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tipping for delivery?

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i've been living in carroll gardens/cobble hill for years and never know if the amount i tip for delivery is appropriate for the neighborhood. how much do you guys typically tip for, say, a $30 delivery?

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  1. My wife and I talk about this all the time. I feel like delivery guys do a lot more work to get food to you than a waiter does, but on the other hand they don't need the food knowledge or professionalism of a server. With that said, I would tip about $5 on a $30 delivery. I usually get a good response, which makes me think most times they only get a buck or two.

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    1. re: chorosch

      agreed - i usually tip about 3$ on something under 20$. over that, it is usually about 5$.

    2. The customary baseline norm is 10%, rounded up to the nearest dollar, with extra if the delivery person has to navigate crappy weather, icy walkways, and/or climb stairs, et cet.

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      1. re: Karl S

        The customary baseline for delivery people is $3 or 15% whichever is greater and more for unusual circumstance. Karl I bet your delivery people hate you.

        1. re: b22ri22an

          Maybe Karl's tipping practice has changed in the five years since he posted.

          Or, that tipping custom where he is in the world is in the world is as he suggested. Perhaps, like the OP, he lives in Carroll gardens/cobble hill. Of course, I have absolutely no idea where in the world that might be.

          By the by, tipping delivery people where I am would be along the lines of rounding up or "keep the change".