I’m an attorney, as is my husband (both in-house). I’m a terrible cook, so we get take out a LOT. We have huge disagreements though on whether and how much to tip on said take out. It’s not a money thing—we’re comfortable; it’s more the principal of it (I think?) for my husband not wanting to rip (ie we don’t tip at Chipotle, why should we tip picking up from a sit-down restaurant) whereas, I feel compelled to leave a tip if there’s a tip line. Who’s right?!? How much do others tip for takeout?

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Im generally an over tipper (comes from my high school/college customer service jobs). I always tip at sit down places off the total bill. During Covid I started tipping more (my general rule of thumb used to be 2-3$ pre COVID, then it went up to 15-20%), and now I still kinda tip a bit more than I used to because so many restaurants are so short staffed and this will hopefully counteract the people who aren’t tipping to keep people working at the restaurants I like so I can get the food I want.

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So I used to work at a Cosi when I was in college and because it follows the model of “stand in line and order your own food”, we were paid the normal minimum wage or more (as opposed to the minimum wage for wait staff that is significantly lower because of anticipated tips), since we were not technically classified as wait staff. I think if you are PICKING food up for a restaurant such as that, where the staff is being paid the standard minimum wage (not the server minimum wage), I don’t think tipping is necessary, except in situations where you order an insane amount or the staff goes above and beyond. It sounds like you both agree on tipping for delivery and in-dining (I’m assuming you agree as to the amount to tip). As for picking up food from a normal restaurant, it’s certainly not a necessity by any means. I have been tipping in those situations more during the pandemic since that’s an industry that has been hit particularly hard and while I don’t make tons of money, I feel very fortunate that we never questioned our ability to pay bills during this time, so I have been more free with the tipping at present, but typically again, I don’t when I’m picking up food from anywhere unless the staff goes above and beyond.

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I always tip, even for takeout. Not always 20%, but at least 15. Those servers typically pool and split the till (often with the porters and other staff), generally make well below minimum wage, and they’re sure not getting paid more since the pandemic hit.

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Yeah since the pandemic hit I have been pretty generous with my tipping. I am blessed to have a job that I don’t have to worry about as is my partner, so we want to make sure we are giving back as much as we can to the people.

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Why tip someone for a job I can do myself? I can deliver food, I can drive a taxi, I can and do cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist. Because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.

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Incredible Ref. Really well done

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I never tip less than 20%. Preparing a take out order takes more time and effort than table service. I still have PTSD from my days waiting tables tho. Remember that most restaurant workers make minimum wages payroll and get imputed income for tips when payroll taxes are deducted so if you don’t tip, you’re literally taking money out of their pocket.

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We always tip 20% when ordering take out from a bar or sit down restaurant. If I call the order in over the phone, the person entering my order is probably a server and will have to tip out on my order. If I didn’t tip, they would actually lose money for taking a phone order. That doesn’t seem right, especially since I’m in a position where ordering out multiple times a week is in my budget.

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I never leave a tip for takeout but I can see both sides

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Do you tip your cashier at a grocery store too?

For take out I usually tip $2-3

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As a former restaurant worker, yes, you should absolutely tip. Not 20%, but at least something. If you can spend $50-75 on a takeout order (multiple times a week it sounds like) you can tip at least $3-5. What is the “principal” you are referring to? I’ve never understood this - do people think the food takes its own order and packs itself? The person who does take out (takes order, checks order, packs, hands it to you) is almost 90% of the time a tip wage worker.

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Always leave a tip! Servers and bartenders who ring out takeout have to tip out the kitchen on your order. They tip a percentage of their overall sales to the kitchen - sometimes it’s as high as ten percent. If their only getting take out orders and no one is tipping they can be in the hole. I was a bartender through undergrad and law school and not leaving a tip on that really screws people.

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Also, I’m 95% sure that your Uber eats driver gets the whole tip, and your delivery fee goes to Uber. Nothing to the restaurant employees

I don’t tip if I have to go pick it up. That’s like tipping a cashier at a supermarket. While I understand the counter argument on tipping, let’s remember that it developed from the restaurant industry conditioning patrons (us) that a tip is always required so they can stiff their employees on pay.

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Your food doesn't magically fly from the kitchen and arrange itself in a bag. A wait staff takes the order, transmits it to the kitchen, checks what the kitchen produces, usually has to add bread, butter, etc., sack up, and process the pay. While they are doing that for you, they are not spending time with customers at tables who should be ripping. So yes, even if I pick food up, if it's a place where waitstaff gets tips, I tip them. So should you.

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“Fast food” places like chipotle - I don’t tip. Carry out at a sit-down restaurant - I typically tip 10% Carry out for lunch specials - depends on the total price but I typically tip $1-$5 (most of my lunch meals range for $7 to $20). There’s obviously always going to be exceptions. I always tip 30% at my local owned bagel place that has only 3 employees including the owner.

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@D1 I too did food service (FOH hostess, server and rotational carry out) all throughout college. I too do a minimum of 20% dependent on service. One thing that is important to me during dine out services is when the server is attentive. I will 100% wait for my food for an hour in a backed up kitchen. But what I hate is when the server stops by and says the kitchen is backed up and to be patient and then you never see the server again until after the runners bring out the food 30-45-60 mins later and then once we’ve been eating, stop by to say “how’s the food.” I live in the desert and drink a ton of water so my SO and I always ask for 2 cups of water when we go out because we know the servers won’t stop by the table often enough to refill the drinks. We also explicitly tell the server this so s/he/them knows in advanced that we are fish. It’s also an absolute pet peeve of mine to have to actively hunt down someone to get more water. I ask for the 2 cups to alleviate this problem 🤦‍♀️ Obvi, the slow service due to current labor shortages don’t count lol.

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Ugh, after re-reading my message I realized there are two awful typos with no way to fix them! Oof—you can tell I work in finance with “principal” not principle, but I have no excuse for “rip” instead of tip.

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I think you’re right! For take out I generally do 10%, unless the person is super friendly and makes a genuine connection.

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Always tip. I usually do 20% regardless as a hostess and server in a past life, but I know many don’t and that’s ok. Always tip.

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I tip everywhere where it’s an option. I get paid way too much for a single 26 year old anyway, why not make other people’s lives easier. I recently learned that some of my friends (also attorneys) don’t tip Ubers and it was very disappointing.

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I always tip on takeout, generally 20%, sometimes a higher percentage if it's a small bill because I aim for minimum $5. I waited tables in high school and college and I know there are always people who won't tip, so I try to be as generous as possible because I know what it's like to rely on tips.

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ITT: people of privilege squabbling over a few bucks

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More like a few attorneys trying to rationalize being stingy.

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I leave a tip for take out when the take out service is good. Also, during the height of COVID I tipped more generously. I don’t always tip. But going to a sit down restaurant, I always tip.

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If I’m dining in I tip 20-40%. If it’s pickup 1-2 meals, maybe a few bucks if it’s a small place. And for delivery I tip normally 5-10$ depending on the delivery size. With covid I was tipping the bill

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I tend to tip delivery drivers more than sitdown hostess. They definitely spend more time on me and I get far more value from delivery

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