MOUNT VERNON — Her signature piece of cold weather clothing are her pink Carhartt coveralls. They are Gretchen Stump’s outside layer of clothing she wears to work in the cold in the North End Drive Thru. With two years of experience working in the cold of the drive thru on North Sandusky Street, she has learned how to dress for the weather.
Under Carhartts are three layers of clothing, including sweats. On her feet are heavy insulated boots. Under her heavy parka are more layers of clothing. But how do you handle money with cold hands? Again experience.
She has several pairs of gloves with the ends open. Handling merchandise the gloves cover her hands. When she reaches for bills and coins, the gloves slide back uncovering her fingers. And inside the gloves are small heating elements.
And her head is well covered. The drive thru is nicely set up. There is a small enclosed area for some of the merchandise and to stay out of the cold between customers. There are small heating elements in the ceiling. In really cold weather, she has a small heater that keeps the temperature tolerable.
But, she says, “we don’t keep the temperature hot, just enough to take off the chill.”
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