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The life of an Ocado driver: Feeling festive

In this third part of our driver mini series, we’re bringing you a Christmas-themed Q&A with some of our incredible drivers. Find out what gets them into the festive spirit while manning their sleighs, sorry vans, and what Christmas song makes them tick. 

Don’t miss their cracker jokes – who knew our drivers were comic geniuses?!

Simon

Simon has been making Ocado deliveries for four years and plans on wearing his special celebration socks when delivering this Christmas.

Where’s your favourite place to deliver to around Christmas and why?
“In and around Liverpool, because everybody makes such an effort decorating their houses with a Christmassy theme. The more OTT the better!”

If you were to deliver to customers down the chimney, Santa style, what would you want to find waiting for you?
 “A Marks & Spencer Luxury Mince Pie.”

What’s your favourite festive memory delivering for Ocado at Christmas?
“One year I got a peck on the cheek under the mistletoe from a customer, at her request I hasten to add. It would have been rude to refuse!”

Sophie

Sophie has been driving our delivery vans for four years. Her favourite thing about Christmas is that everyone’s spirits are so high.

Which Christmas song puts you in the best mood while delivering to customers during the festive period?
“100% ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’.”

What’s your favourite festive memory delivering for Ocado at Christmas?
“Not having to go to the gym as everyone orders a hell of a lot more” (Ocado drivers are seriously strong.)

If you had to choose one Christmas cracker joke to tell every customer throughout December, what would it be?
“What did Santa do when he went speed dating? He pulled a cracker.”

Zoe

Zoe has been an Ocado driver for just over two years and loves a mince pie.

What’s your favourite Christmas film and why?
“Has to be the grinch. It’s a great kids film and as you get older you realise how relatable the grinch can be at times haha.”

What’s your favourite festive memory delivering for Ocado at Christmas?
“It’s always nice being wished a merry Xmas from customers as well as wishing them one back. But it’s little kids wishing you one and giving you a little Xmas treat that really puts a smile on your face.”

If you had to choose one Christmas cracker joke to tell every customer throughout December, what would it be?
“What goes oh oh oh? Santa walking backwards.”

Paul

Paul joined Ocado five months ago and says heated grips for his motorbike are at the top of his wish list this year.

How do you plan on getting into the festive spirit whilst delivering this year?
Some classic Christmas hits on the radio, a Santa hat to keep me warm and maybe even a Christmas-themed face mask so we can all stay safe.”

What’s your favourite Christmas film and why?
“It has to be Home Alone. I grew up in the 80s and it’s just so iconic to me.”

If you had to choose one Christmas cracker joke to tell every customer throughout December, what would it be?
“How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas? Deep-pan, crisp and even!”

Russell

Russell has been with us for ten months and loves driving his van through central London and seeing all the Christmas lights.

How do you plan on getting into the festive spirit while delivering this year?
“Maybe wear some tinsel around my neck.”

What would you like customers to know about delivering during the winter months and lead up to Christmas?
“That we intend to deliver groceries right up until 4pm Xmas eve through snow, ice and rain.”

If you were to deliver to customers down the chimney, Santa style, what would you want to find waiting for you?
“A wet sponge to clean off all the soot.”

Fun Facts

We asked all our drivers which is their favourite Christmas song and the clear overall winner is (drumroll please)…

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues!

We also asked them about their favourite Christmas film. This time the answers were a bit more varied, but coming out on top were:

Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street and Scrooge & Elf.

More festive jokes to crack you up this christmas

Hear about the prawn that went to the disco and pulled a muscle? – Wayne, Ocado driver for six years.

What did Adam say to his wife on the day before Christmas? it’s Christmas ’Eve’ Camilo, Ocado driver since 2017.

What does Santa suffer from when he gets stuck in the chimney? Tonsillitis – Daniel.

Two snowmen were standing in a field and one said ‘can you smell carrots’? – Steven, Ocado driver for 15 months.

Feeling inspired? Then take these joy-makers over to our DIY Xmas Cracker post and get crafty.


Read the previous part of this series, Driver Q&A’s, where drivers answered all of your burning questions.

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