questionsdo you tip when you pick up take-out?


The only time I tip when I pick up takeout is when I have to wait for the food and they provide me with something to drink, or at Macaroni Grill they give me some bread and olive oil while I wait. I don't tip on my meal, but I usually leave a $1 tip to thank the person who provided me the drink (even if it was water it took up their time and a seat in their section).


I'm a very generous tipper when I eat out. If it is takeout, I follow the same rules as @moondrake, tipping only if someone has done something extra, especially if I'm seated in their area while I'm waiting. The receipts are generic, and that tipping slot is always there. I generally put zero there in any case, since I always tip with cash (except for those extremely rare times when I don't have any cash with me).


A girl that worked at Olive Garden says she expected to get a tip for car-side service. That's when you call to order and they bring it to you at the car.

Many people didn't tip for this service but the server still makes less than minimum wage and expects to be tipped.

I do not tip when I order from Dominoes and pick up the pizza myself. However, another friend that works for Dominoes says some people tip on pickup too.

It's all very confusing. An old roommate says he tips for anything service related. Then I asked if he tips his dentist or doctor and he said no. "Well, those are services". He didn't have a good response.


First of all, I believe tipping should be done away with entirely. Pay your employees a living wage and raise the price of my food accordingly. If a server is bad fire them. I'm tired of seeing tip jars at the end of a burrito line, or at a checkout. What am I tipping for? I watched you make my food/take my order, I assume that's what you're getting paid to do. All of that being said, I do tip a dollar or 2 when I'm picking up food to go depending on the size of my order, mostly because due to some psychological need to not seem cheap.


The main reason tip is on the receipt is because they use the same register system as for dine-in.

When I go to McDonald's and I would be holding up the drive-thru line waiting for a fried chicken filet to come out of the fryer, they have me pull off to the side and give me free car-side service. Sonic employee's sure don't expect tips.

I think the server that @cengland0 referred to is crazy. They would be insulted by the amount that's reasonable to tip them for 30 seconds' work. Getting even 50 cents is equivalent to $60/hr. Sure, she's been taken away from tipping customers for a very short period of time. But those customers are also getting a LOT more service.


i don't think there's any unwritten rule whether you should or shouldn't tip on takeout. i tend to tip when i pick up food, particularly if it's an establishment i frequent.


You [i]should[/i] tip on takeout. But it's only a dollar or two depending on how much food you've ordered. If you're a regular or even occasionally go to a certain restaurant the employees will remember you and if you're a tipper or not and they will act accordingly.


@zuiquan: And if they treat me rudely for not tipping on takeout, I won't be back. Treat enough customers rudely and they'll be out of a job entirely. Now if we were tipping the cook, I would say that you should tip whether the food is takeout or dining room service, as the cook invests the same amount of time and effort either way. But I am not tipping someone for handing me a bag of food, whether it is at a fast food place or a restaurant.


As someone who used to work in the food industry, I usually tip on takeout orders, whether I order it there and wait or call it in. That being said, I certainly don't believe it is mandatory. I tip because I know that it does take the extra 2 or 3 dollars of effort for the server to talk to you on the phone, make sure the order is correct, (sometimes) help prepare the food, bag it up for you correctly, and ring you up correctly. Maybe it's just sympathetic, but I tip because I know that even just that few extra dollars on the receipt could make someone's day a little better or shift a little more enjoyable. If you have the extra bucks, tip! Think of it as ordering a drink at a bar - it's common to tip the bartender for every drink, correct? And they sure don't do more work than most food servers... oh yeah, and if you buy more than $50 worth of food and don't tip, you just plain suck. Don't expect a smile next time you come in.


Hmmmm. Had to ponder this for a while. Don't do a lot of pick-up, so take this w/a grain (tablespoon for inflation) of salt. I do order from Outback & pick-up my orders. I have tipped the server who brings the food to me in my car. Somewhere between $5 & $10, depending on the amount of food ordered. Worth it? Oh, my yes!

Take-out: Not the usual 20% that I tip for service @ a restaurant, but it's IMO adequate. Caveat: 20% is for excellent service. !5% for good service. 10% for not-so-good service. Have been known to leave 1 penny for really horrid service. Also, have left 25-30% for exemplary service.


hell no. TIP is for SERVICE, as in bringing me drinks, cleaning my table, making sure my food was cooked properly after serving it to me.

And yes, I've spent a large portion of my adult work life in fields where tipping is customary, and yes I tip well for good service, But this whole tip thing has gone way too far.


@moondrake: I didn't say anything about being treated rudely. You'll probably get the same customer experience you're used to. If you tip you'll find you're treated better than you're used to and you'll often get extra food or at the very least your food will be prepared with great care. Because those front of house tips usually do end up in the hands of the people who actually make your food, rather than just the server. Trust me, we talk about customers and we know which ones take care of us and which ones don't. As a professional you give a minimum standard of care. If a customer takes care of staff and shows they appreciate what you do, the minimum usually gets tossed out the window.


Yes, I tip in a restaurant for carry-out. The person that gives you the bag, box, whatever, put your order together (this takes more than a minute), wrapped it accordingly, bagged it, rang it up. This person is making less than minimum wage (I think it's 2.13 here). So I usually leave $2. I'm not talking fast food.


I've never worked in the restaurant industry, but I would suspect that some of the tips given to servers trickle down to the cooks? Maybe not, but you'd think a server would want a good working relationship with the people preparing the food because they can make or break the way a customer views the server. A lot of people probably don't take it up with management if their food takes a long time to come out or isn't cooked they way they expected; they'll just send it back as often as necessary and take out their dissatisfaction on the server because that's the only person with whom they interact. For that reason, I sometimes like to think that part of my tip goes to the person who cooked the food, which is the same reason why I'll tip a dollar or two when picking up takeout, even if the only "serving" that's done is handing me a bag at a counter.


So, for people who tip when you pick up take out...should we be tipping when we go to the grocery store, buy clothes at the mall, etc? Seems ridiculous to tip someone for ringing up my order. No different than anywhere else as I see it. I think tipping is for waiters and waitresses. Otherwise why aren't we tipping everyone? That would be crazy I think. My 2 cents.


I've worked in several restaurants for the better part of a decade and I've never heard of waiters tipping cooks. Ever. They might tell you that is what they are doing but the way that the payroll processing goes, they generally aren't set up to have cooks receive tips.

Other than the time spent delivering pizzas, I never got tips (this was the 90's so it is possible things have changed since then) so I don't tip for pickup at all.


@benyust2: A neighbor that works for Outback as a busboy says he gets part of the tip. Seems plausible then that the cook might get a cut too.

I know in California that restaurants were sued when managers took a portion of the tip so that's illegal at least in that state. That means there might be some other states where the managers are still getting a percentage too as long as it's legal there.


@pooflady: And if they aren't tipped beyond minimum wage, the restaurant must pay the difference to reach minimum wage.


@cengland0: In my limited experience in the restaurant industry, direct service people like waitresses, busboys, and sometimes hostesses share the tips when tips are pooled. In some restaurants where tips are not pooled and there's a separate person who fills drinks and chip bowls, the waitresses share their tips with that person at their discretion. Since probably the thing people complain about most is not getting their drinks filled, it's in a waitress' best interest to take care of her drink-person. One family restaurant I frequent is very busy but declined to hire separate drink-fillers, so the waitresses hired their kid brothers and sisters to come and do it and paid them out of pocket because it helped their tips. The fact that the kids were cute didn't hurt any. I've never heard of any tips making their way to the cooks, though. My friend was promoted to cook and asked to be demoted back to waiter as he got paid a better wage as cook but took home a lot more as a waiter.


Nope. When I order pick-up take out, I do not and will not tip. If I reserve items at a store for pick-up, I don't tip the salespeople, so I'm not tipping for the same at a restaurant. Now, if I ever got super-extra stuff and they made some sort of obvious effort for me? Sure, let me propose $5 for that possibility. But the places from which I order pick-up (pizza, thai, chinese, bbq) are straight forward, no nonsense simple.
On the other hand, delivery? Big tip, as I've read so much about how reliant the drivers are on that and I'm obviously feeling incredibly lazy and should be generous for that luxury. In restaurants? 20% is my baseline and it goes up from there. Much higher (+40%) if it's a diner or cheap resto (as there's no reason that I should be tipping so much less for equal service to a regular/expensive place just because the prices are lower). U.S. only, of course.


I've always read that you ARE supposed to tip when picking up carry-out food from a restaurant that primarily is a sit-down, dine-in place. Because it's usually a server (making $2.13 an hour) who has to package up your order and ring you up, and you're taking up their time, that they can't spend servicing their tables. Now, I'd generally only tip a dollar or two (unless it's a huge order), but I think it's appropriate to leave a little something. This excludes pizza places, because most of their business is carry-out or delivery, so the in-store employees are generally being paid full wages, not the $2.13 waiter rate.


depends if there's enough left to give..
or depends on my mood.