Hello everyone. I deliver pizzas for a living, in a moderately wealthy community in NE Ohio. I'll cut straight to the point. Tips lately have dried up. Where we used to get 3$-5$ a pop a year ago, now we are lucky to get 1.50$. This is ironic and cruel, as gas prices have gone to almost 3$ a gallon recently. My question/query is this: How much do YOU tip your pizza guy, and what factors determine it? A few things to think about: Pizza delivery guys are not the ones that are late with your pizza (usually). We go very fast and disobey traffic laws to get it to you on time, but if the people in the store don't make the pizza on time or if there is a very large queue and many orders ahead of yours, it's going to take a while no matter how we drive. This is usually the case, as no pizza guy would deliberately be slow in delivering a pizza. The amount of pizza you order is not important, nor is the amount you spend on the pizza. The factors you should consider while tipping are your distance from the pizza store, the ease of getting to you (aka, did you give the wrong address? decide to go to the pool and make me walk all over the apt. complex looking? is there insane amounts of construction or blocked roads leading to your address?), the price of gas, and if the delivery person is nice. Pizza drivers generally make minimum wage hourly, and some chains give 1$ per delivery. Smaller private stores might pay differently (tipped employees can make as little as 3.25$ an hour) but the major chains are all nearly the same in their gouging of their employees. Pizza drivers are not union, and getting employers to pony up more money per delivery to combat rising gas prices is not something that happens. Almost all pizza drivers drive their own cars, and car maintenance is very expensive. Last year, from driving 30 hours a week, I had to replace my tires (300$), alternator (120$), transmission work (800$), serpentine tensioner locked up and.. something (another 800$), and more that I simply forget. Driving in the city is generally considered bad for cars, and several short trips are only really good if you have an electric hybrid. Any traditional gas car will say in it's manual to avoid repeated short trips in stop and go traffic - which is exactly what delivering a pizza is. I am somewhat ranting. Sorry! In my opinion, your minimum tip should be as much as a gallon of gas at any given time. Anything less then two dollars is a complete insult and it actually costs me money to bring you a pizza. And yes, I am quitting at the end of the month due to this but I figured Id see what people's policies are around the country and around the world. Thanks!