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August 3, 2012

No way to run a railroad: “Only a government subsidized operation could sell hamburgers for $10 each and lose money.”


Amtrak Lost $834 Million on Food in Last Decade Theft by Amtrak food service employees could cost the agency $4 million to $7 million annually.
According to charts shown by Republican committee staff members during the hearing, Amtrak charges about $2 for a soft drink, but the cost to taxpayers is about $3.40 when labor is included. A $9.50 hamburger on the train costs taxpayers $16, the charts showed. Labor adds nearly 60 percent to food and beverage costs.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 3, 2012 2:07 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Nice picture. Am I to presume they also serve road kill? That's illegal in most states.

Posted by: chuck at August 3, 2012 3:38 PM

Sure we lose money on each sale but we'll make it up in volume.

Posted by: Scott M at August 4, 2012 2:16 AM

There is nothing the government does that it cannot screw up.

Posted by: Peccable at August 4, 2012 7:09 AM

And I bet the dipsticks would love to double sales over the next year so they could double the "benefits". Oh, excuse me, I mean the sales.

Posted by: indy jones at August 4, 2012 7:22 PM

Anywhere where the USGovt is involved in food service is likely an exercise in redistribution out the back door. One example: Friends of mine who worked at Head Start in NYC clued me in that the choicest morsels, most savory meats, freshest fruits, went home with the employees and the kids got peanut butter sandwiches.

It's not like the GAO doesn't know this.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at August 5, 2012 7:34 AM

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