Tipping at Panera

posted 2 months ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you tip at Panera?
    Yes : (13 votes)
    13 %
    No : (91 votes)
    88 %
  • Post # 2
    2302 posts
    Buzzing bee

    SoonMrsCrocker2 :  Sometimes I do sometimes I dont I think it depends on what I feel like. I have to confess the first time I saw it I was like..wtf…really? You bring me my food, but I could just as easily wait at the counter like I could back in the olden days.

    Post # 3
    474 posts
    Helper bee

    I always try to tip well wherever I go. If I’m at Panera, I’m already spending $7 on a mediocre turkey sandwich. I throw down another $3, brings it to an even 10. Do I care about $3? No, otherwise I’d be making about a week’s worth of mediocre turkey sandwiches for $7.

    But does the kid I just gave an almost 50% tip to care about $3? Probably. Even if it’s not about the money, they’ll be excited that someone bothered to tip well since most people don’t at all.

    If it’s no skin off my back and it’s going to make someone’s hour or possibly day, why on earth wouldn’t I?

    Post # 4
    2029 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I believe they are paid minimum wage, correct? So I’d say you are not expected to tip. If their salary was coming from tips like most waiters it would be a different story.

    And to answer your question — sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. I do not tip as much as I would at a normal restaurant, though.

    Post # 5
    281 posts
    Helper bee

    Please tip at Panera.

    Especially the delivery drivers (if applicable,) the sandwich makers, soup stirrers, barristas and drivers are often under tremendous pressure from their managers and customers alike to get the order perfect and punctually finished. 

    I never worked there but my Mother was a delivery courier, the tips were extremely appreciated. 


    Post # 6
    4253 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It’s my belief (as a former server at a restaurant) that tips are for service, not for food… so places where I pick up my own food and drop off my own dishes don’t warrant a tip in my opinion. If somethere clearly went above and beyond to help me or I had very particular special requests, I would tip, though.

    samantha83 :  Many, many high-pressure, time-sensitive jobs don’t include tips for those paid at min wage and above. Tips are surely appreciated by anyone, but the fact that they have to do their job well doesn’t mean you have to tip people.

    Post # 7
    1579 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I worked at Panera as a cashier a long time ago, when I was in high-school — so this was pre-bring food to the table, I guess. But we never received any tips. So if people were tipping back then, it wasn’t going to us! 

    Post # 8
    791 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    At order-at-the-counter places like that, I usually tip $1…. unless the person was rude or something. Most often I do it at Starbucks.


    Post # 9
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    They did not ask if I wanted to tip and even if they did, I would not tip them anyway, the food is pricy although I do love Panera Bread 

    Post # 10
    737 posts
    Busy bee

    I always tip when it’s an option!  As a person who has worked several minimum wage jobs, including those without tip jars, I cannot express how my day or week would be lit up when someone tipped!  It’s up to you though and what your moral compass tells you is right!

    Post # 11
    4512 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I pick up my own food at Panera and put away my own dishes. I do not tip. The same goes for any fast food place or anywhere where I’m getting carry out, unless there is some sort of above and beyond thing that was done. 

    And yeah, there are a lot of minimum wage jobs that are hard and don’t get tips. I never got tipped when I spent an hour helping some grumpy rich lady try on clothes at a department store, just because it’s food related doesn’t mean that a tip is a given. 

    Post # 12
    1396 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    As a general rule, I tip generously every where I go.  The exception would be if they had a tip jar and I didn’t have cash AND there wasn’t a tip line on the receipt.  

    I’ve never worked in food service, but I have had hard, low paying jobs before.  I never worked in an industry where tipping was the norm – but I definitely remember the days when finding $5 on the sidewalk was transformative.  

    I am extremely fortunate to be in a position where I can afford to be generous now.  So I am.  

    Post # 13
    9385 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I always give a $1 at takeout places. When I was younger I did not. Then I worked at a smoothie place in college…. and I realized what that buck means to the people working there.

    Post # 14
    1002 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My friend worked there in college. She told me they weren’t allowed to accept tips. Maybe tipping there is a new thing? I never have and it’s never asked me if I wanted to.

    Post # 15
    7180 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    At my Panera they don’t bring your food to your table and you clear your own dishes. So there is no “service” which is what I’m generally tipping for. I already purchased my food- so I’m not sure why I should tip more. If they brought me my food or refilled my drinks I would tip.

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