Serious ethical question?!?!?!?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by B Major, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. B Major

    B Major Guest

    Nov 20, 2013
    Boston, Ma.
    Please let me preface this by saying this has nada to with bass....or any other musical topic, actually...... So I'm home last night w/ my wife and in-laws and we order Chinese food. The bill came to about $60 which we paid over the phone w/ a card. Now, for the question.... How much do you tip a delivery driver?? We all got into a philosophical discussion about delivery-guy tip amounts. Do they get 20% like a waiter/waitress?? Or do you go w/ a standard $3-$5, depending on distance/weather/amount of food carried to the door/etc??? Me personally, I'm a standard $3-$5 kinda guy. Don't get me wrong, I'm a good (%20) tipper at restaurants, I just think delivery guys are in a different bracket. My wife, father-in-law and I all agreed. My mother-in-law is a 20%'er..... Obviously I'm a little bored @ work today.... What say you TB'ers?????
  2. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    I don't often order delivery food... when I do though, I generally tip based on service (time, if it arrives hot etc), and consider in that they're using their personal vehicle, fuel and so on. It usually ends up nearer the 20% mark than not.
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Tipping does not change based on the service delivered for me. I tip based on the quality of the service. A person who does good is worth a 20% tip. I would feel bad if I tipped $3-5 on a $60+ bill, but that is just me.
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  4. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I don't order delivery food, so I don't know what's customary. However, when I drove a taxi, tips were a significant portion of my income. As a result, unless the person who is providing service screws it up, I generally tip 20% if tips are the usual thing to do for that kind of service. My son now works in a restaurant, so that just reinforces my habit of tipping 20% unless there's a reason not to.
  5. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I have food delivered to my business quite often when I am working late or to busy to go out for lunch.
    I tip according to the amount of the order, the delivery time,the traffic and weather conditions.
    I've tipped the driver $20 for a $15 pizza delivered in a snow storm or poring rain.
    On your $60 order I would have handed the driver $80
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  6. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    I'd rather be known as the guy that left a good tip.
  7. ImNotJoel


    Jan 12, 2014
    20% I have been a delivery driver. It may not be serving per say but driving through traffic, inclimate weather, parking, I know some delivery guys who sometimes have to pay gas out of pocket then get reimbursed. Reimbursment can take a long time (I refused to pay out of pocket for that reason).The pay sucks and tips are your well being just like serving.
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  8. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'm going to complete evade the original question and just mention something that comes up in my family when we order delivery:

    I love sites like Seamless that allow me to order food for delivery, pay for it on line, press a few buttons on my keyboard and voila! 45 minutes later I'm eating. So I always include the tip in the total bill that's going on my credit card. (And usually that does come to 20%...more out of force of habit than having thought any of this through. Not sure it ever occurred to me that drivers/delivery drones worked any less hard than waitstaff. Well, I guess I didn't totally evade the question...)

    My wife however refuses to include the tip in the online payment; she insists on paying the delivery dude cash. Her reasoning: That's the only way she can feel confident that the tip is actually going to the person who earned [sic] it.
  9. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I start at $10 for delivery to my house, then up from there. Like someone already said, I want to be known as the house that tips well.

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  10. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Springtown, Texas
    Related story (I am a $3-$5 guy).
    I was the project manager on a system to be used for a food delivery system. The concept was to have one phone center to serve all the stores in an area. We had an ex Pizza Hut person who had been in charge of their call centers as a subject matter expert. The subject of blocking specific addresses from delivery. I asked the question, "what reasons would you have to not deliver to an address?" She offered a few, but two stories I remember. One was a woman who always came to the door nude. Nothing funny, she just didn't wear clothes at home. They asked her to put on a robe when she answered the door, but she would not.
    The other was the delivery guy showed up and the door was answered by a drunk guy with a shotgun who forced the delivery guy to drive him to a convenience store. He got out of the car and went in an bought beer. Why the driver didn't run then, I don't know. He came back to the car and the driver took him home. He paid for the pizza and added a really nice tip.
  11. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    I never get food delivered. I did decades ago when I was in college so I tipped like $2 or something like that. This was the early 1990s.
  12. Not much of any tipping going on here.

    I would figure cab fare from restaurant to motel should be sufficient unless it was nasty weather, traffic, 20th floor lift broken...
  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Tip the delivery person at least 20%. They have higher expenses to serve you.

    "$3 to $5" is crap if you're getting $60 worth of food!! You should have tipped at least $10.
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  14. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    I've been rounding up to the next $5, you have caused me to rethink that. But I would never tip on line; I too want the tip to get to the driver.
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  15. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I don't get delivery a lot--they tend to get stuff mixed up and it's a pain to sort it out--that's not the delivery guy's fault--but a pain in any case.
    But if I do tip delivery it would depend on the price and normally I'll round up if that makes it easier--I try to have the cost plus tip in one amount so there's no fumbling for change--they seem to appreciate that as well.
  16. If you lived 1 mile from the restaurant, straight road, 3 sets of lights, no snow, no rain, ordered $200 of lobster, would y'all still tip $40?

    Would the driver be bummed out that he didn't get a $40 tip if you only tipped $20 like it could have been a pizza and you felt generous?
  17. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    In a restaurant, 20%+ every time unless I'm drink dry and problems aren't resolved. I pick one good server every December and give them $100, doesn't matter if it's a $20 or $100 dinner. Happened last week in Dallas, amazing server. Delivery, 20%, no way, a few bucks, sure. Things are getting a little too "tip heavy" in my mind. I'm not tipping when I pick up food from the restaurant for putting a box in a bag. I don't tip the cashier at the grocery store for bagging 20+ things, you aren't getting one for adding napkins and soy sauce.
  18. I usually tip between 5 and 10 for delivery for gas.
  19. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    No. I'd walk over myself and pick it up if I was that close.

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  20. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Who cares? You are the one who tips in the first place, so it's up to you what you give.