• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Tipping for take-out?

mbc

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2003
Messages
588
Reaction score
0
Let's say you order some take-out from a restaurant, the kind of place where entrees go from $10 - $20. Do you tip the "cashier" (waitress, hostess, etc) when you pick the food up? If so, how much?
 

MrDaniels

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2006
Messages
3,663
Reaction score
423
I only tip if it requires that I go through a waitress or bartender, those people are only paid if they are tipped and I don't expect them to serve me for nothing. If it is a hostess (who is on salary) I generally do not tip.
 

aybojs

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2002
Messages
957
Reaction score
1
No way. If it's a waiter or bartender, all the work required is in merely taking the order, ringing it up, and maybe taking a few minutes to check on it and make sure everything is ready and bagged/boxed properly (e.g. drop napkins or plasticware in with the food). You're really not taking much of their time or distracting them from performing their duties for customers who are dining in. In the cases of hostesses, counter personnel, or specific to-go servers, all of them make a higher hourly wage, which means there's no expectation of tips built into their pay structure. Anyone who tells you otherwise is most likely a service industry person who stands to financially gain from people tipping where they don't need to do so.

I speak as someone currently working a bartender, so there is some experience behind my opinion.
 

j

(stands for Jerk)
Admin
Joined
Feb 17, 2002
Messages
14,914
Reaction score
96
Never unless I made picky special requests that took a few minutes to take care of. In other words, never.

Related question that probably requires its own poll: do you tip in a place where you order at the counter and bus all your own food, in other words, no waitstaff? It's a dilemma. Typically I will either dump my change in their tip jar or if I leave my dishes/mess at the table I will tip a couple dollars for the hassle. I feel bad for the people who work in those places though, as a lot of people leave their stuff behind and don't bus it and don't tip, which I think is probably out of line with expectations.
 

odoreater

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2005
Messages
8,739
Reaction score
43
I might if I was a regular at some place where tipping might be appropriate, but I'm not a regular at any such place, so the answer is, no, never. For example, sometimes I order takeout from the diner. When I go to pick it up, if I sit down at the bar and have a coffee while waiting, then I'll leave a normal tip, but if I just walk in and the food is ready to go and I get it from the host/hostess, then I don't leave a tip.
 

acidboy

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 13, 2006
Messages
21,169
Reaction score
1,750
nope. i give tips in appreciation of good service rendered to me, which i do not experience when i order take-outs.
 

stach

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2006
Messages
578
Reaction score
1
I generally only tip if I am seated while I place my order, except for a bar, where I always tip.
 

globetrotter

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Sep 28, 2004
Messages
20,607
Reaction score
399
honestly, I only started after my wife worked for a while as a waitress, and I understood how much the servers count on it. and I still only give a buck or two.
 

dusty

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 8, 2005
Messages
4,859
Reaction score
20
Of course not, I don't know why anybody would. The food usually isn't even brought by the waitress -- more likely the hostess or somebody from the kitchen.
 

Bradford

Current Events Moderator
Joined
Mar 19, 2002
Messages
6,714
Reaction score
163
Depends on what she looks like
 

VKK3450

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2004
Messages
3,769
Reaction score
2
When I lived in Atlanta, I used to grab takeout for about 5 or 6 friends form a certain place every couple of weeks. The bartender there would take my order and usually offer me a free beer while I sat at her bar and waited. This warrented a few bucks from me...

K
 

Featured Sponsor

What's your favorite pair of shoes to wear with jeans? (Choose two)

  • Boots (Chelsea, Chukkas, Balmorals, etc.)

  • Loafers

  • Work boots (Red Wing, Wolverine, etc.)

  • Monk strap shoes

  • Oxford / Derby shoes

  • Sneakers


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
426,095
Messages
9,165,324
Members
192,531
Latest member
skrj

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Top