Tipping incidents have been reported widely in the news lately, as many have posted images of their measly (or non-existent) tips on sites like Reddit.
Added to the list of horrible tips is one pizza delivery man, who received a tip of $10 for an order worth $1,453.93. The man delivered 85 pizzas, and many have expressed disgust in the small tip he received.
Uploaded on Reddit, the receipt has hundreds of comments.
“The delivery guy deserved more,” one user said.
“Ten dollars is cheap!” another user said.
While his tip might not have been fair, other people in the service industry have received far worse.
In October 2011, waitress Victoria Liss didn’t receive any tip at all for a $28.98 meal, but did receive a note that read: “P.S. You could stand to lose a few pounds.”
Another Reddit user uploaded a photo of the note he received instead of a tip that read: “As a direct result of Proposition 30 and President Obama’s insistence that I pay ‘my fair share in taxes’ I find that I must cut back on discretionary spending and gratuities. I wish it didn’t have to be this way for the both of us.”
A “tipping expert” and professor at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, Michael Lynn, said there is much confusion about how much to give for a tip and to whom.
“Although tipping is an accepted custom in the United States, there is a lot of confusion over when, how much to give, and to whom,” he said. “Although no one exactly knows how tipping originated, one theory dates back to the late 1400s in Germany when a silversmith wrote a note to a patron that read, ‘My apprentice helped with this and would also appreciate a tip.’”
Lynn said the trend took off in America, with people tipping more frequently and in larger amounts than other countries.
He also said tipping plays a role in social approval.
“In addition to compensating someone for providing quality work, tipping can often be about social approval,” he said. “We live in a society where status is achieved and not ascribed. Money is a measure of how much we’ve achieved and often people determine a tip based on how much they want to prove their worth.”
In most situations, people tip at least 15%, but that number is increasing rapidly and many tip up to 30%.
Lynn said the pizza delivery man probably received a low tip because the tipper did not know what was expected.
“Without knowing the specifics, it’s possible that the person ordering the pizza just didn’t know any better,” he said. “Standard tipping on a pizza pie is a few bucks. So he may have figured that delivering 85 pies required one trip - the same trip to deliver just one. But instead of giving him a few dollars, he upped it to $10. The reality? He should have tipped between $85-$100.”