(Closed) Are people expected to tip for take out food?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Do you tip for take out orders?



  • Post # 3
    9076 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I tip if it is delivered to me, not if I take it out myself.

    Post # 4
    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: Either Philadelphia City Hall or a small chapel.

    If there’s a tip jar, I leave it.

    Post # 5
    4045 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

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    @Hyperventilate:  Same. I tip the delivery person. But, at like a drive thru window? Or if I am picking it up? I’ve not tipped. I don’t think it’s expected, just a kind gesture.

    Post # 6
    9680 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    @Hyperventilate:  +1. If I am not sitting down in the restaurant, or I am not having the food delivered, than what exactly am I tipping for? Using my own gas and doing my own dishes at home? Lol. Not having to tip is one of the benefits of take out 😛

    Post # 7
    6354 posts
    Bee Keeper

    No for take-out, yes for dine-in or delivery (you’re tipping on the service around the food).

    Post # 8
    7768 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I do, so does DH.

    Post # 9
    4438 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    If I’m picking it up the only time I tip is my favorite server around the holidays 🙂

    Post # 10
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It depends, I always tip at the pizza place around the corner from my apt, but thats just because I really them in there. Usually, I only tip for delivery or sit-down meals. 

    Post # 11
    9124 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I usually add a buck to the tab.  Those pizza (or whatever) kids are making like $7 an hour, so I feel like it helps them way more than it hurts me.

    Post # 12
    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Only at my favorite sushi shop, because they always give a free sample of the daily special while you wait for your order.



    Post # 13
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @littlemiss604:  I voted wrong, I meant yes for delivery. If it was take-out and they really did alot like I came to get it and asked for a lot of sauces and all kinds of things that they had to go in the back to get I would tip a couple bucks, but generally no.

    Post # 14
    2512 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i only tip for dine in or delivery. if i’m picking it up myself then no i don’t tip.

    Post # 15
    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @littlemiss604:  I’ve worked in several restaurants and managed one. Workers aren’t devastated if they don’t get a tip on take-out like the are for dine-in, but they do notice. The reason being that someone has to receive your order, convey it to the kitchen properly, check to make sure that it comes out fresh, well-plated, well-portioned and correct and if it doesn’t follow up with a manager (as with dine-in), then package everything for you so that it doesn’t spill and makes it home as neat as possible. All this while they typically have other responsibilities, and lose money on lack of attention to those responsibilities. If they have no other responsibilities, to-go tips are the majority of their income. Of course not every place has to do this or chooses to, I’m referring to my experience. 

    Post # 16
    2375 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I still tip at least $1-2 for pickup.  There were still people making my food, getting it together, etc.  Plus I’ve found that I get better service in the future that way, at least for the smaller restaurants. 

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