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Tipping for takeout?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by user3657, Apr 6, 2017.

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  1. user3657

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    Do you tip on take out? Pizza, fast food places, online ordering, etc? It kinda drives me nuts if I place a online order for pizza and then on pickup there is a spot for a tip............maybe im just cheap but the guys cooking/running the front are paid for that and are not paid based on service. I can understand if you order from a restaurant and a waitress takes your order, but it just seems like every pizza and burger joint expect tips for pickups...
     
  2. Richard Alpert

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    If I believe the service is extraordinary--and the employees are allowed to accept tips--I have no problem tipping any service employee for job well done!
    Sometimes that may just be sharing a smile, being cordial, or making me feel welcome as a guest.

    I know, grew up with, or am related to almost all of the people who staff our local dining establishments.
    I like to encourage and honor them for all of their hard work whenever possible! :D

    For our local Subway, McDonald's, etc. the employees are not allowed to accept tips. In that case I may drop off a note of appreciation, etc. for them via their manager.

    RICHARD
     
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  3. deansrobinson

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    It depends.
    I know that I always tip when paying at the local sub shop or the local pizza joint or Chinese takeout.
    I try to avoid chain restaurants whenever possible, and generally do not tip if I do use one (e.g. Panera).
     
  4. Joe Strummer

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    I didn't realize this until Deans post.
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    I have NEVER tipped at a take out Chinese joint.
    Never even thought about it ?
    But I do tip at Pizza joints ( for take out ) .......if it's my regular spot.
    Weird ?
     
  5. jr7110

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    I think tipping has gotten way out of control and has crossed the border into absurdity. If I am in a sit-down restaurant and someone actually serves me, then I tip (and tip well). I don't understand this whole "tip jar at Starbucks' mentality. Should I tip the butcher at the supermarket next for cutting the meat that I am about to buy? For take out, you are ordering food and paying for it - you do not have a choice. It has to be prepared. People should not expect to be tipped for simply ringing up a cash register or putting a cup under a spigot and filling it with coffee etc. Some might argue that the people in the back doing the cooking should be tipped because, after all, they are the ones doing all the work, right? But that is not how it works even in the most high end restaurant. It is the wait staff that get all the tips, not the people doing the actual cooking.

    If you go to a place regularly and they throw in an extra roll or two, then I can understand tipping a couple of bucks, but otherwise I refuse to go along with this insanity. Everywhere you go now there are tip jobs silently guilting you into tipping for something that truly is not a tippable occupation. A cashier/counterperson might technically be in the service industry but they are not performing a service that warrants a tip. Enough with these out of control tip demands!!!
     
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    Quite simply, no. I might toss the coins from the change in their little styrofoam tip cup, but that's it. It's out of control and I know that it's just the kids behind the counter saying "Let's put a cup out there, write "For Tuition" on it, and see how many dumbasses put money in it." After their shift, they might have a enough for a dime bag and go mellow out.
     
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  7. FullPay

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    Tipping for Chinese takeout? Absurd! The reason the tipping culture thrives in this country is that a restaurant owner can legally underpay servers because we the customers make it right with tips. Every other person in this country is paid a wage that they agreed to work for. So if your takeout is from a sit-down restaurant where a server had to prepare it they might deserve a tip. If it was the cashier they were paid to do it. If it is counter service they are paid to work there. If it is family owned/run they set their own wages. If it's Starbucks they average $9.50/hour and they make coffee.

    The only takeout that I tip for is when I go to a regular restaurant and order at the bar. I'll have a beer while I wait, which I would tip for anyway, and I can clearly see that the bartender is doing the work of putting the order together.
     
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  8. Rodent Pack

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    Generally not for take-out unless the person is very friendly and outgoing, but if they're just going through the motions and offer only the perfunctory greeting, then no. To me it's a bit absurd to tip the cashier for carrying a bag from the kitchen to the register. I do like to tip at buffets for the guy busting his ass making my omelettes. He's the one doing all the work.
     
  9. merlin

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    No!
     
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  10. pirviii

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    I worked at a bowling alley and all the credit receipts were the same between the counter, restaurant and bar and they all had a place for tips. I never expected a tip from anybody at the front counter, but sometime people would leave a tip. In a year I made close to a whole extra $20. The bar tender would make hundreds on Fri and Sat nights, but she was paid less too.
     
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    I'll drop the coin change if it's less than 50c.
     
  12. Osceola

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    It depends on the restaurant. If it's a nicer spot where I'm picking up the food from the bar, then yes, I tip 10-15% since it's going to the bartender (who is making a wage that is dependent on tips). Him/her packaging and handling the food is no less effort than pouring a beer, which is something we'd all agree gets a tip.
     
  13. Basil

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    Yes. I generally tip $2 for picking up takeout (not fast food). Spent too long working in food service (including a pizza joint) not to.

    It's appreciated by the staff, and since I'm a regular at most of these places, I've definitely been taken care of for it (including a very nice surprise of a bottle of wine from my regular chinese restaurant around the holidays)
     
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    If it's a Chinese or pizza place, no. If it's takeout from a sit down restaurant, yes.
     
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    I actually do tip at the Butcher Shop where I shop. Aside from very friendly, quick service and custom cutting large pieces of meat, they also carry the meat purchases (usually a 2-3 week supply of meat) to your car. I usually tip a few dollars. I don't tip at Fast food places and I tip a little at take out Chinese places...at sit down Chinese places I tip normally for a restaurant, in the 20 to 25% range.
     
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    I always tip the coins at fast food places, usually a couple quid at the chinese, and round it up to the nearest £5 on a delivery to the house.
     
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    At a sit down restaurant 20% if the service was good, at a buffet, usually $2, at fast food or takeout $0
     
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    I do tip at IHOP because they do a great job of making sure I have very thing I need.

    I found out at a Mexican restaurant that the waitress has to share her tips with the bartender if I eat
    at the Bar area. So I make sure to give her a nice tip to share with the bartender.

    I always tip with cash to make sure the place doesn't keep the tips. I hand it directly to the waitress to make sure she gets it. I have seen a manager take the tips left on the table.

    I have a favorite take out place that is new in town. I plan to take them some deserts or fruits as snacks for them since it is only a fish restaurant with no sweets. I have a very giving personality. I plan to also tip from now on. I don't always think about it. They make me a special sauce for me.

    My karma is I like to give and I get in return food from different people. I will never go hungry.

    In Vegas I was once offered a subway sandwich to share with me from a bum on a bridge. It was
    such a nice offer because I gave him respect as a human being.

    People who hardly make money need tips. They really appreciate the tips. LucyR.
     
  19. Ty

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    This, otherwise no.
     
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  20. tmoney25

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    Tips jar at fast food restaurant or coffee shop? That's cute.
     
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