Tipping delivery driver

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by alpine692003, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    I'm wondering, do you guys ever tip the delivery driver for your materials?

    ie) 5 yards of bark mulch, rocks, soil or whatever?

    if so how much?

    2yards, 5yards, 10yards?
  2. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,389

    Nope. Never tip. Why would you?
  3. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    Yes, I do sometimes. Why tip? Because they dump 12 yards of garden soil for me, in 5 different spots, right up against the houses ( new constructions) where the gardens are going. So I toss him a fiver for his lunch. He likes it, and it makes my day SO much easier than if I had to wheel it from a large pile in the street. And it's not his job, his job is to put it where I want it, but in one dump usually, but the guys don't mind doing those thing for me, they know I'm good for it.
  4. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    I'm with elephant nest on this one, I will tip them if they help me out by putting what I need where I need it. If they just dump and go or have a sh!tty attitude then they get no tip.
  5. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,171

    It's a nice touch, that is remembered when I need a favor from the suply house.
  6. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    I was going to start a thread such as this.

    We all work in a service business. Tips are most certainly optional, but given, quite often.

    I don't tip my doctor after an office visit- but he rakes it back by overcharges my ins co.

    My server at lunch today was far from being a waitress- so she got ten percent. And gets a measley hourly wage that has to pay tax on the food sales.

    In England, your barkeep is paid a days wage, but wants you to spend your dough on an Irish Supper- a baked potato and six beers...... And no need to tip him, there.

    So lets here it?

    I tipped roll-off drivers, some delivery guys that I would see again

    I forgot to mention that I enjoyed getting tipped, who doesn't?
  7. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 344

    Absolutely. I has paid me back a million times. He now drives up into areas he is not supposed to rather than dumping in the street. Its five bucks or so and I usually remember to add it into the estimate on cost of materials.
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i always tip the driver. in fact, if i know the job will require a delivery, i add $20 to the estimate so i can use it to tip the driver. tell you what, i needed 8 yds of soil delivered, they were running 2 days behind on deliveries, talked to the driver and got mine that afternoon.
  9. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    In 18 months of doing this, I've never gotten a single tip from a customer. I can count the number of beverages my customers have given me on one hand. Been striffed on payment by plenty (just sued two more today), but so far, not a single tip.

    I've never tipped on b to b transactions. Brought a Gatorade to a guy who was helping me load sod once. But I've never tipped anyone.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  10. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,581

    I give a $20 tip to the guys who deliver my mulch (30-45yds per delivery)..

    Usually give the guys who load my truck/trailer $5

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