why do pizza places charge a delivery fee

- Currently we have a $2. 50 delivery charge. It's gone up from $1. 50 last January. - Back when it was $1. 50, we got $0. 91. It jumped to $2 and our cut went to $0. 96; when it jumped to $2. 50 we started getting $1. 01, but now that gas prices are going down we only get $0. 96 of the $2. 50. - That cut goes directly into my gas tank, and the company specifically does the math so our cut is (average gas price)x(average delivery distance)/(average mpg). They keep the rest to cover their rising cost of doing business, or at least that's what we're told. - Once delivery got expensive enough that the math started not making sense to people (I don't recall anyone noticing when their order was $1. 50 more, but a lot of people notice the extra $2. 50), we started getting stiffed a lot more.

People started getting indignant about being charged extra, and they assume we get all of it. - We complain about it, but the recent drop in compensation without decreasing the fee makes it kind of clear how likely any kind of a trickle up is. @ saeculorum - Just because you don't know where the money goes doesn't change where it goes.

And I spent the better part of a 18 months unemployed before this job, so I'm can't exactly quit just because my customers are becoming less courteous. Job markets are tough right now. Hell, they've always been tough here (Lawrence, Kansas, USA). @ cjorgensen - Does typical restaurant waitstaff bring food directly to your door, using their own car?

Do they drive back to your house
without compensation if something gets screwed up? Try putting an extra 60-100 miles on your car every a few times a week and see how quickly it start to need maintenance. A waiter's job might not be easier than mine, but I'm not sure it's fair to say it's harder. posted by at on October 13, 2008 [ Surprise: The "delivery fee" tacked onto your Pizza Hut order doesn't actually go to the hard-working driver who lugs that stuffed-crust to your front door.

A lawsuit filed by two former employees in New York claims the chain is violating state labor laws by keeping said fees as profit, of Schenectady. "The suit alleges that Pizza Hut's mandatory delivery fees give customers the impression that they are part of the tip, but drivers receive no portion of it,".

Attorneys for the two plaintiffs в one of whom worked as a delivery driver for seven years в " are seeking a class-action lawsuit that would consider all delivery drivers for the company. " The Hut isn't the only pizza chain to get backlash from employees on shady fee practices: Last year, for keeping 8 percent of its workers' credit card tips, which it claimed was to cover credit card processing fees. Eater Video: The argument for fair wages in the food industry