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Jul 3, 2009 03:21 PM

Tipping on bakery delivery?

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

    1. 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.

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