Enjoying Your Snow Day? Don’t Forget to Tip

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Photo by Jeff Risom via Cities for People
Photo by Jeff Risom via Cities for People

When it’s too cold to leave the house, the smart/lazy among us order in. If you’re avoiding the outdoors by getting food delivered to your doorstep, remember that a delivery person had to brave the elements so you could stay at home in your PJs. In other words: When the weather is awful, adjust your tips accordingly.

Over at the New Yorker, Casey Cep analyzed average tip data from GrubHub, an online food-ordering company, during the recent polar vortex. When the weather was gnarly, individual tips were higher than average in nearly every zip code, sometimes by as much as 24%.

Cep also notes that studies have shown that tipping tends to increase around the holidays. But even though Christmas/Hannukah are over, it’s still a good idea to be generous — especially when the high temperature is a frigid 18 degrees.



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