On tipping takeout/delivery

Yesterday, it rained a good soaking rain all day throughout here in northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. Many of the clients I’ve made house visits too said it was a good indoor day today. I couldn’t agree more with that even despite the amount of errands, errands and more errands I had to run on that wet day. I couldn’t wait to get home to make my spaghetti and lentil “meat”balls dish, a recipe that I’ve got over at the Peas and Thank You blog.  When I was younger, I saw days of inclement weather good days to ask my mom and dad to order takeout for us. They’ve sometimes obliged – how convenient to have the food already made and have some deliver it while I’ve only got to pick out the movie for us to watch!

This mindset is actually quite typical on days of inclement weather because you think of the level of convenience for you. I mean, you don’t have to cook? That opens up a free window for you!  It feels like a luxury to be waited on and catered to – but it’s not your luxury. It’s a service and a hazardous one as classified by the U.S. government delivered mostly by hardworking teenagers if not another person. They are third most likely to be murdered at work, before a policeman and cab driver. They end up making less than minimum wage. They risk their lives in traffic. They risk robbery and assault because they carry food and cash. They often will use their own transportation, gas mileage and get calls in that blizzard or rainstorm for a pizza party and they do it because it’s their job.

So, next time you’re craving takeout/delivery..  think of the person who is trying to make it special for you and the delivery method.

Why this effects you:

  • How many times were you craving takeout but thought less about how much to tip or if you should leave a tip?
  • It’s can be embarrassing for you
  • It’s considered a common courtesy and sound judgment on your part


Tipping Etiquette

  • Gratuity in this American century does not include one dollar, leftover coins or assume it’s taken care of already. Please see the site below.
  • You can add the gratuity to the credit card reciept (in the tip line), on the check or pay in cash. If you’re paying in cash and you use a larger denomination than what is originally owed, you can also  tell the delivery person to keep it if you want otherwise the driver should have the proper change on hand.
  • It’s considerate to tip slightly more in bad weather because the service is greater.

For plenty more tips on tipping etiquette and  handle delivery hypothetical objections, check out Don’t Forget to Tip the Pizza Guy.


2 thoughts on “On tipping takeout/delivery

  1. I’m surprised people don’t know the delivery person is supposed to be tipped. Despite “free delivery”, it’s considerate to tip as delivery people don’t make that much and it’s a dangerous job, both for road conditions and crime.

  2. Very true. Whenever I eat out at restaurants or get takeout, I make sure to tip well, because those are some of the hardest workers in the country, who deserve better than minimum wage for the hours they put in. To say nothing of, often hostile customers, who do not share the same perspective.

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