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Dangerous pizza drivers

Posted Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 6:16 PM

Sooner or later we're going to see a major accident caused by a pizza delivery driver.

A few moments before this was written I saw a driver, with the firm's sign clearly visible atop his car, almost totally lose control on Glenoaks Road at the sharp turn near Eakin Elementary School.

I'd guess he was driving 50-60 mph.

It's time for the managers to slow down the drivers a little bit. I realize there are deadlines to meet, but risking lives on the road goes too far.

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I would bet they were on the way back since I sloppy pizza is not going to be good for anyone.

Their incentives are probably based on how fast they get back to get more deliveries.

Maybe someone who used to, or still does deliver could enlighten us?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 4, 2011, at 9:15 PM

I used to work for one of the local pizza places. We were told to be safe-obey traffic laws and carry limited cash. Although, the company did track delivery times for service quality.

Like all companies, we had our good and bad employees. Some drivers, once out of sight of the store, would "put the peddle to the metal" so they could get back for another delivery.

In addition to regular hourly pay our incentives were not based on the number of deliveries, but we were paid a nominal amount per mile, and of course, the tips.

Remember, don't forget to tip the pizzaman!

-- Posted by Midnight Rider on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 2:31 AM

Good point about tips. Most service persons probably are on a tip credit system or minimum wage. If they work hard to get your food to you in a timely fashion and in good condition, it is only right to say thanks.

They saved you time and gas money, so share the wealth or make the food yourself.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 9:28 AM

He,he Steve, thanks. You are right. Unless you are in management they (the company) can only pay you but so much. One third of my income came from the generous folks in Shelbyville.

-- Posted by Midnight Rider on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 2:02 PM

Don't gripe about how long it takes to get your pizza if you are going to gripe about the driver.

-- Posted by Tinaw on Fri, Jun 17, 2011, at 5:47 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.