Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My J-O-B

So, I deliver pizza for a living. I work for a pretty good pizza place and I love my job. There are some aspects that I could care less for though. Let me tell you a little bit about delivering pizzas before I tell you what I do and don't like.

Yeah, I can't think of much to tell you about delivering pizza because that itself is what I do. I take pizza from person to person in my own car with my own gas. When I get back to the store I have other responsibilities to do. If I'm the closer for the night I have to wash the dishes. Yeah, it doesn't seem hard but I have to wash every dirty dish in the store from pans and lids, to plates and bowls, cups, silverware, and much much more. If I'm a short shift for the night we have to get dough done for the next day, take the trash and boxes out, fold boxes ( which never last very long), and anything the managers ask just like any other job.

So, what it is about my job that I love? There are all kinds of things. For one, when we're super busy and everybody is acting all crazy, I get to leave. I don't have to deal with the drama and people getting mad. It's a nice little break. I get paid to leave where I work. Does it get much better than that? I also love that I get to drive my own car and listen to music. My job has taught me a lot about driving. It's made me a better driver which is really nice. I love the money...but that's what I don't like too. I'll get to that next.

What don't I like about my job? Ummm...the same things I love about it. Lol. I'm going to start with the money. I don't know if you guys know this but common courtesy is for  people to tip as a thank you for me making your life a little bit easier. You don't have to get out, you don't have to cook, everything is done for you. Isn't there a little bit of thanking due?? Maybe I'm wrong because it's what I do for a living but  I don't know. I could drone on and on about tipping but I'll save that for a later blog. Another thing I don't like is that we don't get paid mileage or anything for our gas. All expenses come out of my own pocket. That really blows! If somebody calls in, my job gets hard. We have a set number of drivers for the day and if we can't get somebody to come in for the person that calls in, we all suffer. When I say we all, I mean the remaining drivers and the customers. Most of the time this makes deliveries late and the pizza cold. If deliveries are late, there go the tips. It's a vicious cycle.

All in all though, I love my job. Everybody should have to work in the food service industry at least once in their life. It gives me empathy towards other food service workers. It gives me patience when I have to deal with pain in the ass customers (which there are more of than I would like to think). And it gives me a sense of fulfillment to make people happy, help people out, and just to have a job in general.

That's all, and all that good stuff!


brittanylynn09 said...

That is good that you really love your job. There are so many people out there that don't like their job at all! I used to work in a deli where at the end of the night I was responsible for doing all the dishes, so I feel your pain there! I hope you keep enjoying your job.

Scott said...

I am not one that likes a lot of pizza, but I will say when I am lazy and don’t want to get out, I will order it. I have never worked in fast food and probably should never anyway. I don’t understand not getting paid mileage, so do they make it up in your pay somewhere. What is the perk to delivering pizza if you are getting screwed on fuel costs? I hope you have a car that gets really good gas mileage.
I like my job too, but I won’t drive for free.

Chloe said...

Brittany- doing dishes is a lot better than the dough so it doesn't seem too bad. But sometimes, I really just don't want to do them! Lol.They get sucky sometimes huh?

Scott- They don't pay us mileage but they do give us about a dollar per delivery we take. If the customer lives a blog away it's a dollar, but it's still only a dollar if i drive 10 miles out to a customer also. If we take two at time we get a little bit more. But, if we take three at a time we get less. It can add up if you're the only driver but at busy times it really blows.

Naomi Orr said...

I ALWAYS give a generous tip to the driver no matter how long the delivery took. I delivered pizza way back when. I was so surprised when I did not receive a tip from most people I delivered to. My first delivery I actually stood there a few seconds before I realized that the people were walking back in the house with no intention of giving me a dollar of their change. That was back when fuel was less than $2 a gallon and the delivery area was only 3 miles. That short lived job really made me respect delivery drivers more.

My least favorite part of the job was slicing and boxing... I always seems to dump most of the pizza upside down in the box!