I just heard about a pizza delivery driver in Fairway, Kansas who delivered near $1500 worth of pies and was tipped....... $10.
Wassup Wit Dat!
Let me tell you, I know EXACTLY how dat feels. I delivered pizzas myself waaaay back in da day for ovah three years and have encountered EVERY kine of tipper there is. From da chang to da philanthropist to da inebriated to da kids left alone at home - it was always a crap shoot as to wat kine of tip you'd get.
Each time you'd "profile" your delivery run to see if you'd get a tip or not. Was da delivery in da "good" part of da neighborhood? Was a coupon used? Was it a repeat customer (trust me, you remembah who tips good)? Was da amount near a whole numbah? Wen you got to da house: was da house in good shape? Wat kine cars was in da garage? Then you even get da kine adults dat send da keiki to da door and unless they know about tipping, they stand at door and of course you gotta give 'em da change.......
Da best odds of getting a tip was wen da bill was in da "middle". Back then, wit da coupon, an average bill used to come out to $16.66. Dat was PERFECT cause most times, we'd get a $20 and told, "keep da change". CHA-CHING!
Then da price went up and da total bill came to $17.xx. Still not too bad.
Then had anoddah popular coupon dat made da average bill $19.78..... not good at all. In fact, straight out insulting wen I was told to "keep da change" off of dat bill. Trust me, wat happens to a delivery drivah, stays wit da drivahs.
Da automatic stiff was schools though. Wen you check out da board and see get one school, you're only hoping and praying you not up.
Going back to da Kansas mo'olelo, for $1500, wat would you tip? At 20%, it's $300. Even at 10%, it's $%150.
Would you tip dat amount? Considering most of our dining bills aren't that high, do you feel comfortable tipping a high amount? Let me put it into a little perspective, when tipping a valet or even a smaller bill, a "$5" is about normal no? It's cause just leaving a $1 or 2 just seems too manini right? Have you realized sometimes dat comes out to a 30, 40 even a 50% tip?!
C'mon, admit it, you know you wouldn't drop $300 straight cash for "nothing" right? People always say, it's based on "service" so wat if da pies got to you right on time, hot, fresh and piping hot? You still going say $300?
Truth be told, had I been delivering dat order, I would have been totally fine wit $50 which turns out to be roughly around 3.34%.
So do you/should you base da tip on percentage..... or amount? Or do you flip-flop between da two - if so, how come? Wat was da most you evah tipped? And were you "fine" wit dat? Hmmm.......... a nevah ending dilemna.