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Millions of people drive on British motorways every day and being one of these people I'm sick and fed up of being ripped off when I stop at a service station for a break and something to eat.
Driving to your final destination you will see countless signs telling you that 'Tiredness can kill' and that you should 'take a break', but my advice to you is if you want to take a break, take a fat wallet as well. Only last week whilst travelling down the M40 on my way to Oxford when I felt I needed to pull over for a rest and since I hadn't eaten that day decided I'd kill two birds with one stone and have a bit of nosh at the same time.
I fancied something simple and hopefully tasty and considered that a ham and cheese baguette and a cup of coffee would fit the bill and shouldn't break the bank. How wrong was I? Whilst I couldn't complain about the food, and the coffee was nice even if it was served in an over the top fancy cardboard cup with hand shield; I was astonished when I was charged around £3 for the sandwich and a further £1.80 for the coffee!!!
What gives? Is it really too much to ask in this day and age for some simple reasonably priced food and a bit of a break whilst on the road. I suppose you could take a packed lunch with you and eat that when you stop for a break, but then where would you sit and eat? In the car I suppose because most of these places would object to you taking food in. There again if you happen to be riding a motorcycle tough luck, you'd best stand in the car park in the rain and munch your 'fresh' sandwich and drink your lukewarm coffee.
The bottom line is it's just another example of big companies who are able to monopolise a market. They are quite happy to reap the benefits of a guaranteed supply of customers, but have only one goal in mind. That goal would be maximum profit and who cares about value for money! So come on all you big service station eateries be fair! Please don't rip us of with hiked up prices at these places just because you can and you know we have no choice as to where to go when we need to take a break.