RestaurantIamA pizza delivery driver in a big college town. I'm going on year three and I've seen it all. AMA!
Jan 16th 2017 by Average_banana • 46 Questions • 4070 Points
My short bio: I live in a big college town known for the good football team. Ask me anything!
My Proof: http://imgur.com/XIxNxpm
Edit: Thank you guys so much for the questions! I'm going to sleep now but I'll be back in the morning if you're still interested.
What's the funniest story you care to share that you haven't already?
Some of the best moments happen inside the store. I've seen many of fights break out in my time. One girl picked up an industrial printer and threw it at a dude.
Another time, a worker hid in the freezer to avoid doing work and our manager found him and gave him a black eye.
Once, a pair of drunk girls came in and tried to buy some pizza. When their card declined, they got really upset and started screaming that her father invited 4square. They then proceeded to walk to the oven and picked the pizza up with their bare hands, burning the shit out of them.
Our store shares a parking lot with a UPS store next door. On a big game day, the owner came outside and drunkenly harassed our drivers about parking in front of his store. He then threw some pallets at one of their cars scratching the shit out of it. The workers at UPS said they found him the next morning passed out on the floor in the back of the store.
manager found him and gave him a black eye
He's not the manager anymore, is he? Because that's fucked up and should lead to him being no manager anymore!
Both parties were fired
Ever got offered sex/drugs for pizza?
Any scary experiences?
Best day on the job? Worst?
Biggest tip that I can remember is $35. I didn't even have to take a delivery. A guy walked in from the bar across the street plastered out of his mind. I love goofing around with drunk kids and apparently he loved it too.
I get offered bong hits on the weekly. I took one once, and regretted it immediately. Every car turned into a cop after that.
The scariest experience is when I delivered to a basketball game. I had to give the pizzas to the bus driver and he sexually assaulted me. I noped out of there real quick and had to go to the police.
The best days often mix with the worst days when coworkers leave. My favorite part of this job is the friends I make working there. So when they leave to better places, we always throw a party and have dick cake. Always bittersweet.
Yes but unfortunately nothing came from it
A dick shaped caked with several more dicks drawn on it
Yeah, on occasion. Normally, its when I interrupt people in the middle of doing it. One time, I delivered to a party and there was a drunk guy with his pants down pissing out the front door when I walked up.
What's the number one thing you dislike when dealing with a customer?
So many things. When they act like its my fault when something happens that they don't like. It's either too expensive, or they had to wait too long for their order. Look man, I'm just delivering pizza as fast as I can, don't yell at me.
Do you have a goal past pizza slanging?
I used to move pies and got out. one thing i did was grab two 2-liters and keep them in my car (one diet Pepsi and one mountain dew) if i ever forgot something trivial like a drink or even a sauce cup or napkins people would always take one of the drinks instead and I would pay for it with my employee discount and return them at the end of the night cost me a dollar and i didn't have to drive 30 minutes for some stupid shit.
I am actually going to college for my computer science degree. Graduation is so close yet so far!
I always like to keep a couple of extra sauces in my car. If somebody orders a drink we're out of, I always bring them 2 extra drinks because fuck it. I should start keeping extra drinks in my car too. Its a brilliant idea
I know you can add delivery instructions to the order for dominos, what is the weirdest one you have received?
Most of them are "Draw such and such on the box", which I love doing. Somebody asked for coffee, and tipped well when I brought it. One time, they put "The secret passsword is ballsweat". When I got there, I had to yell ballsweat before they would opened the door.
Oh yeah, no doubt about it. There are some nights when I'll work 8 hours and only make 30 bucks. You learn who does and doesn't tip in the years.
Damn I've always heard college towns suck but 8 hours and only $30, is that with mileage? I deliver in the burbs where all the rich college kids parents live and work 8 hour shifts and make on average $100-$150 sometimes more! Worked last night a Sunday with the football playoff and our state hockey team played and made $200!
Dude, I need to move to where you live
Does know who does and doesn't tip make a difference? You still have to deliver right?
Not really. If you're up next, you have to take the delivery no matter how shitty. Sometimes you can strike a deal with your coworkers and get them to take it for you.
Have you ever been scared for your safety while delivering?
Yes, many times! Luckily, I've only had to go to the police once in my two years.
It depends. On a regular 8 hour shift, I probably take 25 to 30. If its a game day, its probably more around 35 to 40.
Have you read the book Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson? If not, you should!
I have not! I love to listen to audio books while I'm driving so i'll definitely have to look it up.
Biggest pizza order you had to deliver? Smallest?
Is there any customer who orders pizza way too much? Does your car have a pizza aroma?
Biggest is probably 150 pizzas to the college football team. In order for a delivery, the order has to be at least $10. So the smallest would be an order of lava cakes and a bag of Doritos.
We definitely have our regulars. There is an old man who orders a buffalo sandwich every morning. Another man orders two pan pizzas, double sausage, double beef every day. How somebody has the money for that beats me.
I'll never get the scent of pepperoni out of my car.
I get offered from time to time, but I've never accepted. I would rather have money.
What's the weirdest situation you have delivered to?
What's the largest order you have delivered?
Oh man, there has been tons of weird deliveries. There is always the classic drunk pass-outs. One that sticks out is the time I delivered to this party going on. When I got there, everyone got quiet and I was told I had to sing for my tip. I sang happy birthday while everybody danced and clapped along. Totally worth it.
As for the biggest order, we deliver to all the local sports teams all the time. Just yesterday, I had to deliver 150 pizzas to the college football team. If you're wondering, no, they didn't tip.
Oh man, one time I ordered a pizza drunk and passed out immediately afterward. I was super embarrassed when my roommate the next day was like dude...I paid for your pizza. Does it happen often?
It happens all the time. The only time its annoying is when nobody answers the door at all. I normally just bang the shit out the door or call them 47 times in a row.
I get paid minimum wage while in the store and half minimum wage while on the road. I get tips and get my gas compensated through mileage.
I really loved slanging pizzas. Time flew by and cash on hand every night. I quit because although i delivered in a "safe town" felt worried for my safety at all times.
How often do you ever really feel like you need to worry about your safety?
Maybe I'm over-confident in my ability to defend myself or just plain oblivious, but I've been delivering for almost three years, and could count on my fingers the amount of times I've been genuinely worried for my safety.
What's the biggest blunder you ever made? (i.e., forgetting to load a pizza or soda or whatever in your car) And how did the customer react?
I've forgotten a few drinks in my years. Sometimes we have to take multiple orders at once. Once, I took a double and gave the wrong people the wrong orders. They just called and explained what happened. They were pretty cool about it, they got a free order and their orders.
One time I backed my car up into a ditch while trying to leave an apartment complex. That was a pretty big fuck up. I called a tow truck and they said it would be $100 plus $20 for every mile. So, I ended up just backing more into the ditch and driving through it until I found a spot I could get out.
What was your biggest tip?
So what story do you want to tell?
Reccommended delivery vehicles?
My biggest tip so far has been $35 bucks, and I didn't even have to take a delivery for it.
One time, I took a delivery and this girl asked for exact change. Well, as a sub-par pizza delivery employee, I don't carry around coin change. She got real butthurt and went inside to find exact change. She came back out and handed me a wad of cash with some change. When, I got to the store, I opened the wad of cash and counted it. Turns out, she tipped me $20 by accident. That's what you get for being stingy.
A car that works is cool. It's always awesome to have a nice sound system to jam while driving.
Ham and pineapple, all day every day.
What led you on your path to becoming a pizza delivery driver?
Do you regret taking on this role?
Peter Parker is my hero.
Not at all, its a pretty cool gig. The shittiest part are the long shifts working to 5 am.
A good trip is one when I get tipped more than $3. I love delivering to drunk people most of the time, they're always friendly and will goof off with me.
One time I delivered to a Christmas party and got to the be a judge on who made the best Christmas tree. I got tipped $5 and a mini-bottle of fireball.
Have you ever received a tip in a non monetary form? If so, what was it?
All the time. My favorite so far has been an unopened tub of cheese balls. I also get offered bong hits and beers on the weekly.
I've watched online 'girl models' order food from online. When the food gets to the door, the customer strips naked before answering the door. Have you ever encountered this; if so, were you propositioned and took part?
The only naked people I've seen delivering pizzas have had dicks attached to them. One time, a naked man opened the door while on the phone with a woman. When she heard my voice, she got very upset and started yelling at the man threatening to hurt him and me. I quickly exchanged the goods and got out of there.
why did you get kicked out of the marching band? Also can I deliver pizzas at the age of 16?
Long story short, I got with some friends who were eating vodka gummy bears at a game.
No, you have to be at least 18 and have had your license for at least a full year
Most interesting delivery?
Also, do you use a Motorcycle as a delivery vehicle(Not really a motorcycle I mean like a scooter, here in Egypt we call it Motosekl/Makana).
Second scariest story?
And finally what was the weirdest delivery experienced?
There are so many to chose from. One time, I delivered to a crazy cat lady. There were cats all in her yard and house. When I tried to leave, several cats jumped in my car. I had to get them all out before I could leave.
No, I drive a small compact SUV.
The second scariest would have to be when I was delivering to the bad part of town. I was stopped at a stop sign when a man walked up to me. He pulled out a gun and asked for all of my money. I quickly drove away before he could do anything, but I was pretty spooked.
I've had so many weird deliveries. One time, I delivered to a house with a bunch of drunk dudes. When I got there, the guy who ordered the pizza apparently got paranoid and locked himself in his room. His roommates tried knocking down his door and yelling at him. They even made me come in and try to coax him out. They didn't have any cash so I ended up having to take the pizza back.
What's the process of getting your neighborhood added back to the delivery route? Back in the 90's my neighborhood was big in crime now it's really chill but none of the good pizza shops deliver here and when I ask they say it's because we're out of their coverage range but they drive right past my house to get to the new neighborhood that they do deliver to...
I honestly have no idea. I would try telling them that. The manager can over-ride the computer and put your address in the delivery zone if they feel inclined to do so. But that's only if the manager isn't a dick head.
Do you ever get invited in to places to watch the games? Are you a big fan of the team?
Also, would you rather deliver on gamedays or non-gamedays? I'd imagine tips are better during games, but you're fighting traffic/huge number of orders.
I've never been invited in to watch the games but 90% of the time, I see the tv from the door.
You can make so much money on game days, but like you said, traffic is horrid. I personally would rather work non-game days, only due to the fact that when you work game days, you should expect to stay at least 3 hours after you were scheduled out.
And to be honest, I've only worked 2 or 3 game days in my 3 years. I used to be in the marching band and would get to go to all the games for free before I got kicked out, but that's another story haha.
Looks like you drive for dominos. I'm about to start driving at a dominos in a college town. Anything I should know?
You will never go home on time. Ever. Also, don't forget drinks. Its extra annoying when you get there and realize you have to drive all the way back to the store to go all the way back to the house.
I've been thinking of doing pizza delivery as a side gig to save up for a wedding. Would you say it is worth it for me?
That depends on how busy your store is. In my town, I can make around $100 a night, but some stores aren't that busy.
Average banana seems like an interesting username for a women. You packin, and if so, is it really average?
I'd like to believe my mom when she tells me all bananas are special and above average in their own ways.
Please don't eat me
Probably out of your purview, but why the hell is it still the same price or MORE to order a cheeseless pizza? I mean, it's less of something, for crying out loud. And it's not my choice--I would vastly prefer a regular pizza, but my dairy allergy says nope. So I feel like I'm being penalized for a disability. Yes? No?
I agree with you! Dominoes will do anything to take your money. We recently had a price increase. Its $2 to add one more topping, which is ridiculous. But if people will keep buying it, Dominoes will keep doing it