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(The New York Times)   Not content to lose money just selling train tickets, Amtrak manages to lose almost a billion dollars selling food. Fark: they lose 8 million a year to employee theft   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, Amtrak, Amtrak Losing, Northeast Corridor, Florida Republican  
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2012-08-05 12:12:55 AM  
3 votes:
Well they need better security if someone is stealing the employees!
2012-08-05 09:24:06 AM  
2 votes:
Fark: they lose 8 million a year to employee theft

If people are stealing employees, it's time to implement some better management controls.
2012-08-05 04:54:03 PM  
1 vote:
I think the idea of letting some fast-food chain subcontract out food service on the Amtrak line is a solid one. But is there any discussion of the food in first-class in all of this?

I don't fly, so I took a sleeper cabin from Boston to Los Angeles one year. A sleeper cabin is an automatic upgrade to first-class, which meant I got to use the first-class dining car...which was free. (Or, at least, included in the cost of the ticket.) The food was pretty good, too.

When I visited the dining car for coach for some sodas later, it was like visiting a third-world lunch counter - a tiny fridge with drinks, a tiny rack with chips, a cooler containing some plastic-wrapped sandwiches that looked like they'd been bleached, and a cash register from the 1970s, facing five tables in Howard Johnson's orange, none of them bolted down properly. I can see why someone making a day trip might just pack a lunch.

Usually I'm not a huge fan of knee-jerk privatization, but I do know that it's possible to put a Subway sandwich shop or a Dunkin Donuts pretty much anywhere, as builders on One WTC have long known. Might be a solution worth looking into.

2012-08-05 08:32:56 AM  
1 vote:

Cato: The three bits that, taken together, made me do the Jackie Chan WTF face:

If you can't make money from food and drink on transport, you're doing something horribly, horribly wrong. It's like running a brothel in a port and not getting any customers.
2012-08-05 08:16:58 AM  
1 vote:
Plus they don't put needles in their sandwiches like the private boot strappy airlines
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