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Isolda May 30, 2013 09:05 AM

We're having food delivered and set up, but not served, for a party this weekend. What percentage of the total bill should I tip?

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    Hobbert RE: Isolda May 30, 2013 09:37 AM

    Are you sure you need to tip? I would think the charge would include set up. I liken it to having furniture delivered and assembled.

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      Isolda RE: Hobbert May 30, 2013 10:17 AM

      Well, they're charging $35 for delivery, but I was thinking I should give them a bit more. The total bill is $900.

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        Hobbert RE: Isolda May 30, 2013 10:18 AM

        Hmmm. Maybe 10%? I'll go out on a limb and assume 2 or 3 people are doing the delivery. $90 split 2 or 3 ways is a nice bonus.

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          Isolda RE: Hobbert May 30, 2013 11:51 AM

          That sounds good, thanks for responding!

    2. girloftheworld RE: Isolda May 31, 2013 04:53 PM

      ok from my lovely summer working---
      If they charge more than 20 bucks as delivery fee the tip should be closer to 5% and certainly not more than 10% unless they had to drive a major long way or through realllllllly bad weather...the only exception would be if they show up in a company marked van then the "delivery fee" probally isnt going to the driver at all but is being kept by the company as "matinence" then you should tip 10%

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        Isolda RE: girloftheworld Jun 1, 2013 08:46 AM

        Thank you so much. If I just add it to the credit card slip will the delivery people get it or do I need to scrounge up some cash?

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          girloftheworld RE: Isolda Jun 1, 2013 10:36 AM

          we always liked to get tipped in cash. but it would be legally anything marked on the credit card slip as "tip" will be given to the employee.

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        cheeseisheaven RE: Isolda Jun 1, 2013 10:47 AM

        Some companies do not pass those tips on to the employees, tip cash if you can.

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