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Tipping at Sonic [moved from Chains]

My question is do you tip the car hops at Sonic. My husband usually does, I don't. It's becoming a point of discussion at work. I thought I 'd see what the consensus on Chowhound is.

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  1. I tip them...they're basically servers, but on roller skates.

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      1. re: monku

        Do you hand them the tip directly, or leave it on the tray?

        1. re: Fibber McGee

          Hand it to them directly after they ask me to pay. We never eat in the car, if we go to a Sonic it's because we've been traveling and want to get out of the car so we'll sit at a table.

          1. re: monku

            We either eat there or bring it home. I do not want to eat in my car.

        1. Having worked as a carhop in the era when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I'd say tip the carhop. Most of the tips we got were left on the tray, and they were generally in the 10% range. Of course if it's windy, tip when you pay.

          1. sure, i tip them. why wouldn't you tip a server who brings your order to your own little car window?

            1. Hey, roller skating AND my food brought to me! I tip. And if they'll do a little Roller Derby to entertain me, I tip extra! Saturday night RUMBLE!!!