How much was your order? Should have probably just rounded up to $2.
landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
How much was your order? Should have probably just rounded up to $2.
extra dollar on him, he woulda been happy, even if you'd just included a couple of loose quarters in that situation.
He was probably thinking ahead of time about the bill size and thinking that it sucks that it was so close to 15$ Then when you just gave him the 15$ that was like the minimum he could have gottent (from normal people) so it was kind of a bummer for him.
But I can't remember the last time I got a pizza for less than $15! Prob $2 and he wouldn't have been so pissy. But if there a delivery charge too... ?? I dunno..if there's a del charge, I'd go 10-15% .
As a rule, you should tip on the full amount, not the discounted price.
Yeah I guess I would agree, especially since these "specials" are so commonplace.
Why is it different for delivery? The point is that the waiter/driver does the same amount of work to deliver a pie to your table/house regardless of whether you had a coupon or not, so it's good form to tip on the undiscounted amount.
OTOH I can see the logic of giving a delivery guy the same tip regardless of order size, but if that's the case $1.75 is a tad low. Anyway you only tipped 13%, which is on the low side even if $13 was the full sticker price.
That's just good form. The server has no control on the discount and shouldn't get screwed accordingly.
I usually over tip... I say 15% so I don't get in trouble from the other half who tips $2 on a $35 order!! This s why I usually pay...so Pizza guy doesn't think we at totally cheap (one of us is!). I usually tip 20%..but that's because I usually go back and forth with myself and come to the conclusion that a couple bucks doesn't hurt me all that much, and the dude running his ass around probably really appreciates that.
So an extra buck and he probably would have just thought you were cheap without the look on top of it.
And I can tell you that we make only $0.50 of the delivery fee that the pizza place charges. In most cases that's not even enough to pay for your gas round trip to and from the delivery destination. It's a big misconception that the delivery guy keeps the full fee. Apparently the rest goes to "insurance" to cover the driver, which is complete BS.
Long story short, I tip my guy $4 minimum. And that's why I never order delivery. I always pick up. If you tip correctly, you'll end up spending at least an extra $6.
One more thing, you shouldn't base the tip off of the total price you pay. If you're really going to analyze it, you should base it on how far the guy drives to and from your place to deliver you the pie.
One more (one more) thing. Delivery guys get paid less than minimum wage because it's expected that they get tips. They usually make $5-6/hour.
Tips must bring wages to minimum wage by State law.
I was also a delivery boy at 2 restaurants while at Michigan (2004-8). I was paid the same wage as the host and made a few extra bucks on tips. Not sure where/when delivering became a job that depended exclusively on tips- if that were the case I never would have done it.
$4 would be a tip to remember.
EDIT: I should note that tips averaged out to a bit more than what I paid for gas (it was nice having a delivery radius of ~5 miles)
And he rounded up from there? Adding an extra dollar for $2.75 seems like overkill to me with a delivery charge too
aaamichfan could have given him $2.75 and asked the driver for recruiting info
doesn't follow recruiting anymore
...but concerns linger for Green.
In an exclusive discussion this evening the door Papa John's Pizza delivery driver called "pizza guy" predicted WR LaQuon Treadwell to go Blue. "Pizza Guy" did express concerns about the potential for Derrick Green given that he's only recently re-configured his top list. Next week, analysis after Calzone order.
And he rounded up from there? Adding an extra dollar for $2.75 seems like overkill to me with a delivery charge too
I give 2$, it is a nice round number, that seems appropriate.
I feel like you would look like even more of a cheap ass giving exact change for a tip.
Drive if it's close 2 dollars is half gallon of gas. Kids r greedy now
I get the pizza, problem solved.
I wondered about this also...1.25 miles isn't exactly a huge distance to walk/bike/drive.
Firstly, the driver does not get any of that delivery charge.
Tip your driver like you tip your waiter. Sort of. Add extra if he has to drive an appreciable distance. There are drivers who need to pay for their own gas, and there's really no way to distinguish.
I ordered pizza tonight too. Total was $16.65, gave him a $20, which is pretty standard for me percentage wise.
on how much your order is, but you have to remember that most pizza delivery guys have to pay for their own gas. I usually try to tip at least 2 or 3 dollars
Insurance... I don't really know.
for what the pizza place pays the driver. That's the logic anyway. Pizza delivery guys usually make minimum wage so its pretty much just makes money for the pizza place
If they are paying for their own gas doesn't that mean they get the 50ish cents a mile off their taxes? That alone would be a nice incentive if you have a car that gets 25ish mpg your tax return ends up being pretty darn close to the actual cost of your gas.
I also know a bunch of waitresses and waiters and if you give them cash it's an extremely high liklihood they aren't going to end up paying taxes on it so it all probably evens out in the end. But, as others have said, I refuse to have a pizza delivered for many reasons. 1) they charge a lot more and 2) I don't need some random @ss guy coming to my house 3) when anyone comes to my house my dogs go absolutely ape-shit and I don't feel like dealing with that 4) it takes at least twice as long to deliver as it does to pick up. I'm about 1/4 mile from a Pizza Hut and to get delivery it woud take over 30 mins, pick up is around 10...
It depends on what you order and how far they travel....here's a question I've always wondered, if you order carry out from say Olive Garden and pick it up...do you tip the guy who rings you up? Never know what to do...
That situation just how generous you feel. If your in a good mood or the person is nice throw them a couple bucks. If not don't there is no common thing to do in this situation. Plus you make that person a little happy when they get that one tip out of the last 50 pickups.
I always give them a dollar or two for their time, but never any more. I figure they put my meal together for me to take home so I appreciate that... but really i am only tipping like 5%.
as for pizza. I pick it up because if they are driving to my house I figure it is worth at least 25% of my order and I don't like to add five bucks onto my 20$ order.
Working in the food industry all through high school, and college. Cooking, Delivering etc. I am a generous tipper i honestly do 20% on average. Pizza wise I i probably tip 5 bucks on a 20-30 dollar order. If im gonna spend the money 20-30 on food i can at least enough money for the ~gallon of gas he used driving here and back.
what is he driving, a hummer? if you live in town the delivery driver isnt using a gallon of gas
Bucks usually. We usually order 2 at a time though
Well played, but I'm disappointed it took that long for someone to post this.
I have no quarrel with you, though to be fair to fellow mgobloggers, it was only 10 minutes after the post.
I too do not tip delivery. and damn you, beat me to the punch.
My standard tip is four dollars. I will go to five dollars if the driver is nice, big order, etc.. I worked for tips throughout college and learned how far an extra dollar or two can go in terms of service.
Nice try, european pizza delivery guy
20 is the new 18 percent which was the new 15 percent which was the new judged on the quality of service. I am a waiter as my college job, and a tip isn't supposed to be expected. That's why it's called work.
Tip like a Champion Today?
If you handed him coins, that's probably why he gave you the cheapo look. I usually just hand out round bills and say the change is his. (edit....nvm, I see that's what you did. Yeah, $1.75 is a little bit on the low side for that size order, it's less than 15% and tipping the delivery guy like a waiter is a good rule of thumb.)
Then again, I usually don't order delivery for just this reason. Who carries enough cash these days to tip correctly? I just go out and get it myself.
I'm with you. I haven't ordered delivery in almost year and just go pick it up myself. I like to consider myself a good tipper (20% for average service, 10 to 15% for bad, 30% if I'm impressed), but with all pizza places charging a delivery fee now, I refuse to pay that while still being expected to tip the driver.
I'd try around 20-30%, especially if they have to travel in a crappy car in 90+ degree weather.
I consider myself a very generous tipper and I generally go with $2 plus the metal change left over. If the bill is like $16.69 I will just give him a $20 and have him keep the change. I guess I'm saying $2 would really be the minimum. But $1.75 doesn't deserve a dirty look. I doubt you were the lowest tipper he's ever had.
Damn now I want pizza.
You are not a generous tipper.
you live in that you consider yourself a generous tipper? Do you have a time travel machine where you can go back to the '20's and leave a $2 tip and that would be considered generous?
At a restaurant, whether it is Denny's or the Chop House, I will tip 30-50%. My wife will sometimes take the bill away from me so I don't shell over hoards of cash. However, driving a pizza to someone's door is a far cry from waiting on a table.
/jk seriously, though, 50%? You'd round a $65 bill up to $100?
No. I guess I could have worded that better, but if I get a $10 bill at a lesser place, I figure that waiter gets a lot of cheap bastards anyway so I will give him/her a $5 quite frequently, unless they are a total douche. Buy if I go to a nice place and the bill is over $60-70 then I will still tip 30%, or sometimes much more, unless the server really does something to not deserve it.
Gotchya. I guess I do the same with drinks but wasn't really thinking in terms of small meal bills.
I kinda follow the same logic as you here. Usually go 20-25% at restaurants, but I try to keep my bare minimum at $3 per meal. For instance, go to a a dine-in pizza place where my meal is $10 and I'll automatically make it $13. I usually feel bad for the waiters who work at cheaper restaurants thinking they make less in tips than people who do the same job for a little bit fancier restaurant. They're doing the same job for about the same amount of time, sometimes an even better job, but they get jipped on tips just because the food is cheaper and not as many high-priced drink options. That's my logic anyway.
I also go get my own, as I'm about a hundred yards from a Jet's. On the odd occasion I get it delivered, I'll usually throw a couple bucks to the driver. My order is usually $10-12, $15 tops. It it's more, I have no problem giving them a little more.
This begs a different question. Tip when you carry out or not?
10% by credit card or a buck or two cash
I used to deliver pizzas. A 1.75 tip even on a small order is a bit discouraging because A) drivers pay for their own gas and B) drivers only get a small portion of the delivery fee if they get anything at all. I would always hope for a 3 dollar average tip per delivery, but if you only live a mile away and you're willing to pay for a delivery fee you may as well give a decent tip.
On the other hand, if you're only a mile away, shouldn't the delivery guy be thrilled you ordered delivery? The gas cost is negligible (maybe a quarter) so you're going to make way more than you normally would, assuming an average tip.
Should have been cool. I mean you really can't spare an extra 1.25?
As others have stated:
a) The delivery "fee" is never given to the driver, that goes to the restaurant.
b) More often than not, the driver is responsible for paying gas out of wages and tips. As you can imagine, wages are next to nothing and get eaten up by gas and upkeep on the car, so the driver primarily works only for the tips.
I universally tip $5, as I always make deliveries worthwhile by ordering at least $25 worth of food for a few meals. Sometimes a bit more if the order is larger. In your position with the minimal order, I probably would've given $3, maybe even $3.75 to round up. I'd never tip below $3.
When I worked at Papa John's a couple years ago we got half the delivery charge. So I wouldn't assume they don't get any of it.
I used to deliver pizza, and it depends on the size of the bill. But my biggest pet peeve was people who required you to make change to a precise amount. Time is precious, I don't want to be at your door counting nickels and pennies. I didn't mind if people were giving me tips in odd amounts, or bags of coins.
The best is when people give you a 20 and say "just give me xx back". Where xx has been rounded to the nearest dollar, or they already knew the exact amount they wanted to tip and they just give you the cash and you can go.
Usually about 4 bucks
At restaurants, I usually shoot for around 15%-20% as a rule, but I do essentially extend a similar courtesy to the people that deliver from the Jet's nearest my house because I live on the perimeter of their delivery area, so they do go to some trouble to provide decent service and I would like to maintain that relationship. Our typical order (two adults, two kids) is about $20 and I give them around three dollars accordingly. If the weather sucks or we get it really quickly, I'll go to four or even five dollars.
I usually tip 5 dollars. I'm a little bias because I worked at papa johns when in college. If you always order from the same pizza shop it's definitely beneficial to tip well. Once you establish a good relationship with the delivery driver the benefits of that are awesome. My favorite pizza guy has delivered me beer, ice cream, and other extras he had to stop and get on the way. If you don't have the cash for a decent tip I would suggest hits from the bong!
I usually lay a fiver on pizza delivery guys too. I never order just one pizza b/c I only order pizza when I have people over, so my order is usually over $25.
I've been a pizza delivery driver for the past 3 summers and I'd say the average tip is around $3. That's a good amount to average, but the bests are usually around $5. And yes we have to pay for our own gas, and if the pizza place charges delivery, the driver does not get any of that money. So at the end of the night, whatever the tips the driver got for the day is what he/she goes home with.
Always at least 20% unless they are really really late. Remember, this is not a waittress, this is pizza being delivered directly to your door. The $2 delivery charge helps constitute the driver's base salary. But its not like the driver gets $10 dollars if he goes out to make 5 deliveries on one trip. Its just another way the pizza place generates revenue.
Most pizza guys make below minimum wage. If the delivery charge is $2.50, the driver probably makes $1 of that. 99% of drivers pay for their own gas. You should tip better.
Double post, delete.
What do you guys tip appliance delivery guys? I had a washer and dryer delivered today and my wife said it wasn't necessary to tip them since they were just doing their job. I ended up giving them both 20 bucks.
Sorry, I'm going to dissent with the majority but $15 was just fine. In fact, $13.25 is fine because that is what you owed - anything extra is by definition "gratuity".
With that said, I almost always just pick it up myself unless it's a huge party. And before you think I'm a cheapskate, I will put at least a 10% tip on the order even when I pick it up myself.
You're not giving it to anybody in particular who would otherwise be underpaid like a driver/ waiter. You're just voluntarily paying more
3, 4 bucks.
I don't like to give my money to Spartans so I usually don't tip.
.25 cents per slice order. Works every time.
To answer simply.. Damn you are cheap. 5 bucks and no more. It's fair. These dudes are in and out in all kinds of weather. Middle of winter, 100 degrees, 5 is just fine.
You'd make me hate my job. Bringing food to your door is a luxury, no matter what the distance. I'd go with the principle of making them glad they came to your door or picking it up yourself.
And is designed to deliver has delivery as a "luxury"? By that logic everything is a luxury. I didn't realize my tip was meant to make someone feel good about their career choices.
are not career choices but necessities. Maybe it is just because I am broke, but the elitism on this board is annoying me.
Look.. Just don't be cheap. If you can't tip 5 bucks, on an order that wasn't wrong or late.. Just go get it. Let's be honest in sure there is no retirement plan delivering food. If its a matter of principle than you've watch reservoir dogs to many times.
To make one feel better about their career necessities is what I found ridiculous, not that "hey you choose to be a pizza driver, screw you." I know that was no one's lifetime dream. But I don't see it as my responsibility to make everyone feel better about it, no matter what they're making. My doctor may have really wanted to be the QB for the Cowboys and is miserable in his job; I'm not slipping him a ten spot after the exam to make him feel better.
I just figure that I wouldn't deliver a dang thing for $1.75. Hell, I wouldn't deliver a pizza for $5, but thats usually what I give. I will say that I've never felt bad after leaving a big tip, but I feel like crap every time I leave a small one, even if the service sucks.
i love stiffing waitstaff that piss me off. my wife won't let me do it, though, so it's a rare pleasure these days.
Tough to beat...
What about Jimmy John's? Am I being cheap when I'm only tipping one dollar? I find it crazy to tip 40% on a $5 sandwich.
I tip a dollar per sandwich.
Dammit, you beat me with the "get off my porch" joke.
I'm surprised it took so long for someone to make a Sparty Pizza Delivery joke.
My tip would be this: "Since you got your undergraduate degree at Michigan State, see if you can get a nice GMAT or GRE score in the books and get your next degree at the University of Michigan."
-says the guy with a degree from neither but with a ridiculous GMAT and a Masters from a decent school in Chicago.
Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.
because you are having someone else do it for you. That seems pretty obvious to me. I would love to start a restaurant where the patrons have to deal with the chefs. Good luck getting out of the kitchen with your ego intact.
I can't believe it took this long for someone to post the Dwight Schrute quote from The Office.
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.
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!
Never below $3 and sometimes $5.
I figure you build up some equity with decent tips to dilverey guys. After all, they know where you live.
4-5 is a good min range. If you plan to order pizza from the place on a regular basis, you need to give a decent tip, otherwise next time you'll be getting the pepperoni and pube pizza. /s
You can bring a huge amount of joy into someone's life by giving them $5 instead of $3 on a $20 order. That said, a $1.50 tip is significantly better than zero if you live on a budget.
I usually just give him 5 bucks. More if I had a huge order.
lol. suckers. $1.75 would be a very generous tip in Europe.
And it is more than 1.75. Same in Brazil.
That's because they already make you pay gratuity as part of the bill.
I can't believe there's been 150 comments and not one reference to the Trident Layers commercials, while about 1/3 of them are attempting to make fun of other schools' alumni.
There are lots of variables that factor into this, such as: Size of order, location/distance, quality of service/food..many things. But if you're just ordering a pizza and some sticks, 1.75 should be sufficent if the place is only a mile away. On a Friday, that kid should be makin 60+ bucks a night in tips alone.
Holy fuck, that's a gallon of gas right now. if my driver is getting 5-10 miles a gallon I'm not feeling sorry for him, because he's driving a Hummer.
I see some niceeeeeeeeee pizza delivery cars in A2 and wonder how they afford them slinging pizzas. new stangs, audis and bmws.
That is incredibly sexist
I wouldn't buy that Brazil stuff. Roachgoblue is an app troll, half of what he says is nonsense.
As for your tipping policy, everyone has their own way of looking at things. And even if it is sexist, it's is just a tipping policy and nothing earth-shattering important
Don't visit Brazil, because women aren't allowed to be waitresses in most places, in fact I have never seen a female waitress there. The tip is included in meals and don't allow add ons either with a credit card.
I understand where you're coming from, but hypothetically the waiter could be relying on your 15% tip to support his entire family (including his wife)
A lot of posts are mentioning "free delivery". When I lived in MoJo in the '70s there was a Dominoes across the athletic fields. They advertised "free deliver" and $1 off for pick up.
I thought that was somewhat clever marketing. Deceptive but clever.
I just have my girlfriend flash the delivery guy instead of giving a tip.
It's, "I just MAKE my girlfriend flash the delivery guy."
Lets all go to Vegas together!
The generally accepted tip for a pizza guy is a minimum of $3, more if you have a bigger order. I know it sucks that the pizza place charges for delivery, but the driver get's none of that. This is the info most pizza drivers have told me in the past. Now granted if you're a struggling college student than maybe $2 is ok, but less than that is pretty cheap.
Do unto others as you would have done to you. IMO.
You were being cheap. I delivered pizza's for a summer in colllege, back in the late 90's early 2000's. My average tip was about $3 and keep in mind that was nearly 10 years ago. Yes pizza places charge a delivery fee, but the driver keeps $.50-.$75 of that money tops and like it was mentioned earlier, that barely covers gas, that money basically goes to the store/franchise. I would have given you the same look, had you given me that tip. I usually tip $5 to the pizza guy and 20%-25% when I go out to eat. In my opinion no one has to go out to eat, it is a luxury, if you can afford that luxury you can afford to tip well.
I love how in every tipping thread on the entire Internet, the first person to respond with "I tip huge and you should too!" is 100% of the time a person who either used to or still does work for tips.
the irony always makes me laugh.
You were unaware that a buck seventy five is a crappy tip? Let's guess who has never worked in the food service industry before!
Having been in sales for several years, I've done my share of tipping. I totally support tipping generously for good service, even on my own (non-expense account) dime.
However one tipping etiquette area I think few people are aware of is, do NOT tip on the total bill--which includes sales tax--whatever you feel a fair % calculation is, you are overtipping if you include sales tax.
I don't see a problem with the tip if it is that close to you. Even if the drivers don't get a portion of the delivery fee, and they have to pay for gas, they write off the mileage as a business expense at like $.50 per mile. On April 15th that adds up nicely too. BTW -worked in food service to pay for school as cook and server - Continental Deli - (best pancakes), Gandy Dancer, Bella Ciao, Gratzi, Real Seafood.
I was a Jimmy John's driver. I could have written that off? whaaat.
Actually I did keep track of mileage, but it never came up on my taxes because I suck at taxes.
(blue spice) you are an idiot ! Trying to say something, you know nothing about !
What you really have to ask yourself is what is it worth to me to not have to get my lazy ass up out of my chair, away from the computer, find my keys, find my wallet, put on a pair of pants, drive a couple miles, stand in line with other customers, pay the bill, drive home, unlock the door, put the pizza on the table, toss the wallet, toss the keys, take my pants back off, sit back down, check new posts, look for Hello posts and then eat pizza.
So your convenience is worth around $2. This says more about people being lazy then what it's worth to the pizza delivery guy. Cheap Bastards. Next time just get DiGiorno's.
I have to agree with this good gentleman. I do feel like services such as Takeout Taxi are a ripoff so I avoid them.
But when I'm too lazy to go to the store I'm grateful that I live in the best damn country in the universe and that I can make one phone call and have a tasty and hot meal brought to my front door. Amazing.
My only complaint with delivery is when I lived in an apartment building where you had to come down to the lobby. If I wanted to exit my actual private space I would have just walked across the street to the carryout joint.
But all of the above is besides the point. I think on a 20 dollar order 5 bucks is cool.
At the end of the day I would probably spend the extra 3.25 on bullshit anyway. I'd rather the other dude have it for his trouble.
The delivery guy is using own car.... Only getting min. wage... Often, With a lot of risk to themselves. The delivery charge...goes to the store.
The rule of thumb, for pizza delivery tipping is: anything under $20 is $3. If over $20 order - 15 to 20%
Unless, bad weather....give 20 to 25%
If you want good delivery service......tip well... you will be remembered and get good service!
If don't want to tip that amount, Pick it up yourself, spend your gas and time.
i remember doing that work. and it's at minimal cost to me.