The other commercial is with a heterosexual couple so doesn't get as much air time. But again, incredibly annoying. This dumb b says to her unfortunate boyfriend, "I don't like it when you dip your chicken balls into my sauce." And he says, "What?" or something, incredulous that this woman would suddenly start talking about dining pet peeves in the middle of this commercial for Hungry House. So she says, "You dip your chicken balls into my sauce and I don't like it."
So go fuck yourself, bitch. I'd shove my balls into her ungrateful mouth until she choked if she talked to me like that, particularly on a nationally syndicated television commercial.
So anyway, I was planning on boycotting Hungry House. But then it dawned on me, "You know what I haven't seen in a while? A Just-Eat commercial. Has Hungry House won the online food ordering war with them? That would be shocking because they were quite the underdog."
I looked it up. No. What happened is that Just-Eat recently bought Hungry House. So what you're seeing is Just-Eat running Hungry House commercials to try to strengthen the brand that they now own.
So I can't use any service for ordering food now. I was going to switch to Just-Eat after seeing these Hungry House commercials. But these commercials were created for and paid by Just-Eat. Hungry House no longer exists.
Anyway, I did some more searching and people are saying not to use these online ordering systems anyway because they levy a fee onto the takeaway shops. Like 15%, apparently. And now with less competition, the fees are likely to only go up.
Also, the service that these companies are providing are very little. They're just a middleman. You can order directly and all Just-Eat or Hungry House are doing is sending the restaurant your order. Sometimes they even just phone it in on your behalf.
I liked using these services because many of these shops have people who don't speak English taking the orders. I don't knock them for this. They're immigrants doing a typical immigrant job. But talking to them can be rather unpleasant and a frustrating experience for both parties.
But yeah, knowing that they charge a high commission for offering very little in the way of a service makes me think that I'm going to have to start calling the shops directly again. That's disappointing.
All that Just-Eat is really doing is providing you with the menus of local restaurants. That's something. But is it worth 15% of each sale? I mean, a phone book provides a service which isn't too disimilar. Phone books charge businesses for ads (at least in the US) but...I don't know...probably not that much.
These restaurants need to make their own websites and facilitate sales through it. Very few do that, from my experience. None in Glasgow, as far as I can tell. There were some in London.
Anyway, I was going to order food today but I kept looking at the menus of the various restaurants and I realised, "There's no good takeaways here." It's mostly Indian places that also sell pizza. That's weird. The second biggest group seems to be like fish and chip shops that also sometimes sell pizza. Again, kind of weird. Then there's some Chinese places but only about three and they're kind of expensive. There's also a Japanese place or two and they're quite expensive. Then you get a few random ethnic places and a few places that I think are pubs because they have very limited menus.
It's a poor crop at best. There's only one Italian place that sells pizza with authentic-looking names but it's expensive.
I don't mind paying for good quality food but today I just wanted a pizza which would be filling, reasonably-priced, and not from an Indian place or a fish and chips shop. Such a place doesn't exist in Glasgow.
I did notice a steep decline in restaurant quality going from London to Glasgow. So many Indian places here that sell everything. It's ridiculous. Sell Indian food. Not Indian food and all kinds of weird pizzas and hamburgers and whatever else. And the people working there often aren't Indian. I wouldn't be surprised if the owners of some of these establishements aren't Indian. But it's just a type of shop here. The Indian/pizza/hamburger/chicken/kebab shop.
So I have to give credit to London for having better food at least.
I wonder what the siaution is in the US. Do they have these Just-Eat type things? There's Eat24hours which is owned by Yelp, I think.
Only eight restaurants for my childhood home. There's more than that but only eight signed up for this site. None of these are even pizza places.
I never even heard of these places. People really seem to hate Hot Wok. How are they still in business?
None of these places seem to have amazing prices either. They're probably cheaper than what you get in the UK but not by much.
Weird opening hours too. Places that close at 1.00 in the afternoon. Places that aren't open on a Saturday.
It's like with Glasgow but even worse. I was shocked at how early restaurants close in Glasgow compared to London. It's just a smaller market, I guess. And this childhood home is smaller still by many degrees.
Let me search the pizza place I used to work at.
Well, they have a website. That's a start.
First thing is the holiday closures. They're closed on the usual big holidays but also Labor Day and Memorial Day. Unbelievable. Independance Day too. That should be a big day for pizza sales. Absolute madness.
Pizzas are pretty expensive. $13.50 for a large cheese and then $1.25 for each topping.
They also sell sandwiches with "chips". They can't possibly mean "crisps". But why would they call fries "chips"? Another example of British English being used in the US, perhaps.
Small menu. Just the pizzas, what toppings are available, and about five sandwiches. You can't order chips (whatever that means) as a side order, for example. There are no side orders.
They used to sell alcohol when I was there but it seems that that's no longer the case.
Looks like it's in the same location. Crazy.
It would be cool to go back. Check it out. Bring my ladyfriend. That was 20 years ago that I worked there. Makes you think.
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