And now, an excellent guest entry from xxzombierot. It is not that difficult to be good to the person who is bringing you nice hot food when you are disinclined or unable to do it yourself. xxzombierot?
- Tip! Tip well! $3-$5 is average. Keep in mind that tips are the primary wages, we use our own gas, and there is a lot of wear and tear on delivery cars.
- Open your door. Don’t look at me like I’ve got four heads through your cracked door, I’m not going to kill you.
- SPEAK. Even if you just say hi. Your delivery driver is a PERSON.
- If it is raining or cold, maybe toss an extra dollar in the tip.
- If it is raining or cold, and you are not fully prepared when you answer your door, consider letting your driver stand in your doorway.
- Be prepared when you answer your door. When you order your food, place the money near your door or in your pocket. Don’t waste ten minutes searching your house once the driver arrives.
- Turn your porch light on. Especially if your walkway is hazardous, or your house number is on your door.
- If you live in a gated community, remember to leave a name to look up or a gate code.
- Answer your phone! Sometimes houses are hard to find, or we just want to make sure that we are at the right place. We don’t want to wake anyone up who didn’t order food.
- If your house is hard to find, leave instructions. “Corner house” is incredibly helpful.
- If you are letting a child pay for your food, instruct them to tell the driver to keep the change. (I can’t tell you how many times parents have run out after me with a tip, or to collect change) Also, this is good practice for them.
- Be home when your driver gets there. If you order food, wait to go to the store, or leave your money (and tip instructions) with someone else.
- If you only have a $50 or $100 bill, it’s a time saver if you ask the store if a driver can even break it.
- Control your pets. This one doesn’t bother me because I love dogs, but some people are really scared of dogs, and being greeted at the car by an unleashed pitbull/German shepherd/any dog is probably not very fun for them. Little dogs running around your yard are hard to see, so it’s probably safer if they aren’t.
Delivery is a service. If you don’t want to leave your house for your food, appreciate the person who brings it to you.
Kelly here. It’s pretty much a truism that once you work a hard/underappreciated job in almost any kind of customer service (waiting tables, answering phones, working in retail) you will forever be decent to those whom you encounter later doing that same job. So remember: you can still be compassionate and cool even without the benefit of painful personal experience.