Thankfully I don't have to deal with delivery fees in NYC. I'm usually around the 15-20% mark for delivery but if i got something small i wouldn't tip under $2. A pizza is around 12-15 so I'd generally tip around $3 for about a 5 block or less walk. I also use seamless web to order thus pay by cc so I don't have to worry about change or rounding.
OT: What do you usually tip the pizza guy?
depending on rounding/ amount of food delivered. I guess if I had like $200 worth of food, I would go to $10.
Not 20% though.
Why do servers get paid by they amount of your bill? Does a large pizza cost more to deliver than a small? Do people who work at dinners give you worse service than at an upscale place, I bet not usually. When did it become normal to tip at a buffet when you are serving yourself? Thanks for cleaning up your place after I leave. Isn't that part of what they have to do as business owners? Why don't you tip nurses? I say a sponge bath is a much better service than bringing a hamburger.
so yea we pretty much live off tips.. And we tip out the busboys based on sales, so if I get stiffed I basically just paid to wait on someone.
you live off tips because your management is fucking you. it's a joke that business owners get away with this shit, and you should really be mad at them instead of expecting your customers to pick up the slack.
that said, i tip up to 50% at restaurants because they care more about the money than i do, but each thing i consider obnoxious or ill-form costs 10-15%, and i have no problem stiffing people (as long as my wife's not there to stop me) to send a message when it's well-deserved.
I tip in beer.
i had a few different delivery jobs back in the day in college and, in general, it came out to be about 10% at the end of the shift. of course, delivering primarily to students didn't help. that said, you learned to hustle in an effort to deliver more pizzas, hence more $.
$3-$5. Depending on distance of delivery and weather circumstances.
Big Sausage Pizza?
for Tiffany's Pizza in Monroe. On a Friday night we would have 15-17 deliverers. Of course this was when the business was booming. Now the $5 pizza has punished small mom and pop places like this. I would never deliver now. Here's how we got paid.
1.) Hourly rate $6.00 8 hours a night average, about 38-43 hours a week
2.) Dollar per delivery from the company ($2 delivery charge, split down the middle), 20-40 deliveries a night
3.) Tips. Average of $60 bucks weekday, $100 bucks on a weekend
All in all pretty decent money. Gas was still $1.00 a gallon. The most deliveries I had in one day was 63. The most tips I made in one day was $410 in tips. That was on a 55 delivery day.
Holy fuck can I give up my two-degree requiring mid-level salaried job for that kind of money?
Who worked there for four years made enough money to open Dolce Vita on Fort Street. I'm pretty sure they are loaded now. I went and got two degrees too. FML
I generally judge my tip by the pen that I am given for my signature...If he/she presents me with a Waterman-esque ballpoint, he/she will be tipped accoringly. If he/she provides me with a bic or #2 pencil, I can't justify anything over a single.
It's all about the presentation, gentlepeople.
At least 20% or $3 in your case. You tip a waitress 15% to 20% and they only travel 50ft. These pizza guys make nothing. If an extra $1.50 will set you back then go pick it up.
Fills my drinks, gets me more than one course, helps me if there's anything wrong rather than driving off, gives me some charm if they're good, and is on her feet all day rather than her ass.
and your tip is influenced by her ass. ;-)
And really, maybe ONCE I've ever seen a delivery person who wanted me to increase tip on the pleasant appearance alone....and even then they're only turning around and leaving.
Though I did once leave 50% at Touchdown's on a group $100 tab I covered (collecting from others for the bill, but not the tip). But that only happens the week before Michigan plays in the Rose Bowl for the National Title, and when she's really hot.
Give enough so they don't spit in your food the next time.
If you've got a decent job and can afford it, I'd give him minimum $3 every time. Figure they can use the money more than I do. But I also never tip less than 20% at restaurants, regardless of how good the service was.
This might be more appropriate question for Ohio grads as delivery guy is a pretty common occupation for those people
The economy is not as great as it seems. People with good undergrad degrees are being forced to work menial jobs, if grad school is not an immediate option. I have a University of Michigan degree and I am struggling to find any job. Sometimes people work shitty jibs to pay bills while working toward bigger goals. Let's try to be Michigan Men and show some compassion for those who are still struggling. The jokes demeaning blue collar jobs reflect more negatively on you than they do the worker of said job.
20% is always my standard. I'm sure they see no part of the delivery fee that's tacked on.
I delivered for Omega for a long time. Some of the cool regs would give me a joint or load up mad bong hits. Many were stingy and you knew you were getting very little going there. $1.75 in old days on $13.25 was cool. Hear people tip more now. M students sort of have more money now than we all did in 70's-80's.
and based on your comment, you may have delivered some food to my buddies.
I tip my Cleveland Indians hat to you and your buddies. Thanks for the bong hits. Omega was cool. Fixed up place downtown but the rent was steep. Sold to NYPD. Still talk to Omega owners and they lament the high rents and still wish they could do another Omega. They now own Tony's Roofing but we all miss the italian subs, breadsticks, and pizzas.
I typically want sparty alum off my porch as quick as possible so i tip well enough to shut them up and get them on their way.
I pay $5 over what my order should cost. If there is no delivery charge its a $5 dollar tip. if delivery is 3 bucks the tip is only 2.
I have only not tipped delivery once in my life......when I ordered Indian food delivered to my house and it took 2.5 hours instead of 45 minutes.
Wow. You learn something everyday on MGOBLOG and today I learned I'm a shitty tipper. Listening to everyone else's tip values and principles makes me feel bad especially pertaining to pizza delivery. Hell, if my order was $18.86, I would give him a $20 and tell him to have a nice day. Didn't understand how that pizza delivery thing worked so i appreciate being informed. I have always tipped decent at restaurants because I have food service work experience and know what banking on tips is all about. But that's why I go pick up my pizzas, hit the curb side pickup, or actually cook a meal for myself.
First, I say, "Please remove your Ohio State Alumni Association hat." Then I tip him 20%. Then I say, "Go Blue."
To $20. Are you kidding me??? We are Michigan grads !!!! We can afford this. Tip heavy. Go blue.
i'd have given him a 20, and looked at the change he gave me. if there's a 5 in there, he'd have gotten 1.75. if there are 6 singles, 2.75. that's over 20% and nothing to feel bad about, no matter what delivery people want you to think.
I always struggle with how much to tip these guys as well, not to mention Olive Garden/ any take out place people. I guess my thought process always goes, "ok, what's my first instinct", which is usually like $2 for a pizza guy, and then "well, if I give this person and extra $1, its probably going to make more of a difference to them than it is to me." So I always just go with an extra buck or so.
This. This is the way to look at it.
I've recently, shockingly, found myself as one of the higher income earners of my little circle (in no way am I bragging, unfortunately), and that way of thinking is creeping up more and more often.
"Is this $5 worth more to me than the waitress?" That's never a yes. Same with friends or anything that involves a variable amount of money owed. Pay it forward my friends, pay it forward.
who was a driver a couple years ago, $4 is the minimum for a decent tip, regardless of bill, because gas is so expensive and they have to pay it themselves. $5 is a good tip.
I'd just drive if two dollars were all I could afford. Don't think it's fair for the trouble IMO.
That gets shitloads better mileage if it's costing him anywhere close to $4 for a delivery. Or work for a place that doesn't deliver to the UP.
I'd say you start with a floor of three dollars and adjust it from there. If it takes forever I'll drop it to 2 dollars (unless they tell me upfront they just got slammed with orders and it will take awhile). For a family order five dollars. For big groups, more. Between wear and tear on the guy's car and his gas, he's already out likely a dollar the minute he sets foot on your porch. So one dollar to cover that and then something for his time. Bonus thrown in for the cases where its a blizzard outside and I'm ordering solely because I don't want to drive my rear end to the grocery.
My trick is to order some carry out pizzas during January and tip well. That gets me a good rep and then when the Super Bowl comes mine arrive during half time. Other peoples pies won't.
The other thing to consider is what percentage of the route you are. For example if you call in during the dinner rush and 50 minutes later your pie arrives (and you can see 10 other warmer bags in the driver's car) it means the wait was due to them consolidating a number of the orders. Thus I feel compelled to only pay some of the guy's total gas costs for this run, etc.
When I call in at 2 pm and 15 minutes later I'm holding a pizza, odds are I was the sole guy on that driver's run. So I up my tip.
Im a delivery driver at Pizza Hut until i leave for Michigan in a couple of weeks. It is a great summer job because of tips. What I can tell you is this: Pizza Hut charges $2 per delivery. Drivers get $1.50 out of that per delivery, and if you take 3 deliveries at once because they're near each other, you make $4.50 and so on. On top of that, we get paid minum wage, so no its not a tip job per se. However, with the cost of gas these days, and when you factor in the vehical maintenance, you really come out close to even with that. The average tip I get, or what I would call a fair tip, is about $3. anything less is considered stingy. Its a hard job to get because the pay with tips can average out to over $14 an hour, $20/ hour on busy days. So maybe you dont need to tip that much, but I sure apreciate it. And so do delivery drivers everywhere.
I can't believe this thread has three pages of responses. I'm impressed. I usually tip $2 - $3. 20% seems high. Compared to a waiter, a pizza delivery guy is doing one task, once. A waiter or waitress is tending to your table for an hour or more. Plus, they split their tips with the bussers. But I do get the paying for their own gas thing.
Here's a related question: when you go to a place like Homemade Pizza where you get a raw pizza to bake at home, and you're picking it up yourself, how much do you tip? It's awkward if you pay with a credit card and leave the tip line blank, but if you're picking it up and baking it yourself, do you need to leave a tip?
Round it up to make it even and usually I do 10% at least. Yeah, it's unnecessary but I think that they've got a crappier job than I do...
If I go pick it up myself, get out of my car and go into the store to get it? Zero tip. I mean, that would be basically the same as tipping the cashier at the grocery store.
The only time I've ever tipped at the counter was at a place that accepted cash-only at the counter and only accepted cards if it was a call-in order.....and I ordered and then forgot I had no cash so the guy let me pay with the card rather than walk a few blocks to the closest ATM. Course he probably just didn't want to risk I'd just leave and leave them with a wasted order, but still.
If you're in school money is tight, I would just give a buck! Most of us should give about 15 percent tip. Most of the delivery driver wages are based off tips...and most pizza companies do not pay for gas. If you're loaded why not slip a $20!
$5-$10.00 I figure its worth it since I didn't have to go get it.
...all I'll say is that we remember who the bigger tippers are and who the cheapskates are.
depending on how far away I live from the place. I think 5 is standard....6 or 7 bucks if I live pretty far from the pizza place, or if it's raining/snowing.
To the OP, aaamichfan, tipping the guy $1.75?...you might as well just have kicked him in the balls and banged his girlfriend right in front of him....or right in front of him and on top of the pizza he just delivered to you.
I would have gone with a $16, or $17 even. Not sure why, but I typically tip ~20% in house, and for some reason lean towards a bit more for front door service. I guess it's the thought that someone has to drive, get in/out of a car, and bring the food to my door. When you combine that with the reality that a large percentage of delivery orders will most likely bring minimal tips (I guess that's my belief), I feel that's sufficient.
I'm so close to so many places I pick it up because I won't pay a delivery fee, because I know you're getting bent over. If it was actually going to the driver I'd be all for it. Make it another buck even and say don't worry about a tip. And I don't tip for picking up a pizza (what, do you tip the chef at a restaurant?). Getting off my ass I find not only do you get the pizza faster, but you don't get some half cold mess that was sitting waiting for a driver or got to me after eight other deliveries. (How can the pizza place be less than 2 minutes away and it's not piping hot, especially with those bags?) Plus if I'm getting 26+ miles to the gallon city, it's not killing me.
Places that actually don't fee you I'll gladly tip. Depends on the order, but it's never to waitress level. See above. Though I can't believe how much everyone is paying for pizzas in this thread. You either need to get their coupons, or hell, just ask what they're running, because most of the time they'll just give you the price. $15 for a pizza is crazy. I can get a good Chicago Stuffed for a couple of bucks more. That's worth that much, but not a round couple of toppings. Get the cheaper rates....give the extra cash to your driver.
Just the tip.
Please let football season start already!