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It's Time To Let Go Of The Guilt Over Ordering Food In Bad Weather
By Elizabeth Pak
The guilt of inconveniencing a delivery driver is something many people struggle with when rain or snow is coming down hard, and all they want to do is snuggle up, watch TV, and eat their favorite foods. It may sound cruel to make a stranger risk their life to bring you food during inclement weather, but according to various sources, that may be the opposite of what the delivery driver is thinking.
According to a 2021 DoorDash Reddit thread titled “AITA (am I the a** hole) for ordering food when the weather’s bad?,” many DoorDash employees said that they look forward to delivering food in bad weather because otherwise, they wouldn’t get paid. In fact, one employee replied, saying, “I intentionally deliver in bad weather in hopes for higher tips. It’s crazy how many people still don’t tip during a blizzard, though.”
Delivery drivers seem to enjoy the surge in takeout sales during extreme weather conditions — so long as they’re tipped well. Restaurant Menufy says that tipping 20% or more is recommended if the weather conditions aren’t ideal, so the next time bad weather comes about, be sure to tip your delivery driver for their extra effort.