Saw this story on MSN Money about a pizza delivery guy who delivered 85 pizzas, costing $1,453.95. He received a $10 tip. A friend of the driver then posts a picture of the receipt on Reddit, and the 15 minutes of fame begins.
The article points out that the tip is less than 1% of the total bill of $1,453.95. (It’s 0.688% of the bill, actually.) Some standards would recommend $2 per pizza, which for this delivery would be $170. Another standard would indicate 10%, or $143 and change.
So another way of putting this guy’s tip in context is to say that he delivered 85 pizzas, but was tipped as if he had delivered five.
Standards are standards, I suppose, but I find it hard to believe that these standards should be applied to such a large order of pizzas. Tipping a pizza delivery guy over a hundred bucks is a little much.
Is it seventeen times more labor-intensive to deliver 85 pizzas than it is to deliver five pizzas? Probably not. A few extra trips from the car, IF the person buying the pizzas (and/or a few of his friends) doesn’t offer to help bring them in. An extra trip from the store if a big truck isn’t available. Another driver if they needed the pizzas fast.
Let’s say maybe three to five times more time- and labor-intensive. So $50, maybe? (I would have rounded the bill up to $1,500 even, for a $46.05 tip. Actually, I probably would have picked them up myself and saved the delivery charges and tips altogether.)
Carrying 85 pizzas might burn a dime’s more worth of gas on the trip. It’s not going to wear the tires down that much faster. It’s more or less like any other delivery (or maybe two deliveries) in that regard.
Yet there’s the expectation that he be paid like a cardiologist because it’s a $1,500 order. Nice work if you can get it, but seriously?
Now, please don’t get me wrong. If you can’t afford a reasonable tip, you can’t afford to eat out (or take delivery). I’m also not arguing that $10 was enough. It wasn’t.
But to ask me to fork over well over $100 for a tip? That’s insane.
There’s a point when you just have to draw the line, and pay someone appropriately for the job they’re doing.