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19-year-old Jonathan Larson has cancer of the brain and spine. He’s got a tough fight ahead of him. Larson was, until recently, a delivery driver at Naperville’s Rosebud Restaurant in Chicago. I say “recently” because, according to Larson, when his manager heard he needed time off for surgery to address the cancer, he was fired. Larson described his dismissal to 5 NBC Chicago News,

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Hey there.

I just wanted to put out a little “PSA” to anyone who’s willing to listen, and I guess what I want to say is…

Please, PLEASE tip your Pizza Delivery drivers. Or any food delivery driver, for that matter.

I’m writing this because I got “stiffed” (As in, got zero dollars in tips on a delivery) THREE TIMES tonight, and that’s… just awful.

I recently started at a pizza place as a delivery driver, so what I say may not be 100 percent accurate but is based off my 3 days of experience so far.

The reason I ask you tip your Delivery drivers is because a lot of their income depends on tips, much like waitresses, and for many of the same reasons as waitresses I would guess.

Please don’t think tipping your delivery driver is %100 optional. (Or optional at all for that matter.) It’s very much something that is needed, and it’s something that needs to happen on every run.

I don’t know about other people’s experiences as Delivery drivers, but when we’re clocked out on a run delivering your pizza, we’re not getting paid minimum wage. We’re getting paid less than minimum wage (For me, it’s around 4 dollars while clocked out on a run). That means we need to make up the difference in tips, and boy do we need them.

Factor that 4 dollar wage with a couple other things as well:

1.  I have to pay for my own gas as a delivery driver (Not to mention car upkeep, like oil changes, tires, the usual). We get cents to the mile returned to us at the end of the night (our mileage is checked and we’re given payment based on current gas prices. Not all stores will do this I’m sure because ours didn’t until people complained), but this doesn’t cover our gas costs alone; we NEED tips, preferably GOOD tips, to be able to make money to pay rent and bills and also keep paying for our gas and upkeep on our car so we can keep delivering.

2. While the mileage system helps with this (some other franchises might not be as fortunate and have a fixed run fee returned, like $1.25, instead of cents to the mile which makes this part of it much worse), getting stiffed on an order that is on the very edge of your store’s delivery range is the ABSOLUTE WORST. (This very thing happened to me tonight. Some kid took his mom’s card, didn’t know how to tip, and just signed the receipt without writing down any dollar or tips amount).

Not only did you not NOT get a tip, you didn’t get a tip on a 35-40 minute run (15-20 minutes each direction); and that means other drivers that had shorter runs than you were clocked in before you, and added to the driver rotation before you, wasting that driver’s time and money. They probably missed out on at least one run because your house was so far away (which you can’t help and that’s fine), and DIDN’T get paid for their efforts on top of that (which you CAN HELP, with a nice tip. It is difficult knowing how far away your house is from the store, but a little research on your part will be greatly appreciated).

Let me make this clear: having a pizza delivered to your house is a luxury service; If you CANNOT AFFORD having a pizza delivered to your house (the final price tag being the price of your meal and the price of the driver’s tip), DO NOT ORDER DELIVERY.

Go to your store and pick it up yourself. Seriously, don’t be that asshole that only has enough to cover his meal and won’t tip because it’s ~~~too expensive~~~ to tip, or because you think it’s optional, or because you think the Delivery Fee is our tip.

Because the Delivery Fee is not our tip. That goes to the store, we never see that money.

So, if you’re wondering what a good price to tip is, (In USD, I can’t really help you if we’re talking other currencies) this is my opinion based on my experiences and tip totals at the end of the night. This could be completely different depending on the cost of living in other parts of the US, but this is based off of where I live.

$1: Thank you. At least you tipped us, that’s better than not getting anything, though something higher would be really, greatly appreciated.

$2: Thanks; this will sometimes, (but not always) plus mileage depending on how far your house is from the store, garner minimum wage for that run. Something higher than that would be greatly appreciated.

$3: This tends to be about standard, or slightly lower than standard. If you tip us 3 dollars at least, we should make back minimum wage. Something higher than this would be appreciated.

$4: This is a good standard price to start from, based on your experience with the driver.

$5: Big thanks to you on this one; if we get a ton of people like you, like this kind of tip every run, we’ll be pretty well off for the night!

$6 and up: Yeah dude! That’s the spirit! You rock! High five!

Also, if your order is $34.65 and you give your driver $35 dollars and tell them to “keep the change”, THAT’S NOT A TIP. That’s almost as bad as stiffing your driver. In fact, it might be even more insulting that you think your spare change you don’t want is an appropriate tip for our time and effort.

So yeah. I just wanted to put that out there.

Please don’t be an asshole that doesn’t tip; you’re most likely going to be mentioned bitterly back at the store. You’re gonna be “that person”, nobody should be “that person”.

If anyone has anything to add, or correct me on, feel free to do so.

i would watch the fuck out of a benjamin sisko cooking show

delivery driver pet peeves

  • if you can’t afford to tip your pizza delivery driver maybe you should come pick it up yourself
  • don’t have your kids give me the money and not explain what a tip is so i get to watch the little turd put it in his pocket like “oh mom, so stupid, can’t count”
  • don’t not tip me then ask if we’re hiring
  • don’t ask me how much money i make when i deliver your pizza
  • don’t get mad when i don’t have change for a hundred, you really think i carry $80 in change on me???
  • if you’re in an apartment complex don’t let me get there and see that i need a gate code so i have to call you while somebody’s getting pissed behind me
  • uhm don’t go run errands after you order a pizza??? i’m not going to wait for you to get back
  • don’t get mad at me for not bringing you a paper receipt for a cash order
  • if you pay with a credit card DON’T have your kids meet me at the door. i need to see the card and your id. and no don’t send the cards down with your kid, i have no idea what you look like.
  • please don’t ask me 900 questions about my life/tattoo whatever. i don’t really have time to hear about what tattoos you want. (i don’t mind oh yeah i hella want a *blank* while taking your pizza or signing your receipt but please don’t tell me the 10 tattoo ideas you have and the stories behind them as i’m inching away)
  • don’t say sorry when writing a zero with a dash through it on the tip line when i deliver to you once a week. it’s more irritating than not tipping. ‘cause you’ve never tipped me and you’re not sorry.
  • i’m not comfortable coming into your home (especially if you’re male), i already drove the damn pizza here you can put it on the counter.

i’m sure there’s more but today was just awful. so i must bitch.


The tip shows you appreciate the service.

Delivery is a CONVENIENCE. It feels so good to have it delivered for you.

  • You don’t have to get it yourself.
  • And waste your time, energy, and gas.
  • The driver endured weather and traffic for you.
  • You can watch TV or do things around the house instead.
  • How much is that worth? because your time is valuable.

The tip shows that you value the driver’s work.

It just feels good to tip.
It shows that you’re a good person. It’s a good thing to do.
It shows you have class.
Tipping is common courtesy. It’s customary.

Not tipping is considered:

rude and unheard of inconsiderate ungrateful for the service as if delivery meant nothing to you

If one does not tip, they:

take advantage of the driver steal the services of the driver insult and waste the driver’s valuable time

  • Tips are necessary for the job. Tips mean everything to the driver. That’s why they deliver. Without it, there’s no point in keeping the job.

    Without it, drivers receive only minimum wage. Some drivers are paid sub-minimum wage. They use their own car. They pay for their own gas and repairs. They end up making less than minimum wage, without tips, when you include the cost of operating a car. The store does not reimburse them entirely.

    It’s assumed that tips will cover those expenses. Their employers assume they will receive tips. If delivery was minimum wage, everyone would quit. There are plenty of minimum wage jobs that don’t wear down your car.

    Drivers do not use a company car. Pizza drivers:

  • risk their cars and lives in traffic
  • risk robbery, assault, and murder on the job
  • are targets for criminals because they carry food and money In addition to driving, they do a lot of in-store work. They search for houses, which isn’t easy. It’s not like finding your own house. Many addresses don’t have visible numbers.

    Pizza delivery is not supposed to be a minimum wage job.

“How much?!” Carmen exclaims in a hurried whisper as she glances over her shoulder toward the bathroom where Westley’s showering.

“We add an up-charge for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays,” the delivery driver tells her in a booming Southern accent. “Did Mamie not mention that to ya? The lady who took your order,” he adds, noticing Carmen’s confusion. “Because she should’ve explained all this to ya over the phone. It’s our new policy, ya see. The kitchen was gettin’ overwhelmed on the weekends, and at Bob’s Pancake House we take pride in makin’ quality food fast. That’s our slogan, anyway, and Lizzy thought addin’ a fee for deliveries would help ease up the demand on poor ol’ Bob. But dagnabbit, I dunno if I can charge ya if Mamie didn’t tell ya about it. Bless her heart, she really oughta take an earlier retirement. I swear, that woman’s about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.”

“Oh it doesn’t matter!” Carmen glares at him irritably, glad to finally get a word in edgewise. “I’ll just pay it. Do you have change for a twenty?”

“Why yes ma’am, I sure do,” he beams at her proudly. “Just let me run down to my car right quick, and I’ll be back faster than a one-legged man in a butt kickin’ competition wearin’ nothin’ but a-”

“Carmen? Who are you talking to?” Westley’s deep, rich voice reverberates down the hall.

“Oh, um, no one babe! I just have the, uh, the television on!”

“Are you almost done with breakfast?” he asks her in a cheerful tone.

“Just about,” she replies, and yanking the front door closed behind her she turns back toward the delivery boy. “Here,” Carmen whispers as she shoves a wad of cash at him and grabs the bag out of his hands. “Keep the change.”

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If you have the nerve to order pizza when’s it’s storming(generally don’t though) please please do not make some lame joke about the rain and then not tip the driver. It’s rude and mean and also this person has just risked their life and car for you in some heavy ass rain. the least you could do is give them 5 bucks. Ugh.