Would you pay a drive-thru tax?

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    Sep 27, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    Here is my idea:

    Full Service gas stations can charge more for their gas.

    So, with all this economic hardship would it be wrong for the government (i.e. California with all of it's deficits) to charge let's say and additional 10% tax for going through the drive-thru?

    The problem with drive-thrus:
    1) You are wasting gas because you are too fucking lazy to get out of your car. I understand people with children, but I've discussed this with several mom's and they would pay the extra. Additionally, gas crisis anyone?

    2) It's really not quicker at all.

    3) You are communicating through very poor equipment. These ADCs don't amplify or transmit anything past 3kHZ. Then, people get mad when their order isn't accurate.

    4) Everything is so subjective. My idea of alot of ketchup is probably 15-20 packets. Someone else's idea could be 5-6 packets. Just sayin'

    -Not that I frequent fast food places however I know many people do.

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    Sep 27, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    Taxing a drive-thru seems self-defeating. The entire purpose of one is to bring added revenue to the chain by providing a convenience to the customer (whether or not it actually is convenient is irrelevant to the point). Taxing said convenience cancels the drive-thru from being an incentive to garner added patronage.
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    Sep 27, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    I think the intent to dissuade people from using drive-throughs, not increase patronage.
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    Sep 27, 2010 2:28 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidTaxing a drive-thru seems self-defeating. The entire purpose of one is to bring added revenue to the chain by providing a convenience to the customer (whether or not it actually is convenient is irrelevant to the point). Taxing said convenience cancels the drive-thru from being an incentive to garner added patronage.


    However this might affect business revenue, but help the economic state and environmental. If people really want to eat then they will get out of their car or go through a drive thru.

    Starbucks drive thrus are the weirdest. People literally waste 10 minutes of their car running for a cup of coffee. I'm sure they helped the environment in other ways that day though.
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    Sep 27, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    hauptstimme said
    Ciarsolo saidTaxing a drive-thru seems self-defeating. The entire purpose of one is to bring added revenue to the chain by providing a convenience to the customer (whether or not it actually is convenient is irrelevant to the point). Taxing said convenience cancels the drive-thru from being an incentive to garner added patronage.


    However this might affect business revenue, but help the economic state and environmental. If people really want to eat then they will get out of their car or go through a drive thru.


    Well, any food establishment with a drive-thru is probably contributing to the massive obesity problem in the country anyway. Taxing a stationary running motor vehicle that consumes here doesn't seem like such a bad thing. Of course I'm heavily biased because I think I've used a drive-thru twice in my life.
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    Sep 27, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    Exactly. I would pay the tax if I ever went through a drive thru. I avoid them as much as possible, but the general population might benefit from these effects.
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    Sep 27, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    In Europe they were talking about a "fat tax" a couple years ago. It never made it though.

    Actually, I wouldn't be against it. Drive thru's are retarded, bad for the environment and just facilitate the most retarded form of laziness I've ever seen.

    Let's tax all that crap, every single hamburger should come with an extra dollar of tax. We tax stuff that's bad for you, because over the long run in increases the burden on health care systems (for countries that have one) and decreases productivity (fatties and drunkies aren't as productive as their healthier counterparts). So like alcohol and ciggies, tax it. I'm all for it.
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    Sep 27, 2010 6:45 PM GMT
    So would parking and walking into the restaurant help you to avoid the tax. I know my old man would do this (well anything) to avoid paying $.50 more than what he has to icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 27, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidHere's a novel idea: Cut government spending.

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    Present your list - but start with the things that benefit you.
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    Sep 27, 2010 6:58 PM GMT
    We Americans are predisposed to be lazy so I doubt a tax would defer using a drive through. I suggest stop making anything but moo moos and burkahs for morbidly obese people...they would be tired of looking like Madea. LOL JK. Honestly, it will not change much or else there would be no smokers no?
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    Sep 27, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    I think there would still be a lot of people, if not most, who would be willing to pay the convenience tax. Here in the Detroit area, there are two prices listed for a gallon of gas. The first is the price to pay cash and go inside the station and pay. The second price is the credit card price to pay at the pump and is usually 7-10 cents higher. The majority of people are still paying at the pump and not bothering to have to walk into the station.
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    Sep 27, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    heartrobb saidI think there would still be a lot of people, if not most, who would be willing to pay the convenience tax. Here in the Detroit area, there are two prices listed for a gallon of gas. The first is the price to pay cash and go inside the station and pay. The second price is the credit card price to pay at the pump and is usually 7-10 cents higher. The majority of people are still paying at the pump and not bothering to have to walk into the station.


    Similar here in Lansing...gotta love the Murder Mitten.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Sep 27, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
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    Here in Cali you pay extra tax if you dine in as well....most people are completely oblivious to it. icon_wink.gif

    I suspect they could pass a drive thru tax as well and no one would ever be the wiser
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    Sep 27, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    SanDiegoNewbie saidicon_idea.gif

    Here in Cali you pay extra tax if you dine in as well....most people are completely oblivious to it. icon_wink.gif

    I suspect they could pass a drive thru tax as well and no one would ever be the wiser


    I still think public stoning would be more effective lol jk
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    Sep 27, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidHere's a novel idea: Cut government spending.

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    REPUBLICANS DON'T CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    No, I am not in favor of a "drive-thru" tax.
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    Sep 27, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
    I think it's a great idea. I wouldn't mind spending an extra 50 cents or so. Just knowing that the family of four+ in front of me who can't make up their minds are going to be paying much more than that is enough to make me smile. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 27, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    Even though I prefer to get out of the car and go inside I would not pay a drive-thru tax. That is just ridiculous!
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    Sep 27, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
    IAmDestr0n saidEven though I prefer to get out of the car and go inside I would not pay a drive-thru tax. That is just ridiculous!


    I guess the question isn't do you want to pay a tax on drive-thrus, but rather do you think it'd be sensible modicum of revenue for the State considering what drive-thrus are: a place for a parked running car to burn gas and receive calorically dense yet nutritionally detrimental food.
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    Sep 27, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    We have sin taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. The talking points on these go "they cost in additional health care, environmental impact and cause harm to the harmony of society" or some such. You could argue that this tax could be a sin tax.

    But really, I would much rather regional planning boards, form based zoning, and more/better public transportation.
  • Kev67

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    Sep 28, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    Some cities have started prohibiting drive-throughs, mainly because of the tailpipe emissions from all the idling cars, plus the traffic impacts on local streets. There’s a popular chain in these parts called In & Out Burger that is notorious for long, winding drive-through lines that back up onto surrounding city streets, so they can be a nuisance.

    A ban is pretty extreme though, but if you did a convenience tax the money could be used to fund traffic improvements to the adjacent streets to deal with traffic impacts. Otherwise the cities are typically on the hook for it with their own tax dollars.

    I’ll admit I like In & Out for the occasional guilty pleasure, and would be OK paying a convenience tax to use the drive-through.
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    Sep 28, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    Tax those lazy bastards (or at least add a surcharge that goes into the revenue for the company)! Fat people need to pay a price for their laziness! I see it everyday at work! Some of the fatties really gross me out! haha! icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 30, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo said
    IAmDestr0n saidEven though I prefer to get out of the car and go inside I would not pay a drive-thru tax. That is just ridiculous!


    I guess the question isn't do you want to pay a tax on drive-thrus, but rather do you think it'd be sensible modicum of revenue for the State considering what drive-thrus are: a place for a parked running car to burn gas and receive calorically dense yet nutritionally detrimental food.


    Wow... I didn't think of it like that. That is a good point.
  • roadbike

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    Sep 30, 2010 1:41 PM GMT
    The only driive thru that I use is the ATM at the bank. If I see more than one car in line, I'll park and walk to the ATM near the front door.