In this day and age you can grab your smart phone and have pretty much anything that you want delivered to your doorstep. You can get food, groceries, electronics or just your daily essentials. Life has gotten pretty convenient! The hardest part of this convenience is figuring out if you should tip and how much that tip should be. Most of us who eat at restaurants regularly are used to tipping between 15-20%, but is that what we should tip delivery drivers?
Tipping and Delivery
Many apps you use to get food delivered have delivery and service fees built in, that makes the whole caper not only expensive but confusing too. Many customers think that these delivery fees go to the driver or that they are in effect a tip. The reality is quite different; in most cases the driver won’t see a penny of that money. Here is a look at some tipping guidelines.
Setting the Standard
The founder of the site Grubhub made a Facebook post awhile back which advises on what you should tip delivery people who are bringing you takeout. He’s a big fan of tipping drivers and understands that these guys pretty much rely on tips to get by. He recommended that you should tip 20% or $5, whichever is the higher of the two. You should also be rather generous if someone is risking life and limb to bring you a cheeseburger or a pizza in the middle of a blizzard.
Uber Eats and Others
Many delivery services will indicate on their website that tipping is neither necessary nor is it required. While they are doing this to encourage consumers to use their app and services it is rather unfair to the drivers working there. However, delivery people don’t exactly enjoy getting “stiffed”. They have to deal with the danger of getting mugged, driving in inclement weather, traffic and cranky customers for no tips at all. Many consumers are perfectly comfortable tipping the local pizza guy they won’t necessarily tip the gentleman from Uber Eats.
Uber Eats and some of the other delivery services have made the tipping option available, after years of drivers asking for the option to be included in payment services. Now as to whether you should tip or not, even Emily Post agrees that you should tip and it should be based on the size of the order and how difficult getting to your door is for the driver. Just like wait staff at your local restaurant, delivery drivers rely on tips to survive. Consider this – if you are delivering food to night shift nurses and would you expect them to tip you day after day? It’s a rhetorical question but one worth thinking about in our opinion.