How much are you supposed to tip a delivery driver? On one hand they didn’t wait on you hand and food like a waiter in a restaurant, but on the other they’re the whole reason you didn’t have to get up off your fat ass and drive down to the store yourself. So what do they deserve: 20%? 15%? The crumpled fiver you found stuck between couch cushions the night before?
I don’t have an answer for you, unfortunately (I try to tip at least $5), but on the off chance you live in New Zealand, you may not even need an answer as Domino’s is trying to make drone delivery a “thing.” According to Mashable, Domino’s has yet to receive permission from New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), but they expect to begin trial deliveries later this year in partnership with drone delivery company Flirtey:
Domino’s Group CEO and Managing Director, Don Meij said in a statement, “These trial deliveries will help provide the insight we need to extend the weight carried by the drone and distance travelled. It is this insight that we hope will lead to being able to consider a drone delivery option for the majority of our orders.”
“We are planning a phased trial approach which is based on the CAA granting approval, as both Domino’s and Flirtey are learning what is possible with the drone delivery for our products but this isn’t a ‘pie in the sky’ idea. It’s about working with the regulators and Flirtey to make this a reality for our customers,” he added.
Don’t get your hopes up though, as Mashable reports that Federal Aviation Administration rules denoting permissible weight, speed and etc. for drones have almost completely ruined any chance for drone deliveries in the United States. But while we’re waiting for those rules to (hopefully) change, make sure to tip your driver $5. I know I said I didn’t have an answer for you, but I’ve changed my mind; we’re tipping fives whether your like it or not.