Do you let the pizza delivery man keep the change?

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I usually do if its 1 or 2 dollars but today the change was almost $5.When I asked for my change I said only $4 b/c I didn't want the coin change money and the guy said he didn't have it so he had to go to his car.I was thinking aren't they suppose to have change in their pocket or a fanny pack whatever but I just let it go since I didn't feel like waiting.
But I feel like it was a set up so he could just keep the change or am I just over thinking it?The small pizza was like $16 and I paid with a twenty!
I haven't had pizza delivered to me since I was a teenager, but I usually prepared the amount so that it would cover the tip and I didn't have to worry about change. I would have given the $20. Four dollars is 25% of 16, so it's a reasonable tip to me. But then, I usually tip no less than 20% for most things (except cabs, and especially Boston cabs because these drivers are thieving jerks who on top of everything suck at their jobs, but I digress).
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Depends on my mood. They like to claim that "have no change" so I try my best to "make change."
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Do you mean change BESIDES the tip?
I rarely use cash and rarely run into that problem. But when I'm a tipping someone with cash I'm usually at a bar and I'm feeling a little...generous...and let them keep the change.
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I usually set it up to have enough for tip and he doesn't have to give me change unless its $10, $20, etc. But if that scenario happened to me, I would've given him the $20.
I think delivery drivers should always be tipped.
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Do you mean change BESIDES the tip?
I rarely use cash and rarely run into that problem. But when I'm a tipping someone with cash I'm usually at a bar and I'm feeling a little...generous...and let them keep the change.
Originally Posted by Po
That's what I was wondering. If it was after the tip, yeah, but with tip, I'd've given the whole 20.
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A small pizza was $16!?! That's pieway robbery.

Absolutely no one delivers pizza to my house but I do tip 20 to 25% when eating out. So, that sounds fair to me.
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Ohhh I didn't really think about tips I thought the coin change counts...and growing up my mom never had pizza delivered so I guess I'm not use to it but I'm still in high school and only ordered like 3 times from different places.I guess I'm kind of cheap but that 4 dollars could have bought me bus fare or school lunch.
But if I was in college or if it was my money that I worked for id probably want exact change. :\
I tip 20% so yeah, I'd have let him keep the change for sure.


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That's how you learn. Delivery drivers are usually tipped and that has to be factored in to what you pay.
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I haven't had pizza delivered to me since I was a teenager, but I usually prepared the amount so that it would cover the tip and I didn't have to worry about change. I would have given the $20. Four dollars is 25% of 16, so it's a reasonable tip to me. But then, I usually tip no less than 20% for most things (except cabs, and especially Boston cabs because these drivers are thieving jerks who on top of everything suck at their jobs, but I digress).
Originally Posted by Saria
Boston cabs. Oh. My. Goodness. As a Boston resident, I can attest to this statement. They are the WORST. But yeah, I do the same thing when it comes to tipping, it's just easier to have it prepared so there's no confusion and all.
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You need to either pay with a debit card or make sure you have change so you only pay what you are comfortable with. I usually give a 15% tip and call it a day, so $3-$4.
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Ohhh I didn't really think about tips I thought the coin change counts...and growing up my mom never had pizza delivered so I guess I'm not use to it but I'm still in high school and only ordered like 3 times from different places.I guess I'm kind of cheap but that 4 dollars could have bought me bus fare or school lunch.
But if I was in college or if it was my money that I worked for id probably want exact change. :\
Originally Posted by Johari
My way of thinking is that everything in life is time vs. money. Which will you sacrifice? When you opt for something that provides you with ease or convenience, then you are generally choosing time and giving up money.

The guy who delivered your pizza probably makes minimum wage. It takes him 2 hours or so just to earn the $16 you paid for a small pizza. Then he went out (how's the weather? Is it cold or raining?) in a car, and dealt with traffic and crappy drivers just so you didn't have to cook or go grocery shopping. He sacrificed his comfort for you. Gratuity (tipping) is just that... it's you saying, "I really appreciate you giving me your time and making the effort to make me feel comfortable. Thanks!"

It always leaves me scratching my head when someone quibbles about tipping. If you (general you) are so tight on cash, then why go out to eat/order delivery/get your hair cut in a salon? All of that stuff is much cheaper if you do it yourself, so me thinks you're really not that tight on cash...
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Ohhh I didn't really think about tips I thought the coin change counts...and growing up my mom never had pizza delivered so I guess I'm not use to it but I'm still in high school and only ordered like 3 times from different places.I guess I'm kind of cheap but that 4 dollars could have bought me bus fare or school lunch.
But if I was in college or if it was my money that I worked for id probably want exact change. :\
Originally Posted by Johari
My way of thinking is that everything in life is time vs. money. Which will you sacrifice? When you opt for something that provides you with ease or convenience, then you are generally choosing time and giving up money.

The guy who delivered your pizza probably makes minimum wage. It takes him 2 hours or so just to earn the $16 you paid for a small pizza. Then he went out (how's the weather? Is it cold or raining?) in a car, and dealt with traffic and crappy drivers just so you didn't have to cook or go grocery shopping. He sacrificed his comfort for you. Gratuity (tipping) is just that... it's you saying, "I really appreciate you giving me your time and making the effort to make me feel comfortable. Thanks!"

It always leaves me scratching my head when someone quibbles about tipping. If you (general you) are so tight on cash, then why go out to eat/order delivery/get your hair cut in a salon? All of that stuff is much cheaper if you do it yourself, so me thinks you're really not that tight on cash...
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
Straight up. I work at sonic, we make 3.13$/hr plus tips, so I always tip the delivery guy at least five bucks. If you don't have money to tip,don't eat out.
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Yeah I always tip 20% but I have family members who counted on tips to pay their bills and my husband was a bartender and server for years , so I always think about that I know that's how we paid our bills so I know they count on that money like we did .

It depends. I treat them the same as if I was eating out. If they take hours, or are rude they get nothing. A knew a couple delivery drivers, they made 10 bucks an hour, but this was ten years ago. the resturant also paid for their gas. the drivers made more money then the cashier and cooks

I had another friend in new orleans who drove for diminoes a few years back. He made 12 an hour. and sence he drove like a crazy person he would get food out fast, so within a weekend he could make a few hundred bucks!! I need my licence man!
He should have change on him. I always tip a couple bucks (even a dollar or two for takeout) so I don't think it was unreasonable for you to want some of your change back. Drivers aren't paid like waitresses, but they also aren't bringing in tons of money.
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It depends. I treat them the same as if I was eating out. If they take hours, or are rude they get nothing. A knew a couple delivery drivers, they made 10 bucks an hour, but this was ten years ago. the resturant also paid for their gas. the drivers made more money then the cashier and cooks

I had another friend in new orleans who drove for diminoes a few years back. He made 12 an hour. and sence he drove like a crazy person he would get food out fast, so within a weekend he could make a few hundred bucks!! I need my licence man!
Originally Posted by thelio
To the bolded: Just curious, do you know for sure it's the drivers' fault for it taking awhile for the food to get delivered? Are you sure it's not the pizza place getting busy and having a lot of orders at one time?

For me, I feel the pizza taking a while to get delivered is an issue with the restaurant, not the driver, and I would either file a complaint with them and still tip him, or more than likely, I would understand that a whole bunch other people got hungry at the same time I did, and they were busy (hooray for a business that puts out a such great product that they get busy!!!!!) and tip the guy and savor the yumminess that someone has brought me, whenever it happens to come.

I have always hated when someone shorts their tip to the waitress because the food took too long to come out... She doesn't cook it and has zero control over what goes on in the kitchen (and zero control if everyone decided to come in for dinner at 7 so the kitchen gets backed up).

For the record, I own and operate a delivery business.
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Ha, I just remembered recently when a (very annoying server) came in to complain that her table was complaining about their food taking a while and my friend said to tell them that we just put out food for three different parties that came in at the same time and that they're not the only people here. She responded that they don't care.
Ha, I just remembered recently when a (very annoying server) came in to complain that her table was complaining about their food taking a while and my friend said to tell them that we just put out food for three different parties that came in at the same time and that they're not the only people here. She responded that they don't care.
Originally Posted by Saria
This is why when I read reviews online(for hotels, restaurants, any service) I look at the overall rating and hardly ever read the bad ones. It's usually someone being unreasonable.

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