Dear Ms. Demeanor,
Our building does not allow most delivery people up to our apartments - we have to meet the all of our food, groceries, drycleaning, etc., in the lobby. How do we tip them in this circumstance?
Dear Not Quite,
It is not the delivery guy's fault that your building is strict about deliveries. Tip them exactly what you would tip them if they came to the door. (Note that I'm referring to normal elevator-building tipping rates, not walk-up rates, which range higher, depending on the floor and the amount of heavy lifting involved.)
Still beats going out yourself.
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