89-year-old pizza delivery man gets $12,000 surprise as social media call out 'broken system'

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By RADIO.COM

An 89-year-old pizza delivery man has gone viral on TikTok.

Derlin Newey started working 30 hours a week at Papa John’s Pizza after struggling to afford his bills with Social Security money alone.

One of his customers, Carlos Valdez, who frequently ordered pizza began posting videos of Newey’s deliveries on the app.

Almost immediately, Newey gained a massive following thanks to his witty saying, “Hello, are you looking for some pizza.”

“It’s insane. Everybody loves him,” Valdez told NBC10 Philadelphia.

However, Valdez noted that some followers grew concerned and frustrated that a senior citizen was still forced to work to make money.

“Somebody at that age should not be working that much,” he explained.

That’s when the Valdez family got the brilliant idea to raise enough money to help him comfortably retire.

“Collectively as a TikTok community, we all came together, and we were able to raise $12,000 for this amazing person,” said Valdez.

This time, they were the ones to deliver the big surprise to his door.

Newey became emotional as he opened the gift, stating, “How can I ever say thank you?”

“Collectively as a TikTok community, we all came together, and we were able to raise $12,000 for this amazing person,” said Valdez.

But while the story is being touted as a “feel good,” some followers are pointing out that the fact that Newey was in this position in the first place points to a broken system in our society. Many found it troubling that an elderly man had to rely on “personal kindness” of strangers to make ends meet.

One Twitter user commented: “Something’s wrong when an 89-year-old has to deliver pizza to cover his bills. Something’s even worse when he has to do it during a pandemic.”

Another noted: “Lovely folk to get a crowdfunder for him. But the horror of this failed state and disintegrated society is that a man of his age has to work. Deeply worrying.”

A third echoed similar sentiments: “A beautiful act of kindness. But one that *should* be entirely unnecessary in the richest country in the world. We should be taking care of our elderly who've worked hard their whole lives, not forcing them to deliver pizza at 89 years old to make ends meet.”

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