Whoa! I am going to have to completely change my review of J&J Chinese Delivery to DO NOT USE!
Last week, I was looking through something that I received in the mail titled, “The Local Business Guide Directory”, produced by the Dickinson Press. Towards the end of this advertisement booklet was a small ad for “J&J Chinese Delivery”.
I was aware that there had been a restaurant on Main Street in Belfield called the “J&J Chinese Cafe”, but this restaurant had closed down about a year ago. I felt bad for the owner of this restaurant, the food was good, but there were just not enough customers in the town of Belfield.
I had not known that the owner of the J&J Chinese Cafe had moved to Dickinson, and was now offering Chinese food for delivery only.
I looked up J&J Chinese Delivery on the internet, and there were listings for it in Dickinson. I clicked on the Facebook page of J&J Chinese Delivery, if you look through their photographs, they have three photographs of their menu items with prices. As you are about to read, Their Prices Are Not What They Say They Are!
I called J&J Chinese Delivery, and asked if they had “Beef with Chinese Vegetables”, they said they did, and it was $9.99. I said that I wanted to come and pick it up, they told me that I could not pick it up, they had to deliver it. I asked how much for delivery, they said $2.00.
My food was delivered in about twenty minutes. Though I got “Beef with Broccoli”, not “Beef with Chinese Vegetables”.
Warning!: I have to absolutely give this warning, because of both my first order, and my second order a few days later.
When my first order was delivered, the charge was a little over $12 including tax and delivery. I had a $20 bill ready for when the delivery person came. I planned on giving the delivery person $3.00 extra, but he said, “I don’t have my change bag with me.” So I ended up only getting back $3 from my $20 bill, paying $17 for my $9.99 order. If you are old enough to know, this is a common scheme used by delivery people, taxi drivers, etcetera “I don’t have change for a $20 bill”.
Remember, I wanted to go and pick up my order, but they told me that this was not allowed.
Two days later, I placed an order for Szechuan Beef, which their menu says is $9.99. I asked how much my order would be on the telephone when I placed my order, and I was told $15.17. When the delivery person arrived, they asked for $17.17.
Today, when I telephoned to place an order, I asked about their prices, and why they are not what they say they are, and at first I did not get a straight answer. Then, the person at J&J Chinese Delivery told me that their delivery charge is now $5.00.
Fuck J&J Chinese Delivery! I don’t mind paying a $2.00 delivery charge which is enough for a business to pay a delivery driver about $10 per hour, and then giving the driver another $3.00 to boost their income so that they can make money in what they are doing.
A delivery driver should be able to make at least five deliveries per hour, so they should be able to make $25 per hour with an hourly pay plus tips from the customer. But what I suspect that J&J Chinese Delivery is doing, is trying to make money by not allowing customers to come and pick up their food, and charging $5.00 for each delivery, which I do not believe is all going to the delivery person.
In any case, Fuck J&J Chinese Delivery. The very first thing that I am going to do tomorrow, is call the City of Dickinson Health Department, Restaurant Licensing, Business Licensing, and City Zoning to complain about J&J Chinese Delivery operating out of a location that may not have been inspected, permitted, licensed, or zoned for this.
I can not stand dishonest, scheming, lying , treacherous people, especially if they are immigrants who receive abundant generosity when they are allowed into our country, and then they turn around and try to rip people off.
What do I mean, rip people off? The King Buffet Chinese Restaurant in Dickinson probably has to pay at least several thousand dollars per month for rent in the T-Rex Shopping Center. On top of that, the King Buffet Chinese Restaurant has to pay $1,000 to $2,000 per month in utilities. Then pay employee wages, plus pay more money for employee payroll taxes for workers compensation and social security. Also pay sales tax, business license, property insurance, liability insurance, and bare all the costs for tables, chairs, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, and glassware.
At the King Buffet Chinese Restaurant, it is all you can eat, and you can have the hibachi chef cook in front of you, whatever raw meat and vegetables you want. With a drink included, this costs about $13.00.
So to me, it is treachery, scheming, underhandedness, and dishonesty that J&J Chinese Delivery that doesn’t operate out of a restaurant, is going to advertise many menu items for $9.99, but it ends up costing you $17, when J&J Chinese Delivery doesn’t have high rent for a commercial space sit-down restaurant, high utility bills for a commercial space sit-down restaurant, have to pay for property insurance, liability insurance, tables, chairs, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, glassware, waiters, table clearers, dishwahsers, and payroll taxes on these employees. But they try to charge you more than a local restaurant which has way, way more costs to bare.