Do you tip your pizza delivery driver?
Well, an incident that was captured on a doorbell camera has sent the internet crazy. Shared on TikTok by @ringdoorbell.compilation on July 19th, the short clip appears to show the moment a pizza delivery driver was offered a slice of the order, rather than a more conventional cash tip.
In the video, the driver can be seen putting down the box and ringing the doorbell. It's then he notices the sign on the door. The bizarre instruction, which accompanied the video in the caption, read: "No money for a tip, please take slice of pizza."
Clearly upset by the offer, you can hear the driver say "You kidding me?" His shoulder's visibly sagged as he says this. He then takes a slice of pizza and begins to eat it as instructed.
It is unknown when the original footage was recorded, but the delivery driver can be seen wearing a face mask in the video - an action only started in the last year due to the global pandemic.
The video currently has over 67,000 likes, with many of those in the comments understanding and sympathizing with the driver's frustration.
One TikTok user wrote: "He works at a pizza place. He eats it constantly."
A second wrote: "No tip... then don't order."
This was echoed by another TikTok user who wrote: "If you can't afford the tip then you can't afford the food... simple."
Another TikToker added: "I deliver pizzas and I would be pretty annoyed. We eat free already and that's gas I just wasted for nothing."
However, some commenters argued that it should be the pizza company's responsibility to pay drivers well and the fault shouldn't be on the paying customer: "It shouldn't be up to customers to pay other people's salary."
Another TikTok user agreed, writing: "[It's] not my responsibility to pay employees. I'm not a business owner these restaurants need to pay their employees better [sic]."
As cash becomes a rare commodity, tipping your delivery drivers is seemingly becoming more difficult. According to the Guardian, not every country or culture believes in tipping. In China or Japan, it is far less common and potentially insulting to offer a tip at the wrong time. Dutch taxi drivers do not expect a tip, apparently, but French ones do... so it can be really difficult to understand the rules.
Many believe the etiquette of tipping comes from the U.S, with some restaurants asking for as much as twenty percent of the order as a tip. Check out any tipping guide, and you'll notice that rates vary by the type of service provided, by the region of the country, and other factors. The Emily Post Institute provides these general recommendations: fifteen to twenty percent for sit-down restaurant service, ten percent for servers at buffets (for help with drink orders and plate removal) and $1 to $2 per drink for bartenders, or fifteen to twenty percent of the bar tab.
The argument is that many people rely on tips, because the American minimum wage is so low, with some states paying just $5.15 (Georgia) an hour. Therefore many staff members use their tips to bulk out their pay packet at the end of the month.