Can you bear to order pizza in the rain?

Can you bear to order pizza in the rain? - A picture of someone thinking of eating pizza in the rain.
Singapore
March 3, 2009 9:30am CST
The sky was dumping buckets of cats and dogs but I didn't care. I was snuggled tight beneath my blanket, enjoying the feeling of warmth in an air-conditioned room. Yes, it was raining outside but the extra chill and booming thunder only add to the coziness. While I was lying there and wondering if I should force myself to wake up to the new day, my stomach started to grumble like Grandpa Thunder. I felt like eating pizza. Let's see... shall I order one from Pizza Hut? Or Canadian Pizza? Or...? Yet it struck me then that it would be quite wrong of me to satisfy myself that way. It was raining, I wanted a pizza and somebody had to deliver it. Over here, all deliverymen for takeaways ride bikes. How safe is it to ride a bike in the rain? How comfortable is it for them to get into their cold and stinky raincoats to brave the weather to send me a piping hot pizza? I felt guilty just thinking about that and so, I got up and cooked myself a plain bowl of instant noodles instead. So here's the question I like to pose to you in this discussion. Having read my rationale above, can you (still) bear to order pizza in the rain? Do share your thoughts.
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• United States
3 Mar 09
Think of it this way. If it is raining cats and dogs and nobody orders pizza, they will not be making any money. That will hurt them. Now sure, I could go pick it up, but I am the customer paying for the pizza. Why should I have to go pick it up? Secondly, if they deliver the pizza, they get a tip. I tip 20% and sometimes 25%. When I order, I get one or two of the largest pizzas they have. Some have large and some have extra large. Then we get soda. At Pizza Hut, we also get casseroles. Do I feel guilty? Never.
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• Singapore
3 Mar 09
Hihi, yes I thought about that point too. I wanted to wrote it in but I couldn't be sure if they indeed get paid by the box. I was just thinking it might be by the hour - because if they get paid for the amount they deliver, wouldn't there be bloodied fights each time a customer calls?
• United States
3 Mar 09
In this country, I am under the impression that they get paid by the hour. And then they also get customer tips.
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• Singapore
3 Mar 09
Over here, we don't tip or encourage it. It would depend on the breakup of the salary - if the basic salary is the bulk of the amount the deliveryman gets, then I wouldn't order in the rain where possible (just me). If tips be the bulk and tipping is the norm, then it would be another consideration. Or, if one can afford it, maybe tipping or a bigger tip would be neat if one orders in bad weather.
@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
3 Mar 09
Hi wizard! Here in Italy we actually do get those downpours like you describe - but we also get our pizzas delivered in vans. I am also guilty (?) of having had one or more delivered in a thunderstorm - they provide a service and there is nothing on the menu that states "in adverse weather conditions the service is not available" Even though the delivery boy would have to do the bit from the road to the front door in the pouring rain I presume he would have an umbrella. I also presume he would rather deliver even in the rain than not deliver at all, especially the way things are at the moment and jobs few and far between and consequently fewer people ordering take-away pizzas. I also add that if you were here in Italy and could order a REAL Italian pizza then you would probably not even notice the weather as your taste buds would get the better of you and noodles would not even enter into it at all! Good to see you Wizard!
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• Singapore
3 Mar 09
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Hi Diana, Definitely it is within your right as a customer to order in the rain. As you rightly pointed out, nowhere did they say they are not taking orders in the rain. It's just me and my hyper-sensitivity talking there lol. I am not sure about Italy but over here, the F&B business is thriving like mad and they keep opening new outlets to suck our money dry (they keep raising prices and churning out higher profits while pretending the economy is affecting them adversely). And haha regarding your point on REAL pizza. Would love to try a REAL pizza.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
3 Mar 09
Even here they whine about trade being bad but then when you order they inform you that it will be a long while before it arrives because there are so many orders prior to yours! I am a regular customer with one of the take-away pizza places here but somehow I think that even if they would agree to delivering one to you where you are... it would be cold by the time it arrived You will just have to come over here!
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
They are just lying through their teeth, simply as that. But of course if you ask them, they will say they have to answer to their shareholders (they say YOU) so they have to rip a lot of money from YOU.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Well, I think I would have used the same rationale that you used, especially if it was a cold rain. I would fix something to eat instead of having something delivered. I haven't seen a discussion started by you in a good while. I don't start too many discussions these days, usually spend my time responding to others discussions.
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• Singapore
3 Mar 09
Hi terri, Yea... it has been long...
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
3 Mar 09
..... much too long!
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
Well... most myLotters will go poof once in a while...
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• United States
3 Mar 09
They deliver in cars here and in all sorts of weather so it wouldn't bother me in that respect. However, what bothers me is to pay a fortune for the pizza & then have to tip the driver so I'm cheap and we either buy frozen or go to a "take'n bake" place where I get more bang for my buck.
• Singapore
3 Mar 09
That's why they should remove the tipping part (yes, I know anyone who depends on tipping will scream - which makes it necessary to raise their basic salary should tipping be abolished). Where I am, we don't practise tipping and it is not encouraged at all.
• United States
4 Mar 09
Delivery drivers of food EXPECT a tip just like a waitress would. I hear ya they should pay them better or figure out a better system. I recall going to a restaurant and a waiter chased down a customer asking if his service was that bad that they didn't tip & that he works hard for his money. I wanted to be a smarty pants and say something like... SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE! Hence another reason if we eat out we prefer buffets that we don't need to tip anyone at UNLESS they exceed expectations! Wich one man did a few months back we gave him a nice tip & I even spoke to the manager about his exceptional service being an asset to their restaurant! Not enough people are complimented on good deeds IMO!
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
That's why tipping should be abolished and the salary structure readjusted. Over here, we don't practise tipping or encourage it.
• India
3 Mar 09
lolz.. if i have the facility of pizza delivery in my town.. i will surely order a hot pizza in the rain.. it's thrilling and exciting to have a hot pizza in a cold environment.. and it will be surely great to have a hot pizza with a girl friend on a date.. he he he... :P make sure she loves pizza..
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• Singapore
3 Mar 09
Well, some people love eating ice cream of all food in winter. I've tried it myself. It's neat lol.
• India
3 Mar 09
lolz... i even tried it.. and insisted my friends to eat icecream during midnight.. and a icecream after a second show.. yummy.. he he :P
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• Singapore
3 Mar 09
Lol, what a little terror you are haha.
@bellaofchaos (11549)
• United States
4 Mar 09
Where I live I have no problem ordering Pizza in the rain because they drive cars trucks and minivans here. So I have no problem thinking about getting pizza when it rains. Now if I was in your situation and the deliverers where on bikes it would really depend on how unmotivated I was to actually cook.. LOL!!!!
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• Philippines
4 Mar 09
ah, bellaofchaos, you remind me of how lazy one gets to be cooking some food when the weather is so inviting to just rest, stay in bed and then, have some hot bites of good food while doing so. yes, at times like this, one will always think of ordering some food delivery. it is so convenient...why not? besides, those hot pizzas will be the very best there is to munch on.
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
Yup yup, if they deliver in big vehicles, the danger is minimized. @trinidadvelasco: Nah, I wouldn't say that is lazy... nothing wrong with wanting to relax.
• United States
3 Mar 09
I never really order pizza anyway. I can't really order a whole pizza as I can't eat it all and I can't really tolerate a lot of flour. So, I only order by the slice and I have to go out and get it if I want it that way.
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• Singapore
3 Mar 09
Try those small ones for one person? Then again over here, they won't deliver if it is too little...
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@atish19 (180)
• Mauritius
3 Mar 09
Ya i would bear to order a pizza in the rain. As the delivery man are paid for that work. Even if it is raining, the pizza is well protected in a bag. So don't worry nothing will happen to the pizza. If every person start thinking like you, then i am sure that the delivery person will soon be jobless and there will not be any deliveries. Then you will have to go in the rain to buy your own pizza.
• Singapore
3 Mar 09
Well, it doesn't rain everyday so they will hardly be jobless because of this. And I wasn't thinking of the pizza at all...
• Malaysia
3 Mar 09
Will people get hungry on raining day..? I just feel sleepy, and hungry but get fed pretty well in my dream..:) I have never order anything on raining day before because i also never tot they will deliver on raining day as well, will they?
• Singapore
3 Mar 09
GEEZ Serena, don't you get hungry when you waky wake up? I am not sure about Malaysia but over here, I *think* they deliver regardless of the weather. Then again, I seldom order takeaways. I normally just go and buy myself - which was what led me to thinking since I didn't feel like going out in the weather, why should I visit the same misery on others?
@ycanteye (770)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Pizza delivery is done by car here and I will order in all kinds of weather but I think If it were done by bicycle like where you are I would probably not order if the weather were bad. I do have a questions for you and sorry if it has already been asked but I didn't read down through any responses you might have had. How do they keep the pizza hot and dry delivering on a bicycle?
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• Singapore
3 Mar 09
Guess here's when an "edit" functionality will sure come in handy. I didn't realize using "bikes" would be misleading... I meant bikes as in motorcycles... But whether bikes (either kind) or cars, don't they keep the pizzas hot the same way? - box it up and try to deliver it fast!
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
4 Mar 09
I dun think i will be as rational as u, by thinking about those delivery man when i'm too hungry to be thinking about anything much.. lol =D I guess i will still order my pizza because i'm simply too lazy to get out from my place.. hehe ^_^ After all, it might be raining heavily at my side here, but not somewhere which i'm ordering my pizza from.. haha =D WHo knows by time my pizza is on the way, rain would have stopped?? hehe Also, those delivery guys have a choice on they wanna risk sending the pizzas, as it meant money to them.. haha =D
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
That's when you are *too* hungry lol. I don't know how they pay... I thought it would be like for those waitering jobs... $x per hour, no? Otherwise, wouldn't they just bash everyone down so that there will be a lone survivor who will deliver all the pizzas and make all the money?
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• Singapore
5 Mar 09
But some areas would be more lucrative no? Then again, you sure about that? Because e.g. for Macs, there are so many outlets. The areas are already defined by their outlets. Unless they do it really micro like ok, Street 73 is Ahmad's and Street 74 is Tan's... that's er... I don't think their earnings per trip will be a lot after deducting fuel cost. No idea really.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
6 Mar 09
Yup, some areas will be more lucative as compared.. As for allocation of whatever street within that area, i'm not too sure.. BUt one thing for sure is that, they will only send riders to the place whereby the rider knows where is it.. haha =D If i'm not wrong, i think per trip is about $2 more?? So if one is lucky to get somewhere near, then they will earn more for not much petrol is being used.. haha
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@mummymo (23707)
3 Mar 09
I would have ordered the pizza wizzy. Think about it if no one buys pizza to be delivered when it rains these delivery people will lose out on tips but also may not get paid , or if they do but people don't order when it rains then the bosses might not employ as many people. I think getting wet is better than not having a job so I am off to orfer pizza! xxxx
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
Yea, if tipping is their main source of income, then I wouldn't want to deprive them too...
@mummymo (23707)
4 Mar 09
See you should have ordered that pizza wizzy! I can always think of a reason to order pizza! lol xxx
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• Singapore
5 Mar 09
Lol mine bad.
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
18 Mar 09
Trust me my friend, when it rains, the pizza takes longer to be delivered. Cos the delivery man will wait out for the rain to fizzle out before they start their deliveries. I tried it once before. It was just before the weather changed for the worst that I ordered my pizza. And then it rained shortly after my order was made. A call came to tell me that due to the rain, the delivery will be delayed. And I was asked if I wanted to wait or to cancel my order. So don't you worry about the poor delivery man getting caught in the rain. They will find shelter and hide from the rain.
• Singapore
19 Mar 09
What???? You sure? You mean they don't deliver in the rain? Geez, looks like things here are very different from abroad! Throughout the discussion, people are saying pizza deliverymen love it when people order more pizzas in the rain... here, they just hide somewhere for the rain to stop? Geez, sometimes it rains so long so my lunch can become dinner?
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
19 Mar 09
Have not encountered rains that long when I made pizza orders. But yes, you generally have to wait a little for the rain to be lighter or stop, then your pizza will be delivered.
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• Singapore
23 Mar 09
hmm....
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
6 Mar 09
I loved your post and it read like a biography all the way. I did order pizza in one such rainy day! And trust me, I can only repent more now after reading this. We get delivery boys in bikes who are quite prompt with their service and when I took the hand over I could see the overalls of the man drenched till below! I asked him to wait a bit. He waited for a minute or so and then vanished in a jiffy. The pizza didn't taste good. It had everything but my mind.
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• Singapore
6 Mar 09
Thanks mimpi for liking it. Well don't feel so guilty. Your place might be one of those where tips make up the bulk of the income of deliverymen and some people at myLot say they will be sad instead if you don't order pizzas on rainy days.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
6 Mar 09
I know there is flip side to everything today and the fact that people take risk of their lives for TIPS is a scary thing for me. This is just a delivery thing we are talking about but there are life risking things as well! Sadly, my country is most vulnerable to this kinda lures. Money speaks louder than anything when your are hungry.
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• Singapore
6 Mar 09
Coss it's tough to make a living?
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
4 Mar 09
Hi lordwarwizard! How are you friend? It is rare that I see your discussions lately? I am glad to see you here now! So back to the discussion! Delivery guys from pizza parlors and other food chain here usually have motorbikes to use for their transportation. So, I don't think that I can bear it to have one delivered for me when it is raining so hard. I know that delivery guys have raincoats to keep them from getting wet but the danger of riding on wet road is great. I don't want to put them to risk. So I will just have to do with anything in my cupboard or kitchen too. Take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
Hi faith, Thanks for asking. I am okay. That's what I thought too. If the road is slippery and they are on bikes, it's kinda dangerous for them.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
5 Mar 09
Yes that is very true! lovelots..faith
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• Singapore
5 Mar 09
Yup.
@balasri (26553)
• India
4 Mar 09
I will definitely order for the pizza.Not to put the pizza delivery boy in trouble but to give him the opportunity and earn his money.If it cannot be delivered foe any reason the company itself would decline to deliver excusing it of the climate.So why deprive them of their business while they are ready to do it.
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
Oh yea, more pizzas and more tips in the rain!
@balasri (26553)
• India
4 Mar 09
Gotcha.That is the point.
• Singapore
4 Mar 09
@wolfaaron (179)
• United States
3 Mar 09
if my situation was the same, I would not order pizza, I might not be hungry no more, but there is someone that is gona be suffering. From my point of view.
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
Hmm...
• United States
4 Mar 09
lol, now that I read it, it doesnt make too much sense. But no I would not ruin the day for the delivery men
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• Singapore
5 Mar 09
Yes if your order in the rain brings them income they "desperately" want, then fine... order.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
3 Mar 09
yes for over here they have cars to ride in!
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
Cars would make delivery safer.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
4 Mar 09
yup does!
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• Singapore
4 Mar 09
@Darkwing (21588)
5 Mar 09
Hello Wizzy, my Lord! It's good to see you around again... it's been a long time, my friend. I wouldn't hesitate to order pizza when it was raining. After all, that's the job the delivery men chose, and they get paid for working in all weathers, so no, I wouldn't have any qualms at all, I'm afraid. Brightest Blessings, my friend.
• Singapore
6 Mar 09
Yea... btw, did you receive my pm?
@Darkwing (21588)
6 Mar 09
I did receive your PM yes, and you should have received the reply, but if not... I'm looking out the chart I made for that purpose. Haven't had any luck yet, but it's the best way to do it. I hope it reveals what we want it to! lol.
@crickethear (1420)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Pizza delivery is done by car here. We get a lot of rain and so I don't think delivery by bike would be any good. I will order pizza in any type of weather. Pizza is good any time. I just can't imagine how they would handle delivering the amount of pizzas they do when using a car. Talk about a balance act.
• Singapore
9 Jul 09
Yup, cars would be common in countries with big mass area.