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Local businesses charging more for services

May 2, 2006

Albany--High gas prices don't just hit you at the pump. They force many businesses to charge you more for their goods and services. Starting Monday, a popular food delivery service in Albany will triple it's delivery fee to three dollars.

One employee says the increase is the only way she can continue making a living.

Dorothy Robinson loves her job, but hates gas prices.  "What happened to $1.99 or $1.87?" she says.

Dorothy delivers food for D's Food Taxi, and uses her own gas money on deliveries. The amount of money she spends on gas, isn't always made up in tips.

"It does take away out your pocket because if you go ahead and fill up, you got to realize how many runs that you go on and how far is the run," she says.

"The higher the gas, the less money they make," says Daniel Evans, the owner of D's Food Taxi.  He says a fear of losing money is driving employees away.

"It's getting harder and harder to keep drivers," says Evans.  But he hopes a three dollar delivery fee will soon change that without driving away customers.

"The delivery fee going up is to try and stabilize the employees and keep them staying with us longer," says Evans.

That extra fee means more money in Dorothy's pocket who says it's a big help to her.

"Yes, it does a whole lot," she says.  Dorothy delivers food all over Albany, costing her about eighty dollars a week in gas, but she remains positive.

"You have to take the good with the bad," she says, especially when customers depend on her.

Gas prices are also affecting many restaurants. Some food companies that supply restaurants are now charging delivery fees causing many eateries to go up on menu prices.

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