Picture this: You take your wife and four kids to a nice restaurant. At the end of your meal, the waitress presents you with a tab of, oh, say $60. She’s been nice, joked around with the kids, and given you good service. For serving six, she deserves a tip of say conservatively 9 to 15 bucks, or more. The next night, the wife doesn’t feel like cooking; there’s a game on TV, and the kids are chanting Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!.
Do you realize that people will tip a waitress 10-20 bucks to bring your food 20-30 feet from a kitchen to your table, but only give a pizza driver a dollar for the same thing after he’s driven a few miles through rain or snow, cussed at traffic jams, and has been dealing with surly customers all day who complained about how long it took!
Having been a pizza driver for a few major chains, on and off, part and full time, to make ends meet, I’ve seen the pizza business as a customer and a driver.
There are a few things I’d like to point out.
That delivery charge.
Even if he did get all of it, (which he doesn’t) is $1.75 really a fair tip?
Let’s look at the facts.
Usually the driver only gets a dollar of it — if that, depending on the chain he works for. This covers:
A. Gas at nearly, or above, three bucks a gallon.
B. Insurance. His rates go through the roof the moment his provider finds out he’s delivering pizza.
C. Wear, tear, tires, oil changes and maintenance on a car that averaging about 100-125 miles a day (that’s on average about 500 to 750 a week).
He’s paid a lot less than you think he is.
Most places pay pizza drivers at, and sometimes below, minimum wage! Why? They consider them the same as waitresses, and can get away with it. Pizza drivers are expected to make up the difference with their tips - which they have to report at checkout at the end of the day, and pay taxes on.