Search

Opinion: Amazon highlights minefield of tipping

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 November 2017

Archant

A look at the issues of today

Amazon seem to have upset their customers.

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber you get next day delivery on things you buy from Amazon and, for some reason, access to some TV shows like Grand Tour.

It’s a strange mix. It’s like ordering Tesco home delivery and they turn up with a DVD player and some leads.

People pay £79 a year to be a member of the service because these days no one wants to wait more than a day for something.

If you told young folk about the phrase, “Allow 28 days for delivery” they’d go into some form of panic and demand a safe space.

Amazon now adds a £3.99 fee for delivery. So the £79 buys you the right to pay £3.99. And on top of that an additional £2 is added to your bill as a tip to the driver.

Tipping is a minefield, it’s hard to know when you should do it and when you shouldn’t. There are easy ones like waiters, you tip them. Surgeons you don’t.

The tax man you don’t unless you’re really rich.

Then there’s the minefield of how you tip.

Do you leave it on the table, give it to the person in a secretive handshake or get it as notes and push it into the person’s garter?

And then you have to work out how much.

When it was 10 per cent we could all handle that maths, but trying to do 12.5pc in your head after you have had a few drinks is up there with solving Fermat’s last theorem.

It’s good news for Jeremy Clarkson and the team. They must be getting lots and lots of tips because they’re basically drivers too.

•Tune into Steve’s show on Time 107.5 FM.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

33 minutes ago

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt paid a flying visit to Redbridge’s hospital trust on Friday (December 8) to hear how staff have been pioneering improvements to patient safety.

More than 35 people have been arrested in the last month across Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham as part of a police crackdown on domestic violence.

Yesterday, 18:34

Parishioners are celebrating the first stage of their church’s revamp.

Yesterday, 17:25

According to Redbridge Council, cloth nappies have better cost, health and environment benefits

PROMOTED CONTENT

You don’t have to make the trek to the North Pole to get into the Christmas spirit this year.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Oaks Park High School Year 8 student Rhia Gondhia likes to make people feel welcome.

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now