Don’t forget the tip

Garrit Wilson, Contributor

The modern world and the introduction of the smartphone have revolutionized the world of ordering food. If you want food, all you have to do is click a button and you can have any food you want on your doorstep in 30 minutes. You can use apps like GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates, or local options (NOCONosh). The process is so easy, it almost seems too easy, meaning many people skimp on tipping. 

What many people don’t know is that tips are what make the job workable. When a delivery driver picks up a delivery, they get a base pay ($1-$2), are usually paid around fifty cents per mile they travel, and by the time the food is at your door, the driver has only made around $3.00.

Tips are an essential part of any customer service job, but these food apps with their price structures are extremely dependent on tips. 

During the quarantine, these tips should be even more than usual. Drivers are going into public, risking their health to ensure that you can stay safe at home. They aren’t complaining, but during these tumultuous times, delivery driving is more dangerous, the tip should reflect that. 

Next time you order food, think about the driver and leave a tip!