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Do You Tip on Pick-Up Food Orders?

Your Two Cents: Do You Tip on To-Go Orders?

When your card is swiped for a to-go order, the receipt you're signing most likely has a line to add gratuity if you choose. And if you're paying cash, it's rare that the counter is free of a tip jar. If you've called in an order and are picking it up to enjoy from the comfort of your home or if you stop in to grab-and-go, do you leave a tip for the effort it took to assemble your order?


danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I came across this old post on accident, but I thought I'd put my 2 cents in. I worked as a hostess, I got more and more into debt every week I was there making $7.25 an hour. You know what that extra $2-3 dollar gives a hostess? Lunch or Dinner. When I was that hostess, I REALLY appreciated it. All of the servers in the restaurant were making 4-8 times MORE than me. If you can afford that $10 sandwich, why not just give the person who took care of your order a dollar or two? One day sticks out in my head from when I was a hostess at the last restaurant I worked out. It took me 30 minutes to put a very large order together. I took the 5-10 minutes to take the order on the phone, read it back, labeled everything, went over the order, made the shakes and drinks, the order completely covered the entire bar.... and they left me nothing. They could afford a couple hundred dollars worth of food, but not $5-10 as a "thank you." It makes you feel unappreciated. Don't be cheap, you don't need to tip 15-20%, a few dollars is fine.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
"I worked in the food service for years, and the places that I worked had a separate position for to-go people. They were paid an actual wage (not the 2.13 servers make), so I don't tip when I pick up my food. " Old post, but I've worked in a few restaurants and all hostesses who did to-go orders made considerably less than the servers.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
If I get a huge order to pick up, then sure I'll leave a $2 tip. But if I just order a sandwich, then usually no. Sometimes I'll round it up to the nearest dollar if I pay with my debit card, but I know the person who rings me up most likely did nothing but ring me up and maybe box my food, and they get paid minimum wage, so I don't really feel like I'm obligated to tip them.
expresso14 expresso14 8 years
I'll tip $1-2 if I walk in to place my order and wait, especially if I'm offered water while waiting. There's a couple places I frequent regularly and I seem to get faster service and 'extras.'
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
When I get curbside service for my order I tip, when I purchase take out from California Pizza kitchen I also tip.
refinedharmony refinedharmony 8 years
@chatondeneige I've worked in the service industry, a total of about 3 years, and generally I do not tip to-go orders. I tip very well when I actually go out to eat, but generally the places that I get to-go from there is a cashier or host that does it, NOT the servers. I don't like feeling obligated to tip when I don't feel I've received any more service than I've gotten at a fast-food restaurant. It's not my fault as a customer that those orders do not ring up differently in the system. If you are tipping out table-bussers for to-go orders, that's the management's fault, not the customer.
tysontysonxv tysontysonxv 8 years
I typically tip about 10% for To-Go orders, especially if they've taken the time to check the order in front of me.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Wow, some of you really disgust me as people. Clearly, you've never been in a service industry of any sort.
seryscarlett seryscarlett 8 years
On to-go orders, you should tip 10%- especially to those of you placing large office lunch orders! In most restaurants, the bartender handles to-go orders- including packing everything together. He\she then has to declare a percentage of your order to his\her sales while making $2-$5 (unless you are lucky to work in Oregon) per hour. I'm not directing this at anyone in particular, just informing.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Always. A part of that tip goes to the cooks.
weffie weffie 8 years
you're totally right, i apologize for the low-blows... i'm sick and being way too bitchy, my bad :fogey:
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
So what I'm hearing is, some restaurants have a special to-go person, others just have the servers do it and they have to tip out on it. As an average consumer, this isn't my problem. A tip is money you give in appreciation of service. It's not a mandatory fee for ordering food from a restaurant. And I resent the "cheap" comment. I tip very well when I'm in a restaurant (yes, even at a buffet) and I tip delivery people even better. I tip the person who shampoos my hair at the salon (a lot). This is simply something that doesn't warrant tipping, imo. It's not my responsibility to pay the cook's salary.
weffie weffie 8 years
and sorry to dive into that but it's a soft spot :)
weffie weffie 8 years
ilanac13, i invite you to spend five minutes working in a buffet and still think that way. the servers there clean your table, bring your drinks, remove the abominable amount of dishes that the typical buffet customer plows thru in a matter of seconds, restock the buffet tables, and clean it all up at the end of the night.... trust me, it's disgusting! and the whole time they get covered in red sauce, yelled at by grotesque idiots that someone fished all the wontons out of the soup again, run around like headless chickens for minimum wage, and when they get home there is rice in their ears. but the MOST they ever get tipped is like $2... most people share your view and give them absolutely nothing. if you don't want to tip, eat at home and clean up your own mess.
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
I worked in the food service for years, and the places that I worked had a separate position for to-go people. They were paid an actual wage (not the 2.13 servers make), so I don't tip when I pick up my food. I would like to note though, that I I would make an exception if the order was extremely complicated, very large, or if I had special instructions that would take THEM--not the cooks--extra time.
weffie weffie 8 years
tip everyone!! gawd! it's only a few bucks! at my restaurant if i ring in a takeaway order it still gets registered in my sales, so i still have to tip out a percent of that sale to the kitchen, a percent to the bar, and a percent to the hostess. when people don't tip it costs me money to have the pleasure of serving them (whether or not i actually, like, serve them or just pack up their order). if you're too cheap to tip, please ask your server if she has to pay based on sales... a decent person would at least cover what it's costing her, imo
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