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Jun 26, 2011 02:30 PM

Why do people often not tip for Chinese take-out?

Why do people often not tip for Chinese take-out even though they tip for virtually every other kind of take-out....

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    1. I didn't realize they didn't. Shame on them.

      1. Where I am in the world, folk would be amazed if anyone even considered tipping for take-out.

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        1. I'm consistent. I don't tip takeout. So, I don't tip for Chinese takeout.

          I say, if you feel obligated to tip, don't tip. If you feel that the person did a wonderful job and really contributed to you having a good time and WANT to tip, tip. This situation is pretty much impossible with a takeout where the interaction is measured in seconds.

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          1. re: ediblover

            "I'm consistent. I don't tip takeout. So, I don't tip for Chinese takeout."


            1. I'm curious where you got the idea that people make the distinction between Chinese takeout and everything-else takeout. I might throw my change into the tip cup, maybe, but I don't normally tip for takeout. Not for Chinese, not for pizza, not for sandwiches.

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              1. re: small h

                On this board there was someone in a thread writing about how they don't tip for Chinese take away...

                1. re: kpaxonite

                  Care to provide the link? Maybe there's an explanation lurking in the thread.

                  1. re: small h

                    I don't want to call anyone out but look at April 1, 2007 (it isn't an April fools joke..


                    I have seen similar comments in other threads but this one stood out

                    1. re: kpaxonite

                      Take a look at April 1 post and then Bill Hunt's. Hunt, a class act. I always give a buck minimum, and plus the extra coins.

                      1. re: kpaxonite

                        If you're referring to jfood's post, there's nothing in there to indicate that he tips on takeout *unless* it's Chinese takeout. He doesn't tip on takeout unless he knows the kid behind the counter, or unless his order is prepared by someone whose primary job in the restaurant is tip-dependent (server, bartender). It has nothing to do with the type of food served by the establishment.