Do You Deliver?

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I recently read an article over at Usa Today about Burger King and how they are testing the home delivery market. That’s correct, if all goes well, customers will be able to pick up their phones and place an order to have a value meal delivered to their home. A short walk from the recliner to the doorstep will be all that is required. Well, that and payment of course.

I’m not sure if I’m the only one who’s amazed by this. Not so much by Burger King, I don’t fault them for trying to offer a service; I’m puzzled by the fact that there is a market for this service. Are we really reaching the point of which we no longer have the time or energy to drive (much less walk) to a fast food joint to grab our dinner? It’s bad enough reading all of those studies of how we eat to much of this stuff anyway, now we don’t even have to leave the comforts of home to get it.

I’m sure there was a time when pizza delivery was a big deal. In the 80’s Domino’s came up with their famous 30 minutes or less, after that things changed considerably. Until then, pizza delivery was mainly in the larger cities, where the population is more concentrated, once the chain stores got in on it, rural America was having its dinner delivered as well.

Maybe this is just the natural progression of things. According to the same article, you can have Christmas trees delivered, Christmas trees delivered, what’s the fun in that? But why stop there? I'm sure you can have it decorated as well. Why not have a team of elves arrive at your house to decorate the tree that was delivered to your house. It makes since, Santa Clause started all of this home delivery stuff anyway.

We no longer go to the video store, we just queue up Netflix. Books? Amazon. Music? Itunes. Groceries can be delivered, car washes are mobile, and, I’m guessing there is probably a company that will come to your home and fill up your gas tank. Although at this rate, why do you need gas? You can sit back on your rent to own sofa, while watching cable tv, eating a Whopper and fries, knowing your car will be all shiny and clean with a full tank of gas, just in case.

Where does it end? If Walmart gets in on this delivery service we’re all doomed. They will offer rock bottom discounts on 2 liters, donuts, potato chips, and microwave dinners, all delivered! A fleet of Walmart vans will invade your town and bring cheap Chinese made items to your house relieving you of that burdensome trip. Just think, with the football game starting, the doorbell rings and a case of Natural Light and a pack of cigarettes are hand delivered to you just in time for kick off. Life is good!

In the foreseeable future, if you work from home, there will no reason whatsoever to leave the house. Just pick up the phone, and whatever your fancy; I’m sure it can be delivered. Come to think of it, if you wait long enough, even a bill collector may stop by to collect payment.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Burger King delivered to my door .... I can't wait :) I wonder how much extra they will charge for the delivery service. I think this will make people even lazier than they are now. Here we have delivery service called dial a bottle. Call them up and they go to the liquor store for you and boom it's at your door and they will stop and pick you up smokes too if needed. I suppose this is good for all those people that have lost their licence due to a DWI/DUI.


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Joelipoo 4 years ago from Ohio

I find this all kind of sad. What happened to the days when people did things on their own and didn't require the service provided to them? I'm young and saying this. I'm not some old guy looking to how it used to be in the past. We have become so ridiculously lazy as a society. We need our every little need catered to. Going to get fast food is bad enough, but needing to have it delivered it absurd. I can understand the convenience, but I find it to be slightly over the top. There are services now that come to your house and pick up your dog poop for you. Why do you own a dog if you can’t do that on your own? I am the type of person who wants to do as much as of my own stuff as possible. That is partly why I fail to understand these services. I also don’t understand spending extra money during a time when economic times are so bad, and so many people are struggling to get by. I also don’t encourage this with the vast amount of overweight people in society today. It just encourages laziness and being unhealthy. I will get off my soapbox now. I wasn’t planning on leaving such a long and drawn out response, but I guess I got off on a slight tangent.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Wow Susan, I haven't heard about that one, I don't know if that's funny or sad!

I enjoyed your rant joelipoo, I agree it's ridiculous, if you want a dog at least take care of it yourself! As someone who cuts cost anywhere I can I'm sure not going to pay someone to do something i can do myself.

Thanks for the interesting comments guys!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I hate to tell you this, but Walmart does deliver. And since we work from home typing our articles for HubPages, we don't have to go out to work either. Just sit at home and have the world revolve around us, coming to our beck and call.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Well then, I give up Millionaire! As far as working from home...I'm not quite there yet!


jenubouka 4 years ago

There is a service in Seattle that will deliver restaurant foods to your door, with of course a hefty service charge. Can you imagine the minimum order for BK to deliver?! Yikes.


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JoshuaDR 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

I haven't had Burger King in years but if they start delivering I may have to try it again.

Just Ask Susan - I like the liquor delivery service. We need one where I live.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Great hub and thanks for sharing.

Take care;

Eddy.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

I think it said $8-10, but then you have to tip...for your soggy french fries and stale burger. Thanks for stopping by jenubouka!

Liquor and Burger King, sounds like a big night! Thanks Joshua!

Thanks for reading Eddy!

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