McDonald's Delivery Is Happening In New York City Now, So The Fast Food Delivery Wars Are Well And Truly On
I'm just going to come out and say it: beginning today, McDonald's will be offering delivery service from 88 locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Yep. It's happening. For real. And it is simultaneously the best and worst thing ever to happen in the history of the universe.
McDonald's is partnering with Postmates, a startup delivery service that has recently announced similar partnerships with Chipotle and Starbucks. The company also currently offers deliveries from select liquor stores and Whole Foods throughout the United States, thus making itself responsible for turning an entire generation into shut-ins.
McDonald's full menu will be available both online and through Postmates' app (except for ice cream cones, because, in fairness, they wouldn't travel well). Most restaurants will be delivering during regular operation hours, but select locations will be offering around the clock service. You heard me: Big Macs will now be available 24 hours a day for those of you living in arguably the best city in the entire world. You guys are lucky in a really annoying way.
Of course, today's announcement does come with a few strings attached. Ordering through Postmates means a nine percent service charge and a five dollar delivery minimum, which kind of ruins the whole concept of the Dollar Menu — and, from personal experience, adds up super quickly. There's nothing worse than realizing your casual lunch purchase just set you back $35.
Here's the thing: I don't think I know if I want McDonald's to be available to me 24/7. Is the whole appeal that it's a special occasion purchase? I don't know what to think anymore. I'm hot and cold with this whole thing. Is it great? Is it the collapse of our culture?
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