"While in my early 20's, I delivered for PJ's in the Hampton area of Virginia. My service area included a 'low income' area, Fort Monroe (a fortress with an actual moat!) a college campus, a yacht club, and just regular customers. I had a lot of fun with all the different people I met. Here are a couple of highlights: 1. One Sunday, HOOTERS called. Apparently the ladies wanted pizza.....during business hours! When I walked in with the order, I was taken care of VERY well by the waitresses! The customers enjoyed the show..lol! It was all for fun, and nothing inappropriate happened. However, I was asked to autograph their shirts. They paid for the order in wings! 2. Some bored military police gave me a personal escort at Fort Monroe... lights flashing, the whole nine! I was delivering to a family gathering at the enlisted housing area. 3. I have bartered extra pizza's for gas and burger king. At the time, a large supreme was worth a tank of gas! 4. I have delivered to storm damaged areas. Being near the coast, we had a few tropical storms come through, and wipe out power, etc. If we still had power, pizza orders would flood in. I would have to drive around downed trees, flooded streets, and other obstacles to get to the customers. Tips were really good on these days!" (Source).
"I needed a job. Badly. I was a junior in college living off-campus and had to pay for a lot on my own. I applied to a pizza place down the street as a delivery driver. I loved pizza, I had a car, and I needed the tip money, so why not? Well, there's a reason young women are not usually food delivery drivers. My first customer on my first day was a man at a hotel next door. I parked outside, went into the lobby, and told the person at the front desk I had pizza for XYZ. I guess he heard his name because the guy came out from the pool area on the same floor and said it was his, but his wallet was upstairs. I'd worked in customer service for several years, and since I knew that the customer's convenience is at the top of the list, my first reaction was to say this: 'Oh, you don't have to come back down. Let me follow you up'. I immediately regretted it. But I already said it. So we go up and I stand in the doorway of his hotel room. He's fetching his wallet and I'm holding the food. 'Come in and put the food on the table here', he said. He was digging through a jacket or something for the money. So I did. I put the food down and he handed me the cash. I was about to leave, but then he asked me about things to do in the area. I didn't say much. I headed back to the door and said to have a good night. He said, 'So let me ask you something'. He approached me. I thought the worst possible things. 'Is there anything I can get off the table here?' I blinked. 'No', I said slowly. 'I don't think so.' 'Ah, okay. Worth a try.' I ran out of that room and down to my car - a safe place. I completed my one other delivery and quit immediately after. I figured that that type of job could put me in at least a few horrible situations" (Source).
"I worked at Domino's and Pizza Hut. I've been tipped non-cash before, such as beer and drugs (though I didn't accept the drugs). I once got tipped a cable (coaxial) splitter. Once a guy was talking to me about his temptation to rob me when I pulled my money out to give him change, which was an awkward conversation. Once a friend ordered and he asked me to pick him up some beer on my way there, and so I did. I'm sure I could have got in trouble for that if they ever caught me. I've been offered a slice of the pizza I just delivered to a customer, and if I remember right, I accepted one time. I know there are other 'strange' moments, but I can't think of them off the top of my head. Upsetting moments include when people try and rip me off, such as taking the pizza without paying, but I never let that happen. Also when I deliver pizza to a home where they're doing drugs (such as smoking pot) and there's a baby in the crib, that really upsets me" (Source).
"The store I spent most of my time working for was in East Lansing. East Lansing is the home of Michigan State University. During the school year, there are always plenty of house parties raging on the weekends and during football games. Once I showed up to an address with a few sandwiches in tow. Nobody answered the door, so I started walking back to my car to dial the contact number. All of a sudden I heard whooping and screeching coming from the backyard. Two or three guys ran out - naked except for cowboy hats and big leather boots - chased each other around the front yard, and then circled back. A few minutes later, the customer peered their head out from behind the door and waved me over" (Source).
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