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Mar 3, 2008 10:31 AM

Take-out Tipping

I hate to start another tipping thread, but I wondered: am I supposed to be tipping take-out?

Like, if I go to a fish and chips place, and I order and pay, then sit myself down, then pick up my food, the eat it, then dispose of the waste myself, should I tip?

Or if I'm picking up Thai take-out and all I do is call, then walk in, pay and rab my food, should I be tipping?

I know that the entire concept of tipping is to tip your server for good service. But is there some standard for take-out tipping I'm missing?

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  1. As the sayings go........

    It never hurts to share your wealth...........and

    What goes around, comes around.

    Simple change or a buck goes a long way for some when added up.

        1. re: rednyellow

          One thing to keep in mind though is at nicer restaurants that happen to also make food to go, the person who takes the phone order, and packs it up to go is often a waiter and is then taxed on your take out check just as if you had dined in the rest. The restaurant considers the take out order the same as a dine in order and assumes that the waiter was tipped 15%.

          1. re: rednyellow

            That sounds very wrong, but I'm sure it happens a lot, just like not paying staff minimum wages, and skimming off pooled tips.

            I've asked waitress friends if I should be tipping on a takeout and they all say no, that nobody tips, and luckily none have ever mentioned getting stung by it. I find that a lot of times they'll just ask me to put my order in through the bar instead, and that probably explains why.

        2. No.. it's take out. Where does it end? This is tipping thing is getting out of hand.Pretty soon we're going to start tipping the Walmart greeters.

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          1. re: sleepycat

            I saw a tip jar by the cash register at a florist.

            1. re: Up With Olives

              That's funny! If it is a place I go to a lot, then I give them one or two bucks. On Saturday, at Tito's Tacos (a place where you walk up to a window, place your order and then that person runs around putting your order together) I gave her $1 since she did all that running around. It depends on the mood I am in. Most places I do, some I don't. Get me on a good day... ;-)

              1. re: WildSwede

                At the bakery I work at, the counter girls have a tip jar, with the blessing of the owners. They all make minimum wage, but with .25 here and .50 here (mainly change), they can make a little bit extra. And they do work for their tips - buttering bagels & rolls, making coffee, slicing breads, boxing pastries & cookies... on & on. On a busy morning when a customer walks in asking for 8 loaves of rye bread, all sliced & bagged, and there's a line waiting... it does help if the customer drops a buck in the jar. But if not, there's no attitude, no sense of entitlement. Every tip earns the tipper a big smile and a sincere "thank you". Even for a nickel.

                1. re: WildSwede

                  I'll do this at my two favorite Starbucks joints. I'll throw in $0.50 to a buck every once and a while. If I phone up and order chinese or pizza for pickup, I don't tip. I think it'd be different if I was a regular though. We hardly order takeout.

                2. re: Up With Olives

                  I tipped my florist last time I got flowers. He thanked me, said he was the owner, and refused to take it.

              2. If I order ahead, drive to the restaurant, park in one of the spots designated for quick pick-up, and someone comes out to the car and hands me my order, I'll tip them. Otherwise I generally don't tip for take-out.