ASK SCARLET: If a restaurant charges a delivery fee, do you still tip the driver? My delivery fee is $3.50. I kinda think it’s unfair to have to tip and be charged a fee. – Concerned Food Delivery Recipient
SCARLET SAYS: The delivery driver’s tip and the service fee often get confused, but they are not the same. The service charge is a fee that typically goes back to the restaurant for various administrative things, but this amount is not the same as a tip for your driver. That tip amount should be based on the pre-tax amount of your food bill. 10% is the minimum, but somewhere between 15-20% should be considered if it was a difficult delivery or if, for example, they battled bad weather or a long hike to get to you. Enjoy that delivery!