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Do you tip if you buy food "to-go"?

  1. BlissfulWriter profile image69
    BlissfulWriterposted 6 years ago

    Do you tip if you buy food "to-go"?

    and if you pay by credit card, and the credit card has a spot for tip?   Should we?  The answer might depend on what country you are in, so if you want to tell us your thoughts and in what country that applies.

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    Mtbailzposted 6 years ago

    For me it completely depends. I'm from the US (NH more specifically) and ususally I only tip if I'm waited on at a restaraunt. But, when I go to take out if the service is unbelivable I'll have no problem throwing in an extra couple of bucks.

  3. TFScientist profile image88
    TFScientistposted 6 years ago

    As someone from the UK I find the automatic tipping of restaurant workers bizzare. I only tip if service is exceptional, and even then only around 5%. I worked in a restaurant for 18months and this attitude seems to be prevalent in this country.

    As for take out, I occassionally round up to the nearest pound - but only for charity, never for the delivery guy or person behind the counter. After all, it is their job. I don't tip doctors, teachers, MOT engineers, postmen or the plethora of other professionals that interact with me. Why should restaurant staff be different?

  4. Express10 profile image87
    Express10posted 6 years ago

    I'm in the US. I don't tip when I buy food to-go. Most often in the area that I am in, I am not getting my food from a waiter for take-out. Because of this I feel no reason to tip for take-out not unlike 80% of Americans. When I get service from a waiter, I tip at least 15% or 20%, otherwise no tip.

  5. Rejected Reality profile image59
    Rejected Realityposted 6 years ago


    I only tip at "To-Go" counters if the service is above and beyond. If I have a large or complicated order and the service is good, I'll through something in the tip jar but I generally don't like the idea of tip jars at fast food joints. What differentiates Dunkin Donuts from McDonalds? There are no tip jars at McDonalds.

    Mr. Pink:  I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job.           http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ldh22 … r1_500.gif

  6. Lenzy profile image81
    Lenzyposted 6 years ago

    I'm in the U.S.  Normally, when I go out to dinner, I tip 20%.  Waiters in the U.S. often make really low wages without tips.  Although I see no reason to have to tip for take-outs, I sometimes do.  When it is obvious that the order has taken a great deal of time to put together or someone has gone out of their way to make sure I get all the little extras, I leave a tip.

  7. stephhicks68 profile image86
    stephhicks68posted 6 years ago

    For me, it depends on the location.  My favorite coffee shop where I know the cashier and baristas, yes.  Otherwise, no, unless someone really goes above and beyond "service". 

    Unlike waiters and bartenders, people who work in "to-go" places are not taxed on estimated tips.  When I waited tables, you were taxed on a percentage of your sales as tips (items rung up under your employee number), so it was really important that we actually realized that percentage.

  8. 910chris profile image78
    910chrisposted 6 years ago

    I live in North Carolina in the US and I never tip for to-go food. I only tip at restruants and my delivery driver. The biggest reason I tip the delivery driver is because the store they deliver from takes 15% of there tips! I have never heard of this before, but I know 3 of the people there and even the manager has said they do it because the driver is "just driving and not doing any real work." Makes you think huh?

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    Larry Wallposted 6 years ago

    I tip at places where I see people fixing my particular order. I tip at other places where the service is good. I tip the Pizza Delivery guy because that is most of his income.
    I tip an average of 15 percent in restaurants. It is unfortunate that restaurants will not pay decent salaries and eliminate the need for tips. Most restaurants and other places collect the tips and then divide them among the employees so that the amount that has to be reported to the IRS is reported and the employer pays his share of the Social Security Tax, which is not always require, but sometimes.

    I have hosted a few large banquets at hotels. Some places add the tips before figuring the taxes, thus you are paying taxes on the tips. Others levy the taxes and then add the tip. If you put on a $20,000 event and there is a mandatory 19 percent gratuity, the point at which the taxes are levied can make a difference.

  10. JayDeck profile image72
    JayDeckposted 6 years ago

    It is possible I may tip on a to-go order, but If the place has a tip jar, NEVER!

  11. pagesvoice profile image87
    pagesvoiceposted 6 years ago

    If I am picking up curbside service then I will tip around 15%. My reasoning is due to the fact here in the States wait staff earn a mere pittance and rely on tips as their income. Plus, if these people are bringing me my to go order it is taking them away from servicing customers at a table. I also tip at the pick up window when I order coffee and bagels...but usually only around 50 to 75 cents.