EMS Tips Health and Wellness

Reader Tip: Call Ahead and Leave a Big Tip

Everyone in EMS knows has felt the frustration of ordering take-out, paying, and getting a call before it is ready. Maybe you can return later, maybe you can’t and your money’s gone. My way of managing this is to put the phone numbers of restaurants in my cell phone and call ahead. When I get there and pick it up, I leave one or two dollars extra. I always get smiles from the staff when I return, and it’s not because of my good looks. This makes up for the occasion when I call ahead and can’t make it to pick up my order.

Bob Sullivan, NREMT-P
Wilmington, DE

Thanks Bob for submitting this tip. Any reader can submit a tip to Everyday EMS Tips by emailing greg dot friese at everydayemstips dot com.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.