November 21, 2008 5:38am CST
A couple of years ago, a lot of restaurants began to add a delivery charge of $2 or so to any order, their reason for it being that gas prices were beginning to climb. I always thought that was an interesting scam on their part; even at $4 per gallon, $2 would be enough to travel at least 10 miles, a radius in which restaurants could make several deliveries...and therefore collect several $2 fees. Over time, I'm sure this new charge became quite a money maker for some places. Now, however, with gas prices back down to $2 per gallon, the restaurants are still charging these delivery fees. They have basically assumed that the customer has become so used to it, that they can continue to charge it, even if its purpose has become obsolete. An extra $2 does not sound like a lot, but when you order out a lot, it can add up over time. Even just one take out order per week would result in an extra $100 a year in expenses for a customer. Bring back the free delivery!