Tonight I was on the schedule from 6-9 PM. So why didn't I walk out until after 12 midnight?
I have found that, in most cases, other drivers are anxious to leave early. Now the closing driver may not want to leave at 9, but if I first switch with Desiree, so that she leaves at 9 and I leave at 10, then maybe the closing driver will be more apt to switch with me and leave at 10. Tonight actually, both closing drivers, Kristi and Chris, wanted to leave early but Chris ended up having to stay with me and close.
I had a really good night tonight for a Wednesday, with 6 of my 9 tips being over $3! My only bad delivery was to an address that did not exist. I guess I have to train some of our newer people to do callbacks on new addresses after dark.
I had 2 orders that tipped $1.42, but both of them the total check was under $15 so it's really not that bad of a tip.
My final delivery was to a nursing home. It was actually just a partial order, Kristi had taken half of the order earlier in the day and collected a $24 tip. She was supposed to take the rest at 11 PM but I offered to take it for 1/3 of her tip, or $8, and she eventually agreed.
When I got there I asked the nurse that escorted me in what the special occasion was. She said that the family of one of their patients (residents?) had bought pizza for the nurses. That was a very nice gesture, appreciated by both the nurses and also the pizza drivers!
Totals for the night were 5 hours driving, 10 deliveries, 47 miles, and $31 in tips.