A few quotes from the past two week's coverage of Drew Brees' $3 take out tip:
"Drew Brees must hate America like he hates writing zeros. Thanks for not helping our economy Drew," Nik on thedirty.com.
"I saw Charles Barkley on Oprah say that he tips everyone $100, even if you park his car," said a Tampa area bar manager in this article.
"But c'mon-this isn't 'tipping.' This is putting a buck in a bum's cup. This is affluent suburbanites trying to alleviate a bit of social guilt," said Michael Graham on his blog.
"He is my make-believe boyfriend and a really, really great guy," said Hoda Kotb on the Today Show.
There weren't many middle of the road opinions on the issue -- Brees was either a cheapskate or a victim depending on who you talked to. And, the dust hasn't settled quite yet. Brees' $3 tip has led to an international conversation on American tipping customs. It seems tourists and Americans are equally confused and surprised by other's tipping habits.
For me, the funniest part of the whole story is my belief that had Brees tipped $0 instead of $3, I wouldn't be writing this post. But, before I go on, please understand this: I am in no way advocating not leaving a tip for a take out order. What I am saying is this: data from thousands of pick up orders running through ChowNow on a daily basis show that only 30% of people give a tip for pickup.
The tip amount for that 30 percent? About 13 percent of the total order. Do you think America would have been less outraged if Brees left $9.70 like the general take out tipping population would have? I argue not so.
And, just for the record in case Tom Brady's pizza delivery receipt surfaces in the next few months: nearly 100 percent of us tip approximately 17 percent on delivery.