Hard to Reach

Big Trucks and Poorly-Placed Cash Drawers

[The Perils of Bank Drive-Thru Lanes]

By Jeff Salter

Folks, as often as I find myself in aggravating circumstances, I observe other people who’ve become so embroiled in their dilemma that they can hardly think straight. Witness this actual event, from October 12, 2016 [as reported in a Possum Trot Post of that date].

No, this is NOT the actual truck from my true story. But it helps you visualize the problems of extra tall and extra wide vehicles in the poorly designed bank lanes.

[True story]
I was at a local bank, in the drive-thru line for the lane closest to the bank window [the one with the drawer… not the pneumatic tube thingy].
Directly in front of me is a huge, full-size pickup truck.
The bank teller slides out her drawer and the driver — who I quickly realized is a very short female — struggles to reach down from her lofty truck perch… to the bank drawer.
Nope. Her short arms hardly reach half way to that drawer.
The driver then gestures wildly to her male companion in the passenger seat. He — a big burly guy (I can tell by his arm) — tries to open his door so he can get out of the truck and walk around to the drawer.
Nope. His door is hemmed in by the pneumatic tube thingy for the next lane over.
More gesturing — and (I presume) irritated language — results and the driver edges her truck up slightly. The guy tries again to get his door open, but it’s still blocked.
More fussin’ and cussin’ by the male passenger.
Driver edges up a bit more.
Finally, the burly passenger is able to open his door, trot around the back of the truck… but then the massive truck is still blocking his access to the drawer.
He waves (and I assume he’s also yelling, but I can’t actually hear any voices from this distance) to get the driver to move up further.
It’s obvious that BOTH of them are aggravated… and neither of them has sufficient problem-solving skills.
Well, finally the driver moves out of the way and the passenger grabs the cash [or receipt… whatever]. Then he ambles back to the truck (now well out of the drive-thru area).
Crises NOT averted… but mollified.
* * *
I seriously considered informing the guy that he could’ve avoided this entire misfortune if he’d been driving that gigantic truck… but I didn’t.
Let him figure it out.
As one of my friends replied (to my original FB post): “Or shorty could have unbuckled and crawled half way out of the window.”
To which I responded: “Even in my truck — smaller and shorter than a full-size — I sometimes have to undo my seat belt and reach way out / down to the window.”

What about YOU? Are there certain drive-thru places that give you problems?

[JLS # 529]

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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12 Responses to Hard to Reach

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Since my car sits sort of low to the ground, I usually have to reach UP to reach mail boxes, bank windows, and library book drops. The side mirror sticks out far enough that I often have trouble getting close enough, too. Fortunately, the car is narrow enough that I can open the door and take care of business.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      My own truck sits up a bit higher than some, and I often have to crack open my door so I can lean far enough out / over / down.


  2. jbrayweber says:

    I drive a truck. Not a massive doolie, or anything, but I completely understand the dilemma, as I, too, am a shorty. It doesn’t matter which lane I’m in—drawer or tube—I have to unbuckle to reach out for any transaction. Haha!
    Cute story, Jeff!

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  3. My first thought was: The guy had lost his license, which is why the girl was driving the ruck and he was obviously not physically impaired.
    We used to have a huge, old Blazer that made it hard to reach down to some drawers, but like Patty, I have had more trouble reaching UP . The hardest problems I have had is with pull-up mailboxes.
    It is amazing how true-life comedies/dramas out there stick with us if we just watch.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Hmmm… I hadn’t given any thought to WHY the burly guy was being chauffeured by his tiny wife in that massive truck. Maybe he did lose his license.


  4. I never have a problem. But then, we drive a normal sized vehicle, fit for our needs. It never fails to amuse me why so many people, especially here in Texas, need those humongous trucks in the city. On a ranch or farm, I can see purpose in them. But why would they need such a vehicle for city use,. Unless they are a business using their own vehicle, and they have to haul huge amounts of materials. In that case, they should just get used to the idea that their truck will be a problem in drive-throughs. They should park it somewhere and walk into the business or use the walk-up automated machine. Just my opinion. LOL Take it or leave it.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Mine is mid-sized, but I like the look of a big truck. However, I DIS-like it when some drivers of those huge monsters take up two spaces or their tails (& hitches) are sticking out and blocking the right-of-way.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I have short arms, but I’ve never got in a jam like that. At least it provided some entertainment for you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jeff Salter says:

      yes, it often amazes me… the real-life drama which occurs right in front of my eyes when I’m just driving, exercising, or running errands.


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