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Tipping on bakery delivery?

Azizeh Jul 3, 2009 03:21 PM

I'm having 50 cupcakes delivered for a birthday party later this evening. The bakery doesn't have a storefront, they're delivery only. I'm paying a $15 delivery fee (I have no idea where the headquarters is, just somewhere in Los Angeles.)

So, my question is what should I tip the driver? My standard 20% seems steep, since the bill is a little over $100.

What would you do?

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  1. bagelman01 RE: Azizeh Jul 3, 2009 04:56 PM

    Since you are being charged a delivery fee, a $5 bill to the delivery driver should be sufficient.

    1. Karl S RE: Azizeh Jul 3, 2009 06:33 PM

      Well, the typical standard for meal delivery (like pizza or Chinese food, for example) is 10% (more if someone has to climb stairs or walk through nasty weather). So 20% is way steep. The delivery fee goes to the bakery, not the delivery person, however. I would ask the bakery, frankly, what is typical. They may evade, but they might not. Can't hurt to ask.

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        latindancer RE: Azizeh Jul 3, 2009 07:53 PM

        Assuming the delivery person delivers your cupcakes on time and things go as planned I'd tip him/her $10.

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