I have been having a great hunkering for pizza lately. And having absolutely no luck getting anyone to deliver after 11pm or midnight in Sydney, having tried on no less than three different days.
On one hand, is the lack of pizza after midnight a clear sign that we are not quite up there yet with the other big cities? Or is it that we are actually quite civilised and don't expect minimum wage slaves to work throughout the night to provide such inessentials to indulge the (occasional!) whims of people like me.
This of course harks back to all the debate about whether government should regulate business opening hours etc. And how much should pure market forces prevail. Anyway, not something for 3am in the morning.
Dominos' online ordering system was an interesting distraction though. Some thoughts:
- It requires Flash. No Flash, no pizza. I had to download the latest plugin on the PC I was on. Yes it is pretty I guess, but did we need to load Flash to display some graphics, text and form elements? In a pop-up window no less.
- I had to go through the entire ordering process, including entering all my details, before I was told no shops were currently open and would I like my pizza delivered the next morning at 11:30am. Er, no!
- It took a while for me to locate opening hours on their site.
Still, it was far from a terrible effort on their part - it did seem to work even though I never managed to get any pizza. I shall stop wanting junk food after 8pm... I shall stop wanting junk food after 8pm... I shall stop wanting junk food after 8pm...