Tip for Take Out
It seems like in the last couple of years, tip jars are appearing everywhere you buy food. At pizza places, they hand you a receipt with a blank space for a tip, even when you pick up the pie. I guess we're supposed to leave 15% to someone just for handling our money. Restaurants would say that this is good motivation for employees to smile and work hard. Some jars have creative signs like "have a great day" or "restaurant 401k plan." You're left with a guilty feeling that you should give something to the cashier just for handing you a bagel and pouring a cup of coffee. It's almost standard that they do this now at buffets like Izzy's and India Palace. The worst is when they ask for a tip at Starbucks. Don't they brag about being well paid and having great benefits? I'm not suggesting that people in restaurants don't work hard or deserve more money. I've worked many years in kitchens and take out without tips. What I'm saying is, a customer will feel better about their meal if the price on the receipt is the same as the price on the menu when their is minimal service involved. Remove the feeling of guilt at the point of purchase and customers will be more satisfied. You never see tip jars at fast food chains, probably because they don't want you to have any negative feelings before you bite into the Big Mac. At Buster's Barbecue on Commercial they never ask for a tip on their receipt and I love that place for that. I don't think that tip jars or blank spaces on receipts are going away any time soon, but restaurants that discontinue this practice will give me one more reason to eat there.