Karma For Humiliated Pizza Guy- Ends Up With Lots of Cash

The other day I wrote about how  extraordinarily serendipitous Karma can be. I made the point that it doesn’t happen as often as it should but when it does the results can be exquisite.

Social media had a big role to play in the Karma that was ultimately delivered on behalf, of all people. a pizza delivery man.

Here’s the background to the story. A group of car dealership workers at F & R auto sales, in Westport, in the American State of Massachusetts, decided to order pizza. The delivery guy brought them their order.  Most people, in the United States, understand the concept of paying a tip for good service because is also a fact of life that people in service industries, like waiting tables and delivering pizza ,don’t get paid a hell of a lot for the job they do. So a few bucks, here and there goes a long way in making ends meet. But someone forget to relay that important information to the employees at F & R auto sales.

Ok. The trouble began when F&R paid for a $42 pizza order with two $20 bills and two $5 bills. The denomination of the bills is important, and you’ll understand why very shortly. The delivery guy thought the payment was out of character enough to go to the trouble of actually asking if the change was intended to be change and not a tip. I mean why else would you pay $50, if no tip was intended? All they needed to do was give the delivery guy $45 and the intention would be crystal clear. But, after the delivery guy made his delivery, and was on his way back to the pizza shop, F&R called his manager to complain that he’d “stolen” their change. Nice people. The pizza shop of course then told the delivery guy to turn around, drive back, and return their change, which is what he did and that is when the ‘fun’ started.

F & R decided to video the conversation when the Pizza delivery guy returned. They were going to have some fun at his expense and post the video results on social media. I am sure, in their delusional and misguided state of mind, they thought everyone else would see the ‘joke.’ This, was a big, big mistake. In fact, describing it as a big mistake really doesn’t do it justice. In the true spirit of Karma it came back to bite them on the bum, a mouthful the size of a small country.

It’s important to note that, as the driver says on the video, there was no logical reason to give him that extra $5 bill unless it was intended to be a tip; they owed him $42, gave him $45 in bills to reach that amount, then left an extra $5. But if you are dealing with people whose sole motivation is to bully and humiliate, it makes perfect sense. The extra $5 was a type of honey trap which they could then use as a justification for saying it was never intended to be a gratuity and quite frankly how could  the pizza delivery guy have the temerity to think otherwise?

On the video we see the delivery driver make this point to which one of the F & R employees replies in a typically passive aggressive threat so common among bullies :”So listen: The manager apologised once for you. Do you want him to apologise again for you?”

Finally, the Pizza delivery guy who remains incredibly polite throughout this ordeal says, “It’s OK, you got your $7, so the world is right now,” and heads out the door. But of course, in the world of vindictive, small mindedness, it is never right. You can never have enough ritual humiliation. The F & R employees were not done. One of them, a female says : “Out the door before I put my foot in your ass.” Charming and so respectful. Then, another F&R employee proclaims, “Get the f….ing owner and the manager on the phone, I want that motherf…er’s job. I want him fired. To make matters worse, the F&R employee then proceeds to make good on his suggestion, calling the Pizza shop and complaining about the delivery driver. Fortunately, this is where the story starts to take a U turn in a positive way. The Pizza shop manager asked the delivery guy what had happened and ultimately took his side. Apparently, this wasn’t the first time the Pizza shop had issues with F&R auto sales. Why am I not surprised?

Then, F & R did  a thing that was incredibly stupid  and, I am sure they would admit, they now bitterly regret. Karma, karma, karma. They posted the video online for the world to see. Instead of getting the reaction they were expecting, it morphed into something else entirely. The social media posts, a trickle at first, turned into a tidal wave, with sentiments along these lines: “The employees at F&R Auto Sales in Westport all deserve to get fired. Such scum I can’t even believe it.”

“How could you treat a Pizza guy like that? Congrats on ruining your business.”

And this: “ You think you have PR problems? Check out F and R Auto in Westport MA.”

The review pages for F & R auto sales on Yelp and Google were flooded with negative ratings. In fact such was the tirade of abuse, that F&R ultimately stopped answering their phones or responding to any contact requests on social media. Revenge truly is a dish best eaten cold. The owner of F&R (it’s unclear whether he was in the video, although I’m going to guess not) went to the Pizza shop and personally apologised. Like he had a choice. It was either that or kiss goodbye to his business.

But the good news gets even better. Karma was not done. Not by a long shot. It turns out that a GoFundme, crowd funding account, was set up to benefit the  humiliated pizza delivery guy in Westport. The total amount raised has reached….wait for it…….$US30,000. In fact such has been the effect of this incident, that there’s been an outpouring  of community generosity towards all pizza delivery people. For example, a real estate agency in Ann Arbor, gave a pizza delivery guy a $2000 tip and a letter of encouragement.

Absolutely the best news I’ve heard all day. Yippee ki-yay.

Stop Bullying Fat People

There seems to be a belief in some quarters that the best way to affect change in human beings is to humiliate, berate and shame them into changing. The people, who think this is a really, good idea, call it tough love even though love has nothing to do with it. In fact it should be called the antithesis of love. I call it harassment and the perpetrators are just bullies. These people have a phrase they love repeating and I’m sick to death of hearing: You need to toughen up. No they don’t. They just need you to get off their case.

Sadly, there is a select group of people in our community who seem to be a magnet for what I call the shame game. And they are people who are overweight. Of course the humiliation directed at fat people wouldn’t be complete without them having their very own TV reality show. In Australia it’s called The Biggest Loser. Clever title you might think. It can be understood in two ways, can’t it? The competitor who loses the most weight? Maybe. But I think we all know its true meaning. The biggest loser, as in, you are the biggest loser if you happen to be obese. Now I recognize that people all over the world are getting fatter and obesity is a serious problem and a significant health issue. But I also happen to believe that nothing good comes from trying to shame people into drastic action. It makes a situation worse not better. But try telling that to UK television personality Katie Hopkins. I’d never heard of Katie Hopkins until I read that she is about to screen a documentary called Katie Hopkins: Journey To Fat And Back. As you can gather from the narcissistic title it’s all about Katie and nothing beneficial for fat people apart from telling them how pathetic they are.

Not content with that, Katie set out to prove a point didn’t she. Cameras filmed her as she ate 6500 calories a day for three months, gaining almost three and half stone in weight and then she goes about losing it through self discipline, as in not eating 6500 calories a day and through exercise. In a promo clip from the documentary we see Katie cry (like we are meant to feel sorry for her) as she recites what she has eaten in a day and we are told in graphic detail what she ate: cereal with chocolate milk, a donut, two pieces of toast, pasta, ten pieces of shortbread, two cans of drink, a jacket potato, chocolate cake and a tube of Pringles. “It’s a lot of eating in day,” Hopkins says. “ This is a stupid project. I hate fat people for making me do this.” To which her husband makes the eminently sensible observation: “Well it was your idea.”

Of course, the television publicists wanting to promote this tosh describe it as a “ documentary that will confront Katie’s attitudes and put her beliefs to the test, by following he own physical and emotional journey as she gains and loses weight, whilst exploring the broader body image in our society.” Thank God for TV publicists. They couldn’t lie straight in bed. This documentary may be many things but one thing it is not and that is a conduit for promoting, compassion and understanding for the overweight. I’ve since learned that Katie Hopkins has for years been telling overweight people the only reason they are fat is because they are lazy. In a breakfast television interview to promote her documentary, Hopkins even said, fat people need to look in the mirror, look at themselves and realise it’s their fault.

And if you need even more good reasons not to ever watch this mockumentary of the overweight, Katie in a moment of candid honesty, reminded the breakfast TV interviewers that the emotion she shows in the documentary was not real and that she was crying crocodile tears. ‘Nothing in my life has made me cry, not you two, not anyone else,”{ Hopkins said. “ I am the witch with the heart of stone.”

Boy did she get that right.

Over the years, the overweight have not been her only target. Hopkins once said, in commenting on the social class system in England, “ I think you can tell a great deal from a name. For me, there are certain names that I hear and I think ‘urrgh’ for me a name is a shortcut of finding out what class that child comes from and makes me ask, Do I want my children to play with them?” Charming. If you think being a total snob can be charming. Personally I don’t.

And this: “ I tried to get someone else’s husband because I wanted him. I gave myself 8 out of 10 for ruthlessness for that one.”

Of course the overweight are never far from her loving thoughts: “ To call yourself plus size is just a euphemism for being fat. Life is much easier when you are thinner. Big is not beautiful, of course (getting) a job comes down to how you look.”

You might have gathered I don’t particularly like Katie Hopkins. It’s not that I have a problem with her opinions. She’s entitled to have them. I just don’t like bullies. Even passive, aggressive ones.

But rather than say anything more that’s nasty about Katie Hopkins I’ll let her have the final word:

“ Personally I hate mobility scooters. I find their owners intolerable. Ran past a mobility scooter going up a hill. Made me giggle. I need to grow up and stop being an arse.”

Yep.