The city of Tipton, Indiana might want to consider changing its name to “Tip Town” after almost the entire community came together to give its favorite pizza delivery boy an incredible tip in the form of a new car.
Robert Peters has been delivering products for Pizza Hut for 31 years and counting. While the ‘pizza delivery boy’ may not be a long-term career goal, high school kids talk to their counselors, Peters knows he’s found his niche.
“There were people in my family who said, ‘Maybe you should consider something a little more financially stable,'” he told Steve Hartman during an ‘On the Road’ segment of the CBS Evening News. “But it is my purpose in life: to try to make people happy. You know, when you’re giving someone up, you might be the only face they see all day. “
Whenever the people of Tipton saw Peters and his 28-year-old Oldsmobile heading their way, they knew they were ready for service with a smile. “The City of Tipton calls him ‘Mr. Smiley, ‘”said Tanner Langley, one of Peters’s longtime regulars. Good morning america. “He is a very caring person.”
So when Langley learned that Peters old Olds was on the last straw, he turned to the community to make sure his beloved mobile pizza vendor could keep up his assigned rounds.
In three days, thanks to the power of social media, Tipton residents raised close to $ 19,000, which was enough not only to buy Peters a late-model Red Chevy Malibu, but also to cover fees, taxes and insurance, with a lot to pay for. gas money to help Peters make many more deliveries.
While Peters admits that when he first learned that his loyal customers were giving him a car, he felt “almost surreal,” at the end of this day, and every day, he is simply grateful.
“I just hope that all those who made this happen are blessed as much as they have blessed me,” Peters told GMA. “This has truly been an incredible experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
As for Langley, to whom Peters has delivered pizzas since he was a child, the generous show of gratitude from his community to the man who offers courtesy, empathy and a big smile with every order came as no surprise. “That’s the kind of impact it has on people,” Langley said.
(WATCH the inspiring CBS video below: EDITOR’S NOTE: Viewers outside of the US can view this video on the CBS website, here.)
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