This past week I had some friends over to hang out. It was Friday night after work, and since it was late and everyone was tired we decided to order a pizza and have it delivered rather than do any cooking (or dishes). After placing our order and figuring how much we each owed with tip, we got back to catching up. The time flew by because, before we knew it, the delivery driver arrived. None of us had our money ready, so when the doorbell sounded we scrambled to do so. I even had to go out to the garage and get my wallet out of the car. With all the laughing and door opening/closing and calling out, "Just a minute!", I wonder if it made the delivery man feel anxious or nervous about his safety while waiting at the door.
I'd imagine that being a delivery driver of any kind would be a bit nerve wracking, especially with all the crazy stuff we hear about on the news anymore. Driving to a stranger's house and knocking on their door, well it sounds completely unappealing to me. I wonder if the drivers have a plan with their employer that will help ensure their safety. A text message to someone at the restaurant that they were headed to the door of the address, and if they didn't text back in say 5 minutes to send the police immediately - kind of like keeping your best friend in the loop when on a blind date. It's important to stay safe, especially when you don't know who you're going to run into.
I apologized to the delivery guy for not being ready when I finally opened the door (what if the restaurant was calling 911 while he waited on the front porch), and we tipped him well so he probably forgot about the wait time. But I'm almost sure that he went back to his car and breathed a sigh of relief that, yet again, the house he delivered to wasn't inhabited by some crazy person who tried to abduct him. I'd certainly feel that way. On the other hand, I couldn't do it. I'd be afraid that every door would be opened by that crazy person. It would be a very worrisome job to me.
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