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May 2, 2008 04:15 AM

Tipping in Drive Thru's

What do you think of tipping at drive thru's such as Dunkin Donuts? Almost all of the Dunkin Donut shops in particular have tip jars prominently displayed in the pick up window. I don't think tipping is warrented for someone handing me an iced latte but I am wondering what others think.

Just to clarify, I am not cheap. I tip delivery people 20% and the same if I have curbside service at a restaurant.

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  1. maybe a walk in, sit down never a drive through

    1. No, never. It's very silly, if you ask me. Sometimes if my change is a very small amount I'll drive away without waiting for it, but that's about it.

      1. I usually leave my change in places where i only get a beverage usually anyway. Never seen a tip jar at the window. That's tacky.

        1. I'm paying for the gas to sit in the drive thru, so that is enough.

          BTW - I have never seen that and hope I never do!

          1. Where we live there are a number of locally owned, independent Mexican specialty places that serve great food. All are places where you order at an inside counter and pick your order up at a counter/window. One has a drive-thru. The people that work there are extremely friendly and remember things like the fact that I don't want the side of salsa for my breakfast burrito when I'm in the car (cause I'll just get in on my clothes). I'm sure these people all have minimum wage jobs. They DO have tip jars both inside and by the drive-thru window. I don't have a problem with that at places like these and usually leave something close to 10%. Not really sure why or if I'd also leave something at Carl's Jr. if they had a tip jar.

            I've always found it interesting that Starbuck's has tip containers but the big fast food chains don't. Is it that $4 coffee is aimed at a supposedly more affluent market? Or is Starbuck's just taking advantage of the tendency for people to put something in a tip jar when it's there?