Would you tip $10 on a $1,500 pizza delivery?
Somebody did -- and got called out for it online. For dining-industry workers, it's just the latest in a string of penny-pinching indignities.
Customers of pizza joints and casual-dining establishments should probably keep in mind that not only do the underlings they shoo away between servings of low-cost food rely on tips to live and to balance out their tax burden, but they're not afraid to call you out for being stingy. Reddit has become a compendium of such service-industry horror stories, with the latest coming Tuesday from a user named jfastman who posted the receipt showing a $10 tip added to a $1,453.95 bill.
That's less than a 1% tip, big spender. Meanwhile, one person had to haul 85 pizzas from Point A to Point B. That 10 bucks is well below the $2-per-pizza that the Cornell Hotel School considers a baseline tip for a delivery, according to CNNMoney. That would come out $170 in this case, but if that seems a bit steep, a reasonable 10% tip would set a buyer back $145.
Seriously, 5% and an apology would have at least given the poor pizza schlepper $72.50 or so to play with. But $10 for a literal wall of pizza you had no problem dropping nearly $1,500 on? Mind you, those pizzas went for a not-so-cost-effective $17 a pop.
Maybe this delivery person should look at the forlorn face of Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill he got and consider himself or herself lucky. It could be a lot worse. He or she could be the server at Applebee's (DIN) who got stiffed by someone wondering why wait staff should get an 18% tip when "I only give God 10%."
Or he or she could work for Denny's (DENN) franchise owner John Metz, who owns 30 locations in Florida and put his servers in the crossfire of the Obamacare debate. He initially proposed tacking on a 5% Obamacare fee to pay for mandated employee health care and presented customers with two options: "They can either pay it and tip 15% or 20%, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server."
Denny's CEO John Miller then promptly spat in Metz's cereal by scolding him into an apology, but the leaders of other chains have already discussed cutting worker hours to avoid giving them mandatory health care.
Metz isn't entirely wrong, though. With the restaurant business becoming increasingly focused on value and decreasingly interested in paying for various extras, there are two options: Tip-averse customers can keep stiffing servers and get publicly ridiculed, or we can do away with the gratuity system altogether and boost the average wage.
Since plenty of Americans grouse about that second option as well, get ready for the hour-and-a-half delivery time that comes with living in the low-priority cheapskate house.
Paying money so the delivery person does not spit on it or drop it is extortion. Restaurants should pay regular wages and not rely on customers tipping employees.
HOWEVER, a tip is usual in the US and should be paid based upon the level of service. If you can't afford a tip, don't order or go spend your own gas money and pick it up yourself.
Me? I appreciate the delivery when I am too busy or too lazy to go get it myself... so I tip accordingly.
The entitlement attitude this country has created is ridiculous. Stop putting tip jars on every counter people should be happy if they have a job
Not that I agree at all with a $10.00 tip...but I do have a devil's advocate question...where I order from, they include a delivery fee was that the case in the above story?
It is HIGH TIME for companies to pay a wage that thier employees can live off of. Tipping should not be required. These restaraunts are charging outlandish fees for thier foods and are well able to pay a decent wage. If servers or drivers are Angered by small tips-get a job that pays a decent wage. I'm sorry but tipping is getting out of control!
Basing a pizza delivery tip on a percentage of the total order is ludicrous. I'm not saying not to tip more for a large order. But certainly don't feel obligated. We used to love taking large orders because we knew we would likely get tipped more than the standard buck (or two, if we were lucky) that was the norm in the college town where we delivered. But because we were making minimum wage and nobody was there to see the "tip" we also knew that the only tips we would be forced to claim would be those that came in written check or credit card form. I'll leave it up to your imagination how many "tips" this once struggling college student claimed...
To begin with, there is a delivery charge . Who gets this $2.50? Then I usually give $10.00 on my usual $18.72 order, which means this delivery person gets a great tip.
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