Opinion: Amazon highlights minefield of tipping

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 November 2017


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.

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