TAYLOR: Elderly man dies at McDonald's drive-through
Published: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
By David Komer
TAYLOR — An 80-year-old man died Friday while in line at the McDonald’s drive-through, 23333 Eureka Road.
Employees gathered around the man, who was slumped over the wheel of his car, and called for help, a witness said.
It was not clear if the man died of natural causes or as a result of a health problem. Police said the man had a pacemaker installed but offered no further details.
“From what I heard from Police Chief (Dale) Tamsen was the man’s pacemaker was working but his heart wasn’t,” Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand said.
Susan Riddle, the City Council secretary, was getting lunch when she pulled her car into a long drive-through line around 2:20 p.m. She said cars pulled past the man to pay and pick up their food and thought employees were having a conversation with him. She then noticed a few of them on their cellphones.
The man’s chin was resting on his chest and his eyes were closed, she said.
“I knew he was dead,” Riddle wrote in an e-mail.
Lamarand said dispatch records indicated the first 9-11 call came at 2:29 p.m.
Cars pulled around him in line with many customers yelling at him to get out of the way, Lamarand said.
Lamarand said it was unfortunate that instead of calling 9-11 sooner, some customers were angry because the man had yet to pull up to the ordering area.
A store manager had no comment about the incident before hanging up when asked about it Tuesday.
HealthLink’s phone system was down Monday and no representative was available to answer questions
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Poor guy. Here he keels over while waiting for a Mcfish sandwich and what do people do? They start honking and flipping him the bird. Go Taylor!!!
I don't know what it is, but there's something about drive-thru's that bring out the worst in us. Maybe it's because were hungry and having to suffer the fools-- the zit heads wearing the headsets who mess up every order, the soccer moms ordering for a van load of kids, etc. Whatever the reason, they're a bad experience 50% of the time.
A true drive-thru story for everyone: some years back, after a night of nickel poker and PBRs with high school buddies, we made a 3am run to Taco Hell for some of that south-of-the-border special goodness. The mope behind the window turned out to be a neighborhood bully from way back in the day, a little guy a couple years older who repeatedly made us the brunt of his agression- runts with a maladapted childhood can sure make the littlier kids suffer. By 11th grade he dropped out and it wasn't much longer before he was doing stints in county and the state pen. Now all of a sudden he's manning the night shift window at TB and a carload of drunk guys he used to backhand daily are flicking him shit about being a loser asshole and saying an ass-kicking is waiting for him in the parking lot, etc. Of course he gets animated and loud and that's when we unload the contents from the bag he just handed us-- big shit bombs like burrito supremes and bean and rice bell grandes-- right at him and they explode all over his polyester uniform, the cash register, the drive-thru glass, etc. I still laugh when I think about the incident and the stupid look on the jerk's face as he was getting pelted with greasy bean rice slurry.