UPDATE: Cold weather keeps food delivery business hot

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

UPDATED Tuesday, January 7, 2014 --- 10:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The deep freeze in Wisconsin has meant some brisk business for those who deliver hot food to those who choose not to venture out in the cold.

Glass Nickel Pizza added four more delivery drivers to his usual staff of ten Monday. Employee Scott Perkins tells WMTV-TV the pace of business is much like a Packer game day when drivers can make twice what they would make on a normal day.

Perkins says he made sure his car battery was in good shape, dresses appropriately and also brings along a spare car key so he can lock his vehicle and leave it running while he makes the delivery. He says he learned that lesson the hard way last September when his running car was stolen while he was delivering. His vehicle was later found abandoned near a mall.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 --- 9:40 p.m.

Those in the food delivery business actually look forward to this cold weather.

At Glass Nickel Pizza's Atwood Ave. location, 14 drivers were called in Monday night to make deliveries, four more than on a typical Monday.

"For us this is like a playoff day, a game day, a big event that we all get prepared for. We all come in expecting to earn possibly twice what we'd rake in on a normal day. So it's a big deal," said driver Scott Perkins.

The subzero temperatures do force Perkins and others to take extra precautions on the job.

"I parked it in the garage, made sure my battery was in good shape. It's relatively new so I didn't have a whole lot to prepare for this. And then I just made sure to dress appropriately, wear thermals and I have an emergency bag in the back of the car with extra gloves and pants and socks and things in case the car breaks down and I have to sit and wait for a ride," Perkins said.

He also brings along a spare car key so he can lock his car while leaving it running when he goes up to people's doors--a lesson he learned the hard way this past Sept.

When NBC 15 last spoke to Perkins, he was looking for his 2008 Dodge Calliber. It had been stolen by a group of teenagers while he was making a delivery.

"Since then, it was found abandoned by East Towne Mall. I got it back. It was damaged, so I had to pay a little out of pocket just to get it up and running again, but I got my baby back. That's all that matters to me," he said.

Perkins says police haven't made any arrests in the case.


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