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Study Shows Fast Food Drive-thrus Are Getting Slower

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Wendys was the only chain to improve on its average service time over last year, clocking in at an average 133.6 seconds from order to pick-up, 3.85 seconds better than last year. The chain also holds the all-time record for speed at its drive-thrus, an eye-popping 116.2 seconds in 2003. Taking last place this year was Chick-fil-A, with a 203.9-second wait time on average. McDonald’s was also sluggish, posting its slowest-ever drive-thru time in the 15-year history of the study. The industry giant clocked an average 189.5 seconds from order to pick-up. Yet, speed of service was not the only factor evaluated in the study — accuracy was assessed as well. Unfortunately, this year has not been great for accuracy either. Industry-wide, order accuracy for drive-thru meals is down 1.6 percent , from 88.8 percent last year to 87.2 percent this year. The chain ranking highest in accuracy was Chick-fil-A at 91.6 percent , which may account for Chick-fil-A taking the longest to fill an order. The lowest for accuracy was Burger King at 82.3 percent . I think for guests, they want it fast, but everyones perception of fast is different, Shawn Eby, vice president of operations at Taco Johns told QSR .

The House’s food stamps cuts aren’t just cruel. They’re dumb.

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(AFP/Getty Images) A second problem is that its a pure cutoff. If you have $1,999 dollars, you are fine. If you have $2,001 dollars, you are cut off. So you get stories about people surprised by a bit of good luck who are suddenly tossed from the program. These steep cliffs are a terrible way to design policy, especially when we want poor people to be saving money. 3. And the phaseout starts pretty low SNAP cuts would hit about 2.8 million families. (Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post) Lets also remember how low this cutoff is, which is the third problem. Take a family living in poverty, earning $12,000 a year. A financial planner would say that you should have enough liquid savings to survive three to six months. That is going to be incredibly hard for this family; the definition of poverty we should think of is someone having to choose between essentials, meaning theres no money left over. However, ideally, three to six months is, of course, saving between $3,000 and $6,000, or well above the cutoff. Families simply couldnt get to a level of financial stability when it comes to their savings without the government pushing against them.

Bottom Dollar Food To Celebrate Opening Of New Store In Bristol Township, Pa., October 3 By Giving Free Groceries To First 200 Customers

With a strong focus on delivering low prices to customers, Bottom Dollar Food has a “We Won’t Be Beat” guarantee and will beat any competitor’s price on the same item by a penny. In addition, if a customer is unsatisfied with a meat or produce purchase, stores will replace the item and give customers a full refund. Bottom Dollar Food also offers a double-money-back guarantee on all private brand products. The new Bristol Township location adds approximately 40 jobs to the local economy, and marks the 40th store for the discount grocer in the Philadelphia market. In total, Bottom Dollar Food now operates 59 stores in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Each store is approximately 18,000 square feet. About Bottom Dollar Food Bottom Dollar Food, based in Salisbury, N.C., is redefining the discount grocery model by offering private brands and the national brands that matter most to customers, in addition to fresh produce and quality meats, at discount prices and in an energetic shopping environment. Bottom Dollar Food operates 59 stores in three states Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. For more information, visit www.bottomdollarfood.com . @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page .