So, last night's story was about fresh fries. I went to the same McDonald's drive-thru again this morning around 3am. The drive-thru is open 24 hours. This time, I didn't even bother to ask for 'fresh fries'. However, this time, the employee with the microphone asked ME a question. "Are you paying cash?" Huh??? It was somewhat perplexing. So, I asked back, "What? Am I paying cash?" The guy said, "Yes, are you paying cash?" He didn't even say why he has to know. If the credit card machine is not working he would have said so. So, I just said, "Okay." then, drove up to the window. After paying cash, I peeked inside the window when the guy left to get my order. I could see the credit card machine and the power was on and the little green screen looked fine. Well, yes, perhaps the internet or the phone line could be the problem. Who knows? But, my suspicion or my hunch at that minute was that, if I pay cash, the employee can keep the money for himself. I ordered three .99 value menu so the total comes to nice even amount of 3.15 with tax. It's easy to calculate. And, he asked me the cash question AFTER I ordered, not before. If they had problem with credit card machine, he would have informed me before I made my order to let me avoid the trouble. Wouldn't you think so? I know I do not have a hard evidence. But, I believe it's a possibility nevertheless.