why are they taking huge freight deliveries at 8:45am, which I'm sure is one of their busiest times of the day? All it does is frustrate their customers and staff, and create an environment where accidents are way more likely to happen?  
 
McDonalds is a huge company. They have their logistics pretty nailed down I would think. You'd think this kind of thing would have been taken into consideration when they built the place, which was only a couple of years ago.  
 
And it's not my biggest problem. It's just a question. LIGHTEN UP. "

The McDonalds on Richmond Ave. has been there since the late 70s.

KenJ

10/5/2017 4:16:57 PM
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Um yeah but.

  
BuddyCthulhu said "
  
KenJ said "This site is full of snarky people.  
 
I was asking a simple question. I honestly didn't know.  
 
Everyone seems to think it's freight delivery which is fine. My question now is - when this place is open 24 hours, why are they taking huge freight deliveries at 8:45am, which I'm sure is one of their busiest times of the day? All it does is frustrate their customers and staff, and create an environment where accidents are way more likely to happen?  
 
McDonalds is a huge company. They have their logistics pretty nailed down I would think. You'd think this kind of thing would have been taken into consideration when they built the place, which was only a couple of years ago.  
 
And it's not my biggest problem. It's just a question. LIGHTEN UP. "

The McDonalds on Richmond Ave. has been there since the late 70s. "

McDonalds has been there that long, yes. However, the entire building was knocked down and rebuilt maybe less than 10 years ago.

Trevor B

10/5/2017 4:30:58 PM
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90% of the spots?

They block off nowhere near 90% of the spots!!  
 
They block of the spots on the east side to allow the truck to turn around, then once it's in and turned, they open those spots. All other McDonalds block off stalls infront of the restaurant for unloading and loading the truck. The other 2 locations have the space where they don't need to get the truck turned. The Victoria location is where they can have the semi pull into the lot south of the then back into the blocked off spots in front. The Trans-Canada location has the space for the truck to pull right into the blocked off spots. This is not a new proceedure!!!!  
 
BTW, has anyone asked the manager of that location why they need to block off the spots?

Trevor B

10/5/2017 4:55:35 PM
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Whenever

I've been there when they were expecting the delivery, there's been plenty of spots available along the back fence, and on the west side.

Spaghettie

10/5/2017 5:02:10 PM
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What Did They Say?

So you came on here to complain about McDonald's but what did they tell you when you called them? Why would you expect everyone on here to know rather than the people with the milk crates? I have a notion that if you went in to talk to them about it that they may give you a coupon for a free coffee at Burger King.

Trevor B

10/5/2017 5:12:59 PM
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Are

any of the other regular coffee goers upset about this or just you? I'm pretty certain those who go there everyday know and fully understand why those few spots are blocked.

KenJ

10/5/2017 5:24:49 PM
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lol wow.

I repeat. I'm not upset. I asked a question.  
 
And yeah, I'm pretty sure the guy who's brand-new SUV was nearly sideswiped was annoyed. As well as the lady who drove her car over a milk crate and parked in the space anyway, nearly hitting another car. The old lady screaming at the young guy in the jacked up truck seemed a little upset after he almost ran her and her husband over. So the answer is yes, I believe there were other people annoyed or angered by the traffic jam that was happening.  
 
I posted here because I genuinely was wondering why they use a system like this. It seems to me you're missing the point. I also posted here because Brandone businesses often look on eBrandon to see what's being said about their establishments. Perhaps I hoped someone from McD's would clarify or just take note.  
 
Once again, I have seen a thousand people use eBrandon as a sounding board for minor annoyances or looking for an explanation. If you guys wanna dogpile on like a bunch of butthurt internet heroes, go right ahead. It was a simple question that was answered hours ago. Get over it.

Trevor B

10/5/2017 6:17:29 PM
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You

got the answer, if you want more talk to the manager at that McDonalds.  
 
It's also not McDonalds fault someone can't drive and drove over a milk crate to parking in a spot it was blocking.

Viv

10/5/2017 6:36:05 PM
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good grief

People he just asked a question! I don't think he sounded entitled at all, just curious about what the heck the milk crates were doing. I had no idea what the milk crates were for either so I would have asked the same question. Holy moly sorry people jumped down your neck Ken!

Trevor B

10/5/2017 6:44:53 PM
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It

  
Viv said "People he just asked a question! I don't think he sounded entitled at all, just curious about what the heck the milk crates were doing. I had no idea what the milk crates were for either so I would have asked the same question. Holy moly sorry people jumped down your neck Ken! "

was answered exactly as to why. He was the one that got snarky when he didn't like the answers given.

Trevor B

10/5/2017 6:49:48 PM
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Using Google Earth

I marked out roughly the parking stalls that get blocked for the semi to come in. The line directly at the building is where it parks to unload. Once the semi is parked, the stalls on the east side are opened up.  
 
Edited by Trevor B, 2017-10-05 18:54:57

Trevor B

10/5/2017 7:01:47 PM
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And

  
KenJ said "This site is full of snarky people.  
 
I was asking a simple question. I honestly didn't know.  
 
Everyone seems to think it's freight delivery which is fine. My question now is - when this place is open 24 hours, why are they taking huge freight deliveries at 8:45am, which I'm sure is one of their busiest times of the day? All it does is frustrate their customers and staff, and create an environment where accidents are way more likely to happen?  
 
McDonalds is a huge company. They have their logistics pretty nailed down I would think. You'd think this kind of thing would have been taken into consideration when they built the place, which was only a couple of years ago.  
 
And it's not my biggest problem. It's just a question. LIGHTEN UP. "

whenever I've seen them do it, it's around 10am.

 
 
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