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Tipping delivery people?


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Tipping delivery people?

Motosport | Apr 9, 2010 11:49 AM

I don't ever order food delivery from a restaurant. I love to walk and will usually call ahead and pick up my order or more often just eat out and let someone else wash dishes.
But last week I was sick as a dog and "needed" some hot Thai soup to cure my aches and pains.

I called the Thai place across the street and placed the order which totalled just under $6. I gave the delivery guy $7. I thought that was ok since he only had to walk across the street and I am on the ground floor. The guy flipped and cussed me out in his native tongue.

After thinking about it I figured I was wrong. Then again, I was in a Dayquil/Nyquil/Tylenol/Motrin stupor. I did not lose too much sleep over it.

What's the protocol for tipping delivery people? Percentage of the bill? $$$ per block? Just in case I am ever too sick to get my own food.

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