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Analysis: What is a proper tip for an Inver Grove Heights food delivery driver?

When you order food from an Inver Grove Heights restaurant and have it delivered, what is your average tip? One recent experience resulted in us getting blasted for failing to give a 20 percent tip on a bill of $60. What's the norm around Inver Grove Heights? Read/discuss below.
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Analysis: What is a proper tip for an Inver Grove Heights food delivery driver?




Inver Grove heights pizza, sandwich and chinese food delivery discussion

We recently ordered SuperWok and had it delivered. The total bill was just under $60 for the eight of us. We ordered chicken lo Mein, chicken fried rice, moo goo gai pan, kung pao shrimp and some others items. And even though we were happy with the food at at A&L Chinese, we still believe SuperWok is an outstanding place to order chinese/Asian food, one of the best in Inver Grove Heights.

We usually pick it up and get it in 10 minute, but this time we had it delivered within a few miles of SuperWok. During this experience the driver drove into the driveway, walked to the door, we handed him exact cash (including tip) and he walked away. A group of eight us pooled our money together and there was quite a bit of cash leftover.

One person asked “did you tip?” Of course, we gave him $4.

The look on the face of the majority of people was pure disgust.

“You only tipped him $4? It was almost $60!”

The next person:

“You have to tip at least 20 percent to delivery drivers.”

Confusion set in. We have great respect for service industry workers and believe in fair tipping for a job well done. When it comes to the average everyday delivery order our standard of tipping was usually $2-$4 per delivery, which is for an average bill of $15-$30.

It got us thinking: When tipping delivery drivers do you tip based on percentage of total bill or per delivery? And what is your average tip for an Inver Grove Heights delivery driver?

For example, in this case, let’s say our bill was $60. That would mean a $12 tip for the person delivering us the Chinese food. SuperWok – and many places, already add a delivery fee and while that doesn’t go to the driver, it adds to the total bill. One member of our party was a former pizza delivery driver.

“You always tip 20 percent for delivery,” he said.

Those with delivery driving experience will always explain the reasons tips should be higher and what they had to go through to get that food to your house on time. But for most delivery drivers, especially those in Inver Grove Heights, it’s not a far drive to get to anywhere to deliver food. There are always obstacles to get from restaurant to destination, but does that play a role in what a final tip should be or is it just part of the job?

We gladly tip our bartender or server 20 percent or more if it’s good service. But the delivery driver basically drove to the house and dropped off food. Does that qualify for a $12 tip? We think $3-$4 is actually pretty good too. The delivery driver is not providing the same full service of the bartender or server.

We asked around. A teenage delivery driver from Jimmy John’s in Inver Grove Heights said “Our tips vary from a buck to about $5 per delivery. But $5 is on the high end and most people are about $1 to $2. Some people are really cheap, some tip good, it varies.”

An Old World driver said “man, it really varies from house to house. Late at night when people are partying, we easily can get $10 per delivery. But standard tips are $2-$5 per order. Some still only tip $1 no matter what.”

When asked about the standard 20 percent tip, the Jimmy John’s delivery driver said “That would be cool.” The Old World driver said that tips really vary and a delivery driver from Carbone’s said 20 percent is rare.

In an article titled How Much To Tip For Food Delivery, etiquette expert Jorie Scholnik says “Tipping 10-15 percent is a good start. I usually give the delivery person 15 percent if a delivery charge is not included. If the weather is bad, The Emily Post Institute recommends tipping a driver 15-20 percent.”

In this article on Thrillist, the section on How much to tip a delivery guy/girl it says this: “Every restaurant has a different delivery time. Usually they say it’ll be 45 minutes, when under ideal conditions it’s more like 25. By ideal conditions, I mean the cooks aren’t busy and all the delivery drivers are immediately available. I have a recurring customer who regularly tips $2 (5% of his usual order), and if there are other deliveries to do, he gets his food last. You get what you pay for, really. I expect the standard, ideal deliveries’ tips to make up for the inevitable stiffs that come along when the restaurant gets busy.”

Troy Paterson, authored the article What Should I Tip the Pizza Delivery Gentleman? Here is what he said: “What is a good tip for the pizza delivery guy? My wife says 20 percent, and I think she’s crazy. My standard tip for delivering a single pizza, regardless of price, is $2. When we order a cheap pizza, that’s close to 20 percent, but it is more like 10 percent at our favorite pizza place. My contention is that the delivery driver is doing the same thing regardless of the price of the pizza.”

So what is a good tip for an Inver Grove Heights delivery driver? Opinions seem to vary. Is 20 percent the norm? And do you tip based on total bill, or standard delivery tip, such as $2-$4 on average no matter what the total bill?

Have you worked as a delivery driver in Inver Grove Heights? What was your experience? And if you did work as a delivery driver in Inver Grove Heights, where do you get the best tips? And to make things more interesting – what was the most interesting experience you’ve ever had while delivering food. We’d love to hear. Email us at eatinigh@gmail.com or share in the comments section or on social media on Facebook or Twitter.

Inver Grove heights pizza, sandwich and chinese food delivery discussion


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