An 85-year-old pizza delivery guy received a $12,000 surprise tip from his TikTok supporters.
85-year-old pizza delivery guy
Derlin Newey, an 85-year-old local from Utah, is a pizza delivery driver for Papa John’s and works for 30 hours a week. He shared that he decided to take the job after realizing that he could not live solely depending on social security.
Little did he knew that a big surprise awaited him from the Valdez family, one of his regulars. On the morning of September 22, the family knocked on Derlin’s home and presented him a check worth $12,000 from his “TikTok Family.” Derlin was in disbelief over their kindness.
“How do I ever say thank you? I don’t know what to say,” said Newey as he held back tears of joy.
The Valdez family always asks for Derlin whenever they are ordering pizzas. As they grew fond of him, they started recording his deliveries and posted them on their TikTok channel @vendingheads.
“It’s insane. Everybody loves him,” said Carlos Valdez. The family claims his signature phrase with each delivery is, “Hello, are you looking for some pizza?”
The Valdez family often gets comments from their followers asking them why Derlin was delivering pizza at his age. Together with their 53,000 followers, the Valdez family decided to help. They asked their followers to donate to Derlin and they quickly were able to raise over $12,000.
“He needed this. I’m just glad we could help him,” said Valdez. “We just need to treat people with kindness and respect the way he does. He stole our hearts.”
The 85-year-old pizza delivery man was surprised and speechless at the unexpected blessing he received. Derlin also received a T-shirt that reads “Hello, are you looking for some pizza?”
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