View Poll Results: Do you tip at Sonic?

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    Sonic - do you tip?

    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?
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Holy ****ing hell.

    I would refuse to tip them just for being presumptuous bitches. As a waitress, the only time you assume you keep the change is when the customer says KEEP THE CHANGE. Even if I was going to tip them, I would refrain from tipping them based on that behavior alone.

    Secondly... no, I don't tip fast food.

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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    They bring your food to your car at Culvers too and they don't expect a tip. I'd never tip the person at Sonic unless I was going to be giving them my number as well

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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Hey everybody, vauge posted a thread!!!!!! Come see, looky......he posted!!!!
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    I always tip at Sonics, usually just a buck. However, I do not go to Sonics much I do go to Keller's. Anyone who lives in the Dallas area would be familier with Keller's. Its a drive in thats been around forever. They serve beer too. Imagine that, sitting in your car drinking beers. The cops don't say a thing about it. Its been that way for a long time. Keller's has the best onion rings in the world. I usually get the number 5 Double cheese burger with special sauce on a toasted poppy seed bun, rings and a long neck Coors banquet beer. and then I continue to oder beers after I eat. I always tip there. A few years ago they closed the last Prince's drive in on Lemmon avenue in Dallas. I don't know if they still have Princes in Houston. Maybe Danerea can answer that.



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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?
    Have always tipped at Sonic. (the only fast food where i do tip) Usually a buck or two.

    Have never had the experiences you describe above. That would annoy me greatly. Typically i delay addressing tipping until after i have received my change. Old habit.....



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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    I always tip at Sonic. I do whatever I can to encourage industriousness. That being said, I always pay with my debit card, and tip in cash, so they can't just assume that they get to keep all the change.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    First of all, what those two did was deplorable. I once was signing my credit card receipt in a restaurant when the waiter, who happened by at that same time, remarked that I had forgotten his tip on my receipt. I held up a $20 bill between my index and middle finger and said, 'No I didn't forget anything' and stuck the bill in my pocket as I left the restaurant. I don't recall where my habit of leaving a cash tip come from, but I always have as long as I can remember.

    When my daughter was in high school, during a break in after school activities, she and a friend decided to go to work for the local Sonic. On the third day the register came up short so the manager took up the difference from the all the girls tips. That was the end of their brief career at Sonic...LOL

    But I always tip well (unless I get extremely, horrible service) because both of my kids worked as waiters/bartenders through college, so I know how hard they work for them and how disappointed they are when they get 'stiffed'.

    SgtRock talked about beer in a drive-thru burger joint in Dallas. I remember one when I was a kid in the Manchester area of Houston. I don't recall the name of it, but it was built similar to a Prince's with the canvas awning.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    Quote Originally Posted by SgtRock View Post
    I always tip at Sonics, usually just a buck. However, I do not go to Sonics much I do go to Keller's. Anyone who lives in the Dallas area would be familier with Keller's. Its a drive in thats been around forever. They serve beer too. Imagine that, sitting in your car drinking beers. The cops don't say a thing about it. Its been that way for a long time. Keller's has the best onion rings in the world. I usually get the number 5 Double cheese burger with special sauce on a toasted poppy seed bun, rings and a long neck Coors banquet beer. and then I continue to oder beers after I eat. I always tip there. A few years ago they closed the last Prince's drive in on Lemmon avenue in Dallas. I don't know if they still have Princes in Houston. Maybe Danerea can answer that.
    Keller's is amazing. Havn't been there in ages. I am more inclined to tip there, but more of the "kinda" variety in the poll.
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    Re: Sonic - do you tip?

    I always tip at Sonics. they get around a one to two dollars regardless of how much food I buy. A actual restaurant I tip more or less depending on service. From what I understand from what my friends tell me they only partially pay waiters and waitresses and expect them to make the difference up in tips for which taxes are taken out.
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