On my first delivery tonight, the woman answered the door saying, "This is the first time ever the pizza has been on time."
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.