Use Pizza Delivery As A Cheaper Taxi Service

Use Pizza Delivery As A Cheaper Taxi Service

Need to get home but feel like a taxi will be a bit costly? Lifehacker reader Ben suggests an alternative strategy: go to a pizza place and order a home delivery pizza, then ask if you can be delivered with it.

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Here’s Ben’s explanation:

A cool strategy for getting a cheap(er) lift home. If you’re stuck in a nearby suburb to your house, go to a pizza place, order a delivery pizza and then ask if you can be delivered with the pizza. Pizza is cheaper than a taxi, plus you get the pizza. My experience is major pizza chains won’t help you, as they have all insurance stuff to deal with, but a local pizza place – especially one that knows you – is usually more than happy letting you in. Just don’t forget to generously tip!

I can well imagine larger chains saying no, and it’s also obviously not viable if the store uses bikes for delivery. Part of me thinks that this is a genius idea, and part of me thinks you’d be lucky to get away with it even once. But if you’re friendly with your local pizza place, it may be worth a try occasionally. If you manage it, share your experience in the comments. Thanks Ben!


  • This is unlikely to happen. Pizza drivers are not insured to carry pasengers, so if there was a crash the passenger would be suing the driver and pizza co.
    You would need to offer the driver a good tip: $10-20 min to let a drunk guy in your car, as he would want to eat the piza in there as well.

    I have done it as a driver and as a passenger but it is not easy, and not regular enough to plan on.

  • This really only works if getting to the pizza shop nearest to your house is cheaper than getting to your house, and that pizza shop is one that uses cars and not scooters for their delivery. Which in Brisbane at least, would rarely be the case.

    Also – it’s been a long ass time since I worked at a pizza shop – but I don’t think we would have let a random drunk guy in any of our cars. Too much hassle for not enough money. We occasionally did this for friends/friends of friends – but giving some random a ride to their house sounds like a great way to get ripped off or to spend half the night cleaning puke out of your car to me.

  • We have a pizza shop where you can ask them to pick you up a slab to be delivered with your pizza.

    Not really applicable to oz but when living in the states in some snowy places you could just walk home from the pub and the police would give you a lift home if they saw you as they have a duty of care to you and cannot risk you dying of exposure.

  • Will NOT happen unless your mates with them, in which case you would probably get a lift anyway.

    As an employer who runs a delivery service (not pizza) the liability implications are mind boggling.

    Any business would be nuts to condone this

  • I used to take taxi’s home from the city on Friday and Saturday nights. My strategy was to get in the taxi, tell the driver where I was going and say openly and honestly, I only have $10. Can you take me as far as that and I will walk from there.

    9 times out of 10, the driver would just take me home. The taxi ride would have been around $15 and as I lived in an area with pubs, he was gaurenteed another trip once he dropped me off.

    Granted it was 10 years ago, but still worth a go and probably more successful than popping into a random pizza shop….

    As an aside, do you think Woolies will take me home with their free delivery offers?

  • I went to an all girls school, the police came in once for some presentation and they told us if you ever need a ride hail a police car. Because of their duty to making the community safer they are obligated to take you home. This may only apply to children, but worth a shot.

    • Life Support was one of the best TV shows of it’s time!

      It’s a real shame it didn’t have more commercial success but I guess with it’s risque tone it never stood a chance.

      I’m sure I still have it on VHS somewhere…

  • I used to deliver pizzas and this happened to me a fair bit. I would only do it if they seemed cool. Unfortunately it was mostly drunk dickheads that were asking.

  • I think it really depends on the sort of pizza place. Delivered for a little private joint all through Uni, and I did this a couple of times plus more (mainly booze and cigarette delivery). That said, I have never actually tried to be the passenger, I am usually with mates and the cost of a taxi is at most a fiver each :/

    I imagine one of the franchises might struggle a bit more with the concept though!

  • I reckon if you asked at the counter at Dominos they’d refuse you, but if you approached the guy that’s getting $12/hr in the car park, he’d happily do it on the sly.

  • Actually a better idea – use a pizza delivery company to delivery an urgent message. I had a situation once where I had to contact a housemate, but had no idea of her phone number, and only had her work email. In the end, I phoned a pizza company, and asked them to write her a message on the box.

  • Also a cost-effective way to send someone a personal message (“I love you – here’s some pizza”) in the evening, when any courier/post delivery is impossible. I also once had a Tesco grocery order of chocolate, wine, champagne, meals for 2 days, and a DVD sent to my partner one evening, to apologise for being away on a work trip at short notice.

  • I did this in Wellington, NZ about 14 or 15 years ago when I was at university, the Eagle Boy’s driver was cracking up about it the whole time, I think it helped that my flatmates and I had been ordering pizza 3-4 times a week for about 6 months from them…

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