Do you tip for picking up takeout? I tip generously for delivery and dine-in, but for takeout I don’t think it’s warranted (or at least expected)

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Not true that it doesn’t take much effort. It depends on the place. I used to work this type of job back in college - it was surprisingly really fun! - at an upscale restaurant I won’t name. We got so busy, it was a lot of work! We had to get the orders right and customers were picky! Always had to include utensils, fresh bread that we also monitored and cooked, butter and/or olive oil for the bread. All sauces on the side and hot (or cold for salad), organize the orders and present to the customer(s) to ensure the order was correct before they left! Whatever they wanted. (Also had to clean and prep for the next day if you were a closer.)

Most people left us *something* but not 20%. We appreciated anything! Super fun and clean! I also worked other areas in the restaurant and loved to dress up and see regulars. I only get take-out from one restaurant these days, but everything is always perfect! I tip 10-15%.

Trust me, if you tip well, places will remember you and will be happy to go out of their way to give you great service. It can really be a win-win!

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No for take-out, yes for dine-in and delivery.

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Yes, a little, because we’re in a pandemic and many restaurants are on the brink of closing.

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Ok I get that and there are restaurants that I want to support. But in a non-pandemic situation, not expected?

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Ok this thread convinced me. I’ll start tipping for takeout. Thanks all.

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Pre-Covid, I tipped 20% or more for both delivery and pickup. During Covid I tip over 20% for everything.

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Haha, before I was CD I worked in restaurants to get through art school. Maybe this my way of paying it back – or paying it forward, as the case may be.

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I tip 20%. Restaurants and their workers are struggling. And I’ll do it after the pandemic, just like I did before. It’s a tough way to make a living.

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I already said if you can’t afford to tip a few dollars, I understand.
Just know that every restaurant with servers and staff out there is relying on your tips to survive. Justify it however you want in your head to not feel guilty.

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I didn’t previously until COVID hit. Now I tip for takeout - both if I’m going in to pick up or curbside. Once in the while I’d tip takeout pre-COVID if I was getting really good service.

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Under no circumstances, and I think anyone who does is crazy. I’ve yelled at my mom for doing it.

Tipping is for providing service beyond the product the business is selling. They are not providing service. Thus they don’t get a tip.

I also agree with the person above that the pandemic pressure to tip is becoming over the top. There’s absolutely no reason to tip where people are now doing it to be nice because of covid. I have my own bills to pay, I don’t need to pay 15% above list price when I didn’t receive anything to justify it.

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The UI of food ordering apps, when you change to “pick up”. Adds a prompt on the bottom that says “add a tip to say thanks”. Now, I imagine it takes a little bit of thought to decide from a user interface not to give the option of “no tip” in here. Again, this is for pick up and it looks like it’s standardized practice to tip. It takes a little bit more effort to tap ‘custom’ and then type ‘zero’ but again it’s just a discouraged practice not to tip.

BUT to each his own.

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Pre covid: never

During covid: yes

Once things go back to normal: probably not

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I tip as much as possible tbh. Especially for take-out/dine-in. Anywhere from 30-50% - tipping over 20% is small dollars at the end of the day but it’s not like I needed either of the stimulus checks I got, so the least I can do is give it back to local business as best as possible. Using it as tip money let’s me be generous and spread it around to different places I like.

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No. I’m broke just like everyone else. I’m patronizing the business by ordering the meal rather than cooking at home. That’s my support.

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I tip a few dollars if I’m picking up. 10% if I’m feeling spicy. And yes, I have worked food service before, no boxing up your meal does not take much effort.

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Always (~20%) if they ask, i.e. on the receipt or in the app

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Yes since covid - turns out now that pick-up volumes are so high it is often someone’s entire job to run take-out for the shift, and at least at one restaurant I know they still make the ~$2/hr as if they were serving tables and rely on tips!

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I’ve always tipped something - usually 10% as it seems fair and it’s easy to calculate. I figure they still took the effort to get my food ready fro me to pick up and often the take out is taking the place of going out to eat where I would spend more because of drinks.

Now in this pandemic world, I will do 20% or 25% or even more of it is a small restaurant and I know it is the owner doing it all.

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I tip less for takeouts, compared to delivery or dine-in. If delivery and dine-in are 20-25%, I do 10-15% for takeouts. It’s just a difficult time. And I want to help with whatever I can, if I can.

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I do a little but not a normal size tip. It takes effort to individually box all of that shit up in those containers and have dressings separated etc etc.

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I historically tipped a couple of bucks. But now I am pretty generous with more like 20% given the situation more restaurants are in

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I used to not tip for take out, but that 5-10$ means a hell of a lot more to them (as a percent of income ) then it does to me. So now that I can afford it, I try to tip a minimum of 20%.

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Yes. How much depends on the place and staff...the local upscale pizza place I do 20% but most in/out places 10%.

I waited tables in college at a restaurant that had a crew that was takeaway only (same truncated min wage)...and they expected tips/decent ones. The packaging up of the food took a decent amount of work. As someone who had picked up and tipped zero in the past, I was surprised by that...

Long way of saying what I said at the beginning- depends on the place

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