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I wonder how many customers realize that by rewarding my prompt, courteous service with crappy tips like the one i just got, that they’re pricing me out of my job. I took a delivery that was 14 miles round trip and got a $5 tip on a $50 order. So not only was it less than a waiter would get for the same amount, I had to use 3/4 of a gallon of gas to take it. So after gas I made about $2.75. If this keeps up I’ll have to quit because it will make more sense to work somewhere where I get to stay in one spot. Customers are so clueless sometimes.

The Driver (Adam Smith)

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So I’m going down a two lane road and the guy in front of me keeps moving over to have the clear lane. He’s in a pos Dodge Intrepid. I finally find my opening and start moving down the street when him and his buddy floor it. I think to myself “this moron really wants to race?” There’s really no room shortly because of traffic, but I really want to follow him and ask if he wants to go race somewhere. I’d kill his car. Personally i think he was trying to make up for a small cock, a problem i don’t have, so i turned a different way. It still annoys me when people do that though.

The Driver (Adam Smith)

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I just delivered a $33.29 order, they give me $40, wait for their $6 change and say thank you. Meanwhile, their million dollar house looms. I’m sure giving me that 71 cent tip seemed fair to them, so if their house is blown away by a tornado that’ll seem fair to me. Cheap people suck. See now if I quit, they’ll have to find a replacement driver and deliveries will be slowed down till then. That’s the sort of thing that bad tippers do. So far for 6 hours of work I’ve made $14 in tips. That’s like $2 an hour. Now subtract for gas and car expenses. Screw the assholes who stiff us for great service.

The Driver (Adam Smith)

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I worked at one place where they paid drivers $5 an hour, but all drivers did was drive. We didn’t answer the phones, we didn’t sweep or mop, we didn’t make boxes. We sat in our cars and waited for orders to get dispatched to us. Some people might balk at that for $5 an hour, but for $6 an hour I have to do all of the stuff above and more. Getting that extra dollar an hour isn’t worth it to me. I’d much rather get $5 and sit in my car. It just makes more sense since we’re getting screwed on gas and a decent wage for risking our lives for a pizza.

The Driver (Adam Smith)

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I just delivered to a jewelry store. Tiffany. The order is $16.31, the girl hands me $20 and says “you can just give me $3 back”. Ummm, hello, you just fucked me, don’t say it like the 69 cent tip is something special. Shit like this is why I fully support charging more in areas where people have more money. We get paid less because tips are supposed to make up the difference. If you don’t tip there’s no incentive to give good service and owners should charge more to pay us more. I get $6 an hour at this place and no gas money. Gas in CT is one of the highest rates in the country. A typical day I will average $6 or less an hour thanks to shitty tippers and having to buy gas. FUCK THAT.

The Driver (Adam Smith)

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I drive a WRX, but i frequently get cut off on the road by minivan mothers. I don’t get it. What’s so important that you need to do 65 or 70 down a city street, weaving in and out of traffic cutting people off? The best is when they do it with kids in the back. I’m sorry your life didn’t turn out how you wanted it to but you have no right to risk my life because of that. Kill yourself if you want but leave the rest of us out of it.

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I’ve been there for almost two weeks now and people in Westport, rich as they are, are just bad tippers. $3 a tip average is killing me. I did almost as well in Bridgeport. The volume was much higher over here, too. If i did 30 deliveries at $3 I get $90 in tips. At the new place I might do 13, so I leave with about $40. Plus, they pay $6 an hour and no gas money. So basically I am screwing myself and not for very much. I am working on a side project, dog walking, and as soon as I have the website done I’ll start passing out business cards and he like. Those guys get $15 for a half an hour walk. Walk 10 dogs in a day and there’s $150 for one day of work (and figure it would be like a 7 or 8 hour day as opposed to 12 for delivering). I’m pretty much burned out from the whole delivery thing anyway, and I could really use the exercise for dog walking. My bills are all way behind and I really need money. Anyway, back to watching The Goonies!

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