You may remember that last month I signed up to be a secret shopper. I've now done a half dozen assignments, but the majority of them have been for a chain of pizza parlors that has two locations relatively close to my house. I must be the only person in my area who can do them because they keep calling me!
One of the locations will deliver. My house is outside the delivery area for the other so there I order the pizza as a carry out. My assignment is to get a pizza, rate the quality of the service, and take pictures of the pizza from several vantage points. I upload the pictures and fill out a short survey, then call it done.
We used to order from this chain when the kids lived at home and we needed to fill three teenage boy stomachs. The first time I did the assignment we had the pizza for dinner, and I realized my taste buds had changed. It may be on the inexpensive side, but it's not the best. Son Donald has friends who like pizza, though, so I tell him when I'm getting one and he figures out whose turn it is for a free meal.
The pay for doing this isn't great, but I figure I'm paying my secret shopper dues and getting experience. I'm also making several 20-somethings happy, so it's worth it.
Five years ago today: Fine Dining