Gas Prices and Pizza

5/28/2008 Fresno, CA Gas prices continue to rise dramatically across the valley.

In Fresno, gas topped $4.22 a gallon. That's up 31 cents from a month ago.

In Merced, a gallon of unleaded costs $4.19, and it's two pennies more in the South Valley at $4.21 per gallon.

The high gas prices are having an impact on a popular dinner alternative.

Me n' Ed's is one of the most popular pizza places in the area, and in a few days getting this delivered will cost more because of the cost of fuel to get it to you.

That piping hot Me n' Ed's Pizza delivered right to your door will cost you more on June 1st. Already some locations are posting notes on pizza boxes warning customers of the delivery charge; $1.50 per delivery.

Customers enjoying pizza inside this Clovis Me n' Ed's had mixed reactions. "I understand but I mean everyone's suffering for it so I guess we all gotta do what we gotta do," said Todd Ronne, a Me n' Ed's Customer.

Gilbert Hernandez, another Me n' Ed's customer thought differently, "I don't know if I would pay it. I don't like the idea just because it's a $1.50 on top of the outrageous price of a $20 dollar pizza."

The notices said the hikes are due to record increases in gas prices, they go on to say "We appreciate your understanding and hope to bring back free delivery in the future with the return of lower gas prices."

Some customers said the new fee may affect how often they order in and their generosity. "It will reflect on us being patrons here because that will probably you know end up taking away from the driver's tip unfortunately," said Heather Quinn.

Managers said they could not comment on the price hike, only that they are aware that it will take effect June 1st.

Some locations have been choosing to give customers a courtesy heads up but others are not.

For many loyal customers who can't get enough of Me n Ed's, they say they'll find a way to get around paying more for the same thing.

Other local pizza restaurants like Dicicco's already charge delivery fees.

Me n' Ed's may drop its charge if gas prices drop significantly, but analysts say global demand for oil means that's not going to happen any time soon.

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