A pizza delivery driver revealed how they take revenge on customers who don’t tip for their services – and told horrifying stories of colleagues who do a lot, lot worse.
Having hot pizza delivered to your door is one of life’s little luxuries.
Although many of us would always tip if we went out for dinner, paying for takeaways ahead of time on a card and not having changed in the house means finding a way to tip a delivery driver can prove tricky.
But you may want to plan in advance next time after a pizza restaurant employee revealed the way they take revenge on customers who don’t tip for the service – and it’s really divided opinion.
The delivery driver explains they work for a small pizza place, usually ferrying around between 10 to 15 orders a night.
The job pays minimum wage, and also requires drivers to pay for fuel and maintenance on the cars they rely on, meaning it works out to be a very badly paid job.
They say most customers realize that and tip, on average, £3 per order.
“Every night I get people who will not tip,” they wrote. “The worst is when it’s a large and expensive order.
“If I’m late and they don’t tip, I understand I didn’t provide a good service and don’t deserve a tip.
“Orders where I get there quickly and provide good service but they don’t tip kinda make me mad.”
When the driver feels they have done a good job but don’t receive recognition from the customer, they find the phone number used to place the order and schedule two early morning wake up calls using an online service in revenge.
Preempting the backlash they may face, they added that other drivers do a lot, lot worse.
“I’ve worked at a few delivery places over the years. If a repeat customer doesn’t tip, I’ve seen drivers spit or blow snot in the food (and worse).
“I think it’s wrong to mess with someone’s food, regardless of how they treat you. But if I don’t do something I just stay angry all night (maybe I need a different job).”
After posting about it on Reddit, it split opinion with others.
Many slammed the driver, with one writing: “Grow up. While I understand it is minimum wage and not a livable wage, tipping is a courtesy, not requirement. Don’t be an a**hole.”
A second replied: “You’re punishing the customer because your employer doesn’t pay you enough. A s*** ton of people work minimum wage and can’t afford to live properly because it’s not enough money, but they don’t take it out on the people whose job it’s NOT to pay them.”
But others stuck up for them, arguing: “Don’t order pizza or go to restaurants with waiters/service workers if you don’t plan on tipping.”
Another wrote: “You’re not the a**hole but you are a hero.”