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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Tipping is demeaning, even insulting, and a thing of the past.
    These places must be forced to pay a living wage - and this info must be openly posted - either one way or the other.
    To add...things change....those who do not are conservatives....

    I disagree, I think that argument is generally used by people who want to make themselves feel better by "justifying" not leaving a tip. If restaurants were forced to pay a higher wage to make up for tips, it would be passed on to you in the price of the food. I prefer to have more control over it myself and will reward a good server.

    That said....tips should NEVER be expected as in the example. Sure, the server may "inside" expect a tip, but it should always be left up to the customer. I hate it when a server asks me "Do you need change"....I will deduct from their tip when they do. However, good service always gets a 20% + tip from me (probably because I waited tables all through college and law school)....
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Do note that when people work jobs like that for less than minimum wage, the company is obligated to pick up the tab if tips don't suffice. So, the employee will always make at least minimum wage.
    Absolutely not true. Don't know where you got that information, but it is wrong.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Tipping is demeaning, even insulting, and a thing of the past.
    First time I've ever heard anyone say that... people on the fringes are terrible judges of what constitutes a "thing of the past." Here's a tip, if everyone else is still doing it then its not a thing of the past. Thats like calling the internet a thing of the past.

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    These places must be forced to pay a living wage - and this info must be openly posted - either one way or the other.
    To add...things change....those who do not are conservatives....
    Way to try and make this political... I'm not for any private business being forced to pay high school students a "living wage," nor forcing anything else for that matter.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Absolutely not true. Don't know where you got that information, but it is wrong.
    I got that information from previous employers wherein I worked the job for $2/hr + tips. But if my tips didn't average out to minimum wage, the employer paid the rest. Oddly, this happened with every single waitressing job I've ever had. So, I'm not sure where YOU got YOUR information from.

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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Do note that when people work jobs like that for less than minimum wage, the company is obligated to pick up the tab if tips don't suffice. So, the employee will always make at least minimum wage.
    Thanks for sharing that, I had not known that previously. I didn't think any company could justify paying $3 an hour simply because the server didn't get tips that hour (or had no customers).
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    But many do, many do not tip, per this poll.
    And the "fast" places are replacing the "slow".
    In the 60's I worked at Sears and Roebuck tires and batteries...half my pay may have been in tips, and I earned them...young, foolish, and healthy back then...
    But its a changing world.
    This poll is referencing fast food where it is not common to tip.

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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    If all they do is sit behind a counter, push buttons, and then call out a number making me come forward, get my food and bring it back to my seat, they don't get a tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I've never had anything like that personally happen to me at Sonic, but I did witness a shooting/attempted theft of one once.
    Wow, that would be crazy.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Thanks for sharing that, I had not known that previously. I didn't think any company could justify paying $3 an hour simply because the server didn't get tips that hour (or had no customers).
    They can't justify it. Due to minimum wage laws. The worker HAS to make at least minimum wage. Some employers use the tactic of paying the workers less and letting tips make up for it in order to give the employee incentive to please customers. But they HAVE to come home with at least mimimum wage due to wage laws. Otherwise, what would be the point of minimum wage laws?

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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    I tipped the first time I had Sonic, in Panama City, FL during my beach week. There were over a dozen of us and we sat at their outside tables and received stellar service with the burgers I was quite impressed with. I tipped because of the service and our numbers, but had I been alone I would not have. I just don't think to tip for fast food; Although I was unaware they made less minimum wage and relied on tips.

    Since then I've had Sonic twice, each time its been worse... and once the fries were cold and my order was wrong. I do not tip for bad service, cold meals, or botched orders (unless they make an effort to remedy the situation.) However I don't frequent places with bad service, so I almost always tip wherever I eat and its usually ~20%. It takes a really lazy waiter/waitress for me to refuse a tip. I can only think of two instances where I haven't tipped, a stuck up bartender who made it clear I wasn't a priority and a pizza place that had a $3 "delivery fee." If you FORCE me to pay a little, like automatic gratuity, then thats all you're going to get. (With exception to restaurants that have the rule for parties > 5 or bills > $100.) But even then it bothers me...

    EDIT: Also, I tend to tip less for stellar service when I'm told that the tip doesn't go to my service provider, but is divided up among the staff. To me that is collectivist tripe that rewards bad waiters who would get nothing and creates disincentives for the go-getters.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    They can't justify it. Due to minimum wage laws. The worker HAS to make at least minimum wage. Some employers use the tactic of paying the workers less and letting tips make up for it in order to give the employee incentive to please customers. But they HAVE to come home with at least mimimum wage due to wage laws. Otherwise, what would be the point of minimum wage laws?
    Exactly. This said though I still would probably leave a tip. I had a manager who told customers not to tip me because I was being paid "enough" already. There went $20 that some senior couple wanted to give me... It's good to know that they will make minimum wage or higher regardless.
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