Which Neighborhoods Tipped Their Delivery Men the Most During the Last Polar Vortex?


ICYMI: It snowed yesterday. And with snow comes responsibility. I trust that you all did your best to abide by the rules of how to behave in a New York snowstorm? I’m sure you did. I’m sure you didn’t use an umbrella like some rube from California. And I’m sure you didn’t leave your dog’s shit sunken in some snow drift, where it will fossilize and lie in wait for the thaw so that it can go squish under some unsuspecting pedestrian’s multi-creviced sole. And I’m sure you tipped your delivery guy more than you normally would. In fact, I’m really sure you did! Because there’s a map that proves it. Everyone loves a map!

The New Yorker compiled data from Grub Hub/Seamless to determine what—if any—differences there were in the tipping habits of New Yorkers during an extreme weather event, namely, the POLAR VORTEX. The tipping data was tracked throughout the full week of the polar vortex (January 3-January 9), and the results actually portray much of Brooklyn in a pretty positive light! Well, not you Midwood. What’s wrong with Midwood residents that they actually tip less than normal during record low temperatures? Seriously. We want answers.

The rest of Brooklyn fared pretty well. Neighborhoods like Greenpoint and Windsor Terrace made us especially proud because they tipped an average of  13.5% higher than usual, probably due to the fact that a relative paucity of nearby delivery options meant that delivery men had to go the extra distance. Similarly, Red Hook residents did their neighborhood proud. Of course, one the one warm day in the midst of all those sub-freezing temperatures, tipping habits went back to normal, but that makes sense. The world has to try and maintain some kind of equilibrium, right? Right.

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