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Jan 10, 2009 07:22 PM

How to tip for non-free food delivery?

Just ordered delivery from Wokcano in SM, and was told there was a $2.50 "packaging fee" for my $25 order. Haven't seen this one before. I normally tip about 15% for delivery. Any thoughts on tipping for delivery when a delivery charge has been added? Deduct the charge from the tip, or tip on top of it?

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  1. According to their online to go menu there is a $2.50 packaging fee on any size order. Makes sense since depending on the type of order it could require different containers.

    I tip $4 or $5 for the delivery no matter what it is or how much. I figure a 15%-20% tip if I'm in the restaurant being "served" since there is more attentive service required than someone just delivering me a sack of food.

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    1. re: monku

      I asked the delivery guy if he got any of the fee. He said no, so I tipped on top of it. Looking at the receipt, I see that Wokcano adds the fee to the subtotal and then TAXES it. I'm not an accountant, but that doesn't seem right.

      1. re: Mr. Spike

        You're right, shouldn't be sales tax on a service charge....unless Gov. Schwarzenegger has his way. Didn't figure the delivery guy got any part of that $2.50. The delivery guy probably has to package the items and the $2.50/order either supplements his hourly wage or someone else putting together the order.

    2. The driver shouldn't be penalized for an added 'packaging fee'. I tip 20% to the delivery person unless I find the delivery objectionable. There's always the same delivery person delivering and it's remarkbable how fast the food comes now, and the great care that is taken, when I order subsequently. I also tip when I pick up food at the restaurant to take home.
      People are making their livings based on the tips they make regardless of how they get the food to the consumer.

      1. IM in the flate tip camp on this one. Unlike a restaurant server, who does varying duties, a driver simply delivers the food irregardless of the value of the food. it takes the same effort to deliver 30$ worth of food as it does 80$, ergo same tip.

        1. The US custom is 10% for the delivery person as a tip, rounded up to the nearest dollar, with additional if the delivery person has to negotiate nasty weather, stairs, or significant traffic.

          The packaging fee is not going to the delivery person but the establishment, so you would provide the tip in addition to it.

          1. Sometimes I order $30 worth of Indian food and I'm charged a $5 delivery fee. If I pick up the same food in person, I am not charged the $5 and I get 10% off my order. Clearly, it is not a packaging fee. Should I still tip the delivery guy?

            4 Replies
            1. re: Jetgirly

              Normally, yes, though you could ask the establishment to whom the $5 fee is paid. (If it goes to the establishment, you still need to tip.)

              1. re: Jetgirly

                one has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

                you pay the delivery person for performing a service. The service fee to the reswtaurant, the delivery fee to companies like road runner, and any oother fees do NOT go to the delivery person. If you do not want to pay all the fees then you can always pick it up.

                1. re: jfood

                  I'm not sure what you mean by "companies like road runner". The guy who delivers the food works directly for the restaurant.

                  1. re: Jetgirly

                    if they delivery person works directly for the restaurant, you tip 10-15% with a minimum, in jfood's case the minimum is $5 but he lives 4 miles away from the closest restaurant.