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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    When you order food to go from a restaurant and don't use table service do you leave a tip anyway? I mean, I don't tip at any fast food places or other places where you order at the counter so it's never occurred to me to tip at a regular restaurant if I order out. I figure that I'm not taking up any of the servers time as it's usually a hostess or the manager who handles things and they are usually getting a full wage instead of server rate.
    Usually a buck or two. It's usually a host/ess who take care of that and their job sucks. I know because I've been there.

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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I struggle with that one. On the one hand just clearing plates isn't much work. Certainly not on the level of being a full server. Some places try and "add" to the service level by getting drinks, too, which I'm not overly impressed by.

    On the other hand, if I sense that the people working the tables are employees, and not owners and/or owner's family, then I might chip in a couple bucks.
    I don't tip what I would for full table service, but I do tip something. Usually like 10%.

    I go to a pizza place near my office that has a lunch buffet sometimes. You get your food and drinks yourself, but they come and clean your table off, so I usually give them an extra buck.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Yeah, I usually tip a couple of bucks--depends on how much food is in the order. It's not the same as getting regular table service, but often the person handing you the order had to put it in a bag, add in condiments, napkins, etc. and this is just something that gets piled on to their other duties. So a couple of dollars is appropriate, methinks.

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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    It generally depends on the restaurant for me. I live in a small town, and many of the restaurants within it are small, family owned establishments and they know you by name. Most of these are great places and have great people working there, so I always leave giving them a few extra dollars if I order take out. For larger or otherwise more well-known establishments (franchises and the like), I generally do not, though if an employee seems particularly helpful or has gone out of their way to help me, I will tip them if they can accept tips. If not, I usually ask speak to a manager just to let them know the employee is doing a great job. I worked retail for a long time when I was younger and I had people do that thing from time to time, which made going to work a little easier sometimes. I figure I can return the favor for those that deserve it.

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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I struggle with that one. On the one hand just clearing plates isn't much work. Certainly not on the level of being a full server. Some places try and "add" to the service level by getting drinks, too, which I'm not overly impressed by.

    On the other hand, if I sense that the people working the tables are employees, and not owners and/or owner's family, then I might chip in a couple bucks.
    As an ex-server...I respectfully have to disagree. Again...it depends on the restaurant. I worked at a restaurant that was an upscale fine dining restaurant that served a champagne buffet brunch on Sunday's. Without question, the service that I provided to the guests at the Brunch was MUCH MUCH more labor intensive than the service on a regular dinner service. You say its just clearing plates. It is clearing A LOT of plates, probably 5 times as many as on a regular meal. We would still bring the condiments that the guest requested. It also involved serving a lot more beverages that you would normally serve at a dinner service.

    Again...I think you really have to work there to appreciate the level of service required. I had several brunch regulars that used to tip me exceptionally well....because they appreciated the service that I provided them and expected it. Many people who weren't regulars were of the mindset that since we didn't "take an order or deliver food" a small tip was sufficient...yet they had no problem expecting me to be there every 10 minutes or so to make sure their champagne glasses were filled and their table was clear for them... but again, I don't begrudge them for that because I recognize that there is a mindset in America that is difficult to change.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    When I pick up pizza for two at a little Italian restaurant in town - its usually about $14 bucks - $20 if we get salad - and I usually throw in a buck.

    Same with some burgers from a bar in town.

    The same with carry out sushi.

    But I would never tip fast food places like Burger King or Taco Bell - although I rarely go to places like that in the first place.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    As an ex-server...I respectfully have to disagree. Again...it depends on the restaurant. I worked at a restaurant that was an upscale fine dining restaurant that served a champagne buffet brunch on Sunday's. Without question, the service that I provided to the guests at the Brunch was MUCH MUCH more labor intensive than the service on a regular dinner service. You say its just clearing plates. It is clearing A LOT of plates, probably 5 times as many as on a regular meal. We would still bring the condiments that the guest requested. It also involved serving a lot more beverages that you would normally serve at a dinner service.

    Again...I think you really have to work there to appreciate the level of service required. I had several brunch regulars that used to tip me exceptionally well....because they appreciated the service that I provided them and expected it. Many people who weren't regulars were of the mindset that since we didn't "take an order or deliver food" a small tip was sufficient...yet they had no problem expecting me to be there every 10 minutes or so to make sure their champagne glasses were filled and their table was clear for them... but again, I don't begrudge them for that because I recognize that there is a mindset in America that is difficult to change.
    I had forgotten about upscale buffets. Yes, you do get more actual service in those. I tip differently at those as well, though I rarely go to them.

    I was meaning more run-of-the-mill nothing-special do-it-yourself buffets.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I had forgotten about upscale buffets. Yes, you do get more actual service in those. I tip differently at those as well, though I rarely go to them.

    I was meaning more run-of-the-mill nothing-special do-it-yourself buffets.
    True. If you are at a hometown buffet or a place like that, where you pay at the counter and often they have drink stations, there is a big difference. In those types of places, servers generally carry a lot more tables and don't expect much more than a couple of bucks because they really aren't providing much of a service.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    You obviously have never put together a take-out order at a full service restaurant. It often requires a lot more than that.
    I've watched them do it. It's the same thing.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    I've watched them do it. It's the same thing.
    If its a full-service restaurant I find that highly unlikely. Most customers do not have access to the back of the house where most of the prep work is done. Now, if you are talking about a place that is designed for take-out primarily that is a different story.
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