On a day when cooking is just one task too many the option to order food online may be just the answer. This is the picture, you’ve been building the dog house all day, and the dog has worn out trying to get you to throw a stick. He has worn you out too.
You’ve just taken the kids to basketball, guitar lessons and ballet, shopped in between and picked them up. They picked today to squabble until you yelled. You get home and there’s a phone message from a schoolteacher to say that your son has not done his homework for a month and is now failing mathematics.
Your mother-in-law calls to complain that you never visit anymore, and your spouse waves in the back ground that he isn’t home. He is, he’s been home sick all day. He’s been leaning out the window giving you advice on how to build the dog house even though he’s never used a skill saw.
This was the one weekday you have off and there are two executive reports due in the morning. The very thought of phoning some chipper employee-in-training at the pizza place who doesn’t know anchovies from avocado, or calling the ethnic place with the fabulous food but lousy English is over the edge. Nope, that’s it, can’t do it.
So, online would be a good idea on this kind of day. Plug in the laptop, go to favorites, of course, and bring up the menu. Click, click, click, get the credit card, and hit send. Get a confirmation. Not a “one moment please”. Presuming your server is not down and your connection is a reasonable speed you are connected quickly.
However, not all is perfect. Unless the site is exceptional, it’s difficult to get or give small details. If you live in a small town, they know you, and the person on the end of the phone line says, “Oh, I remember, you don’t want too many onions, and aren’t you allergic to tomatoes? And, “Heh, how’d you like that show?” It’s probably not as private as click click submit.It is true that well designed site will include a “comments” section and will “remember”from the last order that you picked up late or, if delivered, that you have a large black dog.
Unfortunately the site might also know that you have specified “Low fat only” orders and won’t allow that, ahem, dessert without asking, “That is a high fat item, we will need to know that you intended to order that item. Please press here to acknowledge.” Even a trainee at the other restaurant would know not to ask something so stupid. You check over your shoulder before clicking. Ah, your spouse is still on the couch. He is quite aware of what you are sitting on and why the diet type low fat only message has been entered.
What about hackers? They could be eating pizza three times a day for a month before your credit card bill comes in. Or you could be anonymously feeding the local football club, they giving seconds of thanks before diving in. The convent down the street, what if they were sent a triple order of the extra spicy Indian food platter. What could they say? “Ah, praise.” Hackers could create havoc, laughing at every delivery. Of course, that can happen with phone in orders too. Even in a small town. But the option to order food online would probably be quick and safe.