I worked as a restaurant delivery driver a long ago in Michigan. There was no GPS, no cell phone, only paper maps with street names indices. The restaurant had a relatively fancy ordering system where they printed out the orders along with addresses so I didn’t need to write them down. One night it was super busy and after I came back from a delivery there were 10 orders waiting for me to deliver. So I spent 5 mins studying the map and marked out their locations, then set out with my car full of food boxes. After the first few deliveries that were close and clustered together, I drove toward the next one which was the last one on that section of the city. Upon arriving in the area I started looking for the address, then I realized the address was not where I thought it was because the street had multiple segments and the actual address is much farther out which is outside our delivery zone. Had the guy taking orders got it right, we would’ve requested customer pickup. But it was too late to fix that problem so I had to just keep on driving. After making delivery I told the guy that it’s too far out and we won’t be able to deliver next time. He got upset and didn’t tip me. Whatever.
Coming back from that far corner of the city, by the time I made the rest of the deliveries in my car, food was getting cold. Customers got upset about waiting for a long time for food to come and that food was cold. Needless to say they weren’t enthusiastic about tipping me that night. By the time I got back to the restaurant it was more than 2 hours since I left, and another 10+ orders were sitting there waiting for me, and they already started to get cold. I knew the tips from that night weren’t going to make it worthwhile, but I had no choice.
Good ol’ days though.