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Should I tip?

Tonight we ordered this hot meal that comes to our door, not from a restaurant, but this service where you select from several items and they cook it and bring it to you anywhere in town. I get the feeling it's a very small operation and I have the idea (don't know for sure) that one of the owners will be delivering our meal. There is a delivery charge. Should I tip? I guess I'm thinking tha if it's an owner they set the prices, so no, but if it's a driver, maybe yes, or do they likely get paid a standard wage in such a small business? Thanks.

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  1. I have a young friend who does this and believe me, they depend upon tips. You would tip the pizza delivery person wouldn't you? This is no different.

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    1. re: escondido123

      Agree, I would treat it like any other food delivery.

      1. I'd tip.

        Sounds like a great service!

        1. i woudl most certiainly TIP. If it does happnen to be a owner / partner deliverying the food; they will more and likley decline the extra money.

          Delivering charges usually does not help the delivery person at all, just the establishment.

          1. I would go by how you feel. If you feel like it is the right thing to do then tip. If you feel like a tip itsnt necessary then don't. And if you have doubt go with the moment. And if after further thought it didn't feel right than do the opposite the next time.

            1. If I was the OP, I'd do whatever was the cultural norm for tipping food delivery people, where s/he is in the world.

              1. There was a place by me, briefly that would deliver food to people if they ordered from two different restaurants. They put the money up front for your food and then there was a percentage added, but the drivers only made money on tips. Everyone always got stiffed, because the bill already had 15% added on.

                Then you can take Chinese Restaurants for example. Most around me are family owned and the owners run the front of the store, the phones and take turns delivering. Nobody would dream of not tipping. I was lazy tonight and tipped $5 when my food came. I live two blocks away.

                1. I've always had a problem (well............. more since owned my own small business) with the concept that a business owner should not be tipped. If you have substantive reason to believe that the owner is extremely successful (ie- makes a good deal of income from the business), then I can see a rationale for not tipping.

                  Especially in today's world I never presume that an owner is economically successful if they're working in the business in the same or similar capacity to people I know are employees. It is often the case that the owner of a small business makes less money than many of the employees.

                  When in doubt....... tip! Especially if the owner is providing a service in the same way an employee would.

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                  1. re: Midlife

                    Midlife...I completely 100% agree with you, but age comes into play. I am 41 and there was a time, not too long ago, where attempting to tip the owner was seen as a sign of disrespect. I don't know how old the OP was, but that may play into it.

                    I know many small business owners (and some restaurant owners), who when busy will take over and when approached with the tip, will ask that they give it to their original server. Some people immediately take that as an opportunity to stiff that person, which is also wrong.

                    1. re: jhopp217

                      Agreed. I'm older than you and so I do get the 'don't have to tip the owner' thing. In my memory it was mostly applied to my wife's hair stylist (the current nomenclature) and not much more that I can think of. Any business owner who doesn't want to accept tips can simply say so.

                  2. Yes, definitely tip. Don't understand why you are questioning it - there is always a delivery charge on food delivered (at least in my area) - tipping has nothing to do with the delivery charge.

                    1. Thanks for the input, all. Only one response prior to the delivery, but good to see your comments. I did tip, and it was a younger kid, not an owner. He didn't seem to be expecting it, as he just handed me my bags and started to make a beeline for his car, but I called him back.

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