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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachean View Post
    I couldn't imagine any "principle" one could use to justify not tipping for good service, except for Steve Buschemi above who opposes the entire notion... which is just... hilarious.
    I have seen it come up a couple of ways. I have had people tell me that they were sorry that they were not leaving a tip, it was not a reflection on my service, which they felt was very good, but because they don't "believe in tipping". They told me to tell my manager to pay me a better wage, that it was not "their job" to pay my wages for their service.

    The second way I saw it come up was with a "religious" bent. People would either tell me that they only give 10% to their church/god, so they won't tip hire to a lesser person. Or...I worked in a very "Christian" area and would often get a little printed pamphet that said "Your tip"....and had a paragraph indicating that the best tip a person can get is to find the word of god which is worth more money that a 15% tip on a bill could ever provide. I was under the impression that they either bought these from their church or were given them by the church, my guess is that they probably paid about 10 cents a piece and then "justified" their failure to tip on the belief that they were providing a higher service.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    I should add that after a while I got to recognize the regulars...and while I still provided minimal service to them, I didn't go over the minimum service to them because I knew I would not be compensated for my efforts. The opposite to those who tipped well. I made sure that when I saw my regulars (who tipped well) come in, they got the best possible service that I could provide.
    I think most servers are similar. We would give people we don't know the benefit of the doubt and provide the best service we could, however, once we got to know you....good or bad....your service would be adjusted to your attitude.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    I don't think we are completely different in our views. I don't think it rewards anyone to pay for or expect a tip for bad service. However, when you fail to tip "out of principal" or you tip little because you are cheap, you are essentially doing the same thing by not rewarding good service.
    I tip well at full service almost always but not at Vietnamese pho restaurants. Most of the time, the tips go to the house instead of the server. At least here in the Dallas area.
    From my point of view, I already paid the house.

    What if the house gets the tips?
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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 bet your food gets spit in a lot.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by vauge View Post
    I tip well at full service almost always but not at Vietnamese pho restaurants. Most of the time, the tips go to the house instead of the server. At least here in Dallas area.
    From my point of view, I already paid the house.

    What if the house gets the tips?
    I'm not really familiar with that concept....I've never worked in a restaurant where the "house" gets the tips. I HAVE worked at restaurants where the waiters "pool" their tips, which often works well because then every server really wants to make sure every customer is taken care of, even if it is not their station.

    If a restaurant gives all tips to the house, I'm assuming cooks, managers, busboys, hosts, etc....I would not be a fan of that. Cooks are generally paid 5X what the servers are paid, managers are generally salaried. Bus boys are usually tipped by the waiters. I would still tip 15% but would never be inclined to tip more than that in that type of system.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    I bet your food gets spit in a lot.
    Although I never engaged in that type of thing, I witnessed on several occassions, some of my co-workers do some pretty disgusting things to the food of the regulars who we knew did not tip. That doesn't justify it and on one ocassion it was so bad that I told the manager before the customer could eat the food and the server was fired on the spot....
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Although I never engaged in that type of thing, I witnessed on several occassions, some of my co-workers do some pretty disgusting things to the food of the regulars who we knew did not tip. That doesn't justify it and on one ocassion it was so bad that I told the manager before the customer could eat the food and the server was fired on the spot....
    I worked in a restaurant for a very short period of time when I was in high school, and it happened there as well. That doesn't justify it, as you said, but I've always recognized how hard the good servers work and I always try to tip well. I've even asked to speak with the manager on a couple of occasions to let him know about superb service.

    That being siad, people who skimp on the tip, or don't tip at all are just clueless tightwads.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by vauge View Post
    The last few times I have gone to the Sonic drive-in, the car hops have attempted to pressure me into tipping. It is unnerving as I do not believe they warrant a tip - it is fast food for crying out loud! Same for Starbucks...it's fastfood.

    The following are two different locations and two different times at Sonic.

    Scenario 1:
    Daughter and I went to Sonic during "happy hour" (2-4pm). She ordered her Cherry-Lime something or other and I ordered a cranberry iced tea. My kiddo let me know that she was taking care of it and I let her. Happy Hour is half price. The girl came and gave us our drinks - my 17 year old handed her a $10. The total was like $2.20 which included tax.
    The girl looked at my daugher "Ok - thank you is there anything else?"
    Daughter said "Ah yeah...you can give me my change."
    "Oh I'm sorry, here yah go", she handed my daughter back a $5 then turned to leave.
    Daughter quipped "All of it please!"
    "Oh... There." and skates away.

    Scenario 2:
    I ordered a Breakfast burrito this morning. Thats it. I already had a drink.
    The lady came to the car and handed me my meal.
    "That will be $3.27 please"
    "Here yah go", I handed her a $5.
    "Ok thanks!" and started walking away.
    I said a bit loud, "Oh, was it $5? I thought it said $3.27"
    The lady handed me my change with a nice go to hell look.

    Anyone else have similar happen to them?
    My rule of thumb is that I ONLY tip waiters. That is, someone who makes repeat trips to your location, refills your beverages, or does anything atypical from simply making your food and giving it to you.

    Sonic drive-through, just like carryout, does not qualify. However, there are gray areas like sonic drive-in and curb-side services where I give 10% or a couple of bucks depending on the service rendered.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    I bet your food gets spit in a lot.
    You are god damn right.

    Do NOT **** with the people who make your food... until after you get your food. Then never go back or hope they forget your face. Because we WILL (I used to serve while in college) **** with your food and/or give you terrible service.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    If I went to a 'fast food' joint, where I drive up to a window, place my order, then drive to another window to get my order. NO TIP

    If I went to a fast food joint and they took my order and then brought the food to me in my car, ok in that instance I would tip.

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