Take out dinner from restaurants

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  1. SnowWhite2

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    I'd like to start using curbside take out instead of eating at the restaurant. How much do you tip when you
    a. Use curbside and someone brings you the food and
    b. When you have to go into the restaurant and get it yourself?

    TIA!!
     
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  3. TxDsnyGrl74

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    I tip around 8-10% for either. More often than not, 10% b/c it's easier to figure out on the bill.
     
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  5. Rebelmom67

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    I don't tip at all when I'm getting curb side takeout. Sorry, but unless that person actually waited on me, they don't get a tip. Yes, I know someone packaged my meal and they do have to walk a few feet to bring it to me, but someone does all that stuff at McDonald's too.:)
     
  6. Shelly F - Ohio

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    My thoughts exactly.
     
  7. DOOM1001

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    A few bucks if it's curbside,$2-$3 bucks if it's around $50 or less and $4-$5 for a bigger order.I wouldn't go higher than $5 unless you're picking up lunch for the entire office and it's like a $200+ order.If you go in the restaurant and pick up the order yourself,a buck or two.Somebody does have to put the order together!!
     
  8. mel63

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    I tip a lot. I have tipped 20-30% for take out and usually 30-50% for eat in. I have worked for tips before so I know what many are working for. I don't necessarily feel that everyone should do that also, but here is more information about tips.

    McDonald's get at least minimum wage($7.15 in PA as of July) sometimes more if the going average is higher for an area. Most servers in PA make $2.83 :eek: an hour plus tips. PA is actually higher than the federal of $2.15 on hour for tipped employees. And most places pay federal taxes on 10 - 15% tips of each check. If they have a $30 take out order, they are paying income tax for earning $3- $3.75 in tips regardless if they were tipped or not. So most places, when a server takes an order and has to pack it, they get counted as having a table and will loose a tip, but still get taxed for a tip. And you may have a good night for tips one day, then the next make hardly anything.

    Most people do not realize that the server is making $2.83 an hour then tip just 10% even to eat in. They think a tip is just that, a tip for good service, or excellent, or bad for that matter. But most places it isn't. I have seen servers bust their tails all night and barely make anything in tips. Then, if there are bartenders or bussers, they have to tip a percentage of their tips to the "support" staff. Then come payday, I have seen paychecks for as little as a dollar+, because what ever they made in tips through the week has to have taxes paid on it. So it comes out of the money that they make an hour.

    Would you take a job that only pays $2 something an hour? That you may work your tail off for a $24+ check, and been told to keep the change form $25 as a tip (it really happened last year at the place I work, it was about 65 cents), or no tip at all.

    I would love to see the rate change to be minimum for everyone. Then when you tip, it is just that a tip for your service. But I won't hold my breath.
     
  9. D&DDisney

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    No tips for take out. Sorry!
    I go in to get the food. Heck, I'd go in the kitchen and pack it myself if they'd let me. :rotfl2:
     
  10. aprilgail2

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    Usually about 15%
     
  11. 2Princes2Princesses

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    At Applebee's and Outback, do the "servers" package the orders?

    When my ex-DH cooked at a restaurant with take out/sit down several years ago, the kitchen guys packed the orders and they made more than minimum wage, not server wages, so they never expected to be tipped.
     
  12. mel63

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    I don't know, I never worked at either:confused3 . The places I worked, the bartender or servers had to take the order. The kitchen just cooks it, and puts it in the to-go containers, except for soup, drinks, and regular salads that the server put in containers. And servers bag it, plus get condiments, napkins and cutlery. They don't expect tips on take out, so if they get one it is nice. But it still takes time and they get taxed on each check the write up.

    I am not saying that you have to tip on take outs, just sharing my thoughts on tipping. I just tip a lot, because I have been on the tipped side before. I don't tip at Wendy's or BK, but when I get Chinese or other take out, I tip. I tip more if I eat in, instead of take out, but I always tip. I even tip the donut store when I stop for coffee. A lot of people don't realize what server wages are as opposed to Wendy's or BK wages etc and think they are making $7/hr PLUS tips, not $2 - $3/hr plus tips they really make.
     
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    If the servers do it, I definitely would tip them then. We don't do the pickup, but if we ever do, I guess I will have to ask. :)

    Of course, the places that bring it out to the car.....I would tip a buck or two, regardless, to the person who runs it out. Especially in January. In Buffalo. :goodvibes
     
  14. CarolA

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    Well that's nice..

    At most resturants the server that does this takes away from their tables to do it. So they don't get paid... At Mickey D's the goverment makes management pay them at least mininum wage. Not so at these places. Even if the kitchen puts it into the sytrofoam the server usually has to bag it, add the condiments, bread etc and then take the time away from his/her tables to bring it out to you.

    I tip 10%. I figure if people don't tip the service will go down.

    So next time it takes forever remember the post above!
     
  15. DisHokie

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    a friend of mine worked at outback and made normal waiter wages (basically nothing) and worked in the curbside service, so they do rely on tips.. my understanding was they have to pack the food and bring it out (possibly run your card and bring it back to you).. not saying it's worth as much as a waiter, but we usually tip $2-5.. she ended up quitting b/c no one tipped enough to make it worth it..:confused3
     
  16. Kidnurse

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    Sorry but if it's takeout I don't tip unless they give me a LOT of extras.... For instance, we got takeout from On the Border and the lady gave us 3 big bags of hot tortilla chips and 3 takeout bowls of salsa... for free. She got $8.
     
  17. Pumbaa_

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    I generally add on a couple bucks, I love the service and it is major convenience for me, worth a couple bucks
     
  18. Belle5

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    10% unless there are attitude/service issues.
     
  19. BostonTink85

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    I don't do the take-out where they bring the food to your car. However, like a few previous posters, I don't tip if I order take-out and go and pick it up from the restaurant. Never crossed my mind, since I'm the one picking it up.
     
  20. DOOM1001

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    10% is probably a good amount for curbside orders.Curbside employees most likely don't have to tip out bartenders,food runners or bussers,so leaving with 10% would be similar to a server who does have to tip out the other employees.Where I used to work as a server you basically had to give around 5% of your tips to the bartenders,bussers and food runners so if you only averaged 15% in tips you would leave making 10% of your sales,so that's why 18-20% in tips versus 15% does make a difference.
     
  21. ComplicatedPink

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    I work at a restaurant and part of my job is taking/assembling/delivering carryout and curbside. Honestly, I really don't expect a tip most of the time. However, if someone has a $50+ order, a tip is very appreciated(these are the orders that are most likely not going to leave a tip). My main job is not carryout/curbside and it really does get stressful sometimes trying to take care of two sets of customers. If you think I've provided you with a great experience then help a poor college student out :goodvibes . Obviously there are some very strong opinions but to the OP i say tip what/if you are comfortable.
     

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