I understand 100% what you are talking about. I work for a career department and we were sent a new policy that we are only allowed to go out to town once a shift for food due to budget cut backs. Preferably to get groceries not eat out. We also catch it from the public when we go to get food like why are you wasting our tax dollars on fuel. We even shut the apparatus off when we get to the store. Believe me brothers it is only going to get worse while everbody else is losing their jobs they are looking for anyone to blame for taxes.
We stopped eating out a long time ago. And can only make food runs on the way back from a call, pre-plan etc no special trips. This all went into affect this time last year due to the soaring fuel prices. I don't like it but we answer to the taxpayers good or bad.
Well, our official policy is nor food runs in the rig due to fuel costs. Now, while returning from a run the unofficial rule is if you swing in somewhere and pick it up, all is good. We are good at adapting quickly too. We have been known to toss the gear for the poor guy who has to make the run on the rig and meet up a couple blocks out so he does not violate the no P.O.V. on scene rule and cruise on in. Of course that also depends on his status as a driver and staffing that day since we do have 3 rigs. If there will be a rig waiting on him and we don't cut the crew too thin he may just have to go get the next out rig.