89-year-old pizza deliveryman gets surprise $12K tip from customer’s TikTok followers
Derlin Newey, a pizza deliveryman from Roy, Utah, just got surprised with a shocking $12,069 tip from one of his regular customers.
The Papa John’s deliveryman took the 30-hours-a-week gig to make some extra money because his monthly bills cost more than his social security covered.
89-year old Derlin Newey is a pizza delivery man who received a surprise delivery of his own today. A couple who got to know him from his pizza deliveries raised $12,000 to help him out. He had no idea. The full story runs tonight on @KSL5TV at 6. #ksltv #goodnews pic.twitter.com/Z83K5LTKPh
— Alex Cabrero (@KSL_AlexCabrero) September 22, 2020
Newey’s customer, Carlos Valdez, began recording Newey’s deliveries to his family’s home and sharing them with his 53k followers on TikTok.
Valdez’s audience ended up falling in love with the driver’s sweet and gentle personality as he became known for saying “Hello, are you looking for some pizza?”, each time he would arrive at the house.
“It’s insane. Everybody loves him,” Valdez told Today, adding that many of his followers commented their frustration that Newey had to work still. “Somebody at that age should not be working that much.”
So the Valdez family got the idea to raise money from their followers to surprise Newey with a much-needed money gift.
“Collectively as a TikTok community, we all came together, and we were able to raise $12,000 for this amazing person,” said Valdez.
Together with local news outlet, KSL, the Valdez’s made a surprise special delivery to Newey at his door.
“How do I ever say thank you? I don’t know what to say,” said an emotional Newey, adding, “I don’t know what to say, except thank you.”
“This couldn’t have gone any better,” Valdez said. “He needed this. I’m just glad we could help him. We just need to treat people with kindness and respect the way he does. He stole our hearts.”
Kindness is ‘Majic’ and with just a little help from your friends, you too can change someone’s life for the better. Awesome work, Carlos and family, your kindness has left someone in need feeling pretty magical right about now.