How many times have I encountered or heard of this scenario: “I’m craving McDons food!! But I’m too lazy to walk there… or I don’t have my licence… or I’m too drunk to drive there.”
As an occasional designated driver, I have found myself not only driving people home, but making mcdons runs on a few occasions. Actually, intoxicated individuals aren’t the only people whom I go to McDonalds for. More often would be for a former coworker, not mentioning any names here (*cough* arena rink attendant). In the first case, I would be driving, but in the second case I usually biked there (once during a snowstorm).
That is no longer necessary. A relatively new start-up called Fast Food Delivered delivers Wendy’s and McDonalds food “fast, fresh and hot/cold just as if you went to the restaurant yourself.” They also plan to expand service to cover other fast food restaurants such as Tim Hortons, A&W, Burger King, Harvey’s etc. The delivery fee is $5 to place an order online or via text message, and $7 for phone orders.
FFD looks promising, as Metro News has tested out their service and they delivered on-time, but the burgers were “more warm than hot”. Personally I cannot use their service currently, and this is the catch for everyone reading this in Dryden: Only serving postal codes beginning with K1J, K1K, K1L and K1M. The postal code for University of Ottawa is K1N, so not quite yet, but close.
Perhaps FFD will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions generated at Tim Hortons drive thrus, fuel consumption (for you anyways), and it’s also convenient for those whom are too busy to leave their office to get food (or too lazy to leave their home). On the downside, people will get even less physical activity from walking to the fast food restaurant of their choice (or even if it’s just walking to their vehicle to drive there), that’s what concerns me the most about this type of business.
Nonetheless, if you have coworkers and friends going on a food run then you’re all good, and having a friend who’ll bike a 3 km round trip in a snowstorm for “2 McDoubles, extra McChicken sauce and a large fries” with no delivery fee, well what can I say but “priceless”.