The picture from Reddit (http://imgur.com/M7h5HlQ) went viral a few days ago and has sparked huge debates in whether a $10 tip on a $1463 bill is appropriate. From there, many questions are posed as to what is actually a good tip for a delivery driver?
To base a tip on a delivered pizza on the cost of the food is a little extreme in my opinion. In a restaurant, tips are usually based on the total check but a lot more goes into providing service in a sit-down restaurant as opposed to someone dropping food at your door. The tip should be based on the service provided and the work completed.
A delivery driver must pay for his/her own vehicle, insurance (required in delivery positions), gas, maintenance, and vehicle upkeep. A standard amount to pay for mileage is $0.50/mile. However, with delivery service, remember, the driver is doubling that trip more often than not so it would be appropriate (and appreciated) to pay $1/mile. Luckily, most delivery businesses will only travel so far so you’re usually not going to order from somewhere that is more than 5 miles away. In tip, that could equate to $2.50-5.00. If you live in a metropolitan area where there is heavy traffic, also consider the amount of time it takes to actually travel the distance to you. If it’s only one mile but takes the driver ten minutes because of traffic, taking that into consideration is appreciated.
As I mentioned before, basing a tip on the amount of the food seems a over-the-top in my opinion. Consider basing your tip on the amount of work the employee has done. He/she has put your order into the warming bag, carried it to your car, and then carried it to your door. If you have a large order that takes two warming bags, considering tipping per bag. For one bag, $1; for two bags, $2; and so on. You should also consider increasing the tip amount if your delivery person has to park far away, pay for parking, walk a long distance through a business to you, etc.
If your delivery driver is extra nice and polite, you could even throw in another dollar or two, just to make his/her night.
Remember a few things when it comes to tipping:
1. There is a delivery charge added to orders but that does NOT go to the delivery person.
2. Typically, delivery drivers make less per hour while out on deliveries because it is assumed they will earn tips.
3. If someone does a great job, it is always appropriate to show appreciation for their extra effort.