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W_HAMILTON Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:13 PM
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Do pizza companies pay for their employees' gas?
Do companies like Domino's, or Pizza Hut, pay for the gas of their delivery people?

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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:16 PM
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1. Not to my knowledge...
They never did for my brother...He worked for Dominos
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W_HAMILTON Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:21 PM
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3. Then what the hell is a delivery fee for?
I haven't ordered Domino's in awhile (maybe three months), but we just called today, and placed the same order...and it was $10 more than it was before. I asked the lady to check again, and she listed the prices, and it included a delivery fee of $1.50. I think she still probably screwed up, but this got me to thinking.

If a company like Domino's doesn't pay for their employees' gas, what the hell are they charging a delivery fee for?

Sounds like more big business bullshit to me. Even more so when I called and asked about their special (you order a large pizza and get an order of brownies for free), and the lady said you only get them if you ask for them. So you probably have some people seeing the commercial on TV, thinking they are added with any order of a large pizza, and getting nothing.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:21 PM
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4. Insurance on their employees who drive?
:( :shrug:
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:24 PM
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6. When I delivered sandwiches years ago
I had to pay for my own insurance and give proof before employment.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:27 PM
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8. Oops. I mean the company buys their own insurance coverage...
so they can cash in if the worker screws up.

It also keeps them from being held liable, if something were to happen.

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W_HAMILTON Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:34 PM
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11. I doubt it
Edited on Thu Aug-24-06 06:37 PM by W_HAMILTON
But even so, add it into the price. Don't charge a bullshit "delivery free" under the guise you are paying for your delivery people's gas, and raise it as prices go up, then not even reimburse those people for gas. I did a quick google search before I wrote this message, and one article I saw says that basically Pizza Hut got away with charging a delivery fee, so many other big delivery places followed suit. It was first .50, now it's up to $1.50 to $2.00 in most places. And it says that 5-10 cents of that goes towards paying for driver reimbursement, while the rest is pocketed by the company. Like I said, what a crock of shit...

If prices just suddenly jumped up for no apparent reason, people would probably be pissed. But when a company says that the price is going up to help compensate its workers due to gasoline prices, I think then it would be a little more understandable. But then it's even WORSE when I find out that the company isn't helping me out with prices, it's not helping its employees out with gas, it's just taking advantage of the situation to add more money in the bank.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:37 PM
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12. Places used to do this
I live in a college town and most of the delivery places now advertise in their job ads that the drivers must provide their own full coverage insurance in order to be hired.

They're really hard on them around here.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:23 PM
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5. I've heard that Dominos was the worst of the bunch
to work for and that sub shops or local ethnic restaurants were the best for deliveries.
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W_HAMILTON Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:29 PM
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9. Maybe
I don't know, this just got me going. Lately, with discussion on DU about minimum wage, and how companies are cutting costs and cutting quality simply to inflate their "earnings," that just sort of pissed me off. Why charge a delivery fee, under the impression that it is due to high gas prices and the need to reimburse the drivers, if you don't even pay for their gas?

I just hate stuff like that so much. Everyday, you hear some juggernaut of a company pulling crap like this to make even more money than they already are making. It isn't like every employee around gets $20 bucks added to their check every week to make up for the high gasoline prices. But I suppose it's ok for a huge company to raise prices under the guise of helping its workers, just to add more money in the coffers. What a crock. The free market, ain't it great? :sarcasm:
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:34 PM
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10. I've heard most of the complaints about chains.
The local Chinese place in town raised their delivery rate to $3. I asked the delivery driver about it and he said that part of it went to the containers for delivery, part for their insurance(they provided for their drivers while on duty even though the drivers drive their own car) and the other $1.50 went directly into the driver's pocket to help w/ gas. I haven't heard of any other places doing that.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:20 PM
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2. I don't know about all of them
but some do reimburse for mileage. Our local sub shops that deliver (such as Subway) all give about 0.33 a mile for gas but I've recently heard that some are dropping the reimbursements.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 06:25 PM
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7. I don't think taco bell does.
they'd go out of business.
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