Alayna Kline: Common courtesy
February 19, 2010
To the editor:
I have lived in Craig my entire life.
Recently, the small community of ours that always has been so generous seems to have gotten more stingy with their money. I realize it is tight for everyone right now.
But it seems to me that people have forgotten small common courtesies such as tipping their delivery drivers and waiters/waitresses at restaurants when they order food.
I know this doesn't seem like a big deal to a lot of people, but to many people who have ever worked in the food service industry, I think they will agree. It's common sense that you are supposed to tip 15 percent.
When someone drives to your house, using their own vehicle, you should tip them, at least a little. So when you have a $68 order, we should get at least a $5 tip.
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We are paid very little for our gas. The wear and tear on our vehicles for delivering costs a lot of money. And many places do not charge a delivery fee either, so what you would have been expecting to pay in a fee for that, you ought to give to your driver at least.
We drive in the rain, blizzards, blistering heat, and when the temperature is 20 below. We come to your door with hot food on days when you don't want to cook, when you're sick and when it's too cold for you to be bothered to leave your house.
I think we deserve more recognition for what we do.
Many of the people who do this are single mothers and college students who rely on their daily tips for their own livelihood. When we try our hardest to bring you food in a timely manner, and get a 58-cent tip in return, it really hurts us.
Come on, Moffat County residents, think about it.
Would you be offended if you provided a service for someone and receive almost nothing in return?