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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    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.
    It was a chain restaurant that had just started doing takeout at the time. The cook made the food, the servers put the food in the boxes, bagged them up, and hand the order off. Not worth a tip.
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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.
    I really don't like to tip anyway, not that I'm cheap but I'd rather not have to pay two bills. The main reason I'm sort of okay with it is I know if wait staff salaries were incorporated into the cost of the meal, the management would probably pay them less than 15%.

    I don't like to pay tips for carry out but usually do, typically just a dollar. You can avoid the awkwardness by planning for and using cash as there's no tip line to fill in unless use pay by credit/debit card.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Time is money

    Baggers are paid at least minimum wage, and the IRS does not assume they earned 8% of the food they bag in tips.
    Then why should I pay a bagger?
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    It entails a lot more than putting food in a bag. It involves much of the same labor that is provided when dining in a restaurant.
    And this requires payment above and beyond what they're already making why?
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Back in the day we tipped everybody. We tipped the kid who bagged our groceries and carried them to our car. We tipped the guy who pumped our gas and checked the oil and washer fluid. We tipped the doorman and the elevator operator. We tipped the girl who boxed and wrapped our shirts. We tipped our paper boy and our milk man. Do you know why we stopped doing that? We stopped because one day some idiot decided that all these people needed to be making a "living wage" instead of tips so all those jobs went away. If you're a 12 year old kid you have to be careful about not running afoul of the law because you're raking leaves or shoveling snow for money.
    Of course, now, nobody does any of those things, you take your own groceries to your car, you run your own elevator, pump your own gas, etc. I wouldn't tip for any of those jobs either because they're things I'm capable of doing myself. That's why I hate going through states like Oregon, where they require someone to pump your gas. Sorry, get the hell out of my way, I'll do it myself.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    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.
    They clean the table off because that's what they're being paid to do. They don't deserve to be paid extra for doing their job.
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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.
    If I'm running into a full-service restaurant for a carry-out, I give a few dollars to the hostess -- if she's the one packaging up the food. Usually it is. Carry-outs probably more of a pain for staff than dine-in.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Of course, now, nobody does any of those things, you take your own groceries to your car, you run your own elevator, pump your own gas, etc. I wouldn't tip for any of those jobs either because they're things I'm capable of doing myself. That's why I hate going through states like Oregon, where they require someone to pump your gas. Sorry, get the hell out of my way, I'll do it myself.
    I kind of like that in Oregon. It's like a little history revisited.

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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I kind of like that in Oregon. It's like a little history revisited.
    I guess it's not bad if it's raining (which it almost always is), you can stay in the car, but something about it bugs me, I want to do it myself and you're legally not allowed to.
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    Re: Tipping on Takeout

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    If I'm running into a full-service restaurant for a carry-out, I give a few dollars to the hostess -- if she's the one packaging up the food. Usually it is. Carry-outs probably more of a pain for staff than dine-in.
    Maybe it is. When I worked restaurants in college it was almost always the hostess that took the order but the guys in the kitchen were usually the ones who boxed everything up. Usually all she had to do was throw some napkins in the bag or maybe box up a salad.

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