Nightowl, you are starting to irritate me, and I'm not even a delivery driver. A few reasons for tipping pizza guys, from a concerned website: Â Â * Every three days, a driver must refill the gas tank. Pizza companies don't pay for gas. Drivers pay for their own. Â Â * A driver's car needs an oil change every six weeks. Â Â * Every three or four months, new brake pads are needed. Â Â * Every four months, tires should be rotated or replaced. A driver gets a flat tire four times a year, mostly from incrementally scraping the tire's side on the street curb. Â Â * On an average night, a driver travels 75 to 100 miles on deliveries, averaging four solid hours of drive-time mostly on residential streets. Â Â * Of all places to drive, residential driving puts the most wear and tear on a car. All the starting, stopping, and changing of gears is murder on a car. It wears down the brakes in a hurry. Residential driving is even worse than normal city driving. The likelihood of any conceivable car problem is accelerated. Â Â * Car insurance does not cover accidents during deliveries. You have to buy special insurance for that, which costs three times as much. Should a driver be in an accident without this special insurance, they have no coverage even by the pizza company. The store covers third party liability only. Â Â * A driver travels 25,000 miles a year on the job.
I am so happy to irritate, now let us break down the points you make. My Domino's and Pizza Hut directly charges a delivery fee, which makes free delivery a thing of the past, they do this to cover overhead and expenses related to increased costs of ingredients etc. Â see article Pizza Delivery Fee
... Now for the rest of the break down again: Drivers in ATL are paid on average $8.50 and hour, plus mileage, normally $.35 per mile, plus a per pie charge, generally $.90. Now let us look at the rest, if a driver works and 8 hour shift, delivers 3 pies an hour, drives on average 100 miles in that 8 hours, he makes roughly without tips around $123, how uneducated people do you know making $15 an hour before even getting tips. Also, do you think the 35 cents a mile does not cover the maintenance on a car for driving 100 miles a night. I am not sure what you pay for a rotation and oil change, but I can guarantee that 2 weekends of 8 hour shifts will take care of it on an every other month basis and still leave money in the wallet. As to insurance, you already have it, and very few people are getting special delivery insurance to boot, if they are they are stupid. And to the overall driver responsibility, do you not think the driver knows that as a delivery guy he has expenses surrounding this line of work. The mileage money is not put in to be part of the pay, it is there to be expense money. I have a job, I drive back and forth in grueling traffic daily, but I do not get money for car maintenance, and I drive easily 20,000 a year, so maybe I should start asking for tips from customers just for me showing up....actually a good thing, when we next have a sale, I am going to put delivery charges for me showing up to work.