If You Order Delivery During a Cyclone Bomb, a Lot of Tips Are Better.

The east coast is currently being shaken by a ” bomb cyclone “, which means a blizzard in the north and snow in the south. If you’ve somehow missed out on all the weather predictions and doomsday memes in the last few days and haven’t filled up the stock at Trader Joe, you might be thinking about shipping – it’s really bad and you have a lot of crowns to catch up on, and your new flannel sheets are really comfortable. You should?

My personal philosophy: no. Don’t order anything. You had plenty of time to collect food, toilet paper, and whatever else you would need for one day indoors. It’s a blizzard outside, and if you live in New York or another large city, the person delivering your food is most likely walking or cycling. But as our friends at Deadspin pointed out , couriers make a living by tip – they are not paid the minimum wage. So this complicates things a little.

If you just want a combination of sesame chicken and egg roll, you should tip (much) over the standard 20%. Here are some suggestions.

  • Don’t order seamless. Call the restaurant and order the old fashioned way. Seamless takes a commission per order, so if you really want to help your local pizzeria call them directly (or order from their website).
  • Don’t order from your favorite Chinatown location if you live on the Upper East Side. Choose a restaurant that is not too far away.
  • Always tip in cash. You may feel a more generous tip on your card, but a poor man covered in snow and sleet may not benefit from it.
  • A tip of at least $ 10. It was a consensus between the two editors and me, and we make the rules. You can afford it.
  • A tip of 20% plus a few extra dollars , as Gothamist suggests, for more than $ 10.
  • Or tip 50% if you order a little more than a one-time meal. Obviously, if you order a $ 250 meal, you are not going to tip 50%, but if you order, say, a $ 15 meal, tip 20% plus a few dollars is not enough.
  • Or double your usual tip. Seriously, it’s bad outside.
  • Offer a warm drink to the delivery man before heading back to the tundra.

To summarize: a generous tip, more than you think. And stay warm.

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