89-year-old pizza deliveryman, Derlin Newey, received a surprise delivery of his own when one of his customers stopped by his home and presented him with an envelope filled with $12,000 in crowdsourced tips. Since then, people donated an additional $8,000 to Newey for a total of $20,000 in tips.
Newey, a resident of Roy, Utah, started working as a part-time driver for Papa Johns Pizza because his Social Security payments weren’t enough to cover his monthly bills. He became known for his signature line when a customer opened the front door: “Hello, are you looking for some pizza.”
One of his customers, Carlos Valdez, started recording Newey’s deliveries and sharing them with his 53,000 TikTok followers. Newey became an instant hit with Valdez’s followers and the family started requesting Newey by name each time they ordered pizza. “It’s insane. Everybody loves him,” Valdez told NBC affiliate KSL. “He takes the time to tell you a little bit about himself and get to know you,” said Valdez. “I don’t know any pizza deliveryman who takes the time to do that.”
One of the recurring questions in the comments section of Valdez’s videos was why an 89-year-old was delivering pizza. Carlos and his family decided to harness the power of their TikTok followers to raise funds for Newey, asking for donations. They raised over $1,000 in 24 hours, with the total quickly growing to over $12,000.
Valdez and his family ventured over to Newey’s house one day with a surprise delivery of their own; replacing pizza dough with another kind of dough. Newey had given the Valdez’s his address and assumed they were dropping off a small gift, such as a t-shirt with his signature phrase on it. But he was in shock when Valdez presented him with an envelope filled with cash. “We collectively collected a gift for you, and I’m here to deliver that gift to you on behalf of the TikTok community,” said Valdez.
Newey didn’t know what TikTok asking, “is that an online group you communicate with each other through the telephone?” He was flabbergasted when he opened the envelope and saw the money. “How do I ever say thank you,” he exclaimed with tears forming. “I don’t know what to say,” he added.
Since the initial $12,000 in tips, Valdez has been able to raise an additional $8,000 for Newey, bringing the total tip to over $20,000. With more donations eager to come in, Valdez “set up a new Venmo account where he is no longer the middleman and donations will go directly to Newey,” according to The Washington Post.
Some questioned why the 89-year old Newey had to work and whether it was proof of a crumbling economic safety net. Newey disagreed saying that he would still be working in his pizza job even if he didn’t need the extra income. “Oh, man, fabulous,” he said. “I love the people I’m working with, and I love going to the people’s houses, being useful, and having a pleasant conversation and making friends with people.
“This couldn’t have gone any better,” Valdez commented after delivering the initial $12,000 to Newey. “He needed this. I’m just glad we could help him. We just need to treat people with kindness and respect the way he does. He stole our hearts.” During a stretch with so much negative news saturating the media, it’s helpful to remember that there is a lot of good in the world too.
Source: Thanks https://www.forbes.com/sites/shaharziv/2020/10/06/89-year-old-pizza-deliveryman-surprised-with-20000-in-tips/