Tipping point

Incoming from Uber Eats, who we occasionally use to order ribs, pizzas, burgers and several other unhealthy – but nearly always enjoyable – items. Great news – you can now tip your driver. Officially.

There will be some of you who have already worked out that you slip your Butlers or Oishi delivery guy a few extra Rands for his trouble, so why not your Uber Eats guy too?

The thing is, the joy of Uber Eats is that it’s a cashless system, so it’s not always possible to find a R20 note without a bit of forethought. And although Butlers and Oishi also offer a cashless option in the form of Snapscan, there’s the option to add your tip there and then.

OK – we’ll continue with this in just a second, but already, I can see that there will be some people who will take issue with that photo. Stereotypes in the race of the driver, the race of the customer, and the fact that she seems to be working for Starfleet.
The fact is that every Uber Eats driver we have ever had has been black (and male* – hence my ubiquitous use of ‘he/his’ in this post), every time we have used Uber Eats, I have been white, and conveniently, it turns out that the beagle is a huge fan of Star Trek, so there you go.

And now back to the post…

Interestingly, when we do offer our Uber Eats driver a cash tip they are always surprised and delighted. This suggests to me that this is a rather unusual practice. It shouldn’t be that way though, surely?

Well, now it doesn’t have to be:

That seems pretty straightforward, now doesn’t it?

I’m not sure exactly how the Uber Eats pricing model works and how much of your order price goes to the driver, but I’d wager that 1) it’s not very much and 2) if you’re using the system as a customer, then you’re probably able to share a bit of the wealth with the guy who just saved you going out to the local takeaway joint in the no rain.

Do it.


* did I just assume his gend… Yes. Yes I did. Get over it. 

Water great idea

We’re rather short of water and thus any way of saving water is a good way of saving water, even when it seems a bit silly. Like the City stopping people wearing board shorts to its swimming pools (back when they were open). It’s that desperate.

But no-one wants to (or will) jump through hoops to save water. People are lazy. You need to make it easy for them.

So well done to our kids’ school for this simple plan to save just a little bit more:

One of the measures that takes effect immediately is that students may come to school in their sports uniform on the days that they have extra murals or matches. This should reduce the volume of uniform needing to be washed at home.

So my boy will wear his football kit to school on Mondays (match day) and Thursdays (training day), and my girl will wear PE kit to school ahead of her pilates on a Wednesday, instead of wearing their usual uniform and then getting changed for their afternoon activities.
Three sets of extra uniform not washed each week might not seem like much, but with 400+ kids in the school all following this advice, well, that’s when you start to make a difference.

If you have kids in Cape Town, why not suggest this idea to your school? And please share this post for awareness.