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Tipping for yogurt places?

Sorry for creating another tipping board but I have a question. So I was at a yogurt place (a Pinkberry knock-off) and I noticed there was a tip jar and couldn't help but think if I should tip him or not. I mean, he got me samples but it didn't feel like he providing a service that "deserved" a tip. So, what's the etiquette for tipping at these yogurt, ice cream, or gelato type places? Thanks.

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  1. The etiquette is that tips are not the custom (meaning, one cannot be reasonably criticised for failing to tip) for counter service places in the US but that you are free to tip if you wish.

    1. Every deli, coffee, yogurt/ice cream, and pizza shop have jars for tipping now. Sometimes I tip, sometimes I don't, it's mostly at places I'm a regular that I do tip. That includes the Starbucks by my office (the most convenient coffee place) where there is a person that will charge me the "refill" price instead of regular price.

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      1. re: MrsT

        What almost drove me over the edge recently was the tip jar at a self-service yogurt place where all they did was take the money and put the cup in a bag!

      2. " I mean, he got me samples but it didn't feel like he providing a service that "deserved" a tip"

        And what service is it that other servers provide that deserves a tip? Ever had a waiter provide you with samples of entrees?

        Someone goes into a yogurt joint says "A large vanilla" receives it, pays and is 'gone in 60 seconds' as the movie is titled.

        Someone else comes in says "Can I try the vanilla?...Can I try the mocha?... How about a taste of the lime?... I'll have the lime"

        In which instnace did the server provide beyond normal service?

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        1. re: FrankJBN

          Unless it's Bloomingdale's where the lovely older women, who are attentive and friendly and charming, are serving the yogurt -- no, no tip.

        2. I don't tip, but I don't ask for a lot of samples (one at most) or anything else special. Some family/friends will throw their change in the tip cup.

          1. This falls into the jfood no-tip rule of "if he orders at a counter and receives the food while standing at the counter then no tip."

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            1. re: jfood

              I agree, jfood. No tipping at Jason's Deli or the other one (TT can't spell it), or Chipoltle or Freebirds, or anything like that for that matter. Tip jar or no.

              TT