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Do you tip when "picking-up" food?

Say you order take-out from the restaurant down the street. They don't deliver, so you go to pick it up. When you arrive, your bag is waiting for you at the front desk. The bill is given to you by the guy at the desk. You pay by credit card. Do you leave a tip in the space on the bill, or not? I have waffled about this and done both. On the one hand, I don't want to stiff anyone. On the other hand, I don't know who I'm tipping, and I'm doing most of the leg-work. What do you do?

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  1. I'm in the same boat. Sometimes I tip, sometimes I don't. And I'm never sure which is correct. I mean, I guess someone had to stuff that food into the takeout containers and put them in a bag, but it's not exactly full service. Others?

    1. I'm a very good tipper when dining in but do not tip for take out. Especially not on a credit card. I might leave some loose change or a buck or two during the holidays if there's a jar on the counter, but other than that I never do.

      1. I have to say that places that are mostly take out I will not tip but if I am taking out of a nicer sit down restaurant then I tip.

        I will typically tip 10% seeing as I was not actually waited on but I feel like someone needs to get something for putting my order together.

        1. No.

          A tip is the North American excuse for not having a service charge. There wasn't really service per se, they handed over the sack of food and you paid for it. I don't tip at Burger King -- and I don't put money in those stupid tip cups either. If I'm going to tip someone, I'm going to give it to them or leave it at my place.

          (I'm bitter about tip cups because I've seen so many people either make change in it, or just outright steal from it.)

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            I don't know who's receiving the tip at many restaurants in this situation, but when it's a waiter/waitress involved, keep in mind that their hourly wage is usually half that of the person at Burger King. So I usually don't tip the owner of a Chinese takeout who bags up an order, but I do tip a waitress in a diner who does the same thing. And vice-versa.

          2. No, I don't.

            How about if you eat at a restaurant and then order something to go? I always tip for that. But, when you think about it, there really isn't a difference between the two.