You are viewing happysmurfday

Rest In peace

« previous entry | next entry »
May. 5th, 2006 | 02:29 pm
mood: mourning
music: Pitch Black

Hell Pizza Box
Hell Pizza box morphed into a coffin
Hell Coffin

Hell Pizza is a cleverly marketed chain of pizza restaurants around New Zealand. The specialty pizzas are named after the seven deadly sins (I ate Envy for lunch). When calling them up you are greeted with a "welcome to hell." Of course the phone number ends in 666. The food arrived and I wasn't really sure if I should tip, so I tipped badly. Tipping is generally not practiced in this country, but I'm not sure if it's different for deliveries. I had two slices left and I noticed there were weird perforations on the lid of the box. As I examined more closely I noticed it was in the shape of a coffin lid. At first I thought it was a toy for the kids, but upon further inspection it is a coffin "for your remains." I assembled the casket around my food and put it in the fridge.
Tags:

Link | Leave a comment | Add to Memories | Share

Comments {34}

Xander

(no subject)

from: quatrelenium
date: May. 5th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
Link

That is most awesome! Why didn't I think of that?

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: ex_apricotic791
date: May. 5th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Link

Rad.

Reply | Thread

(Deleted comment)

jotham

Re: Hell

from: jotham
date: May. 5th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
Link

there are lots of better places, hell is the best 'mass brand'/franchise place though (if you don't count dominos thin crust godfather with pineapple...*dribble*)

Reply | Parent | Thread

Frank X. Gibson

Re: Hell

from: p_frank
date: May. 6th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Link

Al Volo on Mt. Eden Rd is probably my favourite.

Reply | Parent | Thread

(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
Link

awww lust....yummmy :D

Reply | Thread

Trixtah

(no subject)

from: trixtah
date: May. 5th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
Link

Just to let you know - no tipping in NZ is ever necessary. Anywhere, anytime. It's a bit niggardly to wait for the change for change from your $20 for a $17.50 bill, but no-one will bat an eye if you do. Also, ignore any restaurants that "recommend" a tip amount - they're just trying it on (and I refuse to tip on principle, then).

Service staff do get guaranteed liveable minimum wages over and above any commission they might get - which is why commission-based employment isn't that common in NZ.

And yay for the Pitch Black sounds! :-)

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
Link

EVERYONE should tip for great service.
The staff will love you if you do. and if you are a regular customer at the place you tip you will always get service/food/drinks quicker then anyone else.

unless of course you tip badly. then your food will be spat in.

Reply | Parent | Thread

Trixtah

(no subject)

from: trixtah
date: May. 5th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
Link

Not in NZ, ok? People only spit in food if you're an arsehole, and all the tipping in the world won't save you from that.

Reply | Parent | Thread

(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
Link

You're a tool. Stop being a tool.

Reply | Parent | Thread

(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Link

NIGGARDLY???

Reply | Parent | Thread

Binary Jesus

(no subject)

from: firebitch
date: May. 5th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
Link

Learning a new word isn't really that difficult. That's why we have the internet.
Educate yourself.

Reply | Parent | Thread

That'd be too hard

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Link

It's much easier to just repeat the word you've not heard and stick a few question marks after it than it is to look it up on dictionary.com.

Oh wait: no it's not.

Reply | Parent | Thread

Trixtah

(no subject)

from: trixtah
date: May. 5th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Link

What's your problem?

Reply | Parent | Thread

Frank X. Gibson

(no subject)

from: p_frank
date: May. 6th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
Link

I generally tip at restaurants or in hotels. If they give you good service, I think it's pretty decent manners.

In the US you have to tip for god damn everything, but the people there get paid jack squat so I can understand why.

Reply | Parent | Thread

Dave

(no subject)

from: happysmurfday
date: May. 6th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Link

Thanks for the tipping advice. My flatmates concur, tipping is never necessary here. It's a hard habit to break. I feel guilty when I just pay for my food and go, after years of stressing over how much is fair. I've even had times when I specifically didn't tip because the service was bad and the waitress informed me that it was customary to tip.

I just got into the trance scene here... loving Pitch Black.

Reply | Parent | Thread

(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
Link


Their online ordering system is also really cool. Its tapped directly into each store, so if you try add a topping to the pizza, and the store is out of it - it wont let you!

Go Wellington tech companies! :D

Reply | Thread

Tipping Hell

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
Link

As a former Kiwi waiter, tipping is gladly accepted by the hordes of under-paid food deliverers. It's not compulsory by any means, but if you appreciate the service feel free to help sponsor the after-work beers.

Hell's Mordor pizza rules them all.

Zippy Gonzales

Reply | Thread

Süäüüelläi

(no subject)

from: alcarilinque
date: May. 5th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
Link

Hah, classic.

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
Link

Trixtah's right - nobody (except wankers who think NZ is an American state) expects a tip. Want good service? Treat your waiting staff like human beings and BE NICE. Kirsty

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Link

This Kiwi agrees: PLEASE DO NOT TIP in New Zealand. Ever. If you get good service, thank your server and patronize the establishment again. The price on the menu is the price you pay. If you don't like that, b***** off to some other country. Tipping is arbitrary and unfairly practised in places where it is a custom, and it encourages obsequiousness and ostentatious displays of wealth which are very contrary to the New Zealand culture (in a tipping society, it's in a customer's interest to look like a big tipper so that they'll get better treatment from the get-go).

Reply | Parent | Thread

Scyllacat

(no subject)

from: scyllacat
date: May. 7th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Link

What E-Vah.

-tipped employee.

Reply | Parent | Thread

Happy

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
Link

I hope New Zealand have Happy Products also

Reply | Thread

PatGund

How bloody cool

from: patgund
date: May. 5th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
Link

There's a chain in San Diego, California, called "Killer Pizza From Mars" which is pretty cool as well. Still, if I had the money, I'd ask how much to franchise a branch in the US when I returned.

Damn cool idea.

Reply | Thread

Re: How bloody cool

from: anonymous
date: May. 5th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Link

... and the San Diego Mars Society occasionally meets at the south Escondido store. :-)

Reply | Parent | Thread

(no subject)

from: ex_chrisbil
date: May. 5th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Link

I can so totally confirm that these are indeed the best pizzas EVER. I was emailing them just this morning about their plans for London - later this year!!!!! Hooray for Hell coming to the UK (?!?) - long live the Mayhem chicken satay based pizza! (am I right?)

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: ex_apricotic791
date: May. 6th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Link

God, Dave. This is the most popular and oddly contentious thread I've ever seen in your journal. Way to go! And you should totally open a franchise of this place when you get back to the States. Solicit investments from friends. We'd back you. Probably.

Reply | Thread

Dave

(no subject)

from: happysmurfday
date: May. 6th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
Link

All the traffic is coming from BoingBoing. I would love to open a franchise in the US though. Tucson might be a good market with it being hot as hell and all that. Someplace to go after a hard day on campus listening to the mall preachers.

Reply | Parent | Thread

again

from: anonymous
date: May. 6th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Link

I am going back to NZ in a month and I will definitely be having Hells Pizza again. It's pretty good stuff. But yes, there are better pizza places there.

Reply | Thread

jodi

(no subject)

from: staticsilence
date: May. 6th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Link

apart from it being a handy design for your leftovers, it's actually really good green think. pizza boxes can only be recycled if they have minimal food/oils left in the cardboard packaging. being that the coffin is from the centre, where a lot of the oil would gather, it's great for recycling.

just my green nerd 2 cents. ;)

Reply | Thread

(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: May. 6th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Link

Actually, from living in NZ and getting Hell pizza quite often, I always thought that was exactly why they did it in the first place.

There's always that star shaped bit of melted cheese left in the middle of the box, and the coffin gets rid of this so you can leave the boxes out every week for free recycling - and they don't take up room in the rubbish bags you have to pay for.

Reply | Parent | Thread

elektzas

Holy hot dayum.

from: elektzas
date: May. 6th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
Link

that baux is soo dayum coo.

i wish they had them here :(

its just so... kickass...

Reply | Thread

nzlemming

(no subject)

from: nzlemming
date: May. 6th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
Link

IIRC Hell is planning to open up in the UK sometime this year, but I don't know of any plans for the US. There's some background on the company at http://www.pmq.com/mag/2005november-december/allhell.php

Reply | Thread

use this if nessesary!

from: anonymous
date: Feb. 5th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Link

http://tramadol-sqllt.blogspot.com/
Dont forget!

Reply | Thread

NYC

from: anonymous
date: May. 9th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Link

I had a designer friend from NYC send me this link because she thought this packaging was brilliant. I'm lucky enough to be living in Sydney at the moment and recenly travelled to N. island NZ. I made it a priority to have a HELL pizza. As a designer with a marketing background myself I was completely impressed with the entire concept, from the graphics to the original product names. The quality of concept, design and execution is phenomninal and the pizza doesn't let you down. I even requested a few extra flat pizza boxes and they were delivered along with our order. Kudos to you, whomever you are. This is a winner and should be worldwide.

Reply | Thread