Do you tip at Sonic?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by dex08, May 27, 2010.


Do you tip at Sonic?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. Sometimes

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  1. dex08

    dex08 DIS Veteran

    Aug 22, 2007
    Just curious if you tip the employees who bring your food out to you at Sonic Drive Ins??

    DH and I are having a debate about this and I'm wondering what everyone else does.
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  3. java

    java <font color=darkorchid>I am embracing the Turkey B

    Jan 18, 2005
    Yes I tip if they bring it to the car-
    If you don't want to tip do drive thru
  4. JB2K

    JB2K DIS Veteran

    Jan 17, 2008
    I've been patronizing Sonic Drive-Ins for over 30 years and I never tip, because all Sonic employees earn the same wages (most waiters/waitresses in a traditional restaurant setting only earn a couple of dollars an hour meaning they are working for tips).

    For the previous poster who said they tipped because the food was brought to them, do you also do the same thing at Hardee's/Carl's Jr.?
  5. Shyvioletisme

    Shyvioletisme <font color=green>So I have a doppleganger running

    Sep 28, 2005
    nope. Never tipped at Sonic and don't know anyone else who has either. All Sonic employees get paid at least minimum wage so it is not like they are getting menial restaurant salaries.
  6. lulubelle6188

    lulubelle6188 Mouseketeer

    Apr 22, 2008
    It's untrue that all workers make minimuim wage or the same pay. I've worked at Sonic for over 10 years and have always depended on tips. We did make minimuim wage up until the last wage increase this past July. At the Sonic I work at people that had been there got to keep what they were making ( I make $6.70 an hour) but all new hires make waitress pay plus a dollar (which is $3.13 here) we have about 5 carhops making that. I know carhops that were making that before the increase at other Sonics though. We also claim and pay taxes on tips. In fact Sonic just made a deal with the IRS and we had to sign paper agreeements to it. I guess I am biased and on the drive thru I understand, but not when we bring your food out. I'm not saying you should tip 20% or a bad server. Most people leave the change up to the dollar or a dollar. I think that is great. Some people leave more and that's certainly welcome ;) I would say a little over half of people tip.
  7. Mickeypooh99

    Mickeypooh99 DIS Veteran

    Jul 3, 2008
    At our Sonic we order and pay before we get our food. I'm not going to tip before I see what the service is like. They bring the food out in a bag, and we never see them again. If they brought the food on a tray, and then returned to ask how our meal was and pick up the tray I would probably leave a tip on the tray.
  8. JennyG

    JennyG Proud to wear Ears!

    Jan 26, 2006
    It depends if we leave a tip or not at Sonic.

    If we are paying with cash and have change left over... we try to gather up enough to give the server $1.00. If we are paying by debit or credit... then there is no tip. We too only tip when they come out to the car, not at the drive through.

    Most of the time if I don't have cash, I wont go to Sonic... because I feel guilty to leave them high and dry.

    I think we feel this way because our family has been going to Sonic since we were in grade school and feel that tipping is customary.

    Although, we don't judge the customers who don't tip. It's just a matter of what you feel comfortable doing!
  9. Kay1

    Kay1 <font color=red>Check out Ricki's hidden Mickey!<b

    Aug 30, 1999
    Thank you for clearing that up,

  10. TexasTom

    TexasTom Earning My Ears

    May 23, 2004
    I always tip at Sonic. But the way it's set up, not tipping is okay too.
  11. nashville_minnie

    nashville_minnie Mouseketeer

    Mar 5, 2009
    I often pull in there by myself & just get a drink & usually on those trips I don't tip.

    But if I am with someone else & we get food, we usually give 50 cents to one buck.
  12. WeDisney4

    WeDisney4 Mouseketeer

    Mar 30, 2008
    I voted Yes! :thumbsup2
  13. tar heel

    tar heel <font color=royalblue>Where will we get our news i

    Aug 17, 1999
    Wouldn't dream of not tipping if they bring it to my car. I usually just round up my bill if I'm alone or do a dollar if I have kids with me. I don't tip when I drive through.
  14. cats mom

    cats mom Mouseketeer<br><br><font color=green>Has a wild an

    Oct 25, 2000

    Except not all Sonic's have a drive thru window. :confused3

    But the thing I dislike even more at the one near us is: even if you go inside, you don't have the option of walking up to a counter, ordering, and taking your food home or to your table yourself sans tip. You have to call on a phone to order, then one of the hops brings your food out to you.

    I do tip at Sonic, but I admit that I do so rather begrudgingly because I dislike the heavy handed pressure to tip in a fast food setting. And I also probably go there less often than I would otherwise.
  15. maleficentmom

    maleficentmom Mouseketeer

    Jan 9, 2009
    I do tip usually .25-.50, i usually get 5.oo worth of drinks,no food.(no drive thru here either). Also,Sonic makes it seem like the tip is unnecessary by not giving you a place to enter one on the screen if you use a I never knew if you were really supposed to tip, but i usually do.
  16. sillysmom

    sillysmom DIS Veteran

    Oct 13, 2003
    I am honestly shocked that some people don't tip at Sonic. I mean come on...they come out and deliver your order to your window, whatever the weather, and in my experience are always very helpful and friendly. We tip anyone that serves us food, the only exclusion would be a fast food restaurant. We also tip at the buffets the people that clean up our table. Gosh, I am really flabbergasted that some people mention that because they make minimum wage they don't tip. I'm quite sure that anyone who makes minimum wage, is struggling in this economy. IMO, If you can afford to go out to eat, you could afford to tip someone at least something.
  17. Goofyzgurl

    Goofyzgurl DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2001
    I have been tipping at Sonics, but like pp said, they just bring out your food, they don't come back to refill my drink, clear away the plates, etc like waitress do.

    I don't think we should base our tips on whether the person is struggling.
    There are plenty of people who make min wage and struggling but I'm not going to tip every one of them. If they make min wage, then do I therefore have to tip everyone that helps me, the girl that checks me out at grocery stores, the bagger, etc...where do we draw the line? Yes I do tip waitress b/c they don't make min wage and they are dependent on the tip based on their service.
  18. mster425

    mster425 Mouseketeer

    Mar 18, 2009
    but isn't that exactly what Sonic is? :confused3

    I've only been through the drive through, and only one time at that, but it seemed like fast food to me. I don't know that it would occur to me to tip there to be honest, for that reason, and I tip everyone!

    And if those kids on skates aren't making minimum wage, that's a shame! They should be making hazard pay flying around on those things!
  19. HunnyPots

    HunnyPots DIS Veteran<br><font color=purple>The Tag Fairy is

    Apr 30, 2001
    Nope. Never have, never will. It's fast food, plain and simple. My son works every bit as hard at McDonalds (and yes, he often delivers food to cars during busy times) and does not receive or expect tips.
  20. Praise2Him

    Praise2Him DIS Veteran

    Oct 12, 2000
    I tip if I order food, but just for a drink, no. I save all my change (for Disney :thumbsup2), so I tip at least $1. And I hate it when the server says, "Do you need your change?" because, yes, I do; but they're basically asking for a tip. I used to feel guilty and say "no, you can keep it" but now I don't. ;)
  21. Praying Colonel

    Praying Colonel DIS Veteran

    Aug 16, 2004
    If they bring it to my car, I tip. That includes Sonic and any other restaurant that does curbside pickup.

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