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.

11 comments:

EazyMoney said...

I agree.. tip jars are B.S. I'm of the old school belief that tips are a reward for good service, rather than some sort of forced gratuity.

If I don't get good service, you aren't going to get a tip. Plain and simple. Calling ahead for some food, then going in to pick it up is not deserving of a tip, unless you have a place you frequent and they hook you up with a nice takeout meal, because they know its you and that your a regular customer.

Anonymous said...

People forget that tipping started due to the fact that food servers didn't get paid a minimum wage.

So, people were encouraged to tip, to help bring up their wages.

Now, with minimum wages being paid, (YES, I KNOW THEY ARE CRAPPY) I don't think tipping should be the norm.

I don't tip the gas station guy, I don't tip the check-out gal in the store, and I don't like tipping servers...but I do, like most of you out there. And the tip jar? Bull pucky...I don't do that at all.

Anonymous said...

Apparently you guys have never tried to live on minimum wage with no health care, etc. I say if you get what you ordered quickly and with friendly service, why not leave a small tip for take out? I don't think anyone expects a large tip for take out or for coffee. You can afford to spend $4.50 on a latte? Why not drop that other 50¢ in the tip jar. Speaking from experience, barristas and other food service workers are usually overworked and underpaid. That's my 2 cents worth.

Anonymous said...

I do NOT pay $4.50 for a latte, I make and drink my own coffee at home...I'm the one with cups for my car.

Tipping is still crap, and as far as health benefits go...I'm for no insurance companies making the big money...Socialized medicine is the only way to go.

And...I have worked those jobs myself, with no health pay, no paid vacations, and lousy pay!

K & N said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels awkward or slightly uncomfortable when faced with a tip jar on the counter.
When I worked as a waitress oh so many years ago, I knew I had to do my best to earn those tips and smile, smile, smile.

Anonymous said...

If the service is good, leave a tip. If not, then don't leave one. Simple as that. If I go to a coffee shop and pay a couple bucks for an Americano, and the service is great, I always leave something. If someone is rude or not particularly nice, I don't. No skin off my back.

Pam said...

I know my comment is months after the fact, but here are my $.02:

If a barista made a suggestion or made a special request, I'll gladly tip them for the extra work they did for me.

Otherwise, no, I don't tip when I walk up to the counter and place my order, and bus my own table.

Also, when I sign the charge slip and there's an extra line for tip and total, I always write in the total dollar amount I'm paying on the last line to prevent someone from adding a little tip without me knowing about it. Is this kind of paranoid of me to do this? Or does anyone else write in the amount on the total line to prevent from being overcharged?

Anonymous said...

Um, wow and you Salem folks wonder why service is so crappy here and there's a dearth of good restaurants? Let me enlighten you a bit: the tip you leave when you've been waited on doesn't just go to the server, it gets "tipped out" to the kitchen staff (cooks, dishwashers, etc) and the floor staff- all of whom make minimum wage and all of whom make your dining experience, whether at the restaurant or at home, either pleasant or unpleasant. Whether you eat the food in the restaurant or not doesn't make a difference to the folks who've prepared it. And the reason there's no tip jar at your local fast food joint is that the mega-corporations that run them don't ALLOW their workers any additional compensation. Geeze the ignorance...

Salem Man said...

My point is, that I believe the tip situation is for a server in a sit down restaurant. Not a buffet or a coffee house. Yes, I know what "tipping out" means. I'm not saying the barista isn't working hard or that they don't deserve to be compensated for that effort. I'm just saying don't put a guilt trip on me right before I'm about to consume your product. I feel better about the restaurant when the takeout staff is paid a decent wage and they don't need to hit me up for money when there is minimal service involved.

Anonymous said...

I have worked in the food service business for several years as everything from busser to waiter to cook to CSR tech to management...you get the picture. When I tip, I tip well. Probably to well sometimes, but I only tip when I truly enjoyed the experience. Because I always tried to give my 200%, and often didnt even get a part of the tips. For example I worked as a cook and shift leader at a pizza delivery place. Generally its nice if the drivers share their tips (though most dont) with the in-house folks who take the orders, make the pies, cut em and box em, and share the prep duties for the next day with the drivers. So if you walk in to pick up your pie or make an order. Yes, we didnt have to drive to your house and drop it off. But that only takes away the final step from the process. Oftentimes two phone people and two cooks would take 250+ tickets worth of pies. Averaging 2-3+side items per ticket...and rarely get 1-2$ in tips from somebody who walked in and saw us frantically running around...we DO want pity tips! Haha.


Counter service...1-2$ for the cook and busser
Buffet...maybe a dollar for the busser.
Sit-down full service...15-20% gratuity wont kill me.

Of course in most foreign countries they dont expect a tip at all. Oftentimes the gratuity is simply counted into the bill, or is taxed anyway so they dont expect it.

The tip jar is excessive, but sometimes it is nice to get a dollar or two. I can only delight in the concept of if I had even gotten a nickel tip for every pizza I have made...

Anonymous said...

This is what is so weird to me: You're asking for a tip to do what your hourly wage pays you to do. You just explained all that goes into making the pizzas, whether they get picked up or delivered.... well, yes. That is the job you accepted at the pay scale they offered you. I can't figure out why you might think customers should pay you beyond what they are paying for the product. I would definitely tip someone if they did an especially great job or went out of their way to do something specific or special for my order, but if I'm just coming in to pick up my pizza myself, nothing special -- no tip. I just don't get it.

I think we should all be clear here that Salem Man always tips at sit down resturants, as we all should. I myself am a great tipper, if I may be so bold. But I will not tip at Starbucks when all they do is make what I order (I don't order anything fancy or special), punching buttons on their automatic machines, not even having to be skillful at what they do. In fact I think Starbucks has lousy customer service and I find myself being ignored a lot at their front counters. And even part time Starbucks workers are eligible for health insurance benefits and profit sharing.... So I don't feel bad for them not getting my tip.

(Side note, I used to work at Starbucks. I saw my tips as extra income and never counted on them to make ends meet. I just didn't expect them; what I might get was just a bonus. One of my regular customers, for example, had a really complicated drink that took a bit of practice and skill to do the way he liked. He would tip a five dollar bill. To me that seemed excessive, but he wanted to. I was getting paid + benefits to make his drink, and I had to make it no matter how standard or specific it was. The tip, anyway, had to be split evenly between everyone on my shift at the time.... even though he only wanted ME to make his drink. So I understand when it isn't fair.)

I'm definitely not trying to be a jerk, I do understand that you would want pity tips, but it just might not happen that way. I guess I just hope that you can make it on what you bring home as your pizza-making hourly wage. If it isn't enough, I hope you could find something that is.