How much do you tip when you pick up food to go from a restaurant?

Google Geist
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Clarification 1: I'm asking about when you place a takeout order at a restaurant, and you yourself go to pick it up. (i.e., this question isn't about tipping your UberEats driver).

Clarification 2: this is about casual to fine dining places, NOT fast food joints (McD's, Chipotle etc). For example, lunch at a locally-owned hipster salad and sandwich place.

Bonus question: does your behavior change when they flip that order screen back to you, and the "beg button" options show 18%, 20%, and 25%; with a tiny button that says "different amount"?

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  • Nvidia HKCN11
    I only tip if I've already received quality service, like if I've sat down and had a waiter bring me stuff. When I do all the work, I don't see why they should expect tips. I especially dislike that the payment system has the audacity to ask for a tip when I've only just ordered and haven't even received my food yet. What if the service turns out to be terrible? I don't want to reward that.
    6d 0
  • LinkedIn mtndew💚
    I discussed this with a friend who worked at a restaurant before and she said it’s a lot more work to prepare for a to-go order: packing, putting condiments in containers etc.

    it gives me a new perspective that it’s a different type of service they provide us. Regardless, I still won’t tip lol
    6d 10
    • Oath Atinlay2
      That’s the job, if you don’t like it don’t do it.
      6d
    • LinkedIn mtndew💚
      Huh?
      6d
    • EA / Eng dietPepsi
      If preparing a to-go order is more work than dining in, their service probably sucks.
      6d
    • LinkedIn mtndew💚
      Did i say it’s more work?
      6d
    • EA / Eng dietPepsi
      Your friend did.
      6d
    • EA / Eng dietPepsi
      What? You literally wrote: “she said it’s a lot more work to prepare a to-go order”
      6d
    • Oath Atinlay2
      ^This
      6d
    • LinkedIn mtndew💚
      Shut up Oath
      6d
    • Oath Atinlay2
      No
      6d
    • LinkedIn ex-fb
      Same could be said for serving at the restaurant too
      3h
  • Amazon ?!😊🙃
    If there was a beg button, it would be my last time at that place.
    I don’t tip because take away is extremely low effort. I’m still paying restaurant prices
    6d 0
  • Tableau / Eng
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    Flat 1 or 2$
    6d 0
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Learn to search Blind for assimilation questions
    6d 2
    • Google Geist
      OP
      Born and raised in 🇺🇸 here
      6d
    • LinkedIn ex-fb
      Does place of birth alone determine Americanness? I’d say culture and genetics matter too. A person born to
      Immigrant parents and raised in that culture would be different than an average American.
      3h
  • Facebook public2
    Depends: if you go there often it is super high roi to tip. You will start to notice you get free items after establishing the relationship. If you are never going back 0.
    6d 2
    • Google Geist
      OP
      See I think it should be the opposite: if you're a frequent customer, you shouldn't have to tip at all.

      The 20% most frequent customers drive 80% of a restaurant's profit. Do you realize how hard it is for a restaurant to acquire repeat business? It's hard! Frequent customers should be given a break from tipping. If anything, it's the infrequent ones who should tip.
      4d
    • Facebook public2
      You don't have to tip ever; tipping is an opportunity to get above and beyond quality or service. Humans treat those that they like or value them more better. Everyone wins when you tip. Business gets the sale, waiter gets the tip, you get lower cost food.
      4d
  • LinkedIn ex-fb
    Ignoring quality of the food, I don’t really see any diff between eating at Chipotle and eating at a restaurant. So unless tipping is for food quality, don’t see any reason to tip (or rather go to a place where you need to tip).
    3h 0
  • Nintendo GoingSpace
    A Costco store clerk also has to do lot of work to bill a cart load of items. You don't tip them, Costco pays them. I don't understand why restaurant owners expect customers to pay their staff when the price includes materials and labor cost !!
    5d 0