Losing Way While Delivering
You need to have a fair idea of the main city areas and landmarks to reach to your destination on time. While GPS may be handy, it won't show you the signs for one ways or tracks meant for bicycles only. It's best if you know as much as possible about every nook and corner of the city. Otherwise, you may have to deal with an irate customer for a late delivery.
That Awkward Moment Waiting to Get the Probable Tip
Not every customer is a generous donor, and sometimes, you have to bear the door being slammed on your face after you have returned the change. You are dying to hear the comment, 'keep the change', as receiving tips from customers is a major add-on to your income. If not all the change, then a decent 10 - 15% of the total amount would be generous enough. But it all depends on the type of customer and the way the service is handled.
Missing Part of the Delivery
Either the receiver did not take proper note of the order over the phone, or the cook forgot to add in the extra toppings, or it's you who has forgotten to take the soda. Ultimately, it's you who is gonna face the music when the customer finds a part of the order is missing. This is one mistake which may occur very rarely, but to err is human.
Losing Out on Social Life
Being a pizza delivery guy means you have to work in shifts. This may sometimes result in staying out for work till late night, while your friends become free in the evening because they have 9 to 5 jobs. This makes you lose out on a lot of your social time.
Delivering in Notorious Parts of Town
There can be times when a pizza guy has to deliver to the shady parts of town, known for thefts and murder. The only protection is a prayer to god that you make the delivery unscathed and hurry back to the shop in one piece.
Having to Bear Multiple Pizza-bags
You have got to cater to four to five rush orders at once, and the deliveries are near the same locality. So, rather than coming back to the shop for taking each order, you pile up the bags and make the deliveries in one go. It's a pain to handle so much luggage, but you got to do what you got to do.
Taking the Order on a Defective Phone Line
"Sorry Sir, but your voice is getting cut. What was that again?" A bad telephone line tries the patience of both, the customer and yours. While you may give a fair amount of trial for asking to repeat the order, the customer may ultimately lose his temper, hang the phone, and come directly to the shop. This hampers your reputation of providing good customer service.
Having to Endure Through Any Weather
Whether its snowing or raining, you have to be prepared for any weather the season might bring. It's best to take care of yourself by wearing proper clothing to endure the climate.