FIVE GUYS IS BACK!!

A burger, fries, and drink her in San Deigo is about $2.00 over the reimbursement limit and a shake is also over the reimbursement limit. The 2 Five Guys near me are not offering inside dining so I wonder if the form is different.

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Not so coincidentally, I have lost weight since March not eating fast food. Going to take a lot more than $5 to get me back into these shops again. Will be interesting to see if the normal bonuses return.
I just saw this.

I wonder what the bonuses will be like now.

@Niner wrote:

And they are back for $5 fee.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
I took one at the $5 fee. The chicken shops are now at a $0.00 fee. I wasn't able to get the unemployment because I get SSI.
Am I the only one who orders a veggie sandwich at Five Guys for a shop? It's really good, especially with hot sauce. I also add jalapenos. It allows me to get a regular size fries without going over the allotment. I find that the fries are surprisingly good reheated either in the over or on the grill (put them on top of a sheet of aluminum foil).
@2stepps wrote:

I took one at the $5 fee. The chicken shops are now at a $0.00 fee. I wasn't able to get the unemployment because I get SSI.
Which chicken shops? We're not discussing the MS company now so you should be able to mention the client.
it looks like they now have 4 shops posted per location. One has the higher reimbursement for the shake. All of them start on 7/9 but a couple are thru 7/12 and the others 7/18. I'll be waiting for something better than $5. I'm sure I will get it since they always have trouble filling these in my area.
@MisterBill I almost always get the grilled cheese with grilled mushrooms and grilled onions and find it to be pretty tasty (as long as they don't burn it). I'll also sometimes ask for lettuce and tomato on the side, since I prefer those veggies cold. In my area, I could get the regular or maybe even large fries and still stay within reimbursement when I order a grilled cheese, but I'm usually happy with the little fries.

I also saw that they added the extra shops that have longer date ranges to the job board. I was wondering if some of those might be a different type of order (like online or telephone), but from what the brief job description says, they are all the same and appear to be the typical "dine-in" evaluation. I'm also going to wait to see if there will be bonuses, but these shops used to fly off the board in my area even at base fee. I'm a little surprised many of them haven't been taken already at $5, but I'm wondering if it's because the shops have been gone for so long, many shoppers aren't aware that they are back yet?
I thought I was the only one that liked grilled cheese sandwiches with grilled mushrooms and onions. Those are the best!
I'm not s huge grilled cheese fan but have gotten it a couple of times and it's not bad. Speaking of getting stuff on the side,I always order pickles on the side with my veggie sandwich.

I had read on a non-shopping site about getting the veggie sandwich with hot sauce and was surprised at how good it was, especially with grilled jalapenos. Only problem is it can be a big messy, especially since the onions are diced instead of slices.

I really wish they would let us know which (if any) are online ordering shops that do not require you to eat at the restaurant.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/30/2020 03:49PM by MisterBill.
If the survey is set up as a fine in shop but local regulations do not allow dining in, will the shop be invalidated? So many unanswered questions that I feel a MSR of this size and caliber should have considered with their client before posting these as available!
@MSF wrote:

Some shoppers were getting $25+ fees before the quarantine. I wonder how difficult it will be for someone accepting the $5 to command the higher fees in the future.

I imagine the mystery shopping industry was hit as much as others. Like in my world, we literally had to cut everything by 20%... So 20% off our billing rates to the clients, which translated to 20% off our salary (granted, they're finally restoring my salary by 10% as of this week, then another 10% by the end of the year, but no raise and probably a minuscule Christmas bonus sad smiley ). But yeah, I'm probably not going to receive my usual $30-55 fees for my Five Guys locations any time soon... Oh well.

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 31 year old male and willing to travel!
@MisterBill wrote:

Am I the only one who orders a veggie sandwich at Five Guys for a shop? It's really good, especially with hot sauce. I also add jalapenos. It allows me to get a regular size fries without going over the allotment. I find that the fries are surprisingly good reheated either in the over or on the grill (put them on top of a sheet of aluminum foil).

For the shops, I almost exclusively get it to fit that into the reimbursement limit. I personally think it's delicious, added with hot sauce and the fries; however, I would likely never pay for that out of pocket.

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 31 year old male and willing to travel!
There is also no rotation, so anyone can scoop them all at once. I used to wait, but if this doesn't change - I feel like I will never see a bonus shop on my hood. There used to be two locations that I could get at $50-60
Interesting take, but I'm not so sure about that. Most of the work of MSCs is done by independent contractors, who they pay only when they have business. A lot of MSCs furloughed their employees. Also, MSCs have few physical assets and no material costs, since they do not produce anything. They were in a much better position to cut expenses, probably the largest of which is employee salary. Circumstances for the restaurant, travel, auto, petroleum, etc. industries were much different.

If the MSCs are not charging their clients less, they are using lower shopper fees to increase their profit margin on the backs of shoppers.

Glad that you still have your job and that your full salary will be reinstated.

@Tarantado wrote:

@MSF wrote:

Some shoppers were getting $25+ fees before the quarantine. I wonder how difficult it will be for someone accepting the $5 to command the higher fees in the future.

I imagine the mystery shopping industry was hit as much as others. Like in my world, we literally had to cut everything by 20%... So 20% off our billing rates to the clients, which translated to 20% off our salary (granted, they're finally restoring my salary by 10% as of this week, then another 10% by the end of the year, but no raise and probably a minuscule Christmas bonus sad smiley ). But yeah, I'm probably not going to receive my usual $30-55 fees for my Five Guys locations any time soon... Oh well.
@MSF wrote:

Interesting take, but I'm not so sure about that. Most of the work of MSCs is done by independent contractors, who they pay only when they have business. A lot of MSCs furloughed their employees. Also, MSCs have few physical assets and no material costs, since they do not produce anything. They were in a much better position to cut expenses, probably the largest of which is employee salary. Circumstances for the restaurant, travel, auto, petroleum, etc. industries were much different.

If the MSCs are not charging their clients less, they are using lower shopper fees to increase their profit margin on the backs of shoppers.

Glad that you still have your job and that your full salary will be reinstated.

The MSC's themselves are also consultants. Like any marketing and consulting firm (I work in an engineering consulting firm), then there are contract obligations with their clients to fill in their shops. If contracts are halted with their clients, the MSC gets less money = layoffs, salary cuts, etc.

Not sure what it is for other businesses, but in my worlds, ~70% "Full Time Equivalents" (FTE's) are needed to at least break even with salaries, operating expenses, etc. In other words, if more than 30% of the company is purely overhead, the company will bleed into the ground. And yes, charging lower shopper fees will mitigate the "bleeding" from any "halted" or lost contracts due to the pandemic.

And thanks! Yeah, when crude oil essentially crashed (all our work is purely oil and gas), the outlook was daunting, as nearly 100% of our clients ended, halted or cancelled any of their work immediately, down to ~5% FTE's for the company.... Down from a steady ~85% FTE's for the rest of 2020. Scary times, indeed.

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 31 year old male and willing to travel!
I just checked the 5 Guys that I am doing next weekend and it says that only if the dining area is close should you make it a Take out shop. I do not know if the dining room is open or not.
I'm also wondering how the bonuses for Five Guys will look, if they ever appear at all. The MSC has shops for other clients that are now reimbursement only at "base fee". I was waiting to see if/when they would bonus these shops. One round of shops has the last day to shop as tomorrow, 7/3...yet the fee is still at $0. From what I recall, before Covid-19 this MSC would usually start bonusing shops once they approached/reached the date range that the shop had to be completed in. The bonuses would increase closer to the last "due" date to incentivize shoppers so that the MSC could get the shops completed for their client(s) by the deadline. I'm wondering if their lack of bonuses despite the imminent deadline/due date means that the MSC doesn't necessarily have to have each shop completed anymore? Or maybe they have a more relaxed "rolling deadline" now?

Sorry if the above doesn't make much sense...it was difficult for me to find the words/phrasing to describe the issue.
The only fast food shop that I'm eagerly awaiting the return of is Chick Fil A! Paid $ + reimbursed + being able to get reward points for a meal that I'd buy anyway?! It was my favorite shop!
@kenasch wrote:

Instructions clearly state if there is no in restaurant dining, order to go.
Right, but what if you can't even get in the building? There's a location near me that offers only delivery and curbside, no dine-in, no takeout. If you try the door, it's locked. What do you do then if you can't get inside to place your order for carry-out? Go online? Phone? The instructions don't seem to say.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/03/2020 05:09PM by KokoBWare.
They are showing $7 in my area now too... and at locations that normally get picked up very quickly...
My favorite scheduler called me today for a Sonic shop. I asked about 5Guys and when he would be scheduling there. He said for now, those shops are only available through the job board.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
Some of the ones in my area are also $7. I've been jonesing for a Five Guys burger......

@Lissymaree wrote:

They are showing $7 in my area now too... and at locations that normally get picked up very quickly...

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. Eleanor Roosevelt
@KokoBWare wrote:

@kenasch wrote:

Instructions clearly state if there is no in restaurant dining, order to go.
Right, but what if you can't even get in the building? There's a location near me that offers only delivery and curbside, no dine-in, no takeout. If you try the door, it's locked. What do you do then if you can't get inside to place your order for carry-out? Go online? Phone? The instructions don't seem to say.
Seems like you'll have to call the restaurant first and find out what's going on at that ocation. Then contact the MSC if they're not taking in-restaurant orders and you have an "order in the restaurant' shop.
@Dongjuan wrote:

There is also no rotation, so anyone can scoop them all at once. I used to wait, but if this doesn't change - I feel like I will never see a bonus shop on my hood. There used to be two locations that I could get at $50-60
Looks like the person who took the first of the shops at my closest store figured that out, because they're all gone now. Not a huge deal since I wasn't going to do a dine-in shop for $5.
BTW has anyone noticed that some shops say "This is a DINE IN shop. Please review your paperwork for detailed guidelines." and others say "The purpose of this shop is to evaluate customer service, food quality, and overall cleanliness of the establishment.". Are the latter the order ahead and take out shops? Interestingly, when you expand the details, the DINE IN piece disappears.

This is the information the site shows you BEFORE you request the shop.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/06/2020 05:56PM by MisterBill.
The shop that I am doing says dine in and when I went to the Five Guys website, the information is that the dining room is open. I
I am doing another one that is to order online and it can be done as a take out,.
A very small handful of Five Guys shops are now accepting "make an offer." I had one very far from my home (but around the corner from where I'll be this weekend) accepted for $34 (plus I'll be able to expense $7 in tolls). There were three shops for this location when I made the offer, but after it was accepted the other two shops disappeared off the board, which is different from the experience reported by those who took these shops at base and then were able to take additional shops at the same location.
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