Last night my daughter’s spring semester drum line season started, which means my bank account gets drained again. Last night the admission charge was $10 per person, which wasn’t as bad as some of the charges from the fall, so I can’t complain about that.
However, the food truck more than made up for that. We should have passed on it when we saw the prices, but my son was hungry so we went ahead. As an example, a regular sized hot dog cost $7, an order of fries was $7 and a bratwurst was $10. They didn’t have the prices for sodas listed, but I figured it couldn’t be that much. My bad, and my mistake for not asking in advance. The cost of one can of soda was $3. These prices were worse than what we pay at a professional sporting event. Plus, they charged $1 to use your credit card, which I am sure many people had to since with their prices cash could disappear in a hurry.
Total amount for three people: $50.
Then when I had finished placing my order and had to pay, well before I had received anything, the lady handed me the screen with optional tip amounts shown along with a no-tip option at the bottom. Needless to say, I chose no tip. They also had a tip jar out, which did not seem to have much in it.
Oh, and just in case anybody wonders, this was a regular truck where you stood in line to place your order, then waited for them to prepare it and then picked it up when they called you. Nobody waited on you at all.
It was at a school facility, but it was a separate business. I am guessing that BMW is right and that a part of the proceeds went to the organization. Still, the prices were ridiculous, as is the idea that I should tip somebody for preparing my order when I had to stand in line and then pick the order up.
I forgot to add that they also charged sales tax, which was 7.75% for Orange County, CA. That pretty much showed this was a separate business. At events where the school ran the fund raiser there is never a sales tax.
How does a hotdog truck run out of buns?
Our favorite food truck (Filipino food) often runs out or low on their egg roll type appetizer, but that’s because they’re really awesome. The guy said they can’t make enough, I told him he could just sell those and retire rich.
When my kid played tennis in high school at the weekend sports tournaments they’d sell Little Caesars pizza for $1.50 a slice or $10 for a whole pizza, I don’t think they got a special price on the pizza but made a 100% profit. They also sold premade Subway 6 inch subs that they got a deal on and made a couple bucks a sandwich. The big money maker was water and soda at a buck a bottle or can.