“Don’t be greedy! Ford asks food delivery companies to lower fees for struggling businesses

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OTTAWA – Premier Doug Ford received another stern warning about food delivery services like Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes on Thursday: Cut fees at troubled restaurants or the government will take action. “Don’t be greedy, because I can’t stand when people are greedy,” Ford said.

“Don’t charge these restaurants more than 30 percent. ”

Delivery services, owners of popular mobile apps, take a big chunk of every order, and customers often don’t know it.

Ottawa restaurant owner Dave Mangano agrees with Ford. His Byward Market restaurant, The Grande, was locked out this weekend for the second time this year. By law, he can only offer take-out to customers. Although he respects and needs Uber Eats, the delivery company is very expensive.

“We pay the 30 percent, the customer pays for the delivery,” Mangano said, adding “We would be delighted” if they lowered the fees.

“If you ask a restaurateur in Ottawa, they’ll tell you the same thing. ”

Mangano says when his restaurant is fully open; charges are just the cost of doing business. But with the foreclosure things have changed, and the costs of the delivery company are taking a huge chunk of its revenue now.

“These delivery companies are making a fortune,” Ford said.

And the Prime Minister has warned that if there is no response, he will take a tougher line.

“I always ask nicely. Then I start begging. And then I put the hammer down. “

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