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Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:25 PM

Do you tip when you pick up take-out at a restaurant?

Apparently, 80% of people don't, but it's recommended that you do - not the usual 20% for table service, but a few bucks to 10% because it does take service time to take the phone order, put the food into containers, dressing on the side, etc.

Unless, of course, it's strictly a takeout place, or so custom goes, when filling your order isn't diverting from tableside restaurant business.

So do you? Don't you? If so, how much (percentage)?

Do you tip at coffee shops?
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Reply Do you tip when you pick up take-out at a restaurant? (Original post)
Flaxbee Apr 2013 OP
treestar Apr 2013 #1
Flaxbee Apr 2013 #4
treestar Apr 2013 #6
Hoyt Apr 2013 #2
Kali Apr 2013 #3
mythology Apr 2013 #5
Wait Wut Apr 2013 #7
Marrah_G Apr 2013 #8
NYC_SKP Apr 2013 #9
ZombieHorde Apr 2013 #10
MrScorpio Apr 2013 #11
Flaxbee Apr 2013 #14
ConcernedCanuk Apr 2013 #25
Duer 157099 Apr 2013 #12
Aristus Apr 2013 #13
Lady Freedom Returns Apr 2013 #15
Duppers Apr 2013 #16
Art_from_Ark Apr 2013 #21
Duppers Apr 2013 #22
Art_from_Ark Apr 2013 #24
caraher Apr 2013 #27
RevStPatrick Apr 2013 #17
d_r Apr 2013 #18
triguy46 Apr 2013 #19
OriginalGeek Apr 2013 #20
ConcernedCanuk Apr 2013 #23
AngryOldDem Apr 2013 #26

Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:29 PM

1. I never have, but then never even thought about it

Weird, just never occurred to me. Am I a horrible person?

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Response to treestar (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:34 PM

4. No. :) It's a gray area. 80% of people don't, or just don't think about it..

Tipping etiquette can be tricky.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:37 PM

6. Sure can.

I don't use them all that often, and come to think of it, usually sit down, but some places are all take-out. Chinese places, especially - I love Chinese.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:33 PM

2. Having worked for tips before, I almost always do.


Waiting on people is tough, particularly if customers are callous right wingers.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:34 PM

3. rarely

I don't tip at drive-thrus and almost never get take out from regular restaurants.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:35 PM

5. I usually tip if it's something more than like a Subway.

I don't tip at coffee shops, but that's because I'm usually just getting a water and a crescent roll. If I were camping out getting service, I would tip.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:40 PM

7. Yes.

I don't go into coffee shops, 'cuz coffee is disgusting, but local restaurants I always do. Normally 10% or so.

And...when I use my debit card to pay I always tip in cash, never add it to the total.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:44 PM

8. Yes and no

If it is a restaurant with a waitstaff I do. If it's a take out place ( no servers) then I don't.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:46 PM

9. Take out at an otherwise eat in restaurant? Usually, but it depends.

Chances are greatest when it's not a chain and when they aren't building in a lot of extra cost to the take-out menu.

Also, if they're awesome at eat in service, I'll more likely reward them for take-out.

Fast food, on the other hand, almost never (though I used to have a thing going on with the KFC waaay back in the 70's just before closing time to get whatever was left over.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:48 PM

10. I always tip at coffee shops when I order a latte or whatever.

When I go to a take-out place, like Taco Bell, I don't tip.

I always tip at sit-down places and delivered food. If I receive poor service, then I am willing to not tip, but I have never received poor service, so I always tip.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:52 PM

11. Would that include fast food franchises? Nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 07:12 PM

14. Nah. No big chain Taco Bells or whatever... there isn't really much of an opportunity to do so

But if you pay with a credit card, and the payment slip has a place for "Tip" - that's what I'm curious about.

Or, places like coffee shops with tip jars.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 02:11 AM

25. I miss them Taco Bells.

 

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Lived in SanDee for over a year 79-80.

No Taco Bells in Canukistan.

CC

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 07:02 PM

12. It really depends

If it's a place I go to often, then I do always leave something in the tip jar, usually a buck or two plus whatever change. It ensures that they always get my order right and make it really well.

If it is a place I don't know, then usually not. Not until I become a regular. Then I tip well.

That's just for take-out, at take-out places. And only the ones that have a tip jar, so not your usual fast food joints.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 07:10 PM

13. Always. At least a couple of bucks for their trouble.

Especially with curbside service. Sometimes they have to carry the stuff out in the rain. I stand with working people. The rich assholes who get away with paying food service workers less than minimum wage can kiss my ass. I will always tip food service workers; baristas, too.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 07:17 PM

15. At a regular restaurant, yes.

But from working at Fast food when I was a kid, I know not to. They can get in real trouble for taking tips!
That is why they do or supposed to get min. wage. But The Companies like to hire part time most of the time so they don't have to pay health care and stuff like they do for the small numbers of Full time that do have.


The Food and Beverage industry is a loose-loose for many of the workers. But when it is the only game that is doing any hiring...

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 07:18 PM

16. Always have.

At least a 10% tip.

Your take-out waiter has to some of the work to get your order together.

Just last night, we found out that our local OutBack restaurant pays their TakeOut people

>>>**ONLY $2 an Hr.**<<<

She said they used to pay minimum wage but no more.




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Response to Duppers (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 01:01 AM

21. Two bucks an hour?



Either those workers are making huge tips, or they are getting screwed to Timbuktu and back.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #21)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 01:49 AM

22. Art!!! :)

How the heck are You??
When you're StateSide, you should call us.
I'll pm you soon, dear guy.

Yep, they're getting screwed...big time.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #22)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 01:59 AM

24. OK

I'll be waiting for your PM.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 07:35 AM

27. Really?

That's a HUGE problem right there. A huge reason for tipping wait staff is that the tip basically IS their wage; I assume that's not true in other settings, that they're at least making minimum wage.

How can this remotely be legal?

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 07:19 PM

17. If there's a tip jar, yes.

 

Usually, whatever the change happens to be.
Maybe another buck or two.

If there's not a tip jar.
No.

But most of the places I go to have tip jars.
And that's how I know they'll stay in business...

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 07:21 PM

18. I do

but I don't tip 20%. I usually just add a couple of bucks. I usually say something like "Thanks, I never know how to tip on take out" and they usually say something like "THANKS for even doing anything, hardly anybody ever does, thanks!"

ETA I'm thinking like chinese or thai or pizza here, not like a fast food place. If the receipt has a place for tip and I am carrying out I'll put a couple of bucks on it.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 08:25 PM

19. Nope. But for sit down...

I always tip 20%. If its a take out place, then taking a phone order and putting into a container or sack is what they do. Coffee shop, when all I get is brewed coffee poured out of the big urn, nope. If they make something yes.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 08:28 PM

20. Usually but not as much as delivery

and way less than eating at a place with waitstaff.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 01:56 AM

23. I've pondered this sort of thing . . .

 

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when one goes to a bar, it is normal to tip the waiter/waitress for each drink.

But how many tip the person at the beer store when they pick up a 24?

Not even certain that they would be allowed to do so.

(accept a tip)

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 06:41 AM

26. Not at take-out, but...

...I do leave most of my change in the tip can at the coffee stand in the cafeteria at work. The people there work hard -- it can get extremely busy for just one or two people -- and they probably get paid squat. My order typically comes to a couple of bucks, and I usually leave a dollar. I don't feel right about just putting in my coin change.

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