April 9, 2014
After talking to friends – smart food fans who order out a lot – I found that there’s no consensus about how to tip the delivery person. Below are a few key questions we must ask ourselves before forking over cash to the guy/girl who appears at the door bearing brown bags or boxes – and a bill.
What’s the grand total?
Is there a separate delivery charge?
Is he delivering on foot, bike, or car?
How far away is the restaurant?
How’s the weather outside?
Nothing tugs at the heart strings like seeing the soaked deliveryman standing in front of your door, dripping as he hands you soggy brown bags of hot, delicious food. We do, and should, tip more when we know a person has trekked through inclement weather to bring us a warm meal. Maybe add a buck or more for rain?
Have you ordered during peak hours?
Did the food arrive warm?
Did the food arrive within a reasonable amount of time?
Did you get everything you ordered?