Sweet Tea

By Thomas508 Latest Reply 2010-09-20 10:11:55 -0500
Started 2010-06-30 15:03:00 -0500

Living in the south I have to be careful when ordering UNsweet tea. Well I went through the drive through at Zaxby's today and ordered a salad and unsweet tea, I get to the window and the girl reads off my order saying unsweet tea and asks if I would like some splenda or sweet and low with that etc… I get my order go to the park for lunch and add 2 packs of Splenda to my tea and take a BIG LONG drink before I realize that it is SWEET tea I just added Splenda to and it tastes like pancake syrup in my mouth! I called the manager and let him have it about diabetes and making sure his people know what they are giving out! He apologized and offered to compensate but I told him I just want him to be sure that his people know that everyone who orders “diet” or “unsweet” is not just on a diet but that some of us can not have the sugar!
Luckily it did not cause a huge spike in my numbers!


21 replies

Guardianstone 2010-09-20 09:29:36 -0500 Report

I completely understand what you and everyone else is saying. I am allergic to peppers. Red, green, yellow, purple with yellow pokadots and pink squares, doesn't matter if its spice, juice, seeds or the meat. I have a severe allergy. When I would go out I would tell the wait-staff no peppers. If they seam a bit distracted, I remind them before they left. More often than I can say food was delivered either with peppers, or peppers picked out of the meal. I wish I could say that the didn't understand, but I have been told by more than one manager that I could just pick the peppers out. I still have this fight, but now I have to add no means no sugar. At this point I don't want to go out.
Another thing I am slowly giving up for diabetis.
Guardian stone

jayabee52 2010-08-18 06:38:30 -0500 Report

I don't usually go through the drive through, but have had similar things happen in the past. I usually ask for ice water if I need a drink. It's less expensive and it's tough for the employees to screw it up.

Chris01 2010-07-07 08:30:30 -0500 Report

I have been a type 1 for 40 years and no major problems because I learned to double check the orders at food joints asking them what they put in the bags and most of the time they realize that they messed up on the drinks that I order. Everyone has to be careful and double-check.

Joe23649 2010-08-18 03:02:22 -0500 Report

I tend to have my wife test any supposed unsweetened drink I get at a restaurant to make sure it's not sweet.
And I know when I'm alone I'm taking a risk drinking something from a fast food place because I can't tell the difference anymore between sweet and unsweet since I have gotten used to unsweetened drinks.
I can't imagine anything much worse for a diabetic than drinking something like sweet tea.

GabbyPA 2010-08-21 09:14:41 -0500 Report

My husband is my tester also. LOL. It has helped me on several occasions to be sure. We both love tea, mine unsweet and his sweet. He tells me I can drink unsweet because I am sweet enough...isn't he "sweet" =0)

Kirla 2010-07-01 11:47:11 -0500 Report

I haven’t had any problem with the tea. Most places have it unsweetened and give you a bowel of several different sugars to choose from.

I do have a problem with diet soda. Many places will just put the regular soda in place of the diet and figure most people will not notice. I can’t tell the difference until an hour later when my blood sugar spikes to 180. So unless I see the bottle it comes from, I don’t drink diet soda. I only drank the stuff when eating out or when I visit my sister.


gregsteele 2010-07-01 10:22:53 -0500 Report

Every time i go to our local mickey ds they mess something up i know the mgr personally so told her the last time she picked up the price of our meal (3 kids with me ) and gave us a $30.00 gift cert. i think they just dont care

Diane987 2010-07-01 09:48:35 -0500 Report

For whatever reason every fast food place in my town seems to have an abundance of incompetent employees. On the RARE occasion that I go to the drive-thru of one of these establishments, I sit there and check everything before I pull away. They may give you dirty looks, but I don't care. If they say something I tell them, "If your fellow employees had not screwed up so many orders in the past this would not be necessary." I shut my window and continue checking until I am satisfied everything is correct.

MAYS 2010-07-01 08:26:40 -0500 Report

Thanks for posting this bit of information.
It's very important to keep each other informed and aware of what's going on !


monkeymama 2010-06-30 23:24:39 -0500 Report

McDonalds is good for doing this!!!

Roy531 2010-07-01 06:18:01 -0500 Report

Don't go to McDonalds, had a guy that was diabetic that worked for them and he said their hamburger buns was loaded with sugar so when they toasted them they would caramelize and not soak up the mustard and katsup

GabbyPA 2010-06-30 19:17:43 -0500 Report

Yep, that has happened to me on a few occasions. My husband, bless his heart, always lets the waitress know I am diabetic so I can't have sugar. =)

petals 2010-06-30 19:09:59 -0500 Report

Same thing happened to me yesterday at Subway, I was in there and told the manager about it. He went to check the machine and someone had put sweet tea in there instead of unsweet, he saw my medical id bracelet and wanted to know if I would be alright, luckily I had only taken a sip, I always check before I add stevia to my tea. He was very upset and I could hear him yelling at someone in the back. I also got a free lunch, he returned my money and gave me a coupon for a free meal on my next visit. It's too bad that more people aren't like that!!

Roy531 2010-06-30 15:41:10 -0500 Report

Went to a restaurant once and that happened to me, the waitress picked up the tea and tasted it from my glass went back and they had put sweet tea in the unsweet tea container, so it wasn't her fault either but she sure let them know about it. Heard her yelling at the guys that made the tea.
She saw my med alert braclet

Thomas508 2010-06-30 17:05:31 -0500 Report

Well at least she got someone’s attention! That's all I wanted to do with the manager.

Roy531 2010-06-30 17:31:42 -0500 Report

I have found very few people like that. Maybe they knew of somebody that was diabetic or a family member