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  1. AndrewG

    AndrewG Beach Fanatic

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    I think most on here would be surprised at how many people don't tip for takeout. I would guess 75% don't.
     
  2. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    you're probably right. and then when you do decide to tip for take out, what is the percentage? I just totally wing it.
     
  3. Green Knight

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    And why would you??....I don't even think to do it...all the employee has done is throw a few styrofoam cartons in a plastic bag along with maybe a few Sysco Set- Ups...like someone said earlier it is no different then a drive thru at Popeyes...In N Out Burger...etc etc...Tipping is getting completely out of control where the Customer is almost expected to start paying the Owners Employees...
     
  4. scooterbug44

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    It's clear as mud.

    Whether I tip or not depends on the meal and who is doing the order taking/prep.

    When it simply consists of the kitchen putting a standard menu item in a container, and the owner is the one taking my money I usually don't tip.

    When it's a real "meal" with sides, fixings, or I get it made a certain way, and I assume the person doing it works for tips, I tip.

    And when I feel the restaurant is nickel and diming me with take-out fees, surcharges, etc not only do I not tip, I stop going there.
     
  5. LuciferSam

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    What's funny is when you get a takeout from the limited offering budget conscious menu of a high end restaurant. They don't even ring you up right away. No, they give you that plastic billfold with your bill inside and give you a minute to ponder how much your going to pay while you stand around. Then you put your money inside, give it to them, and they ask you if you want change. "Damn straight I do", says I. Then you stand around for another 5 minutes and wait for them to come back with your change. Last time I ever do that. The meal wasn't even that good. Imagine how I'd have felt if I left a tip.
     
  6. 30ashopper

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    I generally don't tip on take out orders unless I've been served at the bar while I wait. (In that case I tip on the bar tab not the order.) There's really no good reason to - the bartender or some other person takes the order, the kitchen works it up, and the bartender walks it twenty feet and runs your card. There's no time and very little effort involved by the service staff. Exceptions of course when they're slammed with customers or whatever, but generally I don't think it's necessary.
     
  7. scooterbug44

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    I thought that way too until I was schooled by friends in the service industry.

    The waitstaff could be waiting on a 20%+ tip table, or getting $0 for taking/preparing your to-go order.
     
  8. 30ashopper

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    Waitstaff do a lot of crap they would rather not do. (Filling salt and pepper shakers, wiping menus, cleaning a chunk of the QA line..) Working up a togo order is the least of their worries, it's the same as running some other waiter's food.
     
  9. Lynnie

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    This just came up in a discussion a few days ago - I think the general consensus was, "OK, if less than 15%."
     
  10. jodiFL

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    I do have to agree with Lucifersam about the response "do you want change?" The correct thing for a server to say/do is .. "I will be right back with your change." Alot of servers think that it is ok since alot of times they go get the change only to get back to the table to hear "oh, thats for you." But what they think is a time saving question (particularly if they are busy) can be construed as expecting whats left to be for them. I have come to the realization that there are some things you can expect as a server...you will have to roll more silver than you ever use, you will come to hate cheerios and goldfish crackers, and you WILL get "stiffed" on occasion.
     
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    But back to the topic at hand.. plz realize that servers,bartenders etc make less than federal minimun wage and it is the IRS that EXPECTS the customer to tip. That is why servers are required to claim those tips (whether they get them or not) based on a percentage of their total sales for the shift. So that person that just bagged your Styrofoam containers is basically PAYING for your convenience if you dont tip.
     
  12. millseynz

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    Yes you should tip for to go orders, I find to orders take a lot more time to prep than a meal in the window taken to a table. Spending time preping to go orders who don't tip, while I could waiting tables and caring for those who do, seems unfair. The rule is simple, if the person serving you is a tipped employee then you tip, it's how this person make their income. If you don't tip for to-go orders then go to an establishment with employees who don't earn their income from tips. To me, not tipping for to go orders is like asking someone to work for nothing.
     
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    I picked up a takeout order tonight (in GA). Used a credit card. Added a tip. The surly cashier never looked at the slip. As far as she is concerned, she doesn't know I tipped her. We are regulars, so I know she recognizes us. I will never tip her again.

    Same at Dawson's. We love Dawson's, but the servers are so surly that we stopped tipping them. They have always acted as if they were doing us a favor by taking our order. We normally stop by after dinner, and they seem to be anxious to close. I wonder if they're paid until a certain time and want to leave early. We've been there at times that one wouldn't think they'd be closed and when the doors weren't locked, yet they refused to serve us because they said they were closing,

    We still go to Dawson's and love the frozen yogurt there, despite the surly employees.
     
  14. Allifunn

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    Tipping is subjective and is up to the individual...I always tip for good service, even when it is take out.
    Karma...I do believe in it! Bad attitudes (on both sides) at some point, get just rewards ;-)
     
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    I'm reviving this thread because of a new situation. I was at a liquor store and there was a tip jar on the counter. It appears to me that tips are no longer just for food servers. Apparently people in just about any profession will ask for tips. I'm not saying this is wrong, but it's also not wrong for me to ignore it either.
     
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    That would an example of out of control tipping. :roll:
     
  18. jodiFL

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    Tipping at a liquor store??? Your kidding right? Maybe if they followed me home and prepared my drink for me.
     
  19. LuciferSam

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    Not kidding. It's one of the more expensive liquor stores too. It's the one next to Publix at Carillon Beach. Quiker Liquor I think it's called.
     
  20. Matt J

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    Going to that liquor store was your first mistake. IIRC there's one next to Winn Dixie across the street?
     

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