Five Reasons Why Your Pizza Delivery Driver Hates You

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So, you're too stoned/lazy to muster the energy to actually leave the couch. You' fail to shop regularly, leaving nothing in the fridge but a shaved carrot, a sad little package of walnuts, and some lettuce that was wilted over a week ago. 

You know exactly what you're doing (again): picking up the phone and ordering a pizza. Then doing another bong hit and watching some Family Feud until the doorbell rings. 

Or maybe you're a single parent and you need something hot and fast to shove in Jimmy and Tina's little gaping maws, seeing as they're famished from soccer practice. 

Just try to remember this salient point: Someone else is bringing your food to you. Not from across the room, from across town

"I don't know why waitresses get bigger tips than us," says one weary delivery chica. "After all, I'm using my own car to get to the customer's house, whereas a waitress only has to get to the restaurant and from table to table -- without any extra expenses like gas, car insurance, cell phone...

"These are the five main reasons we get aggravated," continues our intrepid pizza courier, who supports herself and her young daughter primarily on your generosity, buster. 

Five gripes from the person who basically saves your life when she comes a-knocking:

1. You're cheap. 
If you can't tip properly, then you should keep eating ramen. "Tips should range from 15 to 20 percent of the order amount," says our deliveress. "If you can't afford to tip at least 10 percent, you can't afford to have your pizza delivered. Don't forget, we come to your door in our car. Cook at home or pick it up yourself!" 

2. You scrounge for cash.
"Don't make us wait at the door (or out in the rain!) and then not have your money at hand. We get paid less than minimum wage while we're on delivery. Time is money, honey!" 

3. Your parking lot is an obstacle course.
"If your parking situation is bad, please cooperate and come down to the car! Don't make us walk for miles or have to find and pay for a meter!"
 
4. Your dog is annoying.
"Keep your dogs in the house! We don't want to be licked, barked at, or jumped on -- or get our clothes dirty." 

5. You disappear.
"When you place your order, please make sure you give us a number where we can get a hold of you in case we need to call regarding your order or address."


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Nathan
Nathan

I always tip about $5.  I can understand the opinion that it's not the customer's job to tip and that the employer shouldn't expect customers to make it worth an employee's while to work there.  However, I'd rather help someone out who is willing to work and could most likely use some extra cash than people who won't work.

Stormray
Stormray

I wish I could just hang this up in my store.

Withouttipsdeliveryisntaliving
Withouttipsdeliveryisntaliving

also, when you factor in the sheer cost of someone driving your food to you, a 4 dollar delivery charge is laughable. When it come to delivering there are those who tip and those who dont. I'm going to go above and beyond "driving your food to your house" if you tip, because you just helped me pay for my gas and oil, not to mention the speeding ticket I might have acquired getting that shit there fast. If you dont tip, im going to resent you for not helping out. Primarily, my money goes to my monthly student loans bills, then rent, and gas pretty much nightly. I make $1 per delivery from my work, but even if I make 20 deliveries a night, thats only 20 bucks. Thats half a tank. So I make minimum wage, and because I never see the delivery charge anyways, Its literally a minimum wage job if you dont include tips. Fortunately for me, most people aren't arrogant and rude, and I can make 30 dollars a night on tips alone, which goes right into the other half tank that i use for going to class and travel. My car recently had to have the brake pad in the rear replaced and it cost 600 bucks. Literally all my savings after working four months. There's no wiggle room, the tips are for my car when the imminent will happen, 120 miles a night 6 nights a week, all year round, and I have to find another one :(

incognitoast
incognitoast

if you dont tip, dont expect good service, its the same with any food industry job, except that we know where you live.

Skuttle23
Skuttle23

I've worked at pizza shop for the past 4 years. I agree that if someone who takes your order or delivers your order is rude to you, then you have every right to not tip. However, all the drivers I work with are AlWAYS willing to go the extra mile for customers and still have to deal with customers being rude and not tipping. Here a few examples of why you should tip your driver... 1. My company DOES NOT charge a delivery fee.2. I know drivers who have stopped to pick up cigarettes, coffee, pop that we don't carry etc, etc3. Gas is $4 dollars a gal, combine that with not getting A tip at all or a delivery charge fee and drivers DO lose money.4. Drivers have been chased by dogs, screamed at, deliver in snow storms, gotten in accidents while delivering your food (and where I work, they still act polite and apologize for your food being late)5. Despite some people's comments on here, none of my coworkers would ever spit in your food or intentionally serve you cold food. Even if you are a rude customer who never tips and screams at us. So, if you get good service, it would be very nice if you would tip your drivers, instead if being rude and selfish to people whom go out of their way to make and deliver you a quality product even if it's just pizza.

lmaoatyouall
lmaoatyouall

Lol. To all of you "non-tippers" out there, you'd be surprised what you have eaten. There's usually more there than what you think. And as far as delivery drivers getting the delivery fee, that's usually not the case. The companies keep the majority, if not all of it. And no, the delivery driver isn't going to be able to negotiate a better deal. I'm sure one of the head's at Pizza Hut or Papa John's will gladly change their policy because some random delivery driver wants more money. Riiiight. 

It's very simple, if you want your food delivered, tip. If you aren't paying for your food by tipping, I PROMISE you've been paying for it in other ways. I used to deliver pizza when I was in college. And I've had a lot of friends who also had the same job. And yes, they're all the same. 

So to all of your false righteous douche bags who think they're above tipping (when in all actuality you're too poor or just a pathetic, miserable stingy prick), you should start to think about the things you've actually been putting in your mouths once your food has continually passed through the hands of the delivery drivers you screw over. Let that sink in for a bit. 

:) :) :) 

Jesse Allen B
Jesse Allen B

lol... 10,15 or 20% to a pizza delivery driver? Dude, no one FORCED you to deliver pizzas as a job so no... i'm not obligated by any kind of unwritten rule of food delivery etiquette to tip you. 

Peter
Peter

I get sick of scruffy drivers w/ food stains &flour all over them comming to my door with a cold pizza,no tip for them

Khroum
Khroum

Here is the real deal with delivery fees. I have been in both Pizza Management and am currently a delivery driver. The delivery fee has nothing to do with a Driver's tip and has nothing to do with paying the Driver's mileage(whatever the Driver gets paid for mileage still comes straight out of the stores expenses).The Delivery fee covers the rising costs of paying disability and life insurance of the chains delivery driver's that go beyond what the company pays for workman's comp insurance in an inherently dangerous job. This is why a delivery fee in Los Angeles CA would be about twice as much as is paid in someplace like Florence AL. The big Pizza chains do the delivery fee route instead of raising their per menu item price because they don't think it is fair to force the customers who come to pick up their pizza to assume a costs when they assume all the risks of getting to the store. Those places that don't have a delivery fee, must raise their menu prices every year to compensate, if they offer delivery service at all. Think about the "Inherently" dangerous job your driver performs for you when they are delivery to you during bad weather or late at night, when you are considering whether or not to tip your driver for the convenience of saving you any risks and having your food delivered straight to your door. One out of every ten driver's will be robbed while working pizza delivery, one out of every four of those will be seriously or fatally injured, one out of every five drivers will be in an auto accident while on the clock and only One out of fifteen of every one of those are the delivery driver's fault, the others concern other driver's or hazardous road conditions(delivery is popular when people don't want to leave the house in torrential rain or icy snow).

Sl8734
Sl8734

please don't act surprised when pizza delivery guys can't find your house because you REFUSE to put a number anywhere around your house, last time I checked, our job description doesn't involve remote viewing.

One Angry Bird
One Angry Bird

LOL! ignorance kills me. i am a pizza hut delivery driver and am currently attending college as well. These comments show all the cheap fuck customers who wouldn't even give or donate a dollar to their grandmother for heart surgery making up some bs excuse like times are hard or maybe its nana's time cause damn right, you dumb cheap fucks would make up any fucking reason to not tip. By the way bitches, come pick up your own fucking order and use your own fucking car and gas! oh wait. too cheap to put gas in your tank?by the way, in America. Capitalism is dominant . Get it through your thick skulls that the delivery charge barely covers gas and repairs for our fucking cars especially since we receive less than a fraction of that fucking delivery charge. Drug dealers tip with more gratitude than you middle class cheap bastards who stupidly and blindly tip waiters and waitresses more just to make yourself look good in public. shame on you!

DeAnna Marie
DeAnna Marie

you know something... I used to have the best pizza delivery guys in my home town.. I mean really. these dudes would make 5-7bucks from tipping my 15-20dollar order... once i put "pick me up a pack of smokes" in the "delivery notes" and the guy called when he was on his way asked what kind... he got me my smokes and got a fat tip [after I paid him for the smokes]

I understand people get the shit bags, but I am pretty sure they were probably fighting over my address when I ordered.   Even the drivers I went to high school with, mind you I'm a college student now... I still tip em about 3-5[additional to the change left from the 20bucks paying for my order]a couple bucks is a couple bucks people. it's hard times everywhere. if you want excellent service, be kind! if you really cant afford a tip that night because you had 10bucks in your wallet less than you thought offer a joke or at least a worthless promise to get them back next time.. make everybody's day a little better... and this comes from the Military Wife, Mother, and College student who has enough of her own hard times!!

jimmy johns
jimmy johns

To all you dumb stupid mother fuc**** out there that dont tip especially you BLACK ghetto thugs that will never amount to anything but the trash that you are, you need to hop on your damn peddle bike that you stole cause you can't afford a car or a bike of your own and come get your own food. I make .35cents per delivery and when I get stiffed by your ghetto a**, I remember you for next time and do unexplainable things to your food. It's just my way of getting back at people that don't tip me. Remember, "always tip people who handle your food." When that food gets in my possession and into my car, its fair game. Oh yeah! I work at jimmy johns by the way. Enjoy your food. Bahahaha

Ua07205
Ua07205

I work for pizza hut and we make min wage plus tips and it's my second job but it pays alright. I bring in around 460 in my paycheck + another 200-250 a week in tips so I end up with between 1650-1800 a month depending if its football season or not

Pizza driver
Pizza driver

The delivery charge is for the gas and mileage as well - you do realize that if you order for delivery that has to be factored in. It doesn't cost anyone that if you come to a sit down place to eat but someone pays for the privilege of driving to YOUR house cause you're TOO lazy and cheap to spend your time and money to drive to us hence the DELIVERY charge NOT tip.

Tara
Tara

As a waitress/line cook of 10 years all I can say is. . .anyone stupid enough to stiff a person who has any amount of alone time with your food really shouldn't be allowed off of the short bus long enough to place an order. Most of you are right, comparing a driver with a waitress isn't fair. A driver doesn't go back to check on you, but as a waitress I never had to put wear and tear on my car for every order I took. So it's not the same exactly, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be tipped. Most people working in these sort of craptastic jobs are in college/high school, not everyone is a lifer who made bad decisions, but everyone has to start somewhere. Being a dick cause it gives you a power high is super if that's what you're into. . .me, I like my pizza hot, and I'm willing to tip enough so that my order comes first when my driver leaves the store.

Paul
Paul

I'm both a delivery driver and I hold two bachlors degrees. This is my third job. I don't think I'm entitled to a tip. I provide great service that is why I deserve a tip. But let me question all you people who say you don't tip. If everyone didn't tip how many pizza drivers do you think there would be? Let me answer it for you...0. Nobody in their right mind is going to tear their car up for $6.00 an hour. If nobody tipped your pizza would cost an extra $4.00 on top of the delivery charge because that is what it would cost to hire someone to do our job.

If you don't tip and you get good service you're basically like a welfare mama. You expect everyone else to pay your way. I don't expect everyone to drop a $5.00 in my lap. I know times are tough and I see families who want to spend time together. That might be their only night out, is to watch TV and eat pizza. If you only tip me a $1 I'm cool with that. You showed me some love.

I love it when I go to some assholes in a million dollar house who orders $50 everynight and can't cough up a couple bucks but want cheese, peppers, free drinks etc. Guess what I will not spit on your food (that is beyond FU) but that coke in the floorboard is going to get a nice boot kick before I deliver it.

To all that tip $5 to $10 thanks for your generosity. I love you and you will get extra cheese, peppers, dipping sauses, and I will be happy and cheery and pat your dog and remember your name as MR or MS. Customer.

My 2 Cents
My 2 Cents

This was quite amusing to read. Here's one about the TIPS... You say Potato, I say shut the fuck up.

LauraHelen
LauraHelen

After reading comments from the side of the people who deliver the pizza - you think you should have a tip because of what you have to deal with. I have my light on, the walkway clear in bad weather, answer my door within 1 minute of when the bell rings, have exact change (including tip) and am pleasant. Why should I have to make up for unpleasant experiences you have with other people?

I consider the service I'm getting, the delivery charge that has been added and the time it takes to bring it. I've tipped $5 on a $10 order before because it was fast and the person was nice. I've tipped nothing on a $30 order because they were 20 minutes past the time promised, the pizza was barely warm and the guy was a prick.

And the "we remember who tips well" may work for regular orders, but what about the people like me who order maybe once every 2-3 months and get a different delivery person each time?

A tip is an ADDITIONAL payment for good service. You only deserve it when you do a good job. I delivered pizzas myself in the past. It should be a pleasant reward, not an entitlement.

Delivery
Delivery

Why mess with the people that are handling your food? If you don't tip im gonna have a nice juicy lugee in your cheese pizza next time.

Eddie
Eddie

I use to work for a pizza franchise. I worked there to help pay my way through college. First thing, the delivery charge does not go to the driver. It goes to the manager and the store. All the drivers remembers the good tipper and the non tippers. If we happen to have more then one deliveries you can bet we will make sure you get your delivery last or we will take our time to get it to you.

MariaSolarus
MariaSolarus

Dear RLJ, "As to the smart ass comment about eating Ramen if a person can't afford a tip, THAT nonsense is the province of the snot nosed middle class who seem to think the world revolves around them." You, sir, are the one with a sense of entitlement as you're the person who clearly states that "WE can't afford tips and have a RIGHT to pizza too. Wise up!" No one has a RIGHT to pizza, and especially to the DELIVERY of pizza. DELIVERY is a LUXURY, not a RIGHT. Maybe YOU should wise up to the difference between a RIGHT and a PRIVILEGE.

Then you get on your soapbox about the trials and tribulations of the working poor, which you seem to class yourself in: "I will tell you who suffers the most in our country; the working poor. We often work at 7-11s, gas stations, etc... for minimal wage. Yet we keep the wheels of society turning." Ok, if this is your opinion and you have such great respect for that class of people that "keeps the wheels of society turning", then how have you failed to realize that PIZZA DELIVERY PEOPLE actually make LESS then minimum wage, so possibly LESS then YOU? This means that they, too, are part of the same noble class of working poor that you belong to and so venerate, yet you feel that the widely held opinion that they should be tipped (PAYED) for their work when tips are pretty much THE ONLY MONEY THEY MAKE is "nonsense" and "the province of the snot nosed middle class who seem to think the world revolves around them." You don't work for free; why do you feel they should?

I don't believe that middle class people believing someone should be tipped for bringing them a meal, especially when those people are often paid far less then minimum wage just like a waitress and must depend on these tips to survive (just as you depend on your own paycheck at 7-11), is in any way "class bigotry." If anything, your argument that "We,"(in this case YOU, as pizza delivery personnel are actually part of the "We" you are referencing in this statement about your class), "can't afford tips and have a right to pizza too" shows a marked personal ignorance, disrespect, and sense of entitlement.

Like you, these drivers "are NOT poor enough for government charity and wouldn't want it unless destitute." They're working just as hard as you are to support themselves, but if more people had (or develop) your attitude, these people WILL become destitute. For all your grandstanding about hard work, it seems simply self-congratulatory when you refuse to recognize and reward fairly the hard work of others.

Not entitled, but deserving!
Not entitled, but deserving!

I started delivering pizzas 2-1/2 months ago for some much needed extra money. I am not a college student, I am a middle aged man. Let me just say, where we live is with in a rocks throw of all the pizza places. We always tip 3-5 dollars. For those of you against tipping, thats your choice. Drivers make minimum wage. But we have the expense of gas and wear and tear on our vehicle. If I delivered all night for minimum and got NO tips, I would not do the job. Some nights even with tips, I question whether or not the job is worth it after all the expenses are figured in. Fortunately for me and other drivers, the people with a little common sense and common courtesy out weigh the arrogant pricks out there that think they are entitled to delivery free of charge!

I dont feel I am "entitled" to a tip, as some people keep saying. But I definitely dont think you should be "entitled" to free delivery. If you dont want to pay for delivery go pick it up!

The place I work for is not one of the national chains. We dont charge a delivery fee, so the pizza is the same price delivered as it is picked up. IT COSTS ME MONEY, to get that pizza from our restaurant to your door! Does it cost you money to do your job? Probably not! Our pizza is not "cheap" either. Its pretty pricey, so my opinion is if you cant afford to tip, you cant afford delivery!

While I am much to old to resort to childish behavior when I am not tipped. I will not throw trash in someone's yard, or mess with their food. However, if I recognize your address as a non tipper, and I am have more than one delivery when I leave the store, YES, you will get your food last!

Tips=To Insure Prompt Service!

software
software

Freeware is not really free?

Womble
Womble

The nasty little turds like David are exactly what is wrong with the whole Tips idea.A tip is meant to be a little bonus, for someone who has done MORE than their job requires.Davids vicious sense of self entitlement leads him to believe his low paid service job gives him a right to use extortion tactics against unsuspecting customers.

David, instead of being such a passive aggressive little pussy, try being honest with people up front, tell them "If you don't give me money, I'll trash your garden or slash your tires."... you'll soon find out such behaviour is unethical, and illegal.

Greg
Greg

I think a lot of people dont understand that this is food service we are talking about here. Tipping is part of a way that people make their money. All of you talking about being graphic design artists and blah blah blah are making WAY more than minimum wage. Not everyone can go to college. People make mistakes, and yes, they have to "lie" in their beds as someone tried to state before, but that doesn't mean that you should look down on them. You should still tip them accordingly. I am a pizza delivery driver working at a dominos while I put myself through police academy. I have to travel over an hour almost everyday just to get to school so the tips that I get from deliveries are gas money for me to get where I need to be.

Schwa
Schwa

It's not so much that "they should have got a better job", it's more that it's incredible that it's still legal to pay adults with a wage below the minimum in that industry. America needs to sort itself out in that respect and start paying people fairly.

Netman
Netman

You should come work for the company I work for. Our employees get excellent pay and great benefits, they get a company cell phone, laptop and a company vehicle which they can use all of these for personal use. They get free TV, Phone and Internet service at home. They get free uniforms including shirts, pants, shoes, coats, hats or whatever you need, you can even pick out your own colors and styles. The first hour or two of each day is spent watching TV, reading the newspaper, or whatever you want to do. You get free beverages and snacks. You then have to work (install TV, phone and/or internet service) but never on your own, we have 2-4 person teams to do this job and an install takes anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. You then get at least an hour lunch but typically a 2 hour paid lunch. You then do your 1 to 2 hour afternoon install and the rest of the day you can do what you want which typically involves drinking beer at our stock yard. During the 2 to 4 hours of the day that you are actually working we deliver ice cream and beverages to you at the customers site. You get a huge bonus at Christmas time. We throw parties all the time with free beer and food and prizes plus you get paid for attending. You get all kinds of free VIP passes to sporting and entertainment events. You get gift cards to a lot of local and nationwide stores, restaurants, etc... With all of this, most of our employees complain about how crappy their job is and how they hate our customers. All I am saying is that it doesn't matter how bad you think your job is or how cheap you think your customer is, It's YOUR attitude that determines whether YOU are happy or not. Sure you are going to have cheapskate customers and you are going to have customers who don't have their money ready or who have an obstacle course to get to them, but its YOUR job to make your customer happy, not their job to make you happy.

Lola
Lola

First off, I do tip. Hairdressers, waitresses, etc. I don't order pizza usually, but when I have I have tipped. Usually on my Credit Card because I don't carry cash.

My point is this:

Firstly, I've worked in customer service. And I know the polarizing affect people can have. And yes, for people who are rude, I will do only what I am paid to do and for those who are nice, I will go above and beyond.

But the key to that is that I WILL DO MY JOB FOR EVERYONE. Because its MY JOB and I take personal pride in the way that I do it, and how my company is perceived because of me.

As mentioned, I worked at a service desk for a large home improvement bulk retailer. I handled customer orders that were very important to people. Things that decided whether or not their homes were completed on time, if they could be in a new house by Christmas, not to mention transactions regularly reaching over 5k. And yeah, emotions run high in those situations and people get pissy. I cannot TELL YOU how many times I got yelled at for something not being on time when it was not remotely my fault. And yeah, I was making minimum wage putting myself through college and often thought I didn't get paid enough to deal with it.

BUT I DID MY JOB.

Never would I consider screwing up someone's order, or botching a delivery date, or missing a due refund because someone was rude to me. (Equivalent to leaving garbage at someone's house, spitting in pizza or delivering cold product.) Thats unethical and frankly unbelievably immature.

Granted, I wouldn't go out of my way to speed things up, or call them personally when their orders we in. I'd wait for the automated system because they didn't deserve my exemplary attitude. But both the customer and the company deserved me DOING MY JOB.

So in the end, fine- withhold a smile from a low tipper. Drop a snide comment on your way out. Bitch about them behind their back. But failing to do your job, or committing acts of petty rebellion is not only humiliating you, but you parent company.

If you treat a customer poorly, all it will gain you is more bad customers. People who consider themselves better customers are going to seek out more well behaves retailers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You know why people at minimum wage jobs want tips? Because they deal with the asshole public. Everyone working a minimum wage job dealing with the public should get tips. I have a degree and a good job that I worked hard for, and I still tip.

Then again, my bitching isn't going to change the fact that Americans are the most impolite people on earth.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Don't fuck with people who handle your food.

JD
JD

To RLJ:

If you are working-poor why on earth are you ordering pizza? Maybe you wouldn't be working-poor if you prepared your own food at a fraction of the cost and saved up some money. But than again, since you can't think more than a day ahead that is why you are working poor in the first place.

Anonymous
Anonymous

who on earth cares what the pizza guy thinks?

Gerald T.
Gerald T.

I have recently started delivering pizza for a local company. They off free delivery on orders over $15. I get paid 3.15 a delivery regardless if I take 1 or 4. More deliveries is more cash in my pocket. Some nights I can clear thirty bucks an hour, others i make less than minimum wage. Tips are nice to get but I am getting paid regardless. Most people end up giving me between 2-3 bucks depending on the order. Some give 6 others give none. Its life and some people are more considerate, but you just smile don't be an entitled dick give your pizza and go to the next delivery.

William
William

Qyss is right - gratuity is a gift for going above and beyond. Tips are not, and should *not* be guaranteed.

You people are ridiculous. Your logic is ridiculous. Seriously, some of your posts are mind-boggling to the sane individual.

Doing a great job, and taking pride in your work (if that is even possible as a delivery driver) should only allow you to *keep your job*. Just like every other job in the world. If I do a great job every day, my reward is to stay employed. If a delivery driver does a great job, their reward is to keep their job.

To say that if a delivery driver is rude they get no tip, is ridiculous. I say if a delivery driver is rude, they should be fired. Charities need to register with the government, FYI.

Kevin
Kevin

We could always adopt the Australian service industry's wage system, in which servers (delivery drivers included) get paid a higher wage (without tips) and the price of the higher labor cost gets put on the customer.

Example: you pay $30 for a delivered pizza that would otherwise cost $20 if purchased in the restaurant.This way the restaurant gets their cut, the driver's gas/maintenance is paid, and the delivery driver gets a reasonable wage. Don't like the price premium? Then get dressed, scrape the snow off your car's windshield and go get your own goddamn pizza.

I don't understand how people can knock a delivery driver for being under-educated/motivated when they're the ones who are too lazy and unorganized to prepare a meal for themselves!Pathetic

John H
John H

I don't really see why paying an extra 2-3 bucks for a tip is a big deal. If you're that damn cheap and heartless that you want to piss off a delivery person by stiffing them you're just an @$$ hole. I usually tip a fiver if they are on time and have a good attitude.

Samurai Pizza Cat
Samurai Pizza Cat

"In short, tipping creates an eagerness in an individual to serve you and make you happy. How much is that worth to you?"

Alright now, we've all had jobs or will at some point in our lives. I fail to see how the onus falls to the customer to give you job satisfaction, or dangle the carrot for you to work harder. Furthermore, this seems like flawed logic if you're saying that the quality of service I get depends on the reward I provide after the fact.

Just sayin'.

Qyss
Qyss

If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford pizza? Perhaps if you cant afford to live of the base wages of pizza delivery driver, you cant afford to take that job.

Take a minute and think of the number of worse/lower paying jobs they could be stuck in that don't get tips.

gratuity [gr??tju??t?]n pl -ties1. (Business / Commerce) a gift or reward, usually of money, for services rendered; tip

You chose to be a pizza delivery driver, you can either try to earn a tip on each delivery by being fast, efficient, and courteous, or you can do your job and collect your usual pay-cheque. Since when did tipping anyone in any industry just become an expected standard? Did we hit some point where your job performance no longer factored in, and you get gratuities for not being unemployed?

Maybe you're in college and need the extra cash, hey maybe the customer is in college and doesn't have the extra cash. Maybe when people order food, it's because they're hungry, not looking to give to charity.

Chris
Chris

For all these comments saying, "You should have just gotten a better job or go to college and stop complaining" I have to say that most of the people I know that deliver are IN college. So gee help the person get a better job by leaving a tip. Whenever I order a pizza and it gets to me within 30min and the delivery person doesn't smell bad (It has happened before and makes me worry about the state of the pizza so don't judge) I leave 5 bucks. Which is waaayyy over 15 percent with a 15 dollar pizza.

Jarvis
Jarvis

People are looking at tipping the wrong way. It's not money down the drain. You're not getting ripped off. Over time you do get something for your money.

For instance, I order the same thing from my local pizza place all the time. It always costs $24 + change, including delivery, and I always give the guy $30. I never have to call. I just text the word PIZZA to the establishment and I get my food in less than 30 minutes, no exceptions. It's always steaming hot. Never warped. The driver and I are friendly terms so there's never any attitude. He often gives me free stuff like a 2-liter of soda or a meatball sandwich. But the most important thing I get is a good feeling. I'm looking out for my fellow man, he's looking out for me. We take care of each other. I also get the peace of mind of knowing I'll get great service. That's worth $5 to me.

The same applies to any tip situation where you are a regular customer. If you're a cheapskate who never tips, you're labeled as a non-tipper and will not get the same quality service as someone who does tip properly, unless the person waiting on you is a saint. Put yourself in their shoes. You have 3 pizzas to deliver all in the same area. Two pizzas to two guys who never tip, and one pizza to a guy who always tips generously. Who is going to get their pizza first? Which pizza are you going to handle with great care? Which guys are you going to look forward to seeing?

In short, tipping creates an eagerness in an individual to serve you and make you happy. How much is that worth to you?

dtra
dtra

I might be "cheap" sometimes but I would never spit on or intentionally mishandle someone's food, nice work ethic there. Who knows perhaps when you graduate college that "non tipping asshole" will be someone you have to work with or will be your boss or supervisor. If you know someone doesn't tip could you not just tell your manager and refuse to deliver it? Probably not, because its your job and you are in the service industry and have to deal with that kind of stuff. I'm sorry for you but holding on to that anger and making that list like the previous posters there won't be helpful for getting a tip next time either. Last I checked vandalism gets cops involved, not non tipping. But I guess you are the genius pizza delivery boy that you are you would never get caught right?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Penn State, the Harvard of state schools...in Pennsylvania.

Wayne
Wayne

I have always tipped the pizza delivery person but after reading these posts from pizza delivery drivers and the pure arrogance I will not tip any more. If I get a cold pizza guess what ? You are going to keep coming back until you get it right.

John O
John O

If you don't tip, you're just a cheap fuck. Get over yourselves. (Never worked for tips).

j0rdan
j0rdan

wow, there is some rediculous stuff posted here..

I make $1 less than minimum wage, get $1.15 per delivery. almost always take 3 deliveries at one time

thats a 20 minute window (if im lucky) to make it to 3 completely different places across town, driving the shit out of my car, trying to earn that tip.

you realise that delivery drivers are 3rd most likely behind police and taxi drivers to be killed while on the job

oh and did you know my tires gain tread everytime I go out, and my brake pads get thicker, yes, thicker every delivery

avg delivery car will last 2 years.. and all the work and maintenance is done off the clock and at home or at a garage.

so you non tippers are adding insult to injury by being giddy about not tipping..

and I hope you don't run into me.. because that random act of valdilism weeks later.. might not be so random after all

the non tippers don't tip because the service always sucks.. and the service will always suck until we get you to order elsewhere... if you can't toss me a few bucks for driving my car across town, expect the crappiest food possible.. and beleive me non tippers somehow magically bitch about slow drivers and this and that when the reality is if you're not tipping, we're doing everything we can to lose your business..

do you know how many times I've seen pizza fall of an oven, hit the floor and get sent right to a known stiffer... everyone else's gets remade...

the irony is.. if we're so lazy and well-compensated, how about getting that lazy a$$ off the couch and picking it up.. or go *gasp* grocery shopping and learn how to cook and maybe lose a few hundred pounds

jordan
jordan

as a delivery driver I can tell you I don't let people get away with not tipping when they are being dicks about it.

these people think they're getting over on the driver, but fact is sometimes we have not only your address, name, and phone number, we've sometimes even got your CC number... so 2 or 3 weeks after you don't tip and you wonder how a tire went flat, or who tp'd your house, or why egg is on the front door consider the possibility that the driver actually got the last laugh... and you haven't even a clue..

so you stiffers and people who consider one dollar sufficient to operate a car that the irs says costs .50/mi to operate.. you'll get yours...

I keep a list.. and on my nights off I have fun hitting those addresses with some friends and getting even with the stuck up people who think I have no recourse when they stiff me... remember.. 99% of drivers could easily obtain enough info to steal your identity when you pay by cc.. or check..

hope that cocky attitude and condescention over a few bucks is worth that new windshield or whatever ;)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Aaron please stop making a fool of yourself and your views, you're making me roll my eyes =)

bobalew
bobalew

I delivered to a hotel room one time. The man and woman were fighting, she's yelling about "don't take his money it's stolen! He broke into a soda machine", then she starts to pay for the pizza in change...

The irony of this was not lost on me.

She then starts to pour alcohol on the carpet because "its my house...etc etc", ala eddie murphy's classic routine.

I get back to the store with about $25 in change ready to burst out of my pocket, and their slammed and I had to go back out with this lead weight in my pocket.

Lets not discount the 2 times I was involved in a robbery, 1 time at gunpoint, the other by little kids with sticks that wisely decided not to mess with me.

Lets just say you have no idea what delivery drivers go through, its the wild west out there...

Aaron
Aaron

There is no logic behind half of your responses.

Seriously what is this :

If you can't afford to tip, don't order?? Ummm...HELLO. When the bill came through it said a certain amount. That is the amount you know owe pizza pizza or whoever.

Tipping is not mandatory. Simple as that. To think that you're entitled to it because you have to pay for your car and bills and whatever else is just ridiculous.

Join the rest of the planet idiots. We all have bills and debts as long as we are middle class. We struggle through it, and usually come out on top.

If you're paying for college with a pizza delivery job, good luck but for christ sake don't get down on how people tip or don't tip. It isn't the consumers job to pay for your car. You accepted the job so shut up and do it.

As far as I know you could look for a job while working another one cant you??? Well do it.

75% of delivery drivers won't because they enjoy how lazy they get to be. Drive pizza's around all day, listen to radio. Maybe once and awhile you have to work a VISA Terminal....Oh Gosh that deserves so much money.

Pizza delivery should not be a high paying job and rightfully so. A 9 year old kid could do it if the government would give him a license for it.

You're not entitled to tips just for doing your job. I serve people in a fashion that would blow your pizza deliverin ass out of this world. From idea to product demonstration to design/manufacturing and finally installing. I don't get a tip because I get paid a wage. So do delivery people but what do you do?? You open a door, throw a bit of pizza in your car, hit the gas pedal and walk up a few stairs to make the exchange. Whew really hard job I tell ya.

There is a very nice delivery guy I get all the time, Ill tip him 3 dollars on a 20 dollar order. Thats because he is cheerful never in a bad mood and always shoots the shit with you for a minute. No prob worthy of a tip.

This "blog" article if anything just hurt every delivery driver I come across from now on, and other people im sure. Now all you delivery drivers out there have to actually put forth some effort for a tip, before it was just automatic (few exceptions). But when one or two people out of five don't tip and you get your titties all in a twister you just sound like big f'n babies.

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