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Delivery drivers enjoy busy night through snowy conditions

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- For most, winter weather is a cue to stay home, but for those in the delivery business, snow and ice can be the perfect ingredients to a lucrative day.

Brad LeBaron, a delivery driver at Falbo Bros Pizza in Middleton, said when the weather takes a turn for the worse, the restaurant sees a familiar pattern.

"Pretty much every time it's like really snowy or really rainy or people generally don't want to get out of the house is when the business picks up the most," he said.

That's why the forecast had LeBaron preparing for a long shift.

"I knew immediately it was going to be a big, heavy day with a lot of deliveries," he said.

Despite the high volume of calls though, LeBaron said Falbo ensures everyone understands their 15 minute drives will take a bit longer.

"It adds at least three to four minutes to like a normal delivery," he said.

LeBaron has been delivering for about a year, so he said last winter taught him how to prepare.

"I keep a shovel in the back just in case," he said.

He said that came in handy last year.

"There was one time a guy cut me off and I got in a snow pile and actually the person I was delivering the pizza to drove out to me and got me out of it," he said. "And I just gave him the pizza there."

Still, he said through those challenges the smiles and tips make the experience worthwhile.

Through it all though, LeBaron said he and his fellow drivers ask for patience. They're dealing with the same conditions as everyone else on the road.

"They just need to stay indoors and let us deliver the pizzas," he said.

Michelle Alfini

Reporter, WKOW

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