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Old 08-29-07, 05:24 PM   #1
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Should You Tip?

You order carryout. Do you tip?

Is it me or does it seem that everyone wants a tip these days? Yes, I know restaurant industry workers make peanuts, but it's one thing to expect to be tipped .. it's quite another to remind the patron (me) to tip when signing my debit card receipt ..

pimply faced kid at the local Bob Evans says to me when I was picking up a salad: "You can leave a tip."

.. oy?!

McDonald's is carryout, no? Why does one not tip there?

I'm on my way to Bob Evans again. I remember the tipping episode. Thought I'd Foo for a worldly recommendation.

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Old 08-29-07, 05:26 PM   #2
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interesting view on the proper thing, in case anyone else was wondering: You Should Tip
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I tip when the place I've been too allows for the workers to go above and beyond their normal job. Meaning, they bring me refills on sodas or refills on water, are constantly there to take away plates, and get everything I need for me. Then they deserve a tip. I don't give a tip unless I feel they went above and beyond to accomodate me. I don't have tons of money, so you need to earn it if you want it.

If I'm at a place and the waiter is never around, never comes back till the end to give the bill, or takes forever with things. No tip.
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pimply faced kid at the local Bob Evans says to me when I was picking up a salad: "You can leave a tip."
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Old 08-29-07, 05:34 PM   #5
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I tip when the place I've been too allows for the workers to go above and beyond their normal job. Meaning, they bring me refills on sodas or refills on water, are constantly there to take away plates, and get everything I need for me. Then they deserve a tip. I don't give a tip unless I feel they went above and beyond to accomodate me. I don't have tons of money, so you need to earn it if you want it.

If I'm at a place and the waiter is never around, never comes back till the end to give the bill, or takes forever with things. No tip.
I get that. I tip 20% unless service is less than appropriate.

I was wondering about when you order carryout. Not when you sit down at a restaurant. As in, cal ahead, then drive up to pick up your order.
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I never tip for carry out, and we usually get carry out from high end chinese restaurants. The people did their job, the payment for the food is what they get. They didn't do anything extra like what would take place in a sit down situation.
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The same applies. They are doing their job. If they provided a service that is out of ordinary then tip is appropriate. Honestly I don't understand the mandatory tipping. When did it change from "saying" you appreciate the service to you have to pay extra for your food.
Also telling/suggesting to a customer to leave a tip is not appropriate. Depending on what day I was having I would have involved the manager. After that chose a different restaurant, since I don't want spit in my food.

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Old 08-29-07, 05:44 PM   #8
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Im a restaurant owner and sometimes people tip when they come in for take outs.
They do not have to, it's not policy and I myself tell them not to tip, that we dont do anything, the people in the kitchen do all the work ( expeditors) and all we do is take thier money to pay the tab.
I find this silly to tip for take outs, you tip for service! you didnt get served and waited on therefore you shouldnt tip.
I will not accept tips on carry out, some hostesses do, they know how I feel about it but I wont tell them to turn down money people gave them withought expecting it.
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If bdg is the hostess. I will tip fiddy dowa.
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Just ordered.

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"No Tip For Joo!!"

Joo no get teep, says Foo.
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I tip when I get carryout from restaurants (as opposed to fast food joints where the employee turnover is like daily) because usually leads to them knowing my name and taking better care to ensure that my order is right and ready when I come in to pick it up. I also ask that half the tip be given to the cooks...from my days as I youngin busing tables, I never understood why the wait staff would share their tips with us, but not the cooks.
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Old 08-29-07, 09:40 PM   #12
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I got used to going to one of those chinese hair places in chinatown to have my hair buzzed, even though I can do it at home. I used to leave like, a buck or two for a tip. Well lately I started rounding things up to the nearest 20 and end up leaving like a 30% tip, I damn near get a good 15 minute upper body massage from the girls there every time now.
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Old 08-29-07, 10:26 PM   #13
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At my favorite place back home the floor waiters/tresses split some of their tips with the cashiers. Since that happens I don't feel that I should tip someone that only moved my food ten feet from the kitchen to the register. They are getting something anyway.
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Old 08-30-07, 09:46 AM   #14
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Waiters and waitresses are required to report 8% of their total sales to the IRS as tips. At some dine-in restaurants, takeout orders are added to a waitperson's total sales and fall under the 8% rule. And even though you may be eating at home, the waitperson is still providing you a service by preparing and packing your food (emphasis mine)

All the years I worked in food service, the waitstaff never prepared and packed takeout food. That's a kitchen job. The waitstaff might stuff a napkin and plastic utensils in the bag, but that's it. The places where I worked, takeout wasn't even charged to anyone on the waitstaff, so nobody got dinged the 8% tax for it.
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When I was in high school on a military base I was bagging groceries in the commissary. Our only pay was tips.

One day I bagged a particularly large order and had just finished putting the groceries in the ladies car, she said, "I suppose you want your tip now." I said, "Thank you maam." She said, "Watch out for backing cars."
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Waiters and waitresses are required to report 8% of their total sales to the IRS as tips. At some dine-in restaurants, takeout orders are added to a waitperson's total sales and fall under the 8% rule. And even though you may be eating at home, the waitperson is still providing you a service by preparing and packing your food (emphasis mine)

All the years I worked in food service, the waitstaff never prepared and packed takeout food. That's a kitchen job.
same here, no waitstaff packs your food, this is why a take out sale is done via hostess draw, seperate from what the sales of the waitstaff has, of course you dont want them to have to report 8% of that sale when it wasn't one they get tipped on.
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There seems to be this proliferation of tip jars everywhere you go now. It's getting really annoying. Would I tip for carry out? No, what has been done over and above the regular service? nothing. I do occasionally tip when I pick up at a sushi restaurant I go to. But there is only one person there, and he will occasionally give me samples, and give me extra, but for normal pick up I don't.

I used to work in a restaurant and we had tip pool. It was the stupidest thing ever. Cooking staff could lose you a tip, but they couldn't get you a tip, so why should I pool my tips? especially considering kitchen staff made more than serving staff. It was just a way for ownership to keep the kitchen staff from complaining about their low wages.
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How about those jars you see everywhere? Coffee places. or Chipotle.
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If bdg is the hostess. I will tip fiddy dowa.
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I don't tip for carry-out. I do, however, tip very well if service is good at a sit-down. This works real well in my "usual bar", where the bar staff all know my name and sometimes they'll have my pint ready before I sit down if they see me coming in. Plus they comp me beer a lot. Bonus!

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I don't tip for carryout except at sit-down restaurants, and even then, just 10%. I don't know who actually packs the food in the bag, all nice and neat with utensils, condiments, etc., but even if it's the expediters, I'd still tip- just enough to show that I appreciate the service.

I don't go to fast-food places, but I do go to Starbucks (ok, you can throw whatever's handy at me now...), and I absolutely refuse to tip there. Not that I don't like the counter staff- actually, I do in most- but because they're not subject to the waitstaff's minimum wage- they get at least the regular minimum.
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