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tipping grocery deliverer

If I get an order delivered by Waitrose, for which there is a (small) charge, is it customary to tip the person who does the delivering?

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1. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

In a word "NO!"

But I'll get my cocoa and custard creams and wait for my insomnia to be cured!

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2. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

no =unless they walk up 4 flights of stairs

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3. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

No, it is not the custom.

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4. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

No, its their job.

Hove, United Kingdom
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5. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

No it's not customary to tip Waitrose drivers, in fact they are actually not allowed to accept tips, so will probably refuse even if you did offer.

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6. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

Fortunately, we have not as yet, followed our American cousins in having to tip for everything.

On another point,so far as I am aware, Waitrose deliveries are free as long as you have spent £50, so there should be no charge for this service.

Edited: 19 May 2014, 07:13
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7. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

Accepting tips is fundamentally at odds with the culture of Waitrose, where the staff own the business and get their main financial incentive from sharing the company's profit.

By offering cash to the deliverer (who has precisely the same stake in the business as its CEO) you're tempting him or her to dishonour what the company stands for. However many flights of stairs she's walked up

Just don't. Especially if this comment is followed by the inevitable Yank telling you how essential tipping is to freedom, democracy and our God-given right to work for peanuts.

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8. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

It is not neccesary but my father in law always gives them £5. I tell him not to bother but he does it anyway, no driver has ever refused his tip.

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9. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

I have a friend who tries to tip their Tesco delivery driver, I think they refuse though, as they are not allowed to accept tips. Personally I'd never thought of tipping them.

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10. Re: tipping grocery deliverer

It is not the custom.

I admit to giving the Asda guy a Christmas Box this year - well, it was Christmas Eve - but otherwise no, it's not done.