Americans are insanely cheap tippers in bad weather.
Here’s a tip: don’t be cheap!
Winter storm Stella is expected to bring more than a foot of snow and wind gusts up to 50 mph in some areas. One look at that, and your sweats-clad, sofa-bound self is going to log right into your GrubHub account.
Let us make a suggestion: Do not scrimp on the tip. You should be tipping between 25-30% “depending on how bad the conditions are and what someone has to maneuver through to get to you,” says Constance Hoffman, the owner of etiquette and professional skills firm Social and Business Graces.
If the delivery requires extreme effort (you live on top of a huge hill, walk up,you’re getting a ton of stuff), you should tip an extra $5 – $10, says Pamela Eyring, the president of the Protocol School of Washington. She adds that it’s also nice to offer them coffee or hot chocolate when they arrive.
If past snowstorms are any indication, most of you won’t do this. When the snow dumped down on cities like New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston, those ordering food never exceeded a 20% tip, according to data from Seamless and Grubhub for past storms in 2015 and earlier this year, reported by Vocativ.
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