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  • Registered Member
    • May 2004
    Tular Nodrop

    Bad tippers

    I'm a pizza delivery guy. Tips are what keep me in this job, I rely on tip money to pay my way through school. Still, there are people who give me no tip at all. Sure, there are some people who appologize, saying they just don't have any extra cash at the time. That's OK. Then there are the people who act like I should be delivering them the world if I expect any tip. The standard tip for me in my middle-class suburban area is around $4. So I go to every house expecting between 2 and 10 bucks. So here's my rant about last night.

    1st house - I arrive half an hour after they ordered (the phone girls tell people 45 minutes so I'm usually early) and the guy gives me a look like I should have read his mind and been there with the pizza before he even ordered it. So I tell him the price, it was $24.02 if I recall correctly. He hands me $30 and I ask if he wants change. He looks at me like I'm insane and says, "Yeah, I get 5 and some change right?" Apparently this guy sees a cash register on my belt or something because normally pizza delivery people carry no coin. This is where I give the "are you insane" look and luckily a younger guy, probably his son comes and tells me to just give him 2 bucks back. The older guy still gives me a bad look as I leave. TIPS ARE EXPECTED FOR PIZZA DELIVERIES. ANYONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW THIS HAS BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK.

    2nd house - This one was great. It was a delivery to the rich part of town. I expect I should probably get 5 bucks or so. I pull up to the house, very nice, big house. As I walk up the driveway, I notice the cars in the garage. They have a tricked out Audi S4 and a Ruf Turbo R. Anyone who knows about cars will know that these are no beaters. The Ruf is a very rare modified Porsche worth $200,000+. My lucky day right? Nope. The lady gives me a dollar and even uses a $5 off coupon. Now it's great I got anything some would say but be realistic here, I'm sure she could kick down a few more bucks to a poor college kid.

    It's just crazy how different some people are. I can get a delivery to some young couple who probably don't have a lot of spare cash but they'll give me 10 bucks because they know that's why I have this job. Then there are those who think I'm pushing it if I even ask if they want change.
  • Veteran
    • Jul 1999
    deuce

    #2
    re: Bad tippers

    a ten buck tip? You better be beaming that pizza out of the oven and onto my kitchen table for that.

    No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater... than central air. -Dogma

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    • n00b!
      • Apr 2002
      Nocte

      #3
      re: Bad tippers

      Being a former pizza dude (occassionally still do for a friend around the holidays), A $10 tip will get you express and exceptional service on all future orders. Drivers know thier cash cows and return favors exponentially.

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      • Ask me about Testosterone!
        • Mar 2002
        Lilum

        #4
        re: Bad tippers

        What Nocte says is so true. Drivers will fight to take orders to a good tipper, and get it there as fast as humanly possible.

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        • Safehouse Staff Infection
          • Feb 2002
          Nenjin

          #5
          re: Bad tippers

          Former driver here, and Nocte is right.

          You want a "tip" though dude? NEVER ask someone "do you want your change"? Of COURSE they want their change, when you ask someone that when they have 5 bucks coming back, they assume you think you're entitled to it, and then you're not getting squat. Not meaning to rag on you(much), but recently some kid at the register asked me that at the f-ing grocery store!! And I had like 4 bucks and change coming back to me! My instanaenous, gut reaction was to get angry. The response the guy gave you was almost the exact same one I gave that kid, loaded with sarcasm and that "are you freaking kidding me" tone of voice.

          I always round down how much change I get back, and I always tip. Fact of life, people are cheap, no matter which part of town you deliver to, people are going to stiff you. It's finding the right customers, and remembering the shitty ones so they get their pizza last.

          I order from this local place like 3 times a week sometimes because I'm working in the middle of the day during dinner, and always tip $14 on a $12.29 order, always. My food is there in 30-35 minutes almost every time now.

          edit

          Man, I think you need to get your expectations in order. Excepting a 5 dollar tip on a small 15 dollar order is, uhm, aiming a little high.
          I don't want to live in a world where there are no consequences for being stupid. A few thousand years ago these users would have been eaten by lions.

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          • Veteran
            • Mar 2004
            Colvin

            #6
            Re: Bad tippers

            Tular Nodrop said:
            . TIPS ARE EXPECTED FOR PIZZA DELIVERIES. ANYONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW THIS HAS BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK.
            Don't you love it when people make their own rules, then expect everyone else to follow them.
            Lets see, it looks like you got into pizza delivery because you thought you could make good money from tips to pay for college. You get into pizza delivery and find out that the tips really aren't what you thought they would be. You then decide that its everyone else's fault because they aren't following the idealogy that you have set forth.
            Lets see, you expect rich people to give you good tips. The basic premise of that belief is, they have money, they should help out someone trying to get by. Going on that theory, has anyone ever given you a tip that you thought might be worse off than you are? I'm sure thats happened. Did you say, please keep the money, you need it more than I? I'm thinking not.

            If you expect people to tip, call it tip delivery, not free delivery.

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            • Registered Member
              • May 2004
              Boot Disk

              #7
              re: Bad tippers

              Oh man.

              I could so eat some pizza right now.

              Edit: Slipped on the post button.

              The one time I've ordered delivery pizza in my life, I called up a friend who was a former delivery boy to ask him how much I owed the dude. Then I paid him a buck less than that.

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              • Registered Member
                • May 2004
                Tular Nodrop

                #8
                re: Bad tippers

                I should have gone over what I wrote. I never ask people "do you want your change?" I ask "how much would you like back?" and I still get people looking at me like I'm crazy. I work for a gourmet pizza place (I guess that's what you'd call it). Our pizzas generally cost twice as much as other places because they're much better quality, that's what everyone says anyways. When I go to a house expecting a $5 tip, it's on a $40 or $50 dollar order.

                These rules I speak of are not ones I made up. They are general rules where I live. You get tips for delivering pizza, that's a rule. I went into this job with no preconcieved notion of what kind of tips I would get. I worked for a month or two and saw what people normally tipped and based my expectations off that. I've now been at this job over a year. The fact is, 90% of the people I deliver to are good tippers, they do believe I am entitled to a tip assuming I get the pizza to them swiftly and it is in the condition it should be (many of these say these very words to me). I really can't say I've ever encountered anyone worse off than I am who gave me an unreasonably large tip. Most people who are obviously low on funds don't tip and that's ok with me.

                This wasn't a rant about my job, it was a rant about those few people who are out of touch with the norms where I live.

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                • Veteran
                  • Jun 2001
                  Andurian

                  #9
                  Re: Bad tippers

                  Colvin said:
                  Don't you love it when people make their own rules, then expect everyone else to follow them.
                  Yah he made up that rule.. go back under your rock.
                  "Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves." - Bill Hicks

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                  • Registered Member
                    • Apr 2004
                    Dading

                    #10
                    re: Bad tippers

                    andurian, wtf is your avatar? i've been wondering that for a few days...




                    oh yeah
                    i hate bad tippers too, go go resturant business!

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                    • Registered Member
                      • Jun 2003
                      Myrkskog

                      #11
                      re: Bad tippers

                      And still, you feel no compulsion to give people working in fast food tips.

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                      • Registered Member
                        • Jul 2002
                        Squink McPoke

                        #12
                        re: Bad tippers

                        If burger king delivered to my doorstep you bet I'd tip them. When I spend my time and my gas to go to them, hell no they won't get a tip.

                        New trend that I've seen: tip jars at subway joints ... wtf

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                        • Veteran
                          • Jan 2004
                          FarSky

                          #13
                          Re: re: Bad tippers

                          Dading said:
                          andurian, wtf is your avatar? i've been wondering that for a few days...
                          I'm wondering that too...it looks like the love child of Gonzo and Snuffleupagus.
                          --
                          My movie reviews 'n stuff

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                          • Veteran
                            • Jun 2000
                            shehab aldean

                            #14
                            Re: re: Bad tippers

                            Squink McPoke said:
                            New trend that I've seen: tip jars at subway joints ... wtf
                            your grandchildren wouldn't say that , they would look to you with shame
                            they would go and tell you " why grandpa why don't you want to tip the mechanic that fix and oil the robots that serve us food "

                            which you may see to them " because its his job ? and he get paid to do it ?"

                            and your grandchildren would just say " crazy old people idea's "

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                            • Veteran
                              • Mar 2004
                              Kinare

                              #15
                              re: Bad tippers

                              Sure, there are some people who appologize, saying they just don't have any extra cash at the time.
                              I worked in pizza delivery too, and I always thought (though never said) "Then get off your lazy ass and get the damn pizza yourself." Usually I just smiled and said it was ok though. I really do feel for some of those people. But one was a lazy bitch who wouldn't get her ass off the couch and literally walk one block (and a short one at that). I was five cents short on change and she made me go back an get it. I counted her pennies back really slow while looking her in the eye.

                              For change, NEVER ask how much they want back. Give them at least five bucks in ones. Always. If you ask then you set yourself up for rejection. Just smile and count back their change and say "Enjoy your pizza" at the end. If they don't give you money back, then leave.

                              If I got a $3 tip I was pretty happy. Hell anything was good. But I loved paydays. I worked next to an Army base in Virginia. God. Those guys would tip out the ass to an obviously married woman (and I don't think I am all that good looking).

                              One guy ordered 2 pizzas, a 2 liter and some chicken, about $30. They ran me all over the barracks because they didn't have any money and I was getting pissed. But this guy whips out $100 and said keep the change. I started shaking and I couldn't even grab the damn thing for a minute. I asked if they were sure, and that it wasn't necessary to tip so much. They said it was ok and were making fun of my shaking (in a nice way).

                              I got back to the office and the GM thought I was robbed because I was so nervous.

                              So $70 tip? Yeah. I can live with that Best tip ever, and I always took their orders whenever I could (I didn't tell the other drivers who it was, so they were kinda ticked hehe). Always got excellent tips from those guys, and when they only had $5 once, they apologized. I just laughed.

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