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Old 06-07-2008, 06:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do you tip the pizza delivery guy..?

I don't order pizza that often...And nowadays, every pizza joint seems to have these online ordering deals to simplify the process...Use my debit card, everything is clean cut...I hate having cash on me, so this works out well...

But tonight, a guy delivered my pie, even picked my paper up out of the driveway when he came in...

And for the first time, I wondered if I should be tipping...

Now, when I go to a restaurant and sit down, I start my server out with with their 15% percent...If the service is great, average, or shitty, I adjust accordingly...

But the pizza guy had a somewhat blank like stare on his face when I grabbed my pie and just said thanks...Should I be tipping pizza delivery dudes..? Why..? I noticed on my receipt that they charge a delivery fee, so I figured I was cool...When I got my physical receipt though, it said, 'Driver gratuity not included'...Hmm, seems they expect people to tip drivers...

I don't know, just curious to what everyone else thinks...
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A tip isn't required... in anything.
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's commonplace to tip the pizza guy, so I understand how he might be confused. Besides, if I worked such a shitty job, I'd expect a tip of some sort.
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I always tip the pizza guy. 15% isn't a bad rule for anything I figure.
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Pizza guys usually pay their own gas and get maybe an extra $2-3/hr to pay for car upkeep. Yes, you should tip them.
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I always tip 5 bucks. Maybe more if it's a large order.

Around here, at least, the drivers get as shitty of a pay as all the other workers. No additional money for gas or anything.
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Pizza guys definitely expect a tip. For the kind of shit delivery people put up with, I tip well. $3 is standard, $4 or more if it's a big order or they're particularly pleasant.

See http://www.tipthepizzaguy.com for details about this.
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Food delivery person: * 10% of the bill (excl. tax), at least $1 for bills up to $10. Should tip 15%-20% for a difficult delivery.

Mike Lynn, associate professor of consumer behavior at the Cornell Hotel School suggests tipping pizza delivery folk a minimum of $2 per pizza. His reasoning: Food delivery can be dangerous if delivering to crime-ridden neighborhoods or driving in bad weather, etc. The Web site www.tipthepizzaguy.com suggests the following: 15% for normal service, with a $2 minimum; 20% for excellent service; 10% or less for poor service; at least 10% for orders of $50 or more. Don't assume a delivery charge, if there is one, goes to the pizza deliverer. Ask the person who takes your order.
http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/tipping/

It depends on where you live; assuming you live in Nevada, the above is a social norm.

Then again, the drivers throw themselves on the mercy of the public, so you can do whatever you feel is right.
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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A tip isn't required... in anything.

Hope you dont order from the same pizza place twice. Well, get the same driver twice. You may get extra toppings or cold pizza.
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I always tip $2, but pizza here is $6 so that's 33%. It's funny at first it took about 30mins and a little cold. After two or three orders the time is now at 12mins and it's hot. I can almost set my watch by it.
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Punk is correct, its not required. But is it recommended? You bet your ass it is.

I always tip delivery guys pretty good. They do have to pay their own gas, and I imagine its one shitty job so a tip kinda keeps them going. Also, if you have any beers about I always get a good response when I give them a beer as well as the monetary tip.
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Should I be tipping pizza delivery dudes..? Why..?
You should have been tipping them 8 years ago when gas was $2/gal. You should be tipping them double now.

Either that or drive your pizza-starved butt down to the pie store yourself.

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Hope you dont order from the same pizza place twice. Well, get the same driver twice. You may get extra toppings or cold pizza.
"Hey, I didn't order sausage!"
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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"Hey, I didn't order sausage!"
Oh, so wrong, so, so wrong... LOL!
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I always tip any delivery food I get, usually around 2 bucks or more. I'd go higher more often but it is only 1 street over from me lol....
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:58 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I make my own Pizza.
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:59 PM   #17 (permalink)
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My brother died while delivering pizzas.

I always tip the pizza guy.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:04 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I make my own Pizza.

I have too admit I "make" mine more often than I order that is for sure. I buy the 3 cheese oven roasted Presidents Choice pizza's and then add my own toppings like bacon, green olives, pineapple, onion, sausage...etc...mmm tasty...



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Old 06-07-2008, 08:09 PM   #19 (permalink)
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My brother died while delivering pizzas.

I always tip the pizza guy.
Really sorry to hear that, kind of puts the rest of the world in perspective.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:11 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I make my own Pizza.
We do too (or should I say my SO does), or we go out (our favorite pizza place is an experience, I don't know how else to put it). We rarely (maybe twice so far this year) order pizza for delivery any more, but when we do, I always tip at least a couple bucks.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:52 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'd love to order Pizza... the fact is it just suck here. I have yet to find a good pizza on this island.
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:15 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I'd love to order Pizza... the fact is it just suck here. I have yet to find a good pizza on this island.
still????

even Pizza Hut sucked back in the late 80s. I figured they would at least get something remotely better...
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:17 PM   #23 (permalink)
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always. Last time we ordered was back in January and 6inches of snow. The guy came in about 20 minutes.Igave him $7.
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:21 PM   #24 (permalink)
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oh right... forgot about that tipping part....

yes, always tip the FOOD DELIVERY guy, it doesn't matter if it's pizza or chinese food...
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:36 PM   #25 (permalink)
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yes, still. You can find good gourmet pizza but that's not what I am looking for. I want delivery pizza at a reasonable price.

And, I do tip the delivery guy but on a couple bucks.
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:49 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Wow, thanks for the responses guys...I live a good neighborhood about 2 miles from the store I order from, but I have never known anyone that delivered pizzas, so I didn't know how they were treated...My Mom used to manage a Domino's, but as a part of her management training she had to do every job in the store, including make deliveries...I've never heard her mention it, so I really didn't think that it was a huge deal...

I'll probably give the guy a couple bucks from here on out...
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:30 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I usually just round up to the nearest $5. That works in most situations, unless the order is $19.97 or something. Then I just tack an extra $5 on top.

I think etiquette dictates that you tip more for long distances or bad weather. I'm not entirely sure on that, and I don't order pizza often enough to worry about it (2-3 times per year).
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:59 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I don't order pizza that often...And nowadays, every pizza joint seems to have these online ordering deals to simplify the process...Use my debit card, everything is clean cut...I hate having cash on me, so this works out well...
Usually you can add driver gratuity on those sites, that's what I do if I'm strapped for cash.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:30 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I do absolutly. I hate comming off cheap, I like commending people on good service and I expect good service the next time. nearly every time I order pizza it's the same guy showing up with it. I can't emagine he's getting paid alot for this job not to mention his gas allowance may not be up to date.

I usually write in or give $3-4 on a $20 pizza.

also I do a fair ammount of takeout. I tip there too. about the same ratio. I don't want to get home and find they put on grilled onions when I asked them to hold the grilled onions. I tip for good service.

I work for a living and I have to prove my validity with real phisical results I can't hide in paperwork or fast talking. I apreciate others who do a good service for me. I don't want them to walk off saying "ass hole" under their breath. especially food service people.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:44 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Old 06-08-2008, 12:52 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:54 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I work the afternoon shift at a pizzeria. I take orders, prepare food for my shift and the night shifts, and i deliver the orders.

The average tip i receive is 2-4 dollars regardless of the size of the order. After the cost of gas is added in my average tip drops down to 1-3 dollars. I often wonder why waiters get tipped ~15% while drivers merely get whatever change is left over... waiters never have to worry about getting a speeding ticket while striving "to insure prompt service.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:04 AM   #33 (permalink)
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In the UK, I think if you tipped the guy he'd wonder where the hidden cameras were.

I live 2 miles from the pizza place, and they charge for delivery. The system in this country means that minimum wage is actually something people can live on, and the vehicles (usualy scooters) belong to the company.

For all of these reasons, I do not tip the delivery guy.

The Chinesse place I also get food from is only a couple of miles away, and the delivery guy is the owner - I figure he's had my money already in the bill, so I don't tip him - I do buy from him pretty often though, and when I go to the shop in person they greet me fondly - which is not the case for other customers I see there, so I must be doing something right.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:35 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Even though I'm Canadian, I always tip the delivery guy - pizza, Chinese, whatever.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:41 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Even though I'm Canadian, I always tip the delivery guy - pizza, Chinese, whatever.
Tipping isn't as big of a deal in Canada? I know that's the case in many countries, but hadn't heard that about our friends up north.
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:58 AM   #36 (permalink)
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I used to deliver in the evenings... for perspective, I went through a tank of gas in a weekend (3 5hr shifts) doing nothing but delivering in a 3 mile radius from our shop.

Tipping is what made the job actually earn you a living - otherwise I was almost paying the shop to let me deliver their pizzas, because not only are you having to buy gas, you're using your personal vehicle much more than if you were doing your normal daily driving.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:06 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Tipping isn't as big of a deal in Canada? I know that's the case in many countries, but hadn't heard that about our friends up north.
Sorry, bit of a joke in reference to an earlier thread on how Canadians are lousy tippers.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:06 AM   #38 (permalink)
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I always tip the delivery person. I normally give about $3-4, more if the order is larger.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:21 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Before or while calling I would look to see how much cash I had. If I didnt have enough to tip the delivery I put the pizza on debit and gave the cash to the bearer of manna.

I dont really order pizza anymore.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:34 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Ever since discovering the "Take & Bake" joints near us, we haven't ordered pizza delivery. They have way better pizza and its cheaper. They don't deliver, so you gotta go get it.

When we did get delivery, it always seemed like such a jip. A large pizza without a coupon is like $16, plus tax, plus delivery charge, plus tip... even with a not-too-generous $2 tip you are approaching $25 for a pizza that's worth no more than probably $5... blah. Chinese is a better delivery option for us.
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