Tipping the pizza guy

  1. How much are you supposed to tip pizza delivery people? Is it a set rate or a percentage of the total? Does it make a difference that the restaurant is already charging a delivery surcharge?
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  2. 31 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The place i get my pizza from doesn't charge a delivery surcharge.

    I tip 25%-30%. The last time i got pizza delivered, it was cold outside, and a downpour of rain, so i tipped the poor soaked driver 50% lol.
  4. by   live4today
    I tip based on the service I receive from the time I place my order until I receive it as ordered. The minimum I tip is a couple bucks.
  5. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    The place i get my pizza from doesn't charge a delivery surcharge.

    I tip 25%-30%. The last time i got pizza delivered, it was cold outside, and a downpour of rain, so i tipped the poor soaked driver 50% lol.
    If that's the standard, I way undertip! I usually tip around 15% of the total. I know people that don't tip at all and people who tip around 20%, so I was really curious if there is some standard that is recommended. I think I will go up to 20%. You're right, though, when it is miserable out, I tend to tip more, too.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from mercyteapot
    If that's the standard, I way undertip! I usually tip around 15% of the total. I know people that don't tip at all and people who tip around 20%, so I was really curious if there is some standard that is recommended. I think I will go up to 20%. You're right, though, when it is miserable out, I tend to tip more, too.

    I actually don't know what the standard is, but the majority of the delivery people here are struggling college students, and i can respect that lol.
  7. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Something to consider too - the delivery surcharge, it doesn't necessarily go to the delivery driver.

    Just like how a physician's clinic might charge an administration fee for, say an IM inj., well it doesn't necessarily go in the nurse's pocket, you know?

    I hate it, feel like I'm gettin' screwed and all but I tip even when there's a delivery charge because I know more likely than not, those driver's aren't gettin' a share of it.
  8. by   NursesRmofun
    Don't know the standard, but I would say I may be undertipping at times. <gulp> I only give about 3 bucks on a $20-22 order, depending on toppings.
  9. by   gauge14iv
    10-15% is about par in these parts.
  10. by   prmenrs
    I tip ~ $3 for one pie and $5 for 2--sometimes I just round up--give him $20 for a $16 order and keep the change. It doesn't always work out--I'll give Juan the $, and the driver doesn't understand, so I wind up getting the change back.

    The last time I ordered, I paid online w/a credit card, so I just gave the guy $5.
  11. by   Medic2RN
    Ya know....I'd tip pretty darn good, but unfortunately the pizza guy doesn't deliver that far out of town. I have to drive in and pick the pizza up myself.
  12. by   traumaRUs
    Man - I gotta order pizza more. I live in booneyville and only one place delivers and most of the time its cold by thte time it gets here.
  13. by   RainDreamer
    It totally depends. It depends on how much the order is and how good the service is. 15%-25% is usually what I go with though.

    And I usually tip regardless of the delivery charge, if there is one. If there is one it's usually only one or two dollars.

    You know what I hate though is when I give them the money for the pizza and they just act like they can keep the rest of the change. I'm sorry, but when I give you a $20 bill and my order was only like 11 bucks, you can't keep the rest of the change!! I love Papa John's pizza, but at least twice that has happened when I've gotten pizza from them. It makes me end up tipping less than I normally would!
  14. by   canoehead
    If they don't offer me change then I ask for it, and they don't get a tip.

    I tip $3 for the first pizza and $2 for any others in bad weather, no matter what. $3 and $1 in good weather, but they need to be hot!

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