Friday, December 24, 2010

Virtual Friday

Tonight was like a Friday, since many offices and businesses are closed (or at least close early) for Christmas Eve.  (Not retail businesses of course!)

I have several anecdotes which I could tell but it is late already and I need to be up and in Hudson in about 5 hours for a run so I'll go straight to the nightly stats.

In 7.66 hours on the clock, I drove 75 miles, took 24 deliveries, and made $54 in tips.

My family Christmas party is Monday so I will not drive again until New Years' Eve!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bad Night

I got called in to work tonight just before 10 pm.  I knew something strange was up when I got the call.  I was just finishing up some shopping at Toys 'R' Us.

I arrived to find out one of our veteran drivers got robbed, at gunpoint.  It seems random. The delivery was legitimate, paid (tipped even), then confronted by 2 youths on his way back to his car. This was a veteran driver, neither young nor small.

So I worked 1.79 hours, took 4 deliveries, made $7, and drove 10 miles.  I delivered to 2 houses and made $7.  I delivered to 2 businesses and made $0.

That's right, a nurse on the 10th floor chose not to tip on a $30 order, even though I brought the pizza all the way into the hospital and up to their floor.

Then a girl working at a bar, that's right, a girl that works for tips, paid $13 for a $12.99 order.  I wished I had a penny to give back to her.  I was totally dumbstruck and unprepared, I don't think I've ever been stiffed at a bar before!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Perfect 10

Not Bo Derek.

Tonight's first delivery was my biggest single tip in a long time, $10!  The most surprising thing is that it was on a single pizza order ($12.99).  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

We were pretty slow tonight, I was scheduled from 6-10 but right after I arrived, I said to Matt that the "over/under" on me getting sent home was 8:30.  I got sent home at 8:15!

I worked 2.39 hours, took 5 deliveries, drove 17 miles, and made $22 in tips!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday Night Stories

Another great Friday night!  Especially with a dedicated dishwasher so that all I have to do is drive.  (And take out the trash at the end of the night).

First delivery of the night was unremarkable except that they tipped $8!

Second delivery was to the "dancer" from a few weeks ago.  He asked if $3 was a proper tip.  (For a $15 one-pizza order).  I said yes, unless the weather was really bad.

Fourth delivery yelled through the door, "You gotta tell me your name, I can't just open the door."  I replied, "Pizza guy, you called me!"  This is really one of my pet peeves.  If you order pizza, be ready!

Eleventh delivery was a rerun of a salad (that Joel forgot).  We also gave them a free order of breadsticks.

Seventeenth delivery made me wait, commented that it was cold, and didn't tip.

Twentieth delivery, the mom told "John John" (age 10) to "Give him back two dollars."  She also had about 10 bottles of booze sitting on the corner of the porch.

Twenty-second delivery, an older girl said, "Oh I like your Santa hat."  Mom in the background said, "Then give him a $5 tip."  This is proof that you can (rarely) increase your tip with some personality at the door.

All in all, I worked 6.03 hours, took 26 deliveries, drove 71 miles, made $73 in tips.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Survivor Video Application

I'm a big fan of the TV show Survivor!  I've watched the show for years and I read several blogs:

Reality TV Center, Sean's Random Thoughts, and Rob Cesternino's Immunity Blog.

Anyways, I've been talking about applying to be on the show since at least 1996 or 1997.  I have finally done it, I made a video for the Sears Casting Call contest.  The top 10 videos (as voted by some CBS judges) will be posted online for public judging, and the winner goes to LA for an audition.

So when I make the top 10, I will definitely be askinf for your votes!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Strange But True Tales from Public Transportation

You never know what will happen when you ride public transportation.  I ride the Rapid Transit here in Cleveland to and from my "other" job every day.  A few weeks ago I had an interesting interaction with a beggar.

Well last night I got asked if I had change for a $20.  Of course I did.  I made change for the older gentleman and told him he was lucky he found the pizza guy on the train, the pizza guy will always have change!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow Day

Most of the area schools were off today.  It was bitter cold (wind chill below zero) and I expected we would be busy, but we weren't too busy at all.  In fact I got sent home early!

I had 5 deliveries, 2 were interesting.  One was 2 pizzas, wings, and a 2-liter to a low-rent "weekly" style motel, the Journey Inn.  I had to chuckle when the guy said, "Thanks, now my lunch is taken care of for the week."  He did tip almost $3.

Other one was to the "Fraternal Order of Orioles", a private bar I had never even seen!  Bartender tipped me $5 on a $9.99 order.

Total 2 hours, 5 deliveries, 14 miles, $11 in tips.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Revenge On The Stiffer

I had a stiffer tonight that upset me.
  • the weather was cold & snowy
  • he lived kind of far away
  • he had a huge wad of cash that he peeled through to give me exact change
I got back to my car and a banana peel "accidentally" landed on his front step.  Maybe the neighborhood car or some other varmint will drag it away before he even notices, but I did feel better momentarily.

Harmless, this is about the worst thing I could imagine ever doing to get back at a stiffer.  Shaking up a 2-liter of pop or bringing their pizza last in a multi-delivery trip are others.

Totals for the night were 4.96 hours, 13 deliveries, $25 in tips, and 44 miles.  Pretty average overall.

Manager Mike is tracking hours, deliveries, tips, and total (wages plus tips per hour) for all drivers and servers.  I'm not sure why.

Monday, December 6, 2010

First Snow

Today was the first snow of the year.  Also the first day I wore my Santa hat, which usually puts customers in a cheerful mood and might get me an extra buck now and then..

If this is any sign as to what winter will be like, I can't wait for spring.

First off there was a horrible back-up on my way home from my other job.  It took me about 45 minutes to get the final 6 miles to my house to change.  I finally got to the pizzeria about 15 minutes late.

In the next 3.45 hours, I took 9 deliveries (not bad).  My tips are listed below:

$0 - twice
$1 - twice
$2 - three times
$3 - once
$4 - once

The $3 and $4 were on my last 2 deliveries.  For my first 7 runs I had only made $8.  On the night I only made $15 in tips, while driving 31 miles.

Manager Krystle sent me home a little early, there was still quite a stack of dishes to wash, but I didn't question her.

Domino's Turkey Game

Domino’s has launched a festive fun turkey game to get pizza lovers in a flap before Christmas. Play the Great Turkey Escape and be in with the chance of gobbling a stack of piping hot pizza.
To play, log on to Simply select your turkey from the likes of Freddie Flapper and Tommy Tails, catapult them into the air and then flap your wings like mad to fly as far as you can. Pick up a pizza slice for an added boost, but avoid the dynamite or your goose will be cooked!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Serve Elyria, Vote for Gardens from Pepsi!

Well, I serve the city of Elyria their dinner one night a week.  Soon to be 2 nights, I'm picking up every other Thursday & alternating Friday on the schedule, but that's another story.

This Serve Elyria is a project through our church to give some really cool portable gardens to 1000 low income families.  Talk about "teaching someone to fish" ... well this is the same idea!

You can help by voting, we are trying to get a $25k grant from Pepsi!

Click this link for more info on how to vote.  Thanks in advance for your consideration!