Tuesday, January 12, 2021

"How much for that Wienerschnitzel kraut hot dog?!!! "

Working from my home voice over studio and not being a cook (I gladly ditched the cooking utensils a few years ago), I often use the Uber Eats phone app to bring me food when I get busy. I'm generally pleased with the on time delivery and it is lighter fare-hamburgers/hot dogs, pizza, Chinese soups, chicken and so forth. Most of it fast food, and no doubt, not particularly healthy. But it is very convenient.

Recently, I got a bit of a shock when I opened up the Uber Eats app on my phone to order one of my favorite and very simple foods- a kraut hot dog. I was working on a large e Learning narration project with a quick turnaround, and did not have the time to go to Wienerschnitzel to get it. Much to my surprise, for this very simple order, Uber Eats would be charging me over $11.  If you use Uber Eats, you're being hit with fee after fee . Service fee, small order fee (If your order is under $15 total, that's another $3 tacked on.) Tax, delivery fee, and here in California, they've recently added a California  Drivers Benefits fee ("This helps cover benefits like health insurance and guaranteed earnings for delivery people in your area.") Or so Uber says. And because I like the drivers who are getting their side hustle on to make some extra money, I would be tipping the driver who brings me the food. Anyway, that simple kraut dog with a very regular bun will cost you over $12 (including tip) through Uber Eats.  I get that you're going to pay for the convenience of delivery, but somehow paying $12 or more for a kraut dog with no extras other than the kraut on it is a "no go" for me. 

Just out of curiosity, I went to an online forum and many are talking about the very large price increases  the home food delivery companies are charging. Uber Eats leads the pack. Undoubtedly, prices have risen substantially due to many folks staying inside at home as a result of the pandemic and ordering food in. I guess it all boils down to whether or not you're going to pay for all those extra add on fees to satisfy your appetite.







Another industry that absolutely kills with fees is banking. But you already knew that. Just look at your monthly statement. They charge you to sneeze. 






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