March 10, 2013, - 6:48 pm

Does This Make Me Cheap? Do You Tip for Takeout?

By Debbie Schlussel

This is not a left-right or political issue (or perhaps it is), but it’s something that’s been bothering me and making me wonder, ever since someone told me I was cheap for not tipping on the rare occasion I get takeout food from a restaurant. I never tip when I order takeout (and maybe I’m wrong for not doing so). Does this mean I’m a cheapskate? Are you really supposed to tip for takeout?

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I pride myself on being generous to a fault, especially when I’m at a restaurant where patrons are served by waiters and/or waitresses. I always tip at least 20% of the bill like you’re supposed to. And often, when the bill is low, I might throw in an extra dollar or two. I just think it’s the right thing to do. But when I order takeout from a restaurant (and, by this, I mean that I drive there and pick it up–this is NOT delivery), I never tip when I pick up and pay for my food. Am I wrong? A woman I know who is a waitress told me I am and that the wait staff work to put together the order, so they should be compensated for their work in connection with the meal. Until she said that, I never gave it a second thought, but I disagree with her, and here’s why:


When you order takeout, you are not waited on. You don’t partake in the linens and silverware. Instead, if you’re lucky, you get a paper napkin and some plasticware with your food. The same goes for the containers and presentation. Your takeout order comes in plastic or paper or foil. You don’t eat on ceramic or porcelain plates, so no one has to clear your table (except you) or do the dishes. There’s no water, bread, or refills. And the waiter/waitress doesn’t keep circling and approaching your table to make sure the food is okay. You’re stuck with whatcha got when you get home and open the disposable containers. You just don’t get the full service–or even a fraction of the service–for which the tip is meant to reward.

For me, it’s not about trying to save a few bucks. I believe in tipping well for good service (and, to be honest, it’s not really a belief in tipping so much as it is a belief that I’m obligated and it’s expected of me in our society). But this is about principle–the same principle that keeps me from ever putting anything in the “tip jar” at Starbucks or any other of the myriad of places where they have these things on the counter. I already paid. You didn’t do anything extra for me. Stop putting your hand out for more cash from me that you neither earned nor deserve. To the woman I know who is a waitress and complains about the extra work for takeout, I say, so what? We all have to do extra work that is part of our job but for which we are not paid extra or even at all at some times. Deal with it. It’s not work that you should get a tip for.

So, that’s why I don’t tip for takeout. Does this make me cheap? Unclassy? Am I wrong? Should I re-think this and start tipping on the rare occasion that I order takeout?

Do you tip for takeout? Why or why not?

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I also learned in an etiquette class I took as a kid–and from my parents–that you are not supposed to tip the owner of an establishment who waits on or otherwise serves you, whether it’s at a restaurant or a hair salon. But a few years ago when I was at a restaurant, a friend of mine tipped the owner who waited on us. I told him she was the owner so she shouldn’t get a tip, but he said it was unclassy not to leave a tip. Then, I felt like a cheapskate for saying anything.

Who was right?

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126 Responses

Tipping is here to stay. Even if all employers would start to give high wages for waitresses, the tipping would continue. I’ll tell you why this is the case. I believe that tipping started way back when men wanted to get waitresses into bed with them and so they made friends with the girls by giving money to them as tips, and presto they found it worked, so that is how tipping started. Now when the girls want more tips all they have to do is wear mini-skirts and the men will give them money according to how short the skirts are. Especially if the girls let the men know that are not wearing any “undies”, then the tips really go up. Nakedness brings money. It’s as old as the devil. I don’t patronise restaurants. I use only drive throughs. Tipping is such a big rip-off. A lot of voluptuous girls make far more money on tips than I ever did on a full time job.

Last word on March 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    ‘Last word’ – I think you might have issues other than tipping…

    Nir Leiu on March 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      ^ Agreed. Commenter Last Word should stop tipping and put aside that money in a Mental Health Funds jar ;)

      Scooby on September 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    That to-go order did not just fall out of the sky to be handed to you. Someone most likely making $2 hr had to take time away from their tipping customers to take your order, enter it in computer, go find all the components and wrap them, and yes- even MAKE some of the food such as salads, soups and desserts. Then double check the cooks made their stuff correctly with any special requests and changes. The server’s been away from their tables for 10 to 20 minutes dealing with your order, so now those customers might just leave 15%, as opposed to 20% if their server were more available. And the server gets to pay tax on what you should have left. Yay! Where I work, we are taxed a percentage on all of our sales.

    Not only is that server working for you, they are losing money to attend to you. Please have integrity and tip. 10% is appreciated. At 15% you will be remembered and next time get generous portions on those items we prepare ;)

    Remembered at 0 tip = not top priority (your food can sit under the heat lamp for 5 minutes while the tipping customers are attended), skimpy portions and good luck getting all the condiments you may need. Sorry, it’s true.

    You may be thinking that you are paying for the food, and as an employee the server is expected to treat you the same as everyone, tip or no tip. But keep in mind menu prices are kept down because the employer doesn’t have to pay employees minimum wage. That to-go order would cost alot more if there were a no tipping policy in the restaurant.

    Scooby on September 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Debbie, seriously?!??!! Someone is giving you grief about this and causing you to bring it your web site?!?!!? Yet ANOTHER sign that The Great Tribulation spoken of in Revelation is nigh.

Memo to The Trivialists in America. Debbie has more balls than any seven men walking down most streets in America, unless perhaps it’s a group or Marines or Navy SEAL’s. She is no doubt on the lists of at least seven organizations for a beheading via live internet feed a la poor Nicholas Berg because of THE WORK SHE DOES ON BEHALF OF US ALL!!! SHE doesn’t get tipped for THAT!!!

Tipping is for TABLE SERVICE or DELIVERY. That’s why you go to the place to begin with, to save a few bucks on the tip. Debbie, remember the immortal words of Sly and The Family Stone(d), “don’t let the bastards get you down.” Now everyone please excuse me, there are plenty of fire ants here on the farm. I’m sure I can find a nest to put my head in to while I wait for The End of The Age.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on March 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Maybe you need to read the rest of these entries so you won’t be surprised when you get home and wonder if that really is a big hunk of spit in your packaged salad ;)

    Servers get to pack your order for free… are you some kind of charity they need to donate to?

    Always tip 10% on To-go's on September 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

…well, Deb, as by reading your posts everyday I am ‘serving’ you by providing your site with increased traffic/views, just what tip percentage can I expect to receive from you, kiddo?

P.S. …..I just realized that by providing you the service of increased traffic, I may be required now to join the SEIU!!!!! Oh, the horror!!!! (hat tip to Dr. Zachary Smith)

Nick Fury on March 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I don’t tip when ordering take-out. I used to order take-out from my favorite restaurant…until they started adding a “gratuity” to take-out orders. They felt it wasn’t fair that they didn’t get a tip for to-go orders. They said it was the same amount of work, blah, blah, blah. Needless to say, I don’t order take-out anymore.

Janne on March 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I bet they are all happy not to see you anymore. Even the owner, because he has integrity. Something you should acquire.

    Scooby on September 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Janne, you are too funny :D You stopped going to your “Favorite” take-out. I’m still laughing….

    Who is the real loser here? I bet you still haven’t found a place you like as much as the one you gave up. Derp.

    But maybe you shouldn’t be eating out anyway if you can’t afford to throw a few bucks to the server that worked for you.

    Hot Server on September 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Debbie,
Tell the woman to “Go and Multiply”. Tipping has become a cottage industry. Go into Dunkin Donuts and there are several Huge Cups for tips. Almost every place you go into there is a Tip Jar, and the Suckers feed the jars. I tip according to service, it could be anywhere from 1 penny [yes, I have left a penny tip to send a message that the service was terrible] and up to 30%. It could be the local diner or an upscale restaurant, that is my tipping rule.

Robert A. on March 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I always tip; as an Orthodox Jew my religion is obvious.
I feel it’s better to tip for take out then to have people
think/say that I’m a “typical stingy Jew”.

Shoshana on March 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Shoshana, it is sad the effort needed to over-write the stereotype. Sorry. Blacks suffer a similar experience.

    As I long time server in NJ, I fortunately see no difference in tips from Jewish or blacks or whites.

    I do see on average the hard working person seems to leave a better tip than the person with a ton of money and a silver spoon in their mouth, lol :D

    Scooby on September 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I know wait staff are paid well below minimum wage with the expectation that tips make up the difference. If restaurant owners are having these people prepare carry-out without a fair wage that would explain the added gratuity. It may be the owners that are the REAL cheap skates in many cases.

Visteo on March 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Yes, the owners should pay an employee prevailing wage to pack the To-go’s. But most don’t by claiming they couldn’t afford it.

    Some chain restaurants actually do pay a different wage for food packers.

    If in doubt, you can always ask. Nobody is going to mind that you are trying to make sure the server is being compensated correctly.

    Always tip 10% on To-go's on September 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Now I had to rate Debbie’s site with WOT. I voted Excellent.
The comments were closed so I could not reply the lowlife. It appears that most were Muslims or sympathizers, let’s not forget the Dumb Ass American Utes. I am happy to be in the company of the 5% here. To clarify: “5% of the people have hemorrhoids & 95% are perfect assholes.

Robert A. on March 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Are you commenting on the right thread???

    Robert A. Hole on September 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Debbie, you’re well known as a Jew so your actions, for
better or for worse reflect on all Jews. In my humble opinion
its worth it to tip so no one spits in your food, God forbid.
Be well!

Chavie on March 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    So Debbie is to perpetuate the idea that Jews are suckers?

    skzion on March 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      skzion: Is it a sucker who doesn’t expect work to be done for the at no cost. If you do, then you are a drain on our civilized society.

      Do yourself and everyone a favor: The next time you order take-out, ask them how much the packer is being paid. If they reply $2 an hour, then it would reason you need to tip. Unless you are some type of charity that workers need to donate their time and effort to, but shouldn’t they be able to decide beforehand if they feel like donating to your cause today?

      Jewish on September 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm

I also never tip when picking up take out food from a restaurant. . .and for the same reasons as Debbie lists. Most people I know don’t tip for take out.

JM on March 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    You are all either ignorant or lack integrity, or a shiny combo of both :K

    Robert A. Hole on September 6, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Should I go in the kitchen and tip the chef(s)? They did all the hard work? When does it end?

JeffT on March 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    The chef only did half the work, maybe less depending on what you ordered. The chef is making at least $20 an hour as opposed to $2 server wage.

    Do you think your order just magically ordered itself, wrapped itself, went and prepared all the condiments and sides and then put on a cheap cheesy fake smile to welcome your ignorant arse???

    For those who lack integrity on September 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Take-out=No tip. My gas, my time, etc. No tip…

Marc on March 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Take-out=No tip. My gas, my time, etc. No tip…

    No tip = No priority. The server’s time, energy, and taxes. You are the average ignoramus.

    The next time I see you I will remember and make sure i didn’t go ANY extra mile when preparing and packing your food.

    Example: You also ordered a slice of Pie packed up for desert. When I went to cut it and pack it for you, I noticed it was a little dried out and smaller than our usual portion. If you were a NORMAL customer, I would go in the back and cut a nice big piece out of the fresh pie. But not for you. You don’t care, I don’t care.

    When you get home, what are you going to do? Call and complain that maybe your pie is too small. They’ll say fine, drive all the way back over and we’ll get you another, lol!!!

    Morc on September 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I’ve bartended for years, and occasional still do for big events, so Im partial to the service industry, however, I side with Debbie on this, its take out, no one waited on you. Seems silly.
Also I agree too many tip jars at these places that no waiting is required, im surprised they havent put tip jars at B.K or Mac Ds. lol

Big D on March 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I have seen tip jars on the little shelf at the drive thru windows various fast food places. No tips for that.

    ender on March 12, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I guess where you’ve bartended didn’t ask of you to also take, place, prepare some components (like salads and desserts), and package the To-Go’s as some restaurants require their bartenders to do.
    You would be singing a very different tune right now, lol :P Time away from the bar means less money in your pocket, AND you get to do alot of extra work. Oh, and that sale was just added to your taxes. Just a good time all around!

    Always tip 10% on To-go's on September 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

No tip for takeout. They didn’t do anything. Waiters are just getting way out of control. They think they are royalty now. Anything less than 30 bucks for carrying out some plates, and filling up a cup once or twice, and his/her majesty will be outraged. Then they’ll go home and write a “you go girl” style blog rant about it.

Bomb on March 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Yes, waiters are royalty. They aspire to majestic greatness by sweating their balls off in the kitchen everyday.

    They chose their job because the majority do the right thing. This way they can still average a decent living despite deadbeat people like yourself.

    You have a choice to not eat where tipping is common etiquette. You can serve your uncivilized self at the fast food counter where a crappy burger costs $5. You can get an awesome real burger (with gourmet toppings, lol) by me for $5 because the owner is only paying the employees $2 so he has less overhead.

    Hot Server on September 6, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Tipping is such a big rip-off. A lot of voluptuous girls make far more money on tips than I ever did on a full time job.

Tipping is here to stay. Even if all employers would start to give high wages for waitresses, the tipping would continue. I’ll tell you why this is the case.

I believe that tipping started way back when men wanted to get waitresses into bed with them and so they made friends with the girls by giving money to them as tips, and presto they found it worked, so that is how tipping started.

Now when the girls want more tips all they have to do is wear mini-skirts and the men will give them money according to how short the skirts are. Especially if the girls let the men know that they are not wearing any “undies”, then the tips really go up. Nakedness brings money. It’s as old as the devil. I don’t patronise restaurants. I use only drive through’s.

Last word on March 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

No, I don’t tip for take-out; it makes no sense. I don’t put money in those “tip cups” either.

sylvia on March 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

‘Wait staff work to put together the order’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BFD! I could be wrong – maybe it does take a genius like DaVinci to write ‘Cheese pizza’ on a bit of paper and shunt it to the kitchen.

And if you do eat in, ‘oh, we don’t really get paid, we depend on tips…’ BS! The rapacious restaurant owners should charge more for the meals and pay the staff a salary – if that is the case.

And this ever-increasing percentage – if it stayed at the traditional 10 percent it would still be more because the meals cost more these days. But we be totally dumbed down and know nothing about the magic of numbers.

Nir Leiu on March 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    You have a choice on where to eat, and most don’t even accept tips. If you choose to be served, have some integrity, act civilized and cough up the correct tip.

    If not, McD’s would LOVE to take your order, no tips required or accepted there.

    Always tip 10% on To-go's on September 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    @Sylvia – I wonder if your food packers laugh when they write Sylvia on your order, knowing there’s saliva inside?

    Hot Server on September 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Granted that the waiter min wage can be $2.xx/hour, but in my state (at least), the rest’t owner is supposed to bring it up to min wage whenever the tips don’t. Therefore, a waiter doing takeout should be pulling in minimum wage, but probably loosing out on potential tips.

The best solution is to have an employee on a regular salary take the order?

I tip the ladies who keep the restrooms clean even when they don’t have a tip jar handy. They get my sincere gratitude translated into cash.

DoesAnyoneEvenReadStateLaborSites on March 12, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Yay, you read your state tip law in some flashy article. Hopefully you’re not using it as an excuse not to tip.

    Trust me when I say NOBODY would serve for minimum wage. They’d go get an easier job if that’s all they were gonna make. Skilled servers are knowledgeable and work very hard to make above minumum wage. That law does nothing unfortunately, it’s really a moot point.

    Always tip 10% on To-go's on September 6, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Debbie ur right, tell her Debbie to take a hike, I never in my life have tipped takeouts, so I side with u

Clinton W Alexander on March 12, 2013 at 4:30 am

    There really is only 2 reasons you never tip on take out:

    1- you are ignorant. You don’t know any better, and do not realize how much work is actually involved.

    or
    2- you lack integrity. You know someone is working hard for you, you just don’t care. It’s not your problem.

    Either way, if you are a frequent non-tipper then you’ve likely been retaliated upon in some way. haha :P

    Scooby on September 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm

If the server has big boobs,I tip. Everything else is meaningless.

#1 Vato on March 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

tip 10% for takeout $2 minimum, 20% for sit down $2 minimum per person, more if you want, don’t chince on bad food it wasn’t the servers fault, if they bring your third helping of fish and it is deep fried beyond recognition, don’t throw a fit, send it back and ask for 2 good ones please and still leave a good tip. If you have to wait too long just get up and leave, put a tip on the table, this doesn’t happen too often but I was waiting for 45 minutes one time and almost left the building. If I had left I would have put $2 on the table or maybe a $5, servers are people too.

Terry on March 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I didn’t tip when I picked up takeout today and now I feel terribly guilty about it. If I had to do it again, I would hand the cashier a few dollars since she was the one who took my phone order and even called me back to confirm a few things. Darn, I was thinking since I wasn’t served I don’t tip, but I actually was served!!

ljs on May 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm

You sound like someone who has never worked in food service. You also sound like a huge asshole, generally. I hope you’ve enjoyed the myriad of spit that has probably made its way into your food.

someone who has worked in food service on May 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I’m a bartender in a resort town. I know this automatically disqualifies my response since I’m a horrible service industry person who can’t get a better job other than begging for tips, but I’m going to post anyway.

I work at a busy locals sports bar. We’re also a favorite spot of tourists. Decent food, good Happy Hour ect. This being said “take out” is a phrase that makes all my co bartenders cringe. The phone seems to ring off the hook night and day with people calling for take out.

First off using the phrase “take out” is a magical term for “I don’t have to tip my bartender” now. Simple, say the magic phrase and no tip is required. We get it.

Second off… ask yourself if take out is less work than Eat in? It can be. Some orders are a simple $8 sandwich, and others are a $200 superbowl party to go, most are some where in between. How much time, and time is money, did the bartender invest in your order? Taking the order… did you know the menu or did he have to read the whole thing to you over and over?… packaging… lots of extra sauces?… burgers with lettuce, no mayo, extra tomato, no tomato, 2 BC with those wing, none with the other but extra ranch… Really, how much time during HH/Dinner rush did the bartender take away from his tipping customers to handle your take out order? Still doesn’t get a tip?

Nightly Sales Report… I have a barback. It’s his job to fill my ice and empty my trash and stock my beer and clean my floor. At the end of the night I print up a report of everything I sold. $1000 in sales? Maybe it was a slow day and the only sale I had was that dinner for six the lady called in and used the magic phrase “Take Out”. So $225 in sales. At the end of the night there are a few hand outs. The barback, he gets 4% of what ever I sold. Uncle Sam, at least the way we do it, assumes that I made at least 10% of what ever I sold and I get taxed on that amount. Unfortunately my Barback can’t pay his bills with the magic phrase, and Uncle Sam doesn’t want to hear it. So yes, not tipping on take out can cost your server or bartender money out of their pocket. Now I know, they should get better jobs, we’re all horrible beggars and still don’t deserve a tip.

Lastly… the human factor. A tip, to me at least, is a way of saying “Thank you for doing selfless job”. I work in the industry and I understand what it’s like to work in a “Pay for play” industry. Working in an office, if I had a bad day, I still got paid the same. 15 years working at a bank never once did the boss come to me and say “hey, you slacked a little after lunch today, so I’m gonna only pay you 75% for the day”. No, Office people get paid 100% no matter how bad of day they’re having. I know industry people have to put up with a lot of poo. So yeah, I toss them a few bucks to say thank you, I’ll see you again, remember my face. If that few bucks is too much for me to be giving out, maybe I should be eating home.

Rick on June 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Very articulate :D Loved it!!!

    I think people prefer to accept this myth that they don’t need to tip on To-Go orders, than use their brain to decide for themselves. I fully believe in Karma, so good luck to them.

    If you shudder at the thought of over-paying, then kindly ask on the phone or in person how the packer is compensated. You will get an honest and appreciative answer. A small percentage of chain restaurants do actually pay their packers a semi-decent wage to make up for all the slacker tippers. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

    And BTW, menu prices are kept down by the owner paying measly $2 +tips wages. So you are benefiting from that when you place that to-go order.

    Server on September 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I’m glad to see that most people are supporting not tipping because I always feel guilty when I don’t. It’s always on the little slip I have to sign for my card, and it just stares me in the face like I am supposed to fill it in. So, I only tip on takeout if the “service” was above average, and by that I mean, the employees were exceptionally nice, or did something for me that made me happy or feel appreciated. Otherwise, forget it…though I still feel guilty. I used to work for a restaurant that had full service, take out, and delivery. I don’t know about everywhere, but there when I worked as a delivery driver or hostess I was getting paid more than I did as a server at the same place. So, people should be getting paid depending on job duty, and therefore those individuals working on takeout should not be relying on tips for most of their income. However, it was always very nice when someone did tip on a takeout order, because that just meant more money for me! So, that’s why I do it sometimes if I feel that the person went out of their way to deserve it.

Teesh on July 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Teesh, servers being paid a higher wage when packing togos are not the norm.

    You should know first hand how much work it entails to pack an order correctly. Most people here have no clue!

    You should feel guilty because you can just ask them. I’m sure they’d love to answer for you how they are being compensated.

    Hot Server on September 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Depends on how big/involved the order is. I just picked up a pizza…one. No special requests, just a pizza in a box. So no, I did not tip. When I call a restaurant and I ask for multiple meals where everything, including salad dressing, has to be packaged separately – I’ll include a tip.

Linda from Dallas on September 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

2 scenarios.
I ordered on the phone, drove down and got my food.
Tip: none.

I walked in, waitress sat me down, handed me the menu, answered my questions, took my bill.
Tip: I left a few coins.

Andrea on November 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Obviously you are just an A-Hole. Don’t think you’ll escape this habit without some form of retaliation. You’d be too stupid to notice anyway.

    Hot Server on September 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

yes leave a tip. I work at a corner mom/pop restaurant. I not only take your order as a waitress would , I repeat your order back to you to ensure accuracy because I can’t run back to your table to ask did you want that **** prepared with or without **** ?. I take your order slip back to the cook to be prepared as your waitress would. I put on my gloves and prepare your salad but, instead of putting it on a salad plate, it is put into a takeout container. I assure your dressing is correct oh that’s right you wanted extra dressing . that’s two containers I fill. I put your salad in a take out bag. You requested extra dinner rolls, I put them into the bun warmer. because this is a take out order I can’t just toss them into a basket. I grab your butter(which would have already been on the table had you been an eat in customer.) I grab the special wax paper bags to put your rolls in. Give them to the cook to place in your hot pack container. Then I take your cold pack container out to the counter . Add up your bill same as your waitress would. Oh, that was the bell from the kitchen ! The cook has your order ready! I run back to get it as your waitress would. Only difference is it’s not plated, it’s at your request a take out so, it’s in a take out container. I put on another pair of gloves, place it in a bag, take it back out to the counter. sit it with your cold pack bag. Wow, good timing, your here. I hand you the guest slip bill as a waitress would do. I take your credit/debit card, punch it in, ring up your order on the register, return your signature required slip. Yes! A $1.00 tip ! After you leave I run your tip through the credit card machine. punch in the $1.00 amount. Because there’s a swipe fee, the owner takes 8% of the tip to pay the credit card company. That was a lot of work for $0.92 cents. Yes, The tip is nice. Nice that you appreciated my service. Many don’t tip at all. But, I did you a service. Did you have a table, a tablecloth, nice stemware, No, you didn’t. but do you tip the restaurant owner for the table, tablecloth and stemware? No you tip the waitress for her service. Did I give you all that you requested ? Was the service you received from me not the service you would have expected ? All because you aren’t there to see me doing you a service doesn’t mean I’m not giving you service ! Yes, I feel I deserve a tip ! Maybe the next time you call to place an order you may remember the last order you placed with me wasn’t cooked by me but, prepared for you by me and that is service deserving of a tip.

babs bullock on November 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I suppose it depends on the type of take out. If it is from a normally sit down restaurant, then 10% should be more than enough. If its from a take out only restaurant, then no you don’t need to tip. Do you tip McDonalds? They take your order bag it up. No difference than any clerk in any store. Do I tip the cashier at Home Depot? Handing me a bag does not constitute a 10-20% increase in price.

TH on September 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm

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