New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio participates in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
The latest example comes from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who took to the Twitter machine on New Year’s Day after reading a New York Post piece on the price one local Domino’s Pizza was charging for pizzas delivered to folks in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Here’s what they wrote:
An enterprising Midtown Domino’s pizza restaurant is cashing in on the Times Square ball drop — hawking pies to ravenous New Year’s Eve revelers and flipping them for a serious profit.
“I have a lot of orders. I’m very busy,” delivery guy Ratan Banik told The Post while juggling a large stack of pizzas on Tuesday afternoon, speculating he’d sold about 25 pies.
Banik was running the pizzas for the Domino’s franchise on 40th St. and 7th Ave., which has been doing this on New Year’s Eve for 15 years.
The man was hawking pepperoni, ham and cheese pizzas for $30 — more than double what a regular $14.49 large cheese pie costs at Domino’s — and was still run off his feet.
The article went on to note that literally no one they talked to who had purchased one of the $30 pizzas complained about the price.
“He is our Santa,” said one customer, according to the Post. “It was totally worth it,” said another who also noted Banik “probably sold about seven pizzas in less than two minutes.”
Failed presidential candidate de Blasio, however, thought he’d start the New Year off by pretending to speak for the common man in a tweet where he slammed the local Domino’s for the price of the pizza. He also recommended people stop buying from “corporate chain” restaurants and instead buy local:
Jacking up your prices on people trying to celebrate the holidays? Classy, @dominos.
To the thousands who came to Times Square last night to ring in 2020, I’m sorry this corporate chain exploited you — stick it to them by patronizing one of our fantastic LOCAL pizzerias. pic.twitter.com/rO6I9oYIku
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 1, 2020
Talk about stupid. Twitter users let him have it:
They've also been doing this for 15 years, and all those "local" businesses (as a franchise Domino's is a local business too, btw) are also doing this upcharge service on NYE as well.
Stick with what you're good at, arresting churro vendors and turnstile jumpers….
— Ethan Case (@EthanCase) January 1, 2020
First, $30 is not that far off from what a large pizza costs around Times Square anyway, and the added $ to get it to through the crowds to the person is completely justified. Second, Dominos franchise operations are also owned by hardworking NYers. This is a bad take.
— Emily Barry (@emilyhbarry) January 1, 2020
Delivery people & owners need hazard pay because they are scared of being assaulted by the criminals DeBlasio keeps releasing from prison.
— 🇺🇸NotABot🐶OhioMom🇺🇸 (@TC_Ohio) January 2, 2020
People working to deliver pizzas in Times Square on NYE better be making more money than they usually do, and a way to make that possible is to raise the price of the pie to coincide with the increased demand.
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) January 2, 2020
I see you’re entering 2020 focusing on the important things as always.
— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) January 1, 2020
Searches local NYC pizza delivery, in cheapest price range. Delivery for now (not during massive NYE party). Single topping pizza, delivered = $31.26
What was he saying? pic.twitter.com/AIa2GulYvT
— Not trolling in 2020 (@OutOfKenTroll) January 2, 2020
5 years ago the concessions at Yankee Stadium wanted $20 to deliver a burger to my seat behind home plate. Should I have complained to the mayor?
— Brian Cartwright (@blcartwright) January 1, 2020
I knew something was way off when I read de Blasio’s tweet. I went to NYC over a decade ago and I can remember paying about seven or eight bucks for one slice. And a medium pizza from a local pizzeria was around $20 with tip.
Pretty sad that people who aren’t even from New York City know more about pizza prices there than the city’s own mayor. SMH.
Even Domino’s was not having any of de Blasio’s nonsense:
“Every store in [New York City] is owned by a local resident,” a Domino’s spokesperson told FOX Business on Thursday. “Every employee is a local New York resident. Those stores provide jobs to thousands of his fellow citizens. With his comments, the mayor is suggesting that New Yorkers who own or work at a franchise are ‘lesser than’ those who don’t.”
There was also this, which was perhaps the most important point made of all of them:
The last person who should commenting on anything pizza related in NYC pic.twitter.com/ozRQpFrOYQ
— Vamos Mets (@VamosMets) January 1, 2020