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Snarp's avatar

How much do you tip the pizza guy?

Asked by Snarp (11239points) April 22nd, 2010

In all the tipping guides I’ve seen I’ve never seen the pizza guy mentioned. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough. Is it a percentage or a set amount? I realized one day I was giving the pizza guy about three bucks, and that’s what I’ve always given them. Then I though, that probably used to be twenty percent of a pizza order, now it’s less and I should be tipping more.

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Blackberry's avatar

Meh, I always do 20–25% no matter what.

dpworkin's avatar

It depends on how hard the delivery was. In Manhattan, if someone has ridden as fast as they can on a bike through traffic in the rain, that’s one tip. In a smaller town if the Dominoes guy has driven over, that’s another tip.

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

I just ask my slutty cousin to “Flash’em”
*He gets 2 tips!!! or should I say “Nips”
*If the service is slow or bad ,,,then I get my Nana to Flash’em ,,,,that’ll teach’em !!

janbb's avatar

I dunno – maybe I’m cheap; I usually just round up a couple of bucks and give him that. Around here, they’re usually on a run delivering lots of pizzas. Since that’s his job and there’s already a delivery charge, I don’t think of it as I would a server in a restaurant.

erichw1504's avatar

I usually give him/her about 2–4 bucks depending on how much I order. I live in a suburban area, so it’s not that hard to drive it over. Never really went on percentage.

@Pretty_Lilly Haha, that’s hilarious. Can’t put a price on that tip!

ucme's avatar

“Keep the change you filthy animal.” Good to go.

thriftymaid's avatar

two or three dollars

njnyjobs's avatar

15% of tab if delivery fee has been tacked on. 20% if no delivery fee charged.

simone54's avatar

@Pretty_Lilly Where does your slutty cousin live?

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I don’t tip
It’s not because I am cheap, it’s just that I live like 3 blocks away from my favorite pizzeria

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

2 bucks. (It’s not a very far delivery).

netgrrl's avatar

$3 bucks since a delivery fee is tacked on in my area & I’m very close to the store. Sometimes more if it’s very, very cold or stormy.

erichw1504's avatar

@Michael_Huntington So, might as well not tip the waiter at a sit down restaurant since they only have to walk from the kitchen to your table, right?

Michael_Huntington's avatar

@erichw1504 No I mean like I can walk there instead of getting a delivery guy coming to my house which would be a waste of gas and time since I live near them.

octopussy's avatar

We always tip $5, we also have to pay an extra $3 for the delivery which is included in the order. I think anyone who has to give up their time delivering pizzas especially on a friday/saturday night should be paid a decent tip.

njnyjobs's avatar

@Michael_Huntington remind me who you are when you step into my establishment . . .

When I pick-up food, I usually throw in about 10% into the tip cup. . . when you expect to go back to the same place, you should let them know that you appreciate their service… you get your orders done quicker and possibly avoid extra unnwanted ingredients, if you know what I mean. . . . and as for Mr. Huntington, we’d probably gladly throw in those extra ingredients for you.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

>implying I don’t give money in the tip jar
Wow, way to make misleading assumptions

WestRiverrat's avatar

I usually give her a couple beers and whatever change is left from the $20. But then she is a friend of mine and I usually time my pizza orders to be her last run of the night.

chyna's avatar

@octopussy It’s their job, they are not giving up their time for the fun of delivering pizzas.

I tip 2 dollars. I live in a small town and the pizza place is less than a mile away.

janbb's avatar

@octopussy Give up their time? It’s called a job. The question in my mind is whether they get paid a reasonable rate, i.e. minimum wage, or whether they get paid poorly, as waiters do, on the assumption that the tips will be most of what they earn. Does anybody know?

njnyjobs's avatar

@Michael_Huntington sorry, but no assumptions were made. . . it was an honest comment for the statement you posted – __“I don’t tip“__ . . . maybe you should be more careful with what you want to say before you actually post them.

Taciturnu's avatar

@janbb Most people I have known of make around $8/hr locally, +tips.

My tip depends on how long it took to get there, and if it’s cold. If you hand me a refrigerated pizza, you get a buck. If it’s hot, you get $2. And finally, if it’s hot and fast, you get $3. Mind you, the pizza place I use is only a 5 minute drive.

octopussy's avatar

@janbb & @chyna, I know it’s their job but they would not be earning much anyway, most of them are young guys and we just like to give them enough to buy themselves a beer. Plus like I said, who wants to give up their fri/sat night delivering food. I guess it’s an individual thing on what people decide to tip and for the people that don’t tip I wonder how many little surprise unknown toppings they may be eating, lol.

njnyjobs's avatar

@janbb & @chyna pizza delivery guys also have to provide their own transporrtation. They have to gas-up, pay insurance, and keep the vehicles maintained. Average cost of running a car is about 50–75 cents per mile depending on your location and the size of your vehicle. If a pizza guy delivers to your place 5 miles away, at the very least, he’s already out $5.

netgrrl's avatar

The guys that deliver my pizza know me by name & always seem appreciative.

My son delivered pizza when he was in college a few years ago. He said for our area, it was a good tip.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

$2.00 if to my house because it’s so close to the store and $3.00 if anywhere a person would have to drive more than a block.

Taciturnu's avatar

@njnyjobs That’s actually not true in a lot of cases around here. Most places here provide your transportation.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I tip service people between 15–20%.

gailcalled's avatar

People deliver pizza?

chyna's avatar

@gailcalled
Not where you live. Milo scares them.

janbb's avatar

Maybe Milo could go and fetch the pizza.

gailcalled's avatar

Why not? He already has the keys to the Lexus.

chyna's avatar

Molly only has Honda keys.

gailcalled's avatar

Dear Molly; I have to teach you to be more aggressive and insistent. xox Milo

pinkgirl02's avatar

why should you tip ? when you have already paid for your pizza.

octopussy's avatar

@pinkgirl02, um because it’s common courtesy, because they are on minimum wage, because you don’t want to find any foreign substances on your pizza from a disgruntled pizza guy. Good luck with your next pizza!

chyna's avatar

@pinkgirl02 It’s how they make their money. If you are known as a tipper, your pizza gets there hot. If you don’t tip, they don’t rush your pizza to you, the neighbors will get theirs first and yours will be cold. And they may, as @octopussy says, put bad things in your pizza such as spit. I had one pizza guy that would bring a milkbone for my dog.

xRIPxTHEREVx's avatar

With a slice of the pizza.

pinkgirl02's avatar

well,we dont tip take away deliverys where i live.

Likeradar's avatar

I tip about $3, or more if the delivery person is especially friendly or of it’s a big order with breadsticks and multiple pizzas and the works.

@pinkgirl02 Where do you live that you don’t tip deliveries? Do you live in a place where it’s customary to tip servers at a restaurant?

pinkgirl02's avatar

i live in the uk.

Fernspider's avatar

We don’t tip in New Zealand either, for anything.

When I worked in the States for 3 months I was working as a temp in a hospital making $8.50/hr. I used to think it seems unbalanced that waitresses were getting $8.00/hr plus untaxed tips. I could never get my head around it, I figured that my services at a hospital front desk didn’t warrant a tip no matter how good at it or friendly I was but if I was serving food, I would make more money.

Likeradar's avatar

@Rachienz I’m pretty sure that servers in the US don’t get $8/hr, or anything even close to minimum wage. The tip is assumed, and it factors into a server’s piss poor wage.
Someone correct me if I’m wrong please…

janbb's avatar

@Rachienz Most waiters or waitresses don’t get minimum wage as @Likeradar says. They usually get around $2—$3 an hour.

Fernspider's avatar

Oh wow, $2—$3! That is insane. I understand why the tip is important now!

Snarp's avatar

@Rachienz Yeah, a lot of people from more advanced countries don’t understand tipping here because they don’t understand how little servers are paid. I had a boss who was Italian who just refused to tip. We kept trying to explain to her that the servers were making far below minimum wage, but she just didn’t get it. She would take us out to eat and one of us would stay behind to leave a tip after she left.

Also, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe for tax purposes that there is a minimum assumed tip. So if a waitress, in the extreme case, never got tipped, she would still have to file taxes as if she had tips in her income.

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