How much should I tip a pizza-delivery person?
Waiters receive an hourly wage that is (at the very most) half of minimum wage, often even less than that, as per state wage law. Those who are delivering food make at least minimum wage, if not a little bit more. I think the 15-20% should apply to those receiving the less-than-minimum wage, and the delivery folks should get less of a tip in comparison- $2-$3 as a base, and a bit more if they provided better-than-decent service, but not the same 20% I’d give to my waiter, who is taking the orders, bringing the food, filling and refilling the drinks and (if needed) bringing extra flatware/plates/booster seats/etc- keeping their attention on their customer’s needs for 30-45 minutes. The delivery guy needs to be attentive for what? 2 minutes?
Mmmmmmm, pizza. After satisfying our sudden craving for a hot slice of pie, we sat down at the computer and typed “how much tip pizza” into the Yahoo! search box with greasy, tomato-sauce-covered fingers. Would you believe there is actually a web site called www.tipthepizzaguy.com? We looked to this well of information to end the age-old dilemma of tipping your Domino’s delivery person. On the front page of the site, it states, “You’re supposed to tip the pizza delivery driver like you tip the waiter. They rely on tips and use their own car.” Keep in mind, a typical tip for a waiter in a restaurant is 15%, but the site advises a $2 minimum tip for pizza delivery. If the delivery person does an excellent job, 20% is appropriate. If the service is poor, 10% is a reasonable tip. The site lists some other consideration