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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 

At Christmas, Remember to Tip!

For quite a while I have been planning on writing about tipping etiquette. For those who do not know, while my wife is finishing nursing school and we are seeking the will of God in regard to a future ministry position (or more schooling), I am doing substitute teaching and working for Domino's Pizza, delivering warm pies to all the little children. So, obviously, tipping is an issue I constantly consider. Never more is this subject more near and dear to my heart than when I either get a great tip or none whatsoever. And while the former happens irregularly, it is sad to say that the latter is a nightly event. I realize that many of your are "tipping-etiquette challenged," so here are some basic rules regarding tipping the pizza guy (or girl -- referred to from now on simply as PG).
  1. If you order a pizza and expect it to be delivered, tipping should be a given. Don't even consider not doing so.
  2. If you wonder why you should tip the PG, then drive to the store, pick up a pizza and see how warm it is when you get home. Additionally, you should check on your mileage and see how much gas you used. And then there's always the "time factor," "the chilling cold weather factor," and the "general inconvenience factor." In the end, PGs deserve a tip for putting up with all the crap that goes along with the job.
  3. If the pizza company has a delivery charge (like Domino's), don't get angry and stiff the PG because of it. Just see #4 below.
  4. If you don't want to tip the PG after considering #2 (or pay the delivery charge), then get off your happy butt and go pick the pizza up yourself.
  5. If you order any pizza, you should tip at least $2.00 (though 15-20% is customary in the restaurant business). But if you have an order over $30.00, you should give more, even if it is below the customary amount.
  6. If you have any Christian symbols prevalent in your home (or on your car), you should definitely tip well. Non-Christian PGs notice those things and will make reference to it later.
  7. If you live in a house that is obviously worth over $200,000, then don't be a cheapo like you live in the hood. Get in your Lexus and come get the pizza yourself.
  8. If you give a cheap tip (under $3), don't act like you just did the PG a favor. It makes you look even more cheap and it is extremely annoying. Remember, we are serving you, not the other way around.
  9. If the PG brings you a free pizza, give him or her a great tip. If the PG has to bring you a missing pizza or a remake (or even some extra sauce that was forgotten), at least give him or her a dollar. After all, gas is still over $2.00/gallon.
  10. And finally, when in doubt, always go with the tried and true principle WWJT -- "What Would Jesus Tip." And unless you can heal my neck and back pain, don't be a Peter (Acts 3:6).

Well, that should help you through the holiday season and well beyond. Some of you who are extremely hard headed should print this out and stick it on your frig underneath the pizza magnet with the coupons attached. Now my customers, go and sin no more!

Thanks for the timely tips D.R.!

Howie Luvzus

Yes, wonderful, er, tips :)

Which Domino's are you working at?


You are to much! I just have one problem with this post. I believe in rule #1 you refered to "the general inconvenience factor." Umm, it's your job. Do you mean delivering the pizza is inconvenient or not getting a tip is inconvenient? You are a mess!

Merry Christmas, Theresa

Yeah so there I was at the hospital (for child # 7 or 8) right next to the sign that said 'free valet parking'. I hop out of the car with my family of 10 and hand the keys to my 1989 ford 15 passenger van (old church van!) to the kind valet. When I return to the parking lot it is pouring down rain and I am so thankful for the 'free valet service'! He brought our car.... I loaded the family up and drove off. How was I supposed to know that the look on the valet's face was something other than disgust at the weather?
When I told my little brother about this (he valeted for Opryland Hotel) he flipped out.
In my defense... free still means free right? How are we supposed to know? Thanks for helping me out!

Marie, I work at the prestigious Hikes Point store.

Theresa, the general inconvenience factor is regarding the customer. The fact that we provide a service which eradicates this is the reason why we should be tipped. I know you have a hard time tipping, so I will keep praying for you. But people who own boats should definitely tip.

Steve, I think you ought to make pentance for your sin. You can just give more to the next guy (or girl) and it will go into the depository of universal tip.

I still get stuck on the whole 'free' thing. It is either free or it is not... right?

Thanks for the props on the preaching blog site.
Are you still looking for
a position. Holla at a brother

Any way to make the tips in to an acronym? TULIPIZZA?

Merry Christmas....happy ho ho ho


First of all, Merry Christmas! Second, I don't really have a problem tipping. I just do not fully understand why a pizza boy (oops, I mean pizza guy) needs to get tipped more than $2. Rest assured I always tip, I just am not excited about it. And remember, materialistic people with boats do not get their pizza from Domino's, they get it from fancy pizzarias! Therefore, they do not have to tip the delivery guy, they gladly tip the young man who brings their pizza to the table and they enjoy it by candlelight! ;) Have a blessed day!

Merry Christmas and may all your tips be super-sized and all our pizzas warm.

well, as the little brother that flipped out and a valet who worked at the Opryland Hotel, as well as a Hilton here in town I can tell you that across the board, rich or poor, people should be aware of tipping etiqquette. there should bee aclass in high school on it. Having worked at an upscale Hilton hotel, I can assure you that there was little difference in how the wealthy and less wealthy tipped. But on the whole, I have to agree with D.R. that how you tip (or don't) affects how everyone at that establishment views you because they will talk about you after you leave. when i first started working, i was amazed at how much everyone i worked with disliked Southern Baptists in particular because there wuld be Southern Baptist meetings held at the hotel, and noone would tip. And the worst ones were the ones who left a tract as their tip. If you want people to read a tract, then leave a big tip, or else all they will do is curse you, curse the tract and remember that Christians are stingy, selfish people who don't care about the work you do for them. (like my brother!) j/k.

Stingy or just someone who takes people at their word? Doesn't 'free' mean 'free'? As a matter of fact I think I will write my next blog on this very thing!

you are a clown-adrienne

you are a clown-adrienne

I got a tip for ya:


Hey DR, I saw one of your comments on Jason Sampler's blog. Thought I would come by and say hello. Great tips on tipping, by the way. Come on by and check out my blog at www.thegate.blogspot. I put you on my frequently read blogs list, so I'll be back my friend.

Nathan Creitz

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Thanks for your input, but I do not allow profanity on my site, therefore I had to delete your comment. I am sorry that you feel the way you do, but my comments were directed mainly towards Christians. I believe that when Christians tip they should do so in a way that is glorifying to God and sacrificing of themselves. I invite you during this season to consider that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice and died in order that sinful men like myself could have eternal life. Thus, as a Christian, I believe we ought to treat those who serve us in a manner that is worthy of Christ. I understand your position about bad service, but as a Christian I believe I should approach these situations differently.

Thanks again for your input. I hope you will look at other articles on the website and feel free to comment again. Please just refrain from using profanity, as I do have very young readers, as well as others who are offended by such language.

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Paul was not interested merely in the ethical principles of religion or of ethics. On the contrary, he was interested in the redeeming work of Christ and its effect upon us. His primary interest was in Christian doctrine, and Christian doctrine not merely in its presuppositions but at its centre. -- J. Greshem Machen.

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