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Delivery driver tipped $10 for 85 pizzas worth almost $1,500

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A driver's lousy tip for delivering nearly $1,500 in pizzas is causing a firestorm of comments on social media.  (Reddit/jfastman) A driver's lousy tip for delivering nearly $1,500 in pizzas is causing a firestorm of comments on social media. (Reddit/jfastman)

A driver's lousy tip for delivering nearly $1,500 in pizzas is causing a firestorm of comments on social media websites.

A picture of the receipt was posted by Reddit user jfastman on Tuesday and has more than 155,000 views. About 2,000 people have commented on the far-from generous tip.

"My friend delivers 85 pizzas today and was tipped 10 bucks," the user posted in the headline.

The picture shows the pizza total came to $1,453.93. The receipt was cut off so it's unclear where this occurred. Other employees have gotten in trouble and even lost their jobs when they post receipts with lousy tips, this has resulted in more savvy posters sharing information minus the location.

Hyun Jin, associate professor of marketing at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, suggests using his personal rule of tipping 20 percent plus for food delivered.  However, there are exceptions, Jin says.

"A one trip delivery, maybe one or two pizza boxes, totaling $20, I would typically tip $5.  But if I apply my personal rule in this case, that amount would be huge," Jin said.

The tip in this case would be almost $300 in this case if one were to use Jin's personal rule.

"I would adjust your ratio in this case," he said.

The $10 tip in this case was 0.0069 percent of the pizza order's total.

"The tip in the case does seem pretty low, personally, but that is a personal thing.  I do not know about the pay the delivery guys get.  Sometimes employers compensate their drivers," Jin said.  "It is not a rocket science or the law to follow for tipping."

Others weren't so compassionate.

One former pizza worker said that his store delivered 200 pizzas every Friday to area schools. "We used large bags that carried eight bags at a time, and we were never tipped. Comes with the territory," the man wrote. "Judging by that, it took this driver about five trips to bring in all the pies. Ten bucks seems more than reasonable. Pizza has never been a tip by percentage business."

A former pizza shop operator said he regularly catered more than 100 pizzas weekly.

"I don't feel bad at all for drivers if they don't make big on this," that person wrote. "My kitchen crew - myself and one person - would show up at 6 a.m. to make the order. Our driver showed up at his normal 11 a.m., at which point the order would be ready to deliver. He would make $40 as a normal tip for carrying in two trips of pizza bags (usually the people at the factory helped him carry it!). When I delivered the same order, I always split the tip with whoever was in the kitchen. I worked at that place for five years as a store manager and never saw anyone else share their large tip."

Others said the delivery man was shortchanged.

"If I tip $5 for one medium pizza delivered to my door, surely 85 pizzas delivered to a busy downtown area, and the effort it would have taken to load the pizzas into the car, take them to deliver them, the fact that the car was so full of pizza other trips could not be made to other locations, deserves more then $10," one person wrote.

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