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Title: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: reflection5 on April 17, 2013, 09:44:13 PM
(I probably should have posted this in "Life in General".  Oh well, too late.)

I don’t know if this has been discussed, but I was wondering what kind of tip is considered standard for pizza (or other food) deliveries.

I tend to round up.  For example, of the total is $12.83 I give the person $15.00 and say keep the change.  If I only have a $20 bill, I ask for $5 back.  I rarely use a credit card for pizza deliveries.

I’ve seen people give $5 tip, $1 (chintzy), or if the total is $14.61 they say ‘keep the change’ (also chintzy).

I’ve also heard it’s appropriate to give a 15-20% tip pizza delivery.  The restaurant always adds a delivery charge, so any extra is for the driver, right?

Also curious – does anyone know if drivers are paid per delivery or per hour?
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: NyaChan on April 17, 2013, 09:49:48 PM
http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=120467.0 (http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=120467.0)
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: reflection5 on April 17, 2013, 09:52:14 PM
oops! I should have done a search.  Thanks!  :-[
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: jedikaiti on April 17, 2013, 10:03:38 PM
That, and if it isn't mentioned in that thread... do NOT assume the delivery charge goes to the driver. Part of it might, but probably not all of it. Maybe not even half.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Thipu1 on April 19, 2013, 09:27:06 AM
We do the round-up thing as well and usually add and extra dollar or two.  If the weather is bad, we throw in an extra dollar on top of that. 

As a co-worker of Mr. Thipu put it, 'Don't be cheap for a dollar'. 

Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Lynn2000 on April 19, 2013, 04:44:23 PM
I prefer to keep things simple and I don't mind paying for the convenience of someone bringing me food. So I usually tip 20% on the total bill, same as I would tip at a sit-down restaurant. It probably won't be exactly 20% because I don't like fooling with a bunch of coins, so $2.34 might get rounded up to $2.50 for example. If it's raining or something, $3.00 (i.e., a bit higher still). If they are super-slow or otherwise don't give good service I start taking money away from what I've set aside for the tip.

I can't do math quickly in my head so I have to figure out beforehand what 20% would be, then go up or down from there in small increments based on weather, service, etc. so I don't either short someone, or give a massively overinflated tip.

I usually order my food online and most restaurants explicitly state that the "delivery charge" does NOT go to the driver at all. So I figure my 20% tip based on the total, final amount that I am required to pay (food charge + tax + delivery charge).
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: ladyknight1 on April 19, 2013, 04:47:29 PM
We ordered pizza on Tuesday. We had a free pizza, and I bought another. Our total was $14, and we tipped $3, because we always tip more than $2. Depending on a larger order, such as for a party, I would tip more.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Bottlecaps on April 19, 2013, 10:04:02 PM
Here's a great website that answers this question, and in great detail as well. :)

http://tipthepizzaguy.com/

I personally always tip at least 20%, if not more - same as I do for a sit-down restaurant. Here, I tip more like 25-30% because the closest place that will deliver to us here in rural Alabama is about 10-15 miles away. That's quite a drive for the driver, and quite a good bit of their gas, so I always make sure to make it worth their while. (BIL/neighbor barely tips at all, and then wonders why the drivers are so much nicer to us than to him and his girlfriend, LOL - it's not like the drivers are rude to them, they just seem more excited/happy to bring food to our house than theirs, hehe.)
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Katana_Geldar on April 19, 2013, 10:39:12 PM
We pay in advance with credit card. No need to tip
Except for "Work hard, be good to your mother"
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: jedikaiti on April 19, 2013, 11:06:11 PM
There isn't a tip line when you sign the receipt?
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Bottlecaps on April 19, 2013, 11:15:15 PM
We pay in advance with credit card. No need to tip
Except for "Work hard, be good to your mother"

I must ask - why do you feel there is no need to tip? Unless of course, you mean you ask them to include the tip into your total. (For example, they give you your total, tip not included, and you say, "Go ahead and run a $X tip on there, too.)

There isn't a tip line when you sign the receipt?

POD. There should be a line on the receipt for a tip. (I've always tipped cash regardless of whether I paid in advance with my card or paid cash, though. It's easier that way and gives me peace of mind.)
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: NyaChan on April 19, 2013, 11:48:14 PM
I pay with credit card and they allow me to tip either by entering it in online or by doing it at the door.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Jocelyn on April 19, 2013, 11:56:44 PM
I don't tip as much as I do in a restaurant. A server has to make multiple trips to the table to refill drinks, see if you need anything, etc. If all the server did was deliver the food, I wouldn't tip them as much as I normally do. The delivery person is also paid minimum wage, whereas a server is not.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Maggie on April 20, 2013, 01:04:49 AM
We pay in advance with credit card. No need to tip
Except for "Work hard, be good to your mother"

I am with everyone else.  Why do you feel you don't have to tip just because you paid with a credit card.  My sister delivered pizza for years and they do not get any portion of the delivery fee.  I used to think that too and she set me straight on that!
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Vall on April 20, 2013, 03:25:43 AM
If the delivery charge doesn't pay for delivery, what exactly are you paying for?

I usually tip about 15% and round to an even dollar amount.  I tip more in especially bad weather and on busy days (day before Thanksgiving, superbowl sunday, etc).
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Katana_Geldar on April 20, 2013, 08:05:55 AM
It's more a case that we don't tip here.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Bottlecaps on April 20, 2013, 09:12:50 AM
It's more a case that we don't tip here.

Good explanation. :) I actually thought of that after getting off of here last night, and kind of felt like a dufus because it was totally possible that you live somewhere where tipping isn't the norm. :)

I don't tip as much as I do in a restaurant. A server has to make multiple trips to the table to refill drinks, see if you need anything, etc. If all the server did was deliver the food, I wouldn't tip them as much as I normally do. The delivery person is also paid minimum wage, whereas a server is not.

Not all delivery people get paid minimum wage. :) Of course, maybe the delivery drivers at your choice pizza place do. It's just not the norm though. :)
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: NyaChan on April 20, 2013, 09:19:11 AM
Interesting article on delivery charges by a former pizza delivery guy:  http://consumerist.com/2010/03/30/4-myths-about-tipping-from-a-former-pizza-delivery-guy/ (http://consumerist.com/2010/03/30/4-myths-about-tipping-from-a-former-pizza-delivery-guy/)
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: WillyNilly on April 20, 2013, 09:32:55 AM
I generally tip $2-10 depending on distance they came, how much I ordered, etc. Last night we ordered pizza and it came to $26 and change. I gave the guy $30.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: jaxsue on April 20, 2013, 01:20:31 PM
I tend to tip well, whether I'm in a sit-down restaurant or ordering in. Pay in the restaurant business is seldom great.  :-\
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: violetminnow on April 20, 2013, 01:57:42 PM
I do a flat rate tip. I generally tip $3 for all deliveries during normal hours (though I never get more than two medium pizzas at one time). If I order really early, really late, or if they arrive really fast I give $4/$5. I have no idea what the percentage is because I hate doing the math.

I originally based the $3 on doubling the delivery fee, so I was paying them the delivery fee directly for gas and wear on their car and half for them personally.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: reflection5 on April 20, 2013, 04:13:54 PM
Got pizza today and the driver was friendly/chatty.  So I asked him a few questions (after giving him a $2.90 tip (20%) ).

They are paid hourly, minimum wage, plus $1 per trip for gas.
Delivery charge added to bill goes to the store, not the driver.
2/3 people tip - usually in range of $2 - $3.  On large (party) orders tip is usually about $5 - $6.
1/3 people don't tip and give exact dollar amount & change.
Drivers don't like to deal with coin change at all.
About 50% pay cash, 50% use crecit card.
If driver is robbed, store insurance will cover lost money and if driver injured it's covered by worker's comp.
Gas, wear & tear on car is very high.

By then pizza was getting cold, so I let him go.   :)
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: SiotehCat on April 20, 2013, 04:19:58 PM
I tip $5.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: NyaChan on April 20, 2013, 04:25:25 PM
Got pizza today and the driver was friendly/chatty.  So I asked him a few questions (after giving him a $2.90 tip (20%) ).

They are paid hourly, minimum wage, plus $1 per trip for gas.
Delivery charge added to bill goes to the store, not the driver.
2/3 people tip - usually in range of $2 - $3.  On large (party) orders tip is usually about $5 - $6.
1/3 people don't tip and give exact dollar amount & change.
Drivers don't like to deal with coin change at all.
About 50% pay cash, 50% use crecit card.
If driver is robbed, store insurance will cover lost money and if driver injured it's covered by worker's comp.
Gas, wear & tear on car is very high.

By then pizza was getting cold, so I let him go.   :)

Good sleuthing!
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: ladyknight1 on April 20, 2013, 05:49:06 PM
I discovered today that DH tips an extra $ or so if he has ugly dollar bills in his wallet. He's a sweetie.   ;D
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: violetminnow on April 20, 2013, 06:23:40 PM
I discovered today that DH tips an extra $ or so if he has ugly dollar bills in his wallet. He's a sweetie.   ;D

That reminds me of this article I read recently:

http://consumerist.com/2013/04/01/we-spend-crumpled-money-faster-than-crisp-bills-because-eww-other-people-have-touched-it/

I guest many people spend their "ugly" bills fast. :)
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: HoneyBee42 on April 20, 2013, 07:20:03 PM
I am generous.  I'm also a regular (once a week, plus kid birthdays, plus customer appreciation day on the second Saturday of the month).  Sometimes, I order as carry out (I go there to pick it up, which I have to do on customer appreciation day as that's the rule for getting the deal).  When I order pizza delivered, I tip $5.  My order size puts that in the 20-25% range although I also frequently have a coupon that reduces the amount I pay (Last time, one free pizza, one $10 pizza, I still tipped my normal $5).
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: learningtofly on April 20, 2013, 08:51:57 PM
I tip $3-$4 and I'm a two minute ride from the pizza place. I started getting a regular guy who decided that since I was so close I could be the first delivery. This was really nice and I tipped more.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Jocelyn on April 20, 2013, 09:10:38 PM
I discovered today that DH tips an extra $ or so if he has ugly dollar bills in his wallet. He's a sweetie.   ;D

That reminds me of this article I read recently:

http://consumerist.com/2013/04/01/we-spend-crumpled-money-faster-than-crisp-bills-because-eww-other-people-have-touched-it/

I guest many people spend their "ugly" bills fast. :)
It's only logical. Save the crisp bills for vending machines that won't accept wrinkled bills. There's no situation where wrinkled bills are more spend-able than crisp ones.
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: jedikaiti on April 20, 2013, 09:27:30 PM
Got pizza today and the driver was friendly/chatty.  So I asked him a few questions (after giving him a $2.90 tip (20%) ).

They are paid hourly, minimum wage, plus $1 per trip for gas.
Delivery charge added to bill goes to the store, not the driver.
2/3 people tip - usually in range of $2 - $3.  On large (party) orders tip is usually about $5 - $6.
1/3 people don't tip and give exact dollar amount & change.
Drivers don't like to deal with coin change at all.
About 50% pay cash, 50% use crecit card.
If driver is robbed, store insurance will cover lost money and if driver injured it's covered by worker's comp.
Gas, wear & tear on car is very high.

By then pizza was getting cold, so I let him go.   :)

I wish they all were!
Title: Re: Tipping Pizza Deliveries
Post by: Jones on April 20, 2013, 10:27:03 PM
I generally tip enough to cover a gallon of gas. Though, if they are using a gallon of gas to get to my house or workplace, there is something seriously wrong with that vehicle; I only order from one pizza place in this town and it's a <5 minute drive from home, 7 minute from work.