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#41 Jun 14, 2011
I delivered Newsday for a couple months years ago. I quit...got fired when I put out my won Christmas cards with my delivery. The owner of the route had told me that all the weekly tips and holiday go right to him...screw that. I did my cards, got a call from him, he was furious, he fired me.
the next day, out of curiosity, I went on my old route to see if there was any response. wouldn't you know, he put a letter in with the paper smearing me, saying that your carrier was trying to rip you off by putting cards for tips in the paper. He told them that any and all tips sent in with their bill to him go to the carriers, especially holiday ones. I was furious. No one who got home delivery knew that the carriers didn't reap any benefits and gratuities they included for them. the guy didn't even throw us free bags for the tips he kept.
I had worked many years previously and afterwards delivering the NY times instead. Very physical indeed, especially the weekends, when the NY Times was delivering phone book almost. At least there, you put out holiday cards and anything u got u kept. Which was usually very decent as weekly tipping didn't exist at the Times, but you knew that, as the company did direct billing through their wholesaler, they didn't farm out to agents.
2,000 for a 150 home route was not out of the question for Xmas tips and that's a small route. I had 2 of them.
Back to Newsday. After seeing that letter, I called the papers, Newsday,NY Post and the Daily news. I wanted to let the people know that those who received Newsdsay were not tipping their carriers each week for good service. some customers were very demanding...front door, in mailbox, inside the screen door, always double bag in summertime...SUMMERTIME, because of in ground sprinkler systems. Winter and snow was expected, but summer too, oh well.
I had 2 interviews and got stories a photo etc in the paper, needless to say, it was a mini outrage,especially with the customers on my old route. I had printed my own letter and during daylight hours went door to door delivering them to the customers who had gotten the letter calling me a thief etc. I explained how the tips never got to us, they were not happy. Some got right on the phone and called my 'boss', called Newsday direct. You cant blame anyone for tipping for service and that person not getting it. Imagine going to a restaurant, leaving a tip for your server. He or she doesn't get it, but it gets sent instead to the CEO of the company with no % back to the servers. A fairly decent analogy.
It is a brutal, rewarding at times business. When you get good, you can get your routes down in an hour or so, especially if you can learn to bag the papers in the car and don't have to keep reading the map book for the customers, etc.
The $ isnt taxed and at the end of the year, you can claim many legit expenses. Bags, gas, insurance on your car, wear and tear and some repairs.Mileage was also deductible with a % per mile. So if you learned the ropes it wasn't bad. I would avoid Newsday at all costs. After finishing a weekend Saturday route, which was usually pretty tiring, bigger papers, you were expected to go back to the depot and put your Sunday sections together, assuming you could find room to do it and store them as the 'regulars' had their spots and very anal about anyone using them and they all backed each other. Its not a great or wasn't work environment.
In all fairness, this was about 10 years ago, when Newsday had independent agents. I have no idea what it is like now. the agents did the billing and you would get a little white envelope in your paper regularly. So many people got them from 'Gold delivery' I believe it was, as they had many routes.
I actually came to ask a question. Do carriers still have to supply their own bags? If so, can they get them from someone with advertising on it for a local biz at a cheap if not free rate?
Sorry for rambling,but needed to share that
#42 Apr 14, 2013
I had cash and belongings stolen from my cars parked in my driveway in Deer Park. A month later a sensor I installed went off 330 AM and I found the Newsday deliverer thaat lives in Brentwood in my driveway checking car doors and no newspaper delivered. Total losses over two months from cars interior,$800 and I cancelled Newsday.
Police dont arrest anyone unless they get caught in the act, cost $100,000 per year for cop, pitbull/attack doog $25 a week in food.
The Newsday deliverers from outside your neighborhood, shop at 330AM in your yard and deliver the paper by tossing out the car window at 530 AM......this has been a public service message, dont trust your deliverer if they are from a nother area....they are always stalking statues, flower pots, lawn ornaments and your cars interiors for phones, computers,tablets and glove compartment content. THE TRUTH !!!
#43 Apr 14, 2013
In Deer Park, the deliverer puts a bonus pay me tip envelope in the paper every month expecting a tip. I would like to send the repair bill for my snowblower that sucked up Newsday into the chute and caused damage. Also, why are they throwing weekend circulars into every houses driveway when they are in florida for the winter and dont even subscribe to that newspaper, it looks pretty rancid after a week in the street and they should be fined by the TOWN
#44 Feb 28, 2014
1st of things haven't change since I started working delivering Newsday in 2005. Basically we get paid .10 cents to deliver Monday thru Saturday and .15 cent for Sunday. It doesn't matter how big he paper is or if we are in the middle of a major snow storm/rain. Some lucky carrier get to collect tips, OTHER DON'T. In addition, we don't get paid extra to deliver to DOOR. And as a slap in the face, many customer claim to be handicap(when I have seen most of them either shoveling the snow or walking their dogs= THEY ARE NOT HADICAP) that they require the paper to the door. To this Newsday doesn't give us a choice whether to throw it to the door or not. More so, if we get hurt in the customers property Newsday claims not to be responsible since we are "independent contractors" but then again they say how and when to throw newday and don't care about the carrier! As for the snowing days and having customer complain about their snowblowers getting damage. Why the hell don't you stop or cancel the papers for those days of snow that way they don't deliver and your snowblower doesn't get damage.
In most cases we have this job because sometimes we have financial necessities and can't seam to get another job. Due to age or lack of education.
Just to add most of the customer that ask to have their paper delivered to the door don't even tip and are the ones that complain the most.
In conclusion, the customers think that the carriers make such a great income from delivering newsday. Well think again. It is a crappy income were you work 364 days a year. No sick day, no vacation time and still have to deal with all the bullshit from newsday and SOME nasty customers.
#45 May 30, 2014
You get a $1.00 per customer a week. 300 papers is $300. then come the expenses.$10-$20. per day for gas (at least 2-gallons for a car that gets 30 miles per gallon. figure $100-$150 per week for gas. Tips used to pay for this Now it's about half paid for. Tips are down except at Xmas time.
then bags,$20-$30 per week, then Sunday you pay to have ot put together About $30. What's left.$200. for 7 days, getting up at 3AM and you're tired most of the day on your day job..NOT WORTH IT.
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