Monday, September 8, 2008

Peacocks, Muslims and a little cash

Well I will say it was a pretty good weekend. I am desperately trying to get a pic of Abid the Muslim since I think he is about to be a blog favorite. I hate that I have to say this every time I mention him, but he is a really nice guy and totally not a terrorist. That being said Ramadan just began, so every day at sundown he has to take some time off of work to go pray and end his fast. This works out for me since these are usually busy times. I get at least 2 extra deliveries during this time--score one for me!!

I only got stiffed one time this weekend. It was at the Mission Ridge apartments and I could tell it was going to happen. The place wasn't well light and when the guy opened the door, I could just see it in his eyes. He had rap music blaring in the background and wasn't wearing a shirt. If he had extra money, he certainly wasn't going to give it to me. I tried to get a photo of the place, but, like I said, it was pretty dark at his place.

Anyways the guys name is Brandon Smith and he is our latest addition to the Pie of Shame:
Brandon Smith
3319 Mission Ridge Bldg # 34
Atlanta, GA 30080

On a more pleasant note, I saw peacocks while delivering on Sunday. Here are a couple of pics, but they didn't come out too well.

These were actually at an apartment complex off of Spring Hill Rd. If you know the area, you know there isn't any real reason for these 2 peacocks to be there. So, I was very surprised to see them just hanging out in the parking lot. I thought about throwing something at them so they would spread their feathers, but I didn't really want to scare them off. Plus, they don't seem to have those long feathers. I believe only the males have them, so these 2 may have been females. If they were looking for a mate, they were definitely in the wrong part of town.

Here are my stats from Saturday and Sunday. They were both decent days, but Sunday was great. It wasn't crazy busy, but steady and it seemed like everything I took had another run that just had to go with it. At least twice I delivered to 2 different people in one hotel on the same run. That is always good money.

Tips made: $39
Runs taken: 9
Stiffs: 1

Tips made: $62
Runs taken: 15
Stiffs: 0
Peacocks spotted: 0

Monday, September 1, 2008

Catch up time

OK, I haven't been able for awhile so this post is a bit of a catch up.

It was an OK night. At one point another driver, Abid the Muslim, was getting mad because he had been there about 6 hours and only made $15. He isn't a terrorist or anything, but he was pretty upset throwing around a lot of Allah this and revenge that stuff (that's not true actually).

Later in the evening I answered the phone and took an order from a very friendly woman. She said "Now baby... if you can get that pizza here fast, I promise you are going to be very happy!"

Well Abid the Muslim got the order and I told him what she said. When he got back he said she asked "Have you been good?"

"Yea," he said
"Oh and have you been bad?" she said.
"Well, a little bit."

She then said she would tip him $5 per hug and then hugged him 3 times. He was in a much better mood when he got back to the store.

I have 2 people to add to the Pie of Shame (formerly the wall of shame).
The first was at the La Quinta, located at 2415 Paces Ferry Rd. Atlanta, Ga. 30339. It was room 108 and the customer's name was Orlando Vigo. It was a couple of Hispanic guys. They seemed to be in town for the Alabama and Clemson game. Usually, Hispanic guys tip OK, but this guy just signed his credit card slip and handed it back to me.

The second one, was a thousand times more annoying. I delivered to the Double Tree Hotel on 2055 South Park Place, Atlanta Ga. 30339. The front desk won't let pizza men deliver to the room, so they call the customer down to the lobby while you wait. I sat there for close to 10 minutes before a huge black woman came up. She said to hold on while she went out the front door to find someone. She came back after another 5 minutes and made a call up to the room asking someone else to bring some money. But as she did, two of her friends (sons maybe) walked up to pay me. The bill was $26.65. The woman walked away and one of the guys handed me a handful of ones and a bunch of loose change. I quickly counted the bills. There was only $6 there!

I told the guy he owed me some money because there was no way he have me $20 worth of change. I know that guy was hoping I would just shove the money in my pocket and walk away. So he reached in another pocket pulled out some a load of cash and handed it to me without even counting it.

But I took my time and counted every single dime. He gave me EXACT change and about $7 of it was in change!!! I simply put the money in my pocket and walked out. Unfortunately I didn't get any of there names and wasn't able to get photos.

here are my stats for Saturday:
tips made: $49
runs: 13
stiffs: 2

This day was slammed. The football crowd was still in town and buying pizza during the long Labor Day holiday. Most of the tips were good and didn't get stiffed a single time!

I did deliver to a nice neighborhood near Teasley Elementary School and they were having a cute little fundraiser. There were some young kids playing some live rock music (playing poorly, but that's not the point). They were playing to a crowd of parents in the front yard. It was really just a cool/nice thing to see. They ordered $47 worth of pizza and tipped $7.

My stats for Sunday:
Tips made: $65
runs: 17
stiffs: 0!!
rockbands seen: 1