Pizza Delivery Man, Not Tipped, Pees On Customer's Door [Video]
It's not unusual for workers who rely on tips for the bulk of their income to get upset should a customer fail to leave a gratuity. But a Pizza Hut delivery driver really went out of his way to express his displeasure at getting stiffed -- by peeing on a customer's door.
The incident happened last week in Des Moines, Iowa, and was caught on a surveillance camera at the Deer Ridge Apartments, where Chloe Teply lives. Teply placed an order for the pizza on Thursday evening, knowing that she probably didn't have enough to tip the delivery driver, KCCI-TV reports (via KCRG.com).
Teply told the TV station that she knew she should tip, but just didn't have the few dollars to spare. "It's just one of those things where, unfortunately, I don't have the money," Teply said.
A few hours later she noticed yellow liquid on her front door and at first was puzzled by who might have been angry enough with her to urinate on it.
"I was like, 'Hmm, who was at my door that might be upset with me?' And it kind of hit me that it was the pizza delivery guy," Teply said.
A review of the security video showed Teply's suspicion to be correct. In describing the video, apartment manager Sheri Larson said that the footage shows the delivery driver giving Teply her pizza and starting to leave. He then pauses and heads back to her door.
After setting down his bag, "you see him there doing his duty," Larson said. "And then he turns around to exit again; you'll see his pants are undone, and he's just tucking his shirt back in and zipping up," she said.
Larson was incredulous. "I was appalled," she said. Larson called the Pizza Hut where the man worked and spoke with the store manager, whom she described as "very cooperative." After viewing the video for himself, the store manager said the employee would be fired.
But that left Teply only to wonder who would clean up the urine.
Teply told KCCI that she understood the young man was probably struggling, just like she is. But being stiffed doesn't justify his act.
"If you're going to be really upset about things like that then maybe you shouldn't be a pizza delivery driver at all," Teply said.
After the TV station aired the story, the now-former deliveryman called Teply to apologize -- and then spent part of Saturday morning cleaning up her doorway.
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