Tipping for Carryout

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Tipping for Carryout

Here is a question that came up for discussion recently. If you place an order from a restaurant, drive there, physically go in and pick up the food from the cashier -- do you believe that there is a reasonable expectation to add a tip for the person checking you out?

Think of places such as Applebees, PizzaHut, or even your favorite local "mom & pop" type where you might want to place an order and carry out.

Tip or no tip?

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No tip.

Only exception would be where the person goes above and beyond (like, runs my food out because it is raining or something).

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Yep, I always tip them! They still get all the food together just like a server. I don't tip them as much as if I dined in though, because take out servers actually make an hourly wage (minimum wage or higher... from my personal experience). Let's say it was a $40.00 check... a dine in server would get $8.00 tip from me, a carry out server would get $4.00.

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I usually tip at least a little bit, since they normally have to get all the stuff together. Probably more like 10%.

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"Potter75" wrote:

No tip.

Only exception would be where the person goes above and beyond (like, runs my food out because it is raining or something).

Ditto this.

As a former server and also someone who ran the take-out portion of the restaurant I worked in, I wouldn't expect to be tipped for it.

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$1 for the carryout pizza because they usually have it ready for me, $2 for the Applebee's girl, and depends on the attitude/service at a mom and pop store; usually $2 because in most Mom and Pop stores, there is no 'carryout' person. It's a server taking time from their tables to take orders on the phone, bag the food up, and check you out from my experience serving.

Sonic is a $1 unless they forget to aks me if I need anything before they skate off.

eta-I don't know if this is every state, but Applebees carryout servers in Nebraska made like 4.25 an hour, not minimum wage.

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"Potter75" wrote:

No tip.

Only exception would be where the person goes above and beyond (like, runs my food out because it is raining or something).

Ditto. I get what some are saying about having to put it together, but then by that logic wouldn't you also need to tip for fast food?

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I think the fast food workers make a decent amount more per hour, plus the person at the window who hands you your food rarely bags it up - it's other people back in the food prep area.

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I've never heard of a carryout server. Is this a chain restaurant thing? The couple of places where we get carryout from are a pizza place (don't tip, it is pizza in a box, not really all that complicated) or a mexican Mom & Pop where the cashier rings us up. I don't see a reason to tip a cashier for ringing up my food.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I've never heard of a carryout server. Is this a chain restaurant thing? The couple of places where we get carryout from are a pizza place (don't tip, it is pizza in a box, not really all that complicated) or a mexican Mom & Pop where the cashier rings us up. I don't see a reason to tip a cashier for ringing up my food.

Yes, I worked in a chain restaurant so that's where my answer came from. Your examples would change my answer.

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"mommydearest" wrote:

I think the fast food workers make a decent amount more per hour, plus the person at the window who hands you your food rarely bags it up - it's other people back in the food prep area.

Not in CA. Minimum wage is the same for servers - $8.25. How about Subway? The do it all while you stand in front of them watching.

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"Potter75" wrote:

No tip.

Only exception would be where the person goes above and beyond (like, runs my food out because it is raining or something).

I agree.

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No.

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I do, but begrudgingly. Peer pressure kind of thing, I guess. I feel like part of the bill goes to the take out person's salary. Her/his job is to get me what I ordered. So, if he/she is already getting my money in return for getting me my food, why am I "supposed" to pay her/him again? It doesn't make sense. I've quit getting take out food at restaurants because I feel guilty when I don't tip, but then I'm angry at myself when I do. Totally a weird personal issue, I know, but I haven't solved it yet, so I've just boycotted restaurant take out LOL!

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No. If I walk in and get the food myself, there is no tip involved.

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Nope, no tipping here for take out. Servers here are paid the same at restaurants as they are at fast food establishments.

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No, I don't tip for take out. Just like I don't tip at a drive-though. It is essentially the same thing.

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I only tip for take out if it is obvious that the person serving it is actually a waitress who was pulled to take my order, making it more difficult for her to do the job she is getting tips for. This is how things worked at the restaurant I worked at. We got take out orders so rarely, there wasnt a specific person who did it, but the nearest waitress was expected to take the order, pack it, and deal with the person when they came in. So in that situation I would tip.

But normally, no I dont. Another restaurant I worked at shared a kitchen with a fast food place (Swiss chalet and Harveys) and the fast food side handled all of our take out. So I see it very similar to fast food.

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I don't ever tip at all, we don't really having a culture of tipping here, though some places try to introduce it, but I don't go to those places and or they are bigger cities. I also don't like going places that charge a public holiday surcharge,

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"Potter75" wrote:

I've never heard of a carryout server. Is this a chain restaurant thing? The couple of places where we get carryout from are a pizza place (don't tip, it is pizza in a box, not really all that complicated) or a mexican Mom & Pop where the cashier rings us up. I don't see a reason to tip a cashier for ringing up my food.

Believe it or not, I agree with you Smile

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Nope. No tip for take out. However, we are a delivery family, all the way.

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The price of my meal includes the following: the food, utensils to eat it with, and the necessary people to take my order, cook the food, bring it to my table, and take my money when I'm ready to pay. I only tip for extras above & beyond those things, and the more extras I get, the more I tip. Blum 3

Fast food & take out I don't tip -- unless there's something extraordinary in the service provided. Putting my stuff in a bag instead of on a tray before you hand it to me doesn't make you more money, it's an included cost of my meal.
Delivery I tip a bit because they're bringing it from the restaurant to my home.
I don't generally eat at buffets, but when I do, I tip depending on the level of service I receive. If I have to not only go find a high chair but also wipe it down, and if the dirty dishes stack up on the edge of the table, then you're getting zip.
Full service restaurants I tip better if I get good service than if I get bad service. I'm not beholden to any set formula & I don't feel obligated to tip more because a restaurant has cloth napkins or a good view. It's all about the service. I can make better food at home than most restaurants, so when I choose to eat out, it's because I want a night off. Blum 3

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I tip, but less. This service is around a 10% tip value to me.

These people do me a service by gathering everything, packaging it correctly, checking the order. Also, in most restaurants they are not making a full hourly salary. It may be a $1 or $2 above a server.

IMO this is a service that is severely under-appreciated. Carry out for a restaurant is different than fast food drive thru.

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I pick up a cup of coffee in the morning sometimes from Pain Quotidien, that's about as much carry-out as I do. I always throw whatever change I got into the tip jar.

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"elleon17" wrote:

I tip, but less. This service is around a 10% tip value to me.

These people do me a service by gathering everything, packaging it correctly, checking the order. Also, in most restaurants they are not making a full hourly salary. It may be a $1 or $2 above a server.

IMO this is a service that is severely under-appreciated. Carry out for a restaurant is different than fast food drive thru.

I've never understood this argument. Their tips and salary are separate. If they don't earn enough in tips, it is up to the employer to make up the difference. Also, I haven't noticed a substantial difference in menu prices in states that allow a server wage and states that don't.

Personally, I hate tipping. I wish we would get rid of it all together, but that will never happen. Especially now that tip jars are cropping up at places where the employee just takes your money. (The self-serve yogurt shop has a tip cup even though they do 2 things for the customer: weigh the cup of yogurt and ring up your order. You get your own yogurt, toppings, spoon, and napkin. If you eat it there, you throw your own cup away.)

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

Personally, I hate tipping. I wish we would get rid of it all together, but that will never happen. Especially now that tip jars are cropping up at places where the employee just takes your money. (The self-serve yogurt shop has a tip cup even though they do 2 things for the customer: weigh the cup of yogurt and ring up your order. You get your own yogurt, toppings, spoon, and napkin. If you eat it there, you throw your own cup away.)

The tip jars are popping up here too with slogans like tippers are better lovers and stuff. Yup never put anything in those, thouse sometimes I will chuck my change in a box at places which support a specific charity, it may only be 5-15 cents but it's something.

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

Personally, I hate tipping. I wish we would get rid of it all together, but that will never happen.

I hate tipping as well. It is really archaic, and there are huge problems with it. It makes it hard to track for taxes, it puts a lower status on certain jobs, and it generally rewards people who are better looking, no matter how good they do the job. Customers shouldn't be managers. Prices should be inclusive of everything.

I live somewhere where there is no tipping and we eat out a lot more because of it- in fact people eat out here on average more than in other countries with tipping like the US (at sit-down restaurants, not fast-food) which translates to more jobs. A full-time waiter at a restaurant makes about the same as a truck driver for a place like UPS, for slightly less hours. It is perfectly possible to have living wages for people who would get tips in the US, but it takes a will to put in laws and change the culture to do that.

Prices are not higher at all, either.

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I don't tip them. To me the point of a tip is to thank someone for serving me... in a restaraunt setting, or a delivery person. This whole tip thing has gotten out of control IMO. It's everywhere! Starbucks, Cold Stone (ice cream), and even some fast food chains now have a tip line on the receipt! I just don't get it?! Why should I tip you for making my coffee?? It's your job!! I'm a concierge at a resort in Las Vegas, and I don't ask for tips, nor do we have a little jar sitting out... and all I do is hospitality!! Even when a few people offer a tip I politely refuse and let them know that it's my job to take care of them.