Help me settle an argument. My boyfriend only tips delivery boys 5%, which is a lot less than he gives waiters in a restaurant. I told him I thought he should give more, but he said that since the guy didnt do anything except deliver the food, he didnt deserve as much as a waiter. What do you think?
Karen S., Greenwich Village
Its the rare delivery guy who comes back to your apartment ten minutes after hes dropped off your food offering to refill your water. But if you consider the hazards of delivering food in New York City, tipping more than your boyfriend suggests is probably warranted. Riding your bike the wrong way down a busy city street and entering strange apartment buildings is not one of the safest of vocations. Factor in wet roads, cold temperatures, snowy sidewalks, and five floor walk-ups in other words, things that keep New Yorkers from getting their own food then sympathy for a delivery boy might coax a few extra dollars out of your boyfriends wallet.
Considering that Gothamist orders from a few regular places and sees the same delivery guys over and over again, we tip well in the interest of future speedy deliveries and spit-free food. So, Karen, Gothamist has to side with you on this one. You might not tip delivery guys as much as a waiter at Nobu but you should definitely be giving more than five percent.