For all foodies out there that order take-outs, this is a question that they ought to answer: Are they supposed to give their delivery guy a tip?
It is a question that continuously nags the mind of the residents of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The reason: some sick and tired delivery guy started a blog that lists down the names and addresses of people who are stingy with their tips.
This has raised hell among the locals, but the reason is sort of understandable. Think about this: there are people who would give a three-dollar tip for a ninety-dollar delivery. Do you not agree that this borders on the miserly? Imagine the poor delivery guy soaking wet from the rain as he stands in front of the customer. He does deliver the order on time, but all he gets is a paltry sum for the trouble. Not surprisingly, someone is going to complain.
But it does raise a question that many diners have long been thinking: is there such a thing as a delivery tip?
When someone dines in a restaurant, proper etiquette dictates that the servers are to be given tips. While the amount differs, depending on the service and the diner, waiters typically receive a tip around fifteen percent of the total bill. Still, the amount of tip could go as high as thirty, or it can go down to a few pennies. If the service and food is good, then the tipper would be more “socially”pressed to give more.
Does this rule also apply to delivery people? Personally, it is a yes.
You may not realize it, but delivery people are known to have long memories. They can remember who gave them an “extra”for their service, and they can never forget those who are stingy. Naturally, they would be more than happy to go back to those who give more.
Tipping the delivery person also serves as a sort of incentive. Given the fact that several deliveries can be done in a singly drive, then you might want to give the driver a reason to prioritize your order. Besides, if you make yourself known as a good tipper, then they will take good care of your order.
In other words, giving a tip is a good way to establish a good relationship.