But on Reddit today, a pizza delivery guy who says he’s worked for Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesar’s, Marco’s, and Papa John’s, answered reader questions, and obviously the tipping issue came up.
“I think on orders under $25 that three bucks is fair,” writes the pizza guy. “5 is excellent, and anything above that is generosity. For orders above $25, i think 5 is fair, 7 is excellent, and anything above that is generosity. For orders above $50, $7 is fair, 10 is excellent, and anything above that is generosity.”
He says that people who can’t afford a tip will usually tell him about their shortcoming. “And I’m ok with that,” he admits. “If you wanted awesome food and you can’t afford to tip me, that’s cool. I’ve been that poor before. I understand that.”
However, when he rolls up to make a delivery at a house where money doesn’t appear to be an issue, it isn’t as easy to swallow getting stiffed on the tip.
“[I]f you live in a 650k house with a Bentley in the driveway and give me exact change, there’s something wrong there,” explains the experienced deliverer. “I’m not saying give me a $100 tip, but if you have 5 bucks you could help me out for the gas I spent driving all the way to your mansion (they’re usually a ways away and secluded).”
Later in the tip discussion, which goes on for quite a bit, a reader adds their two cents: “As a fellow delivery driver I can confirm the richer a person is the less likely they are to tip. I get stiffed almost every time I deliver to a huge house in a rich area even if I am there in 20 minutes.”
He says that his worst experience was at Little Caesar’s, where he was only paid $7.25/hour to stand outside and wave the store’s sign around in the summer heat.
However, the driver’s best experience? “Laughing so hard that I cried after delivering to a porn shoot,” where he claims — no joke — that they ordered three Meat Lover’s pizzas.