Do you tip the servers when you only get takeout?

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  1. Efficient Admin profile image92
    Efficient Adminposted 5 years ago

    Do you tip the servers when you only get takeout?

    If you stop by a restaurant and get a to-go order, are you supposed to tip the person who took and submitted your order, even though it is to-go?

  2. Stacie L profile image93
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    I don't know if one is supposed to tip in that scenario, but I don't .
    I believe in tipping if someone waits on me at a table setting and provides good service for the entire meal.

    1. Efficient Admin profile image92
      Efficient Adminposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree. I got take-out today and noticed on the receipt while paying you could add a tip if desired. I did not leave a tip since it was take-out but started thinking about it. Thank you, I appreciate your input.

  3. aidenw profile image66
    aidenwposted 5 years ago

    I don't tip when I get a to-go order.  I think the space for tip is on the receipt because they use the same receipt for those who dine in. Besides, if a take-out customer is really generous and wants to give a tip, it's made easy for them smile

    A good practice I've learned from others (including a restaurant owner) is to draw a horizontal line in the space for tip when you're not leaving a tip and write the total amount at the bottom. This also applies when you're dining in and prefer to leave the tip on the table in cash, but pay for your food with a credit card.

    1. Efficient Admin profile image92
      Efficient Adminposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great information to remember. Thank you for these tips.

  4. profile image60
    LaureJposted 5 years ago

    If I feel the service was exceptionally friendly or fast, or if it's a place I go a lot, I do - just because I think it would probably make them feel good to be recognized with a small gratuity, but I don't do the percentage like a sit-down or pizza delivery, I just add a dollar or two and round up the change - but I think it is a matter of personal preference in this situation.

    1. Efficient Admin profile image92
      Efficient Adminposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That is a great idea for a place you go to a lot. I may start doing that if I find a favorite takeout place.

  5. LoisRyan13903 profile image71
    LoisRyan13903posted 5 years ago

    I think it depends on the restaurant.  No if it's McDonadls or some other fast food chain.  But if I pick up a pizza, I usually tip a couple of dollars, same as if the person delivers one.  Another place I might tip if I take a to-go order is Cracker Barrel.  However, I always have a sit down meal.  I am not sure if there is any etiquette about tipping for to-go orders.  I think maybe it is a preference and how well they serve you,

    1. Efficient Admin profile image92
      Efficient Adminposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree if the service is really quick and the food is really good perhaps I would leave something. Thanks for your comment.

  6. robhampton profile image94
    robhamptonposted 5 years ago

    I'm not sure if you are SUPPOSED to tip for a to go order,  but I normally do not. There isn't a server getting drinks and running back and forth checking to see how you are doing.

    1. Efficient Admin profile image92
      Efficient Adminposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree I didn't think a tip was expected on takeout. Sometimes at Subway or Jersey Mike's Subs there is a jar for tips at the cash register (I just remembered this!). Thank you for your comments.


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