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Tipping flower delivery person

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Speaking of tipping, do you tip the delivery person when they bring you flowers?

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briiii1351192539.296305 PostsRegistered 2/18/2010Chicago

I do.


lovemyboys1351192717.383541 PostsRegistered 4/29/2009

No, the florist charges a delivery fee and I figure that covers it.

dmod1351192918.0124751 PostsRegistered 10/4/2011Jersey


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CardinalGi­rl1351195095.6837081 PostsRegistered 7/11/2007

I used to do that as my job--years ago. I was never once offered a tip. The delivery charge was kept by the owner of the shop. I made minimum wage. I did, however, use the shop-owned van, and I didn't have to pay for gas.

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lulu21351195190.24323258 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007


Shorty2U1351195513.01316316 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007City girl @ heart

I dont get flowers anymore (I let everyone know they are a waste of money b/c they DIE.lol) But NO when I did, I never tipped them. The only people WE ever tip is our hair stylist and servers at restaurants.

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make"

greamy1351195676.173936 PostsRegistered 4/27/2010
Just for thought, you are tipping someone who is delivering you a gift. My friend's grandson delivers and is able to keep the tip. The florist charges the sender for delivery.

Clover291351195722.72311498 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

No, because I'm not expecting them so I don't have small bills to hand. I have to go to the ATM to get "real money" if I plan to tip someone, otherwise I use plastic money everywhere.

Krimpette1351196046.35711281 PostsRegistered 9/7/2007MidAtlantic

I don't get flowers very often, but have to admit to never having tipped. Never even thought about it. The delivery guys seem to be in such a hurry. Nor do I tip the Lasership guy that delivers some of my Amazon purchases. (As mentioned on the other post, I do tip (at Christmas), my regular UPS guy and my regular mail lady).

MarthaStew­ardess1351198982.5577833 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

No, I haven't tipped for a flower delivery. Never thought about it. Besides, as someone else said, the times they've come to my house, they were completely unexpected. I don't keep a stash of ones near the front door for tips. Several months ago the floral delivery guy rang my doorbell and left flowers for my neighbor, because they were at work and not home to accept the delivery. LOL, should I have tipped for someone else's delivery? I think not.

Beebo1351211836.216960 PostsRegistered 4/13/2010

I feel like I should, but it is usually a surprise when I receive flowers and often don't have small bills.

esmerelda1351220462.9514409 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

No. The delivery person is hired to safely deliver the flowers. A tip is given for exceptional service. I don't know what "exceptional service" would be in this case. And since they use a "company truck," they don't pay for gas. Their wage is between them and the employer.

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beach music1351220637.81729065 PostsRegistered 4/16/2007


They aren't well paid and a few dollars extra means a lot to anyone making minimum wage.

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september1351220682.4219348 PostsRegistered 6/29/2007
I don't remember ever being home when flowers were delivered, so obviously no tip was given. I have to wonder how often the delivery people ever come face to face with anyone?

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.-Ruth Ann Schabacker

Ellie07141351223237.811791 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern California

yes, 15%.


LooPY1351223438.1032390 PostsRegistered 7/30/2011

Always. I imagine some people don't tip the person who delivers and installs an appliance either, but we do. My FIL, a self-made man who came from abject poverty, set the bar for us with his phrase, "Let 'em live."

...still loopy after all these years....

september1351223443.05319348 PostsRegistered 6/29/2007

For those of you who tip the delivery person for flowers you didn't order...how do you know how much the purchaser paid in order to come up with the 15% tip?

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.-Ruth Ann Schabacker

LooPY1351224465.022390 PostsRegistered 7/30/2011

hi september--We usually give a tip of a few dollars for a floral delivery (Ellie must be very generous, bless her heart!)

...still loopy after all these years....

september1351225043.0719348 PostsRegistered 6/29/2007

Hi Loopyloo..I can see why someone who is scheduled to come to your house might be someone you could tip...like someone delivering furniture, or an appliance.

But flowers? Those are sent by other people, and like I said before, I'm usually out when they come. I get home and find them by the front door. If these people rely on tips to supplement their earnings...I'd say they aren't getting them because most of the people are likely at work when they drop off the flowers.

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.-Ruth Ann Schabacker

rondell1351225744.7713373 PostsRegistered 12/17/2009USA

Flowers are left on your porch? Anytime I order flowers for delivery, I'm told someone has to sign for them, or a notice will be left for the recipient to contact them for redelivery or pickup.

I usually always give a tip to a delivery person for pizza, but I've never given a tip to a flower person.

Blooming H­yacinth1351236552.057329 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007The Great Midwest

My husband worked part-time as a flower delivery person after he retired. He did not make minimum wage and had to provide his own vehicle. He got paid a set rate depending on where his deliveries were, which wasn't very much. He rarely, if ever got offered a tip, nor did he expect one. However, it was a nice surprise when he got one. One lady was coloring Easter eggs when he delivered and she gave him a couple of hard-boiled eggs. He didn't want to hurt her feelings, so he took them.

Occasionally, I was able to go with him and help. I found it fun, because nearly everyone was excited to get flowers. Personally, I find them to be a perfect gift, as they don't take much care, they add beauty and fragrence to your home and when they finally die, you can get rid of them. Whenever I get flowers, I feel so special every time I look at them.

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missy11351256167.11733943 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007


I don't get flowers delivered to me, to often.

Why would I tip a gift that was to me? The sender pays that in the high delivery charges.

I tip the pizza delivery person.

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reese21351261442.396546 PostsRegistered 8/11/2006North of South..we've moved

Yes, I tip them.

"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."
~Oscar Wilde

CouponQueen1351261758.035147 PostsRegistered 10/21/2010
On 10/25/2012 Ellie0714 said:

yes, 15%.


15% of what?? It is a gift and no bill is attached for the cost. So how would you know to give 15%? {#emotions_dlg.unsure}

Magenta1351261762.499601 PostsRegistered 11/4/2004washington, d.c.

absolutely, usually 2-3 bucks, knowing those who deliver are hurting, or they wouldn't take this kind of job. and what is that for us, the recipients, 2 or 3 dollars is nothing, really.


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