tiping the togo girl?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by originalbigjim, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. when you guys get take out at chain resturants like applebees, do you tip that person? I mean all they are doing is carrying your food out to your car, but they have that tip block there and the reciept and on the high tech ones that run on wifi they you have to put something in the tip block so you can sign it. I don't presently tip them am I wrong for doing that?
  2. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    We do 10%. 5% or less if they're surly, more if they are especially friendly.
  3. raristud2

    raristud2 New Member

    A vietnamese waitress was pissed at me for my lack of tipping. She yelled at me in the restaurant. I calmly told her that working as a waitress does not pay well. All she did was refill my glass and cleaned the table. I used to date the owner's niece over a decade ago and enjoyed free buffets at the chinese restaurant :D. A year or two later after the waitress complained, the restaurant closed. A waitress at a local hooters ran out of the restaurant and asked me why I did'nt tip. I thought her service was crap. A friend and I went to a hooters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the beauty and intellect of the hooters customer service representative :D. I tipped her well.
  4. 10%!?!?!?!?!? is that one percent for every second they worked for you? I can maybe see 5 but they really aren't doing anything. The reason I am asking is because my wife got on my case I didn't tip this last time they came out to the car and the waitress was overweight and unattractive. But the time before that i was feeling generous and I gave 5% to a female that was very attractive. so it sparked the debate between us of if we should tip and how much (also if i am a sexist pig)
  5. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    If there is a tip jar, I throw in a few bucks on a takeout meal. I toss in my change on a simpler transaction (like a bagel from the local deli).

    I question tipping on strictly transactional purchases, however. Tipping is normally reserved for service. I do it because there is some service involved, and because the food preparers share in the tips. But where I tip 20-30% on meals served, I guess my tips on to-go transactions are more in the range John mentioned. Not because I do the math, but because that's how it works out.
  6. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    As far as tipping, I leave about the same as you and Dr. Bear. I am a softy though, I now service based work is the worse.

    Here is another tipping example. My wife and I each own a Mercedes. Mercedes provides free lifetime carwashes. We usually get our cars washed on Saturday, though we could go every single day if we felt like it. Anyway, I think she and I are about the only ones who tip! You are getting a FREE carwash for God sakes! I am just surprised, I have been observing for a few years now, and it never ceases to amaze me. The fact that the car wash is free does not diminish the value (around $15-$20.00 in CA).

    Just my two centavos!

    Abner :)
  7. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    If it is a one time place, I don't give a tip. If it is a place that I go often, I leave the same 15% as I would if I sat down to eat.

    My wife and I prefer to get our food to go rather then eat in. We go to a few places regularly (1-2 times a week for several years). I tip those people the same for take out or dine in.
  8. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef


    The question really is if you should tip food runners. They are not waitstaff- waitstaff do much more work for the "tip" that should be a minimum of 15%. If your service doesn't deserve a 15% tip, you should bring it to the attention of a manager BEFORE you leave angry. When you complain on your way out the door it looks like you are asking for a free meal.
    Food runners are often new hires - or people who are working up to being a server (so they can earn tips!) They sometimes bus dishes, wipe tables, etc. Not being familiar with Applebees, I can't say for sure how their brigade works, but it may be a case of "whoever is near" that runs the delivery. In any event, the service provided is minor, and a tip should reflect that. Food runners INSIDE the restaurant are not getting tips unless their front waiter shares, or unless they pool tips. A dollar or two is a nice gesture of gratitude.
    (if someone has to travel to get to you- pizza delivery, office lunch runners, etc you should tip 15%+)
  9. raristud2

    raristud2 New Member

    I agree. When I order pizza, it was usually for delivery. The drivers had to walk three flights of stairs and cope with cold winter weather. A tip of 20-25% was in order.
  10. tigerhead

    tigerhead New Member

    In an earlier life, I spent 10 years as the general manager for a chain restaraunt, (Chili's to be specific). Employees in that type of position, typically do earn a higher hourly wage than does a waitress, but it is still pretty minimal. Just be aware, they are doing more than just caring your order out to the car; they are the ones packing your order, assuring accuracy, and quality etc. Tipping is not a requirment in the same way it is with your waitress, but a small tip of a few dollars is very appropriate and always appreciated.

  11. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Exactly, and it is hard work. When I tip, I remember my time at a B&M college. I unloaded trailers at a wareouse that were dusty, and usually got off after midnight. Those trailers would get 100 degrees +, and when I went home and blew my nose, all the black soot I breathed in from inside the trailers would come out. All this to pay for my classes and books. I am living a good life now, and no longer work in a warehouse, but I never forget those who have to work standing and lifting for long periods of time, like food service workers. When I tip, I always like to be generous.


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