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Tipping Right

A helpful guide to tipping during the coronavirus

Tipping during regular times can be complicated. Now, with the coronavirus turning everything upside down, tipping workers can seem even more daunting. You want to show you care and appreciate essential workers, but you also don’t want to overspend during uncertain times. Here are some tips to help you navigate two of the more common tipping situations you’ll face during the pandemic.

Delivery Drivers

The people who deliver your groceries or any other order are putting their health on the line every time they do so. You should, at the very least, be tipping 15 percent. However, if you can afford it, tip higher — anywhere from 20 to 35 percent. Remember that you want these workers to be rewarded for their efforts.

Understand, the tip is usually all that these workers are receiving when you order, so try to make it as high as possible. If you find yourself wanting to tip less than 15 or 20 percent, go through your list and see if there’s something you can cut. Then, use those savings to add to the tip.

Restaurant Workers

If you’re picking up food from one of your favorite restaurants, consider tipping 10 to 15 percent. Just like with delivery drivers, if you’re financially stable, try to bump up the tip to 20 to 30 percent. As US News reports, think of your restaurant tip as a way to ensure that the place makes it through this tough time. You want to one day be able to dine in at this restaurant, right? Add a little extra to the bill to help ensure that it happens.

Chris O'Shea

Chris O'Shea