Paul invited friends over to his house as they were all planning to watch a very important game on his new plasma LCD TV. He called a pizza joint to get some pizzas delivered to his house. The pizza delivery guy came to his house with hot and tasty pizzas, right on time. Paul paid the guy for the pizzas, but did not give him a proper delivery tip. Now that's a bad business etiquette. It is very important to give a proper amount of tip to the delivery guy. This is a guide that will help many people like Paul to become aware of the proper etiquette to follow when giving tips.
Why is a Tip Important?
Before I go into the details of how much tip to give for pizza delivery, let me answer the one question that is running through your mind. You must be wondering why is the tip so important? Aren't these guys paid for delivering pizzas? And what about the extra delivery charges added to your bill amount? The owner must be definitely paying them extra from the delivery charges. Well, your thought process is absolutely relevant, but on the wrong path.
You see, the delivery guy needs to battle the horrific traffic that you want to avoid. Most of the time, these drivers use their own vehicles, as not many pizza joints can afford providing official ones. So the onus of maintenance lies with the driver. The delivery charges that you pay are not always passed on to him. Most of the time, the restaurant owner keeps a large share for himself and passes on a small percentage to the driver.
Just image, how you would feel if you had to travel 75 to 100 miles daily, that means about 4 to 5 hours in heavy traffic. That's what the pizza delivery truck driver does every single day. He travels up and down the town, trying to be on time to deliver you hot pizza. And on top of that, he has to search for your house or office. The driver needs to locate your area, your building, then find the right floor you live on and knock on the correct door. And, do not expect a cheerful friendly person to greet him at the door. A few people take their own sweet time to open the door. Maybe they are thinking that, 'He made me wait for my pizza, now I'll make him wait for me!'. Nice payback for a guy who braved all odds to get to your door.
The delivery driver offers you his services on a sunny day, rainy day and even if there is a blizzard out there. He will walk up to your door, in any weather conditions and ensure that your pizza is hot. And after taking all the trouble, if the pizza that reaches you is cold and soggy, you do not mind giving him an earful. Even if you are not happy with the services offered, make sure you give him a tip. The delivery guy will surely be grateful and work harder next time to give you a better service. For any complaints, call the store manager and speak to him about the bad service. He will know how to deal with the situation and may also send you a complimentary pizza, to make up for it.
Amount of Tip
People are often confused about how to tip a pizza delivery guy. The average tip is about 12 to 15% of the total order. This means for a small order that is less than $20, the average tip is about $3. You can pay 20% or more if you find the service to be exceptionally good. If the service is poor, pay the delivery truck driver about 10% of the bill. A really bad service does not deserve any tip.
The average tip for short distances is about $2 to $3. A long distance trip, that is, anything more than 3 miles away from the store, needs to be paid an extra $1. If the distance is over 5 miles, then you need to add a dollar more. A large order or something more than $50, needs to be paid a minimum tip of $5. In case of bad weather like rains, hot summers, snow or really cold weather, you can pay about $1 more as a thoughtful gesture.
It is important that you should give a proper tip as a substantial amount of the earnings for the delivery guys come from the tips. You would tip a waiter in the restaurant, so why not tip a pizza delivery guy who comes all the way to your home to serve you food.