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tipping the grocery delivery person?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by WillowJ, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. WillowJ

    WillowJ Senior Member

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    is it appropriate to tip them and how much? I did a search and found contradictory advice from 15-20% (I hope not; sorry but that's a lot to afford) to smaller amounts to not at all.

    If you have groceries delivered, what do you do?
  2. Calathea

    Calathea Darkness therapy

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    I'm in the UK, where supermarkets charge a delivery fee for online shopping. So of course there's no need to tip the driver, the payment is already built in. What's the setup where you are, is it formal online shopping?
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    Ema Senior Member

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    I never tipped any specific percentage amount but usually $1-2 dollars per container. Perhaps more if it was extra hot or I ordered something particularly heavy. Usually tip would end up around $5.
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    Esther12 Senior Member

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    Yeah. An extra 20% to our weekly shop would finish us off!
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    justy Senior Member

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    I did wonder about this when i started doing on line grocery shopping last year, but figured that as i already pay Tesco between £4 and £6 for the delivery then i shouldnt need to.
    It may be different in other countries. If i had the same delivery person every week then i might give them a tip at christmas or something - like we used to with the milkman way back when.
    Justy.
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    I've used several and they all prohibit tipping so I didn't have to worry 'bout it.
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    Enid Senior Member

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    Like justy comes with a delivery charge fom the supermarket (in the UK). You may find tipping is not allowed as I tried once and it was turned down by the lady who runs the whole operation.(and goes for all - not even gifts allowed).
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    WillowJ Senior Member

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    That was my first thought, but I realized (and the pages I looked at said this also) that the delivery fee may not necessarily go to the driver (they have to pay for the truck, gas, and the shopper to pick out your food--which I assume is someone different).

    That's reassuring.

    I settled on an amount to offer (based partly on what small bills I actually have atm, lol) and I'll see whether they accept or not.

    Thanks, everyone. :)
  9. Calathea

    Calathea Darkness therapy

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    So are you assuming that the driver isn't being paid enough? If that's true, and I see no reason to assume it as default, then all the other people employed at that supermarket won't be getting paid enough either - do you tip your checkout assistant as well?
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