Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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In my 6 nights working since I started back, I took a total of 26 deliveries, or an average of 4.3 per night. My most in a night was 7. Tonight I took 15 deliveries.
I was driving from 5:40 to 10:40, then I stayed around another 1.5 hours to do dishes. There were 2 other closing drivers and they were both on the road until almost 12.
None of the deliveries were really remarkable. I did start the night with a 4-bagger where the 4th delivery was to a drive-through (beverage store). I also delivered to a Convenient Food Mart right behind our shop.
The majority of my deliveries were not in neighborhoods where you would expect big tips, so I ended up so-so on the per-run average but with 15 deliveries I did make decent money. I delivered to 3 apartments (Abbe, Chestnut Ridge & Oberlin-Elyria), West, Middle (x2), Wood, Gateway, Grafton Rd (x2), Arrowhead, Illinois, and Caroline.
I drove 62 miles and made $31 in tips. Bummer was that Monday was my wedding anniversary and I was hoping to get home earlier, but with 7 kids, Christmas puts a serious dent in our budget and the $ will certainly help!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Apparently it's the pizza shops. At least they are still spending money on advertising! According to this article, GM & Chrysler dropped sponsorship of the former "Motor City Bowl" and it is now called the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Anyhow, I drove 4.5 hours tonight (stayed until almost 10:30) and took just 6 deliveries (including a double right before 10). I drove 22 miles and made $14 in tips. Of the 6 deliveries, 3 were cash (for $7 in tips) and 3 were credit (also $7 in tips).
Best tip was on a $30.42 cash delivery, the customer counted out $35 and said, "Merry Christmas!"
Jeannie had delivered a gift from the managers, a Christmas mug and some chocolate. Today I also got a card, a pen, and several homemade cookies and treats from waitress Catherine!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Meanwhile, my city is changing some lanes and traffic lights, it's in the news! I can't imagine it will affect me much.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Delivery #1 - $28.77 on credit card - the customer (a young couple) was very proud to have ordered pizza over the internet for their first time ever! Tip = $3
Delivery #2a - $13.99 cash order to an apartment less than a mile from the store. Older man with a cane answers the door (slowly). Tipped $4.01 which was very generous for a small order so close to the store. It was my best tip of the night.
Delivery #2b - This was a double, delivered to a house I had been to 2 weeks ago. Remarked to the customer that this was getting to be a regular thing. Order was $16.99 and the customer added $2.01, paying by credit card.
Delivery #3 - $13.42 pasta order. Customer paid by credit card, tipped $3 cash, and was wearing a Hungry Howies shirt. He obviously works for a competitor of our shop! But they don't make pasta.
Delivery #4 - $16.99 cash order, and a stiff. Young guy was friendly, remarked how good it smelled and "I don't know how you guys drive around with pizza in your cars, I'd be munching on it if it was me." My first stiff after 11 consecutive tips in my first 4 nights back driving.
Delivery #5 - $23.91 on a credit card order, customer tipped $3.09. The unique thing was the credit card was a ULoad card in the name of Valued Customer. I never saw one of those before!
Nightly totals are 3.5 hours worked, 20 miles driven, 6 deliveries, and $15 in tips. The first hour was the best with 3 deliveries and $9.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I worked 3+ hours tonight but only took 2 deliveries. One was to the same house I got a $5 tip at last Monday ... this week it was only 1 pizza so it was just a $3 tip.
The second delivery was my first ever to a legitimate midget! The tip wasn't that big, it was pretty average at $2.50, but I didn't think that would make much of a headline.
I feel like I'm working pretty much minimum wage as a dishwasher ... if things don't improve in the next several weeks, my pizza delivery career may come to an end.
Total miles driven = 18 miles.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Here is an article from Michael Masterson's Early To Rise newsletter on pizza as a business opportunity:
In 2006, Jeff Leach and Randy Crochet decided to open a business selling healthy pizzas.
Jeff, an archeologist, was an amateur expert in natural health. He knew how bad processed foods are and convinced Randy, a mortgage broker, that they could make a nice living selling a healthy pizza pie.
They spent 18 months and $750,000 researching and testing their product. Then, last year, they opened their first store in New Orleans. Their pizza had a crust made of 12 whole grains, low-fat mozzarella, and a tomato sauce with no additives.
Why they needed to spend $750,000 to come up with that recipe, I can't say. Had they been reading Dr. Al Sears or Total Health Breakthroughs, they could have saved themselves a lot of money.
They called it the World's Healthiest Pizza. And printed on the pizza box cover was a mini "dissertation" (written by Jeff) about how food is processed in the lower intestines. A local marketing guy, Robbie Vitrano, saw their product and convinced them to change the name to Naked Pizza, rewrite their box copy, and advertise on the Net.
Their pizza was tasty -- really tasty, according to some local Internet ratings. And the new marketing pitch seemed to click. Their sales were growing and their reputation was spreading.
Then they took another step. They applied for funding from the Mark Cuban Stimulus Plan, and got the financial help they needed to franchise Naked Pizza nationwide.
Leach hopes to see 1,000 locations or more across the country. It could happen.
These guys wasted a lot of money "researching" their recipe. Still, even with the low-fat mozzarella, it isn't all that healthy.
But what they did really well was find a new way to sell an extremely popular product. And they did so without raising the price or sacrificing quality. In fact, they improved it.
Everybody eats pizza. If you can give people what they want anyway -- cheaply and with a significant advantage (in this case, less guilt) -- you have a product that can catch on.
If you wish you had thought of the healthy pizza idea yourself, don't sweat it.
If you think about it, you can probably come up with your own "spin-off" idea that should work just as well as pizza.
Just keep these points in mind:
- Retail is a very difficult business.
- But fast-food restaurants often beat the odds.
- Healthful foods are becoming more popular.
- Cheap is always better than expensive, especially today.
- A single-item restaurant is the easiest to manage.
This article appears courtesy of Early To Rise, a free newsletter dedicated to making money, improving health and secrets to success. For a complimentary subscription, visit http://www.earlytorise.com.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
And we were busy, but we had 7 drivers in the shop. I was scheduled to work from 6 to 10 but got sent home at 7:30. Apparently I've lost all my seniority.
I took 3 deliveries (2 runs), all 3 were credit card payments. Made $3, $7, and $2 for a total of $12 in tips and drove 14 miles. No complaints!
Happy Thanksgiving all!
Monday, November 23, 2009
We had 3 drivers working so I only took 2 deliveries. One far away to a house, a credit card delivery that tipped $5, and one to an apartment almost right across the street, a cash delivery that tipped $1.
No dangerous deliveries so I'm happy.
Totals 2 hours, 2 deliveries, 11 miles, an $6 in tips.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This time there was a gang, they used a gun and took the guy's car (or at least his keys).
I have to admit I'm having 2nd thoughts about going back to work even 1 night / week.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Doubly unfortunate is that the newspaper chose to publish the amount stolen, and it was ridiculously high. I would not carry even 10% of that amount into that neighborhood if we did deliver there, which we do not!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
In the meantime, which reality website do you like better?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
It describes the origins of pizza in Naples, Italy, including why it was popular, what it was made with, and who likely ate it. It then explains the growth of pizza in the US and worldwide, including chains like Pizza Hut and Dominos.
It also spends some time discussing pizza references in pop culture, including a scene that I left out of my top 10 pizza movies list, in Saturday Night Fever when John Travolta eats a slice.
Friday, August 28, 2009
You can read more about it here.
In unrelated news, I stopped by our shop last night. Tomorrow was my one night to work in the next month and I'm not on the schedule. Not that I mind.
Most of my driving was to and from work, and to and from soccer games. I drove 345 miles and filled the tank tonight with 13.41 gallons. My calculations show that I'm getting 25.7 miles per gallon. Not bad!
Monday, August 17, 2009
And I'm glad, tonight was slow, slow, slow!
I drove 5 hours and took just 4 deliveries. One $5 tip, one stiff, and two $3 tips for a total of $11 and I put 19 miles on the Chevy Prizm. And that was with Nate, the other closing driver, leaving about 1.5 hours early.
Monday, August 10, 2009
The other driver had things under control and Manager Mike was doing inventory but available to assist as a driver if necessary, so I got sent home early.
Total miles = 7
Total tips = $3.02
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
He was making a delivery and a young boy around age 9 or so came to the door with the money. During the transaction the boy's dad came up behind him and reminded him of his manners, "What do you say when someone brings you something?"
Much to Thomas' surprise, the child responded, saying, "What took you so long, asshole?"
My night was so-so. Started slow, kind of busy between 8-10, then slow again at the end, which allowed us to finish up and get out on time. In 7 hours driving I took 14 deliveries, drove 47 miles, and made $24 in tips.
It was not a stellar night for tips, witih 5 stiffs, 3 tips of $1 and change, and 4 tips of $2 and change. Only 2 customers saw fit to give me $3 or more.
One of the stiffs was "paid in the store", in other words the parents came to the store, ordered and paid for food to be delivered to their kids.
Another stiff I had to revisit, as there was a mix-up and the wrong pasta was sent. I had 2 other deliveries with me the 2nd time and made sure to take care of them first. They got their remade food the last, which was the level of service that they paid for (zero!).
I had 2 trips to the Super 8 tonight, the customer on the 2nd run saw me when I made my first delivery.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My first order was to a woman actually named Queen. It was on her credit card and everything. It was only a $2 tip on a $50 order, but it was literally less than a block from the store so I guess it's ok.
Next was a surprise $5 tip. It was in a neighborhood where you don't expect much, but the woman said her son works for Marco's so she understands the importance of tips.
Not too much interesting until my final order, it was a circuitious triple (meaning I drove a long way) and anyhow at the final house, the customers asked my manager's name and said she was rude. I just said, well she's leaving soon anyhow (Good luck Amy at KFC!) so don't worry too much. When I got back to the shop I asked what happened on the phone. Here is the story.
We had 3 delivery orders in the system and I took them all. (It was about 45 minutes before close). No more orders were called in. Then one of the customers called and asked if their delivery was on it's way. Amy said yes it was.
The customer said, how do you know, you didn't even ask my name.
Amy replied that since all of the deliveries were on their way, she knew theirs was without asking.
Now I can see why the customer may feel slighted at first and want to be listened to, but Amy actually was telling the truth so I sure can't blame her for giving incorrect info.
Post in the comments whether you think this was rude, or not.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I called the pizza shop, found the first guy to leave, and asked him to stay for me until 8. I would have been getting in around 6.
Well even with my short 3 hour shift, I took 6 runs and made $14 in tips. I can't recall my mileage at the moment but let's say 20 miles.
First run was supposed to be Jimmy's but a while back Jimmy "threw the guy through a window, and it would have been awkward." The guy tipped me just $1, I see why Jimmy gave him a beating.
Last run was a credit card but the customer didn't have the card, his sister had bought him the food. He said I could call her and confirm. How silly! If it's a scam or a stolen card, how hard would it be to get someone to answer a phone and say "Yes he has permission to sign for my card" ?
Sunday, July 19, 2009
If I worked alone, that would be the end of the story.
But it's not, Thomas had a story to tell tonight. He had a rerun where he had to take a pasta dish out to a customer. The manager had told the customer that they had to return their original pasta, whatever the problem was I'm not sure.
But Thomas said, to the man of the house, no, he didn't need the old pasta. But the man's wife insisted he take it, saying "Give it back to him, I want him to eat it, I want him to taste the crap!"
Talisa also provided some humor tonight. She became frustrated at a group of foreign customers that she couldn't understand and was having trouble taking their order. I'm sure it's not as funny for me to just type it, but trust me that Manager Mike and I both were enjoying her reactions to this situation.
Monday, July 13, 2009
The not cool thing tonight was all the trouble I had with addresses & phone numbers.
1) I went to 822 East Whatever Street, only to find no house. I called the customer and found out that they live at 822 West Whatever Street.
This customer then came to her window, not her door. That was kind of strange.
2) Another customer didn't answer their door nor their phone when I tried to call, multiple times. I finally gave up and came back to the store. She eventually called back, saying she thought her boyfriend was outside and would get the pizza. Surprisingly she tipped me $2.
3) My last order of the night, fellow driver Jimmy said their apartment had no buzzer so I would have to call. Well their number was 452-xxxx but it was typed 492-xxxx on the receipt. So calling did me no good.
Then I had to wait while they looked for the "lost" money that the guy swore he "just had.
Meanwhile they had their Wii Bowling game paused. I commented that the guy's arm must be getting sore and they had better find the money soon. One guy on the couch laughed.
Eventually they did find the money, and even enough extra to leave me a $1.50 tip. Thanks guys!
Totals for the night were 5 hours, 12 deliveries, $27 in tips, and 35 miles driven. That's a very low mileage for that many runs. My 2nd delivery was very far away but after that they were almost all close to the store!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Tonight was a wierd night as I had 7 deliveries from 9:30 PM to 11. This of course caused us all to stay until past 12 doing dishes and cleaning.
No stiffs and no big tips, everything between $1 and $3.
Total 5 hours driving, 11 runs, $24 tips, 35 miles.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Got stiffed 3 times tonight which was frustrating, along with 5 other $1 tips. Big tip of the night was $7 in an area where I sure didn't expect it.
Totals for the night were 5.5 hours of driving, 14 runs, 58 miles, and $29 in tips.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Then I just missed a delivery to the site of my biggest tip ever ($35). Vince got it instead and got a $20 tip. That was the turning point in my night as I only made $6 on my next 6 runs.
Totals for the night were 5 hours, 31 miles, 11 runs, $22 in tips, and an extra hour doing dishes at the end of the night.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I drove 6 hours, took 13 runs, covered 61 miles, and made $36 in tips. This was the first weekend night I have worked in a while and it is nice to bring in some cash!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Luckily in the next half hour, business picked up and I ended up taking 9 runs in 4 hours. I made $18 in tips while driving 33 miles.
Nothing amusing happened all night.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
In the meantime I'm reading a great book, Pizza Tiger, by Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's pizza. It's quite interesting, describing the early days and the growth of the franchise.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
- Delivery to a motel on the other side of town
- Check is only $12.72
- Middle aged man answers the door in his pajamas
- Guy pays with exact change
But yes, that was my 6th delivery tonight. Luckily I had made $20 in my first 3 hours on just 5 deliveries so I was able to laugh it off.
And the next guy tried to stiff me but he miscounted his wadded up money and gave me an extra buck!
Final delivery was (a sandwich) to a Hungry Howies driver who used to work with Manager Desiree.
Totals were 8 deliveries, $25, 43 miles, and 5 1/2 hours. The mileage was kind of high due to all singles and 5 of the 8 being quite far away.
Friday, June 12, 2009
The highlight (or lowlight) of my night was a delivery I didn't get to make. Supposed to be at the hospital, maternity ward room 129. Well the maternity ward is on the 3rd floor. They don't have a room 129.
The nurses walked their halls and checked each room but nobody ordered pizzas. I called back to the shop and told them I was on my way back.
Manager decided it was probably a prank.
First, he didn't get the customer's phone # so that we could call, he entered our own store phone number. Why, I'll never know. Next, he returned me before I got back, so he was short $44 in his drawer. He voided several other orders to make up the difference so no big deal, but it frustrates me to no end the silly games people play to pretend their on-times look better than they are.
Of the 10 runs I did get to deliver, 4 tipped between $1 and $2, 5 tipped between $3 and $3.75, and one tipped $5.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
On my next to last delivery, I was looking for house number 329. I saw 319 and 2 houses down there was a house with a porch light on, so I pulled in. Their house number was small and on the mailbox by the door, I was out of my car before I saw it was 327. Instead of restarting and moving my car, I just walked (on the sidewalk) to the house next door.
I saw a woman come to the door (of 327, the wrong house) in a bathrobe, look out, and shut off her porch light.
After I made the delivery, the woman came back to the door and called out to me to not hit her cars that were parked in the street. Thanks for the good advice but I wasn't planning on it anyways!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I took 14 runs, made $39 in tips, and drove 59 miles.
First was a double that included Colonial Oaks, a large trailer park. Made $5.50.
Next a single run of $38, made $2.
Next a triple, again ending up in Colonial Oaks. First delivery on my way tipped just $1 (smallest tip of the night) and he was a regular customer who usually tips $2-3. Made $5.50 on the triple.
Next another triple with Colonial Oaks in the middle and ending up in Grafton, the next town over about 7 miles away. Made $10 on the triple, including $4 from my little old lady / sports fan in the trailer park, and $4 in Grafton. It was a street that was far from the main drag and I commented that in 5 years I had never been there. The guy said that most people can live in Grafton for 20 years and not know the street is there.
Next were 2 singles where I made about $2 each, one to a house with a "DAY SLEEPER" sign where the woman apologized for me driving that far for just 30 wings.
Finally another triple for $10.75.
The amazing thing was that even with 3 triples I still averaged over 4 miles per run!
I didn't eat any pizza (even though Talisa made a delicious looking one) but I did eat some boneless wings. They are protein but probably not as lean as I should be having.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I waited over 15 minutes for the guy to finally arrive. He went in his apartment and left his truck running. He couldn't read his own coupon to figure out which one to give me. He tipped $4 and acted like it was a fantastic tip. Well buddy I could have delivered 2 orders while I was waiting, so it was actually a little under average, considering the time wasted.
In fact, Todd worked an hour longer than me and took 10 more deliveries, so you know he was lapping me all night long. I drove 38 miles in 5 hours, made $21 on 11 deliveries.
Next Monday is Memorial Day and I'm "on call" so perhaps I won't work.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I drove 41 miles, worked 4 1/2 hours, took 12 deliveries, and made $30.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Usually the next step is a little game of "This is yours, that is mine" which usually ends with me saying, "And now for the real reason we're here". Well tonight, I came up with a new line, it just kind of popped out. I said to this guy, "And after all that paperwork, here's the key to your new house!"
I thought it was funny, let me know if you would chuckle or not.
Totals for the slow night: 5 hours, 7 deliveries, 25 miles, $14 in tips.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
First delivery, a girl had 2 tiny dogs. One ran out the door and wouldn't come in. After I completed the sale, it tried to follow me to the car. I tried to lead it back in and another ran out. The girl and her brother came out to gather the dogs, so I left.
Next delivery the woman wanted change for a $50. I didn't have it and nobody told me. Luckily she was able to find 2 $20's. (Her check was $23.72).
Third was a family just moving in from Illinois (guessing by their license plates). They tipped $5! I will remember!
Fourth was a guy who opened the door right before I knocked and was very amused with himself. Perhaps he was celebrating the 420 holiday?
Fifth was my only stiff of the night and my only 2-liter of Sierra Mist. Coincidence? I think not.
Sixth, the girl answerred the door holding back a reddish doberman. She held the dog and held the door open for a couple minutes while the man of the house brought the money.
Seventh was unremarkable, but another $5 tip.
I ate and drank nothing.
Total for 5 hours driving was 7 deliveries, 39 miles, and $21 in tips.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Talk about a morale booster!
I arrived at my first run tonight and the person who ordered (and planned to pay for) the food was not home. They had been quoted 50 minutes, and I arrived with the food in less than 30. I have no idea why they were quoted that long, but it cost me a tip as the person who paid had to call in for a credit-card payment and the normal method of signing and adding a tip was not apparent.
Next was a double, I got my best tip of the night ($6) on a nearby order then took 2 separate orders (one paid by credit and one added on later and paid by cash) to the 3M plant outside our delivery area.
Next should have been another double, but the first guy tried to pay by check which we do not accept. He had added on a $3.75 tip. The other house tipped $2 on their $17.99 order.
Then came a series of 4 consecutive apartment deliveries that tipped $9 all together. Then my final order of the night was to the local Holiday Inn. A little small-talk led me to learn that the room was occupied by theater actors who had been in a show and were travelling next to Maryland. I'm not sure what show though.
Totals for the night were 10 deliveries, 5 hours, $24 in tips, and 39 miles.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Well Nick called around 5, saying not to come in until 7, as they currently had 5 drivers and only 1 delivery. I talked with Nick and we decided I would call him later. Well when I called, a little after 7, there were 6 drivers and 2 deliveries.
So I got the night off.
But then overe the final 9 deliveries, I had 5 tips of $4 or more! And it was raining more during the first half of the night!
My only stiff of the night was on a delivery to the McDonald's restaurant right across the street!
All together I took 17 deliveries, drove just 51 miles (most of the time listening to the Indians rain delay), and made $48 in tips. I was really hoping to get to $50 (Ulysses S Grant) but I didn't quite make it.
Maybe tomorrow. (Yes, I close again on Saturday night).
Thursday, April 9, 2009
First, a post on Yahoo!'s Slice America blog about the Best Delivery Pizza. This post compares the "Big 3" of Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, & Dominos. I'll let you read it for yourself, but the knock on Pizza Hut is "slow delivery". Hello? They obviously did not have had me as a driver!
Next, on the same blog, The Commandments of Perfect Pizza. This describes what goes into the "perfect pizza", including the various ingredients and cooking styles.
Third, a news article about Dominos giving away 11,000 free pizzas. Apparently they were preparing for an internet deal based on the word "bailout". Their computer programmers set up the deal in the system, and activated it. Somebody figured it out and then it spread by word-of-mouth for a few days until they figured it out.
Now speaking of the perfect pizza, when you have a family the size of mine, there is 1 word to describe the perfect pizza. FREE! Even these days when I'm only working 1-2 nights each week, I look forward to the mess-ups and crew pies that I munch on throughout the night while I am working.
Well, in May I'm planning to start the P90X Nutrition Plan. As well as the workouts. And I don't think I'll find pizza in the recommended dietary options. In fact, I'm sure of it. During the first phase I will be allowed 1 serving of carbs per day. During phase 2 and phase 3, I will be allowed 3 and 4 carb servings, but that still doesn't leave much room for pizza crust or breadsticks.
Monday, April 6, 2009
My first customer tonight was a $54 order, 5 items in 2 hot-bags. They live 6 miles away, almost to the next town. My average trip is 2 miles each way. And it was cold and snowing (in April!)
The woman answerred the door and remarked, "It's pretty nasty outside isn't it?" She gave me 3 $20's, thought a minute, and asked me for $4 back in change. Leaving me with a $2 tip.
I had 2 customers take advantage of a $10 sale on our extra-large sheet pizza. The first one stiffed me. The second one was on the 4th floor of a hotel just outside our delivery area. He tipped $1.50. Both were pretty discouraging.
All in all I drove 4 hours, took 8 deliveries, drove 35 miles, and made $14 in tips.
Anyhow, congratulations and we will work out the details.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I recommend the blog, and I wish them luck!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
What you need to know:
- There are 2 methods: Actual expenses or mileage. Unless you are driving a newer car that you are still making high payments on, it is usually better (and almost always simpler) to use the mileage method.
- If you claim expenses, you must also claim your reimbursements.
- To claim your expenses, you must itemize your deductions on Schedule A. Unless you have a mortgage and pay a bunch of interest, or make large charitable donations, you are better off claiming the standard deduction.
- Even if you itemize, your unreimbursed expenses must be at least 2% of your total income.
My total delivery miles for the year were 3774 (compared to 7629 in 2007). This got me $976 in "unreimbursed employee expenses" on Schedule A, Line 24. However, this is less than 2% of my Adjusted Gross Income, so I did not get to claim this deduction for 2008.
I expect this is a common situation for most pizza delivery drivers, either the mileage was not over 2% of the AGI or, even more commonly, the pizza driver will not itemize deductions on Schedule A and instead will use the Standard Deduction.
Monday, March 30, 2009
To which I replied, "It must be the first time you've had me deliver it."
She paid and tipped $1. Then she said, "Seriously, it's been late like 4 times in a row." And I replied, "Well I'm glad we got it right this time."
But seriously, lady, $1? If I get the chance to take somebody else their food before hers next time, I won't hesitate.
My night started out pretty awful, at 5 deliveries I had only collected about $3.50 in tips. We have a new policy that drivers are supposed to declare $1.50 in tips per hour. Well the law says that I have to report all of my tips (if I collect at least $20 in tips in a month).
I have always reported all of my tips, which is generally way over $1.50 per hour. But every so often I have a crummy night and we are really slow. Like tonight, at the 3 hour mark I only had the $3.50. And I refuse to lie and inflate my tips above what they actually are.
Luckily for me, my last 2 deliveries of the night each tipped $5 and put me well over the $1.50 per hour rate.
My totals for the night were 5 hours of driving, 9 deliveries, 37 miles, and $18 in tips.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I got 7 of 8 correct in the round of 16, and I'm 2-2 so far in the Elite Eight. If North Carolina and Louisville, both #1 seeds, win on Sunday I will have all 4 final 4 teams correct.
My sister-in-law Dawn, who picked the better seed in every game, is in 2nd place.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thanks mainly to a $5 tip on Lake and several $3 tips (including one Codi told her friend on Foster that he had to give) I ended up with $22, not a bad Wednesday shift. I drove 39 miles (thanks to the doubles).
Cleanup took a while as Chris was gone from about 10:15 - 11 on just one delivery, to a customer who unfortunately still doesn't know their own address, and thus is still hungry.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
This is great news for my sister-in-law Dawn, who picked the favored seed in every game of the tournament! She currently sits in 3rd place!
The top 10 are all really close, separated by just 3 points from 1 to 10. And bottom-dwellers George and Dave aren't out of it, as they each were the only team to choose Kansas and Duke (respectively) to win it all.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
My father-in-law is trailing with just 17 but he does have his whole final 4 still alive including Gonzaga.
My son Luke is tied for 1st with JW, but JW has lost pretty much his entire Midwest bracket, as he had Wake Forest and West Virginia in the elite eight and both are out.
It was a frustrating night for me. I did get to watch the late games but our Cleveland TV station showed Ohio State vs Sienna. Now this was a great game, down to the wire, but I'd have rather watched Cleveland State knock off Wake Forset.
Friday, March 20, 2009
I was at a soccer coaching meeting tonight and then when I got home I watched the Cavs win in OT so I didn't really get to watch any basketball tonight. I did watch Illinois almost catch Western Kentucky.
I've got plans to go out to Red Robin tomorrow night so I won't watch much then either, I will set the DVR to record the Cleveland State timeslot at least.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The night started off not so good, with just 4.50 in tips in my first 4 deliveries, but then things picked up and I ended up with 9 deliveries and $17 in tips. Not what I would hope for in 5 hours of driving but I guess it could be worse.
I can't think of a single funny thing that happened tonight, except that Nick noticed I'm putting on weight.
Monday, March 16, 2009
My blog is once again sponsoring a contest, run on the Yahoo! website, where you can win a $15 gift certificate to the pizza parlor of your choice.
Just follow this link and enter group 138770 and password pepper. I picked a green topping this year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and also to honor my hometown Cleveland State Vikings, making their first appearance since 1986!
Good luck to everyone!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Luckily I got $5 and $3.75 on my first 2 tips and ended up with $18. I drove 33 miles.
I got stiffed by a little kid for the 2nd night in a row. It's a shame that people send their kids to do what they are ashamed to do themselves.
I had a delivery to a bar. While I was inside, a guy came in from outside and said "Hey my friends just stole your car." Was that supposed to be funny or what?
There's a new Little Ceasars about to open a few blocks from our shop. I wonder if it will affect business.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I was scheduled to work 6-close but I went in at 10PM tonight because of a family situation ... I figured I would get a few deliveries and help close up.
Well I did dishes for most of the time, and I ended up only taking 1 delivery. The ticket was for $16.99. The customer sent their pre-teen boy to the door so they didn't have to be embarassed by stiffing me.
I worked 3 hours, took 1 delivery, drove 5 miles, and made 1 cent.
Monday, March 2, 2009
The first thing that happened was that since I was gone so long, the computer made me change my password.
After doing a few loads of dishes, I was on the road with a delivery for $19.99. The cost would have been $18.49 but the customer had added 2 garlic sauces at $0.75 each. I was afraid that this was intended to bring the price right up to $20 even, and indeed, my profit on that run was one Lincoln coin. I drove back feeling slightly depressed.
I shouldn't have, as my night improved tremendously. My next trip, a double, earned me $10.54 in tips, followed by $4.04 from a customer who had remarked on the phone that the price was too high.
Next after that was $2.82 ($2 in cash and $0.82 added on the credit card total). After that came another double, $1.54 and $4.03.
Finally one more double ($2.54 and $5.10) to a historically low-tipping area. In fact, 7 of my 9 runs on the night were to areas where I'd usually feel lucky just to get $2!
I worked 4 hours (4:45 pm - 8:45 pm), drove 42 miles (I think), took 9 deliveries, and made $29 in tips.
My arm felt a twinge of weakness once when I was reaching out to set some clean plates on the drying shelves, but it wasn't because they were heavy. Other than that I felt no effects of my broken arm.
I was scheduled to drive again Friday night but I've got calling hours to attend so I'm gonna miss the best part of the night, and just show up from 10-1, but at least I'm back in the swing. And good timing too, as the worst of the winter weather should be passed.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I made it to my freeway exit but as I downshifted to exit, the gears made a grinding sound and now the car will not move in any gear.
I called AAA and they sent a truck to tow it to the garage where it will be fixed.
All this on the night I was hoping to make my return to work. BUMMER!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I hope it's not true!
I started driving pizza almost 5 years ago and we thought it would be a short-term part-time job. At this point I'll have to drive forever.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Only after I had passed did I realize it was my broken arm that I waved with.
I guess I'm ready to try to drive again. I'll be there Friday from about 6-9.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Shifts: 3 (2 Fridays and a Monday)
Average miles per delivery: 2.7
Average deliveries per hour: 2.4
Average tips per delivery: $2.56
Average tips per hour: $6.21
Average cash per hour: $8.89 (tips plus mileage)
Total earnings per hour: $16.19 (includes wage of $7.30)
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
But there's no shame in pizza delivery. It says the guy was depressed, but at $10/hour, if he worked full time he would bring in about $40k / year, not really that far off from his $55k previous job. (edit - shame on me again, $10/hr is more like $20k/yr)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
But I seem to dwell more on the bad. I had a triple and made 21 cents combined. The first delivery was to the hospital maternity ward. The couple with the new baby ordered a pizza and a pop for $15.21. They paid $15.25.
Next was a lady that doesn't know her address. She said she lived on middle avenue but she actually lives on 5th street in an upstairs apartment. She got a pizza, a pop, some wings, and a 2 salads for $32.33. She paid $32.50.
Third was a credit card order of pasta and breadsticks for $15.78. We're supposed to get a physical "swipe" of the credit card but "her sister left with the card." I had to call the manager who approved the delivery but of course I got no tip.
In all I took 11 deliveries in 5 hours, drove 21 miles, and made $21 in tips.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I got several good ($3 or more) tips but amazingly even in the cold weather I still got stiffed 4 times on 17 runs. One guy even joked, "It's a nice night for pizza delivery, as long as you're the one getting delivered too."
We were pretty busy up until 10 PM, in fact both of my first 2 trips were 4-baggers. (Well, 4 deliveries, we were actually short on bags and I had to double up.) I ended up driving 7 hours, taking 17 runs, travelling 51 miles, and making $40 in tips.
I plan to be working usually 1-2 days each week for a while now. The cash really comes in handy for allowances, school lunches, and things like that. When I'm driving regularly I almost never have to make ATM withdrawals, but in the past month I've been making a withdrawal almost every week.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I haven't blogged for a while because I haven't worked for a while. While I was suspended for not using the car-topper, I got out of the habit of updating my availability so I ended up missing an extra week. I went in on Wednesday night and put in my schedule requests for the next 3 months so hopefully I will be driving a couple nights per week.
There was a note on the current schedule saying that some hours had been cut due to low sales (bad economy).
Even worse on Wednesday, the phones were out of order. At 7PM there had only been 9 deliveries all day long, all internet-orders. I'm glad I wasn't working THAT night!
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One of the questions I frequently get is, "Can I eat pizza (or burgers, or fries, etc.) on a fat-loss program?"
Well... you can eat anything you want. As long as you are willing to accept the consequences and take full responsibility for your actions (or lack of action). So, yes, you can eat pizza while on a fat-loss program, provided you know that it could slow down, stop, or reverse your results.
Can you skip workouts and watch TV instead?
Sure. But if you choose to sit on the couch after a hard day's work, you need to realize that you will not be getting closer to your goals. And if you choose to eat 1,500 calories worth of pizza and drink 600 calories worth of soda while you sit on the couch, you WILL gain weight.
Weight loss isn't rocket science. It's 90 percent common sense. We all know what we should and shouldn't eat. Even a fifth grader can tell you that too much pizza and soda will make you overweight.
As inspirational writer Og Mandino says, "I shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me. Or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny."
By Charlie Byrne
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"If you really want to be sure of that 7:30 p.m. table, ask for it with a French, Spanish, or Italian accent. It will brand you as a potentially bigger spender, the kind helping restaurants outlast a weak dollar and a wobbly Dow."
This advice comes from Frank Bruni of The New York Times, reporting on how restaurants are reacting to the recession.
One noticeable trend: Americans are spending less (tap water instead of bottled water, dining at bars and counters vs. formal settings, no high-end steak and lobster), while splurging foreigners rush to take advantage of favorable exchange rates.
Result? All things being equal, restaurateurs would rather seat a table of Europeans than locals. "I mean, they're just spending. It's Monopoly money to them," said one NYC general manager.
Other notable changes:
- Dinner rush used to occur around 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. But outside the U.S., it's is a later-evening event, so now the peak is moving to 8:30 or 9:00 p.m.
- Less expensive ingredients lower the cost of food. For instance, using regular crabmeat instead of jumbo lump. Shiitake instead of morel mushrooms. More starches to fill out the plate.
- Menus are featuring more single-digit appetizers and "small plates."
And restaurateurs are offering more mid-range than high-end wines. "All of our wine directors are starting to play this game more aggressively," said Paul Bolles-Beaven of the Danny Meyer group. "People are spending less on wine right now, and they're not spending to impress."
Unless, that is, they're European, adds Bruni.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Also, check out this post for a comment from Juan, a pizza driver from Florida. Juan's English isn't perfect, but he seems to be frustrated by being paid a "tipped employe" sub-minimum wage for part of his working time, and discusses forming a union.
Average miles per delivery: 3.6
Average deliveries per hour: 2.7
Average tips per delivery: $2.53
Average tips per hour: $6.76
Average cash per hour: $9.69 (tips plus mileage)
Total earnings per hour: $16.69 (includes wage of $7.00)
Friday, January 2, 2009
I was home in time to spend some time with my family before they went to bed, which is always nice.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I'm really not a fan of the minimum wage. I mean, why not set it to $30 and we'll all be rich?
I drove for 6 hours (5:30 - 11:30) and then stayed another 1 1/2 hours to close, mainly washing dishes, sweeping, mopping, and taking out the trasy. I took 21 deliveries, made $57 in tips, and amazingly drove only 49 miles.
My first trip was a double and my first tip was $5.73 so I hoped that was a sign of good things to come. Next was another double, the first order was free and they did not tip. This was one of 7 stiffs I would get tonight.
After that another double, both tipping between $2-4. My 4th trip was, guess what, another double. The first one was a credit card order and the card owner was not present so I got no tip there either.
After that I took yet another double ... got a $5 tip at the first house but at the 2nd house nobody came to the door or answered the phone. I got back to the store and Nick had got ahold of them but, as was the story all night long, there was another order to go with it.
After that I took my first single of the night but it was a $54 order to a party and they tipped $9, my best tip of the night.
Next came a series of 4 orders (2 singles and a double) where I only got $1 tip and 3 stiffs. I almost wished I had gone home after the $9 tip. We were down to 2 drivers by this time. But my next trip (a double) included another $5 tip. Another double (my last doulbe of the night) yielded 2 $2 tips.
My final order of the night was to my 2nd party, I delivered the pizza minutes before midnight, I got a $4 tip and was offered a beer, which I declined of course.