In between Beef ‘O Brady’s and the AMF Bowling Lanes, my wife needed her ice cream for the day. So Phil drove us a little past his condo to a shopping center where a Dairy Queen is located. My wife, Krista, and I got out of our car and Phil said that he was going to wait for us and that he did not want anything.
We walking into the Dairy Queen, and there was a guy standing on the outside of the counter with a bunch of half sheets of paper in his hand. He told us that the youth of World Vision in Lakeland, Florida are going thirty days without food to help the starving in Africa, and that 100% of the profits from tonight’s Dairy Queen purchases go to World Vision for this cause. I think that this is a great idea. My friend David has been in touch with these guys about doing a documentary titled “Beyond Zero” which depicts the erasing of the debt from African countries and what that means, on a human level, to the people in those areas.
The half piece of paper that this guy gave us let us know that the youth and it’s leaders were from CenterPoint Community Church in Winter Haven and that they were on a thirty hour famine. It also states that 29,000 children die every day due to hunger and hunger related causes. If you want more information on the World Vision Thirty Hour Famine, you can go to www.30hourfamine.org or call 1-800-7-FAMINE.
Krista and I decided that this would be a worthy cause to support, so we go up to the counter and the two guys “helping out” were bickering over who would come and help us. I know I am getting great customer service now. Finally one of the teens walks up to the register and does not say “How can I help you?” or “Can I get you anything?” or even just a simple “hi”. He just stared at us until we ordered. Finally I said that I would like a Heath Blizzard and Krista ordered an Oreo Blizzard.
I turned around to talk to the guy a little more about World Vision, trying to ignore the rudeness that is behind me. Then I head a loud thud on the counter. I turn around and there is my Heath Blizzard. The Blizzard was very tasty as usual, but the service could use some help. After awhile Krista’s Blizzard is put on the counter and we walk out.
The Oreo in hers is hardly broken up and not even mixed in well. We would have asked to speak to a manager, but we figured that we would not make a scene being that all of the profits are going to a great cause. I do wonder though if the kids behind the counter were cranky because they had not eaten all day. Plus, I can understand that it is good to fast, but you know once the 30 hours is up, those kids are going to gorge on some food because they have not eaten in such a long time. Also the food that they eat will probably not be healthy. I really do not see how this helps the Africa Aid. I would think that if the kids would at least eat one meal then they might be a little more pleasant to be around and thus make more sales. I have been in the service industry before, and I would never give service like I saw at that Dairy Queen.
If for some strange reason you decide that you want to visit this establishment, they are located at 4114 South Florida Avenue. I am at least glad to know that my $6.00 went to a great cause although I hope that no one spit in my Blizzard.