Tipping the Driver, the Baker, the Cake Decorator?
September 2, 2010 1:11 PM Subscribe
Should I tip the person who baked, decorated, and is going to deliver the birthday cake I ordered for my boyfriend?
posted by rhiannonstone to Society & Culture (31 answers total)
So I ordered a custom birthday cake--not a fancy sculpted cake, but still, one with a custom design--from a local husband-and-wife bakery that only does delivery orders. The two people who run the business are the ones who took my order, baked and decorated the cake, and are going to deliver it today. The price breakdown I was quoted included a base cake fee, a decorating fee, and a delivery fee. In general, tipping cake decorators isn't customary in my area, but tipping delivery drivers is, and I tend to tip anyone who brings food to my door pretty generously. However, I was always taught that it isn't appropriate to tip the proprietor of a business, and that in most (but not all) cases, an additional tip isn't required when there is a fee for delivery. And since they're delivery-only, it's not like they're providing a special/additional service by delivering something I could have picked up myself. I'm not trying to justify not tipping them--in fact not-tipping would feel kind of weird--but I also don't want to tip inappropriately. So should I tip them? If so, how much?