Tips in Tipping Pizza Delivery

It has been argued by many that the hardest jobs on earth include delivering food to different places as these drivers are often unappreciated, misunderstood and mostly, taken for granted. Most of these drivers work hard to earn well to be able to gain tips that would help them in their financial needs and fills the low salary that they get. Tips often range from 15-20% but some say there should be more. The question remains in many: how should customers tip delivery drivers? 

In determining the amount of tip that should be given, it is a good start to compute by the grand total of the bill first. As mentioned above, 10-15% is acceptable, a good start even but if service charge is already incorporated in your bill, its always nice to slip in a few dollars to these employees as there has been a controversial issue regarding some establishments taking the entire delivery fee. 

Some people base their generosity on tips depending on the prices of commodities. If the menu items are over priced, the standard percentage is followed but if the cost is cheap, they give more than the usual 10-15%. 

Delivery is also a hard task, especially if it takes more than a driving effort. Some employees work harder as they use a bike or even walks just to get to your house so try to consider this before tipping less. 

The distance of your location and the weather during delivery should also be considered, especially if your house is really difficult to find in a bad rainy weather or if the house requires a hike before you get there! 

Lastly, it is also important to take note that during the peak hours, good prioritization skills are tested. If the pizza arrives to the customer still warm, arriving at the right amount of time and all orders are right, then it would be safe to say that the delivery driver deserves more than the regular rate!
Posted by Diane Araga, on July 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM