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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Among the businesses that cashed-in big on Super Bowl Sunday were pizza places. And, while delivery drivers also made much more than usual, they say they're still getting short-changed, because of the delivery fee many places charge.
Bearno's doesn't charge such a fee, but the delivery manager of Bearno's By The Bridge says he's worked for places that do, and has literally paid the price.
Brian Smith says many people think that delivery charge is going to the driver, when in fact, only a small portion, if any, is.
"If before you got five dollars, now you would probably get three. I think it's impacted it, almost cut it in half. three. The range of delivery charges now is from $1.50 to $3. So, if you go by $3, I'm assuming someone who's going to tip 5 would go 'well, the driver would be getting three, so I'll just give two,'" says Smith.
He says most places pass on some of the delivery charge to the driver, to help pay for the cost of operating their vehicle. But, Smith says, with those costs, particularly gasoline, skyrocketing in recent years, it's taking a bigger and bigger slice out of what they take home.
Smith says, "Eventually if this continues, you're going to have very few people who can even afford to drive their vehicles."
WDRB reached out to Papa John's, Domino's and Pizza Hut that do have those delivery charges. None agreed to talk. However, Domino's drivers in Massachusetts and Maine are suing over the company keeping the delivery charges -- saying that violates state law.