December 1, 2022

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A reader asks how to figure out what to tip on a food delivery

There are people who have tipped more during the pandemic, but wish to return to the tipping that was required before that. Then, there are those people who are tipping 20% of the bill no matter what the service.

QUESTION: How much are people tipping for food delivery these days? I heard that pizza delivery people pay for their own gas, so should they get more? Do delivery places ever add a tip to the bill? For the last year I have been adding a little more when I had food delivered to the house, but now I want to go back to a general amount of money that I gave before the pandemic. What should I do?

CALLIE’S ANSWER: When I think of tipping, I sometimes think of giving. If you are able to tip more, I’m sure it’s appreciated. If not, go back to what you feel comfortable with.

LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: I think tipping is always tricky and personal, especially when you consider that tips are calculated into restaurant workers’ wages here in the United States — so a worker might get paid very little salary because salary decision-makers (like business owners or lawmakers or what’s custom in a community) expect that their tips will offset it. And in many cases it does, but it is hard for the consumer to know what’s fair and what’s not fair.