Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pizza delivery guy gets $10 tip on order of $1,500; what should it have been?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

This tip is a joke.  What should it have been?
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  • This tip is a joke. What should it have been?

The Internet is infatuated this afternoon with the news of a pizza delivery driver getting tipped $10 on a $1,500 order. It's not a local story, but we're going to post it anyway because pizza, well, it's been on our mind lately. Really, we ate so much pizza for this week's cover story that we can't get the sausage bits out of our teeth, the stench off our clothes, and the grease out of our fingernail beds. We're not hot right now, guys.

The Reddit user that posted a photo of the 85-pizza receipt told Fox News that the driver had to make two trips to unload all of the pies. Readers online appear to have reached a consensus that the tip was too low, but the estimates for what it should have been are wildly different. As Kansas City's newly appointed pizza experts, we say it should have been much higher.

Pitch editor Scott Wilson, who taxied pizzas around in his college days, says a fair basement for an order of that magnitude would be $1 per box. Add in the logistical struggles of that many pizzas and the possible addition of drinks, salads, napkins and side dishes, and he suggests $100 would be an appropriate gratuity, especially because the driver might have to split it with co-workers. Other etiquette hawks online suggest a baseline tip for delivery orders is 10 percent, so $150 would have been the number.

We've eaten so much pizza in the last several days that our brains are mushier than a bucket of Provel. We can't add anything more to the ethical or mathematical debate surrounding this story. What do you say, Fat City readers? $20? $100? $0? How much would you have tipped this gargantuan delivery order?

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