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How much do you tip Grab/Food Panda drivers?

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My orders are generally between 200 and 400 baht, sometimes 500 baht. I don't tip based on price. That's an American thing. They schlep the same distance regardless. I can see tipping more if they're bringing a massive amount of food because that is more work done. I have them "trained" now to come to my condo room which is good. So anyway, generally 25 to 40 baht, probably most often 35. As I pay cash it's often a round up type thing. 

 

I used Grab, Panda, Hungry Now, and Lineman. 

 

I might tip less for Lineman orders when they charge a lot for delivery. I've paid as much 80 baht for a trip that didn't seem very far to me. I'm assuming the drivers are getting a cut of those high delivery charges. If you know differently, please inform. 

 

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4 hours ago, OneeyedJohn said:

I never tip Lazada or the Post Office when they deliver, why tip Grab or Panda?

 

I had a letter today from the UK, it was dated ( not postmarked ) 31st March 2020.

 

My bike was cleaned today by a business in my village some 2 Kms away at the end of my road. They pick up the bike , clean it, and return it.

Cost 80 baht, I give them 100 baht.

The bike is pristine, I couldn't be happier.

 

 

 

 

I don't tip Lazada either except sometimes some random small roundups. I can't really explain it but I see them as a different class of service than restaurant delivery.  But its a fair question. 

 

Also I could be wrong but my impression is that food driver are expecting tips much more than Lazada drivers. 

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Very much depends on the mood, but have been tipping more over the Covid period, they really did provide a great service. Normally i would round up to the nearest 100 THB, so sometimes not much and sometimes probably 80 or 90 THB. You win some and you lose some.

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I know a Grab & a Panda driver, they really do appreciate a tip, but don't appreciate 5 baht.

 

After driving maybe 8/9 & sometimes, 12 hours in a day, they are knackered.

 

 

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1 minute ago, faraday said:

I know a Grab & a Panda driver, they really do appreciate a tip, but don't appreciate 5 baht.

 

After driving maybe 8/9 & sometimes, 12 hours in a day, they are knackered.

 

 

Yeah almost better to tip nothing rather than 5 baht but I assume most if those are rounding tips from people that don't intend to tip. It isn't required. This isn't the US. 

 

I'd be curious to hear reports from those drivers on their experience with tips.

 

Like what percentage tip at all and any patterns they notice with different types of customers. 

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14 hours ago, faraday said:

I'll ask them about their 'tip experience' when I next see them.

Yup, I know tipping isn't required, I just want to help them a little. 😀

We have much more disposal income, by a long way, & 20 baht.... isn't gonna break the bank: yet! 😅

I agree that they should be tipped especially in these times.

Well almost all of them.

A small minority are A holes.

I had one unusually old driver take my money and rudely complain no tip.

But there was a tip.

Wish I could have taken it back.

Some are totally incompetent and can't find my easy to find place.

But at least they're trying so I even tip such drivers that hand over cold food after going to other wrong places first.

Overall 80 to 90.percent really do a good job.

For the apps that ask a rating anything under the full 5 stars really hurts them so for the bad experiences I just don't rate at all.

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I tip if it's raining, incredibly hot or they've managed to be insanely quick. If they're just average then they don't get anything extra, but I'm trying to be less strict with what I consider "good" these days as nobody starts out life wanting to be a grab driver.

On that note, my neighbor's restaurant failed due to COVID and so grab is his only way of getting any sort of income going, but seems like everyone else is doing the same which is why grab has everyone by the balls with regards to fair pricing. He is putting his daughter through english classes and they have a very humble life, so I just try to remember that that situation is probably common, and ordering overpriced food puts me in a lucky bracket where 20 baht is nothing.

If I also get a surprise discount coupon then I'll just tip it back up to what I was originally going to pay.

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