Ok, so definitely not an educational question. Ordered a pizza to pick up after work. Paid online. Asked if I wanted to tip. For a pizza I’m going to pick up myself and bake at home? What’s the feeling about tipping? I’ve seen a grocery store ask if I wanted to tip the cashier. Seems if companies are asking to tip their employees maybe they need to pay better? Not talking about waitstaff/hairstylist and those industry.

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I’ve spent so many years in the food service industry I always tip for carry out. Not 20% but usually a few dollars. Even at a serve yourself frozen yogurt place… I’m making my own dessert, but I still leave at least a dollar. I’m just proud of them for working, especially the high schoolers because so many of my students could care less about getting a job. And ALWAYS tip your barista and your bartender- couldn’t do this job without them 😂


Since COVID, my family does a lot more carry out than dining in (we're too cheap to pay for Door Dash so I go pick it up) and I always tip - someone has to assemble the meal, bag it up, make sure everything is in there, etc. We tip a little more if it's curbside delivery. But I wouldn't be upset about an online request to tip if I didn't feel it was warranted - that's pretty low pressure and easy to ignore.

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I tipped for pickup during the pandemic, because I knew how much local restaurants were struggling. Now that things are back to normal, I don't tip when I'm picking up takeout. Seems everyone has their hand out lately, and it's starting to make me feel uncomfortable.


I agree. I did more during covid time because people couldnt eat in. Its gotten bad because every machine has the do u wanna tip page now. Like no im not tipping for you to hand me my soda. If they have to get food together, ok ill tip. But not just for every little thing.

The place for a tip on the bill before you even receive the service… 🤦‍♀️ That’s a no for me.


I'm a decent tipper (I think), but I agree that the automatic tip questions on the charge machine make me feel awkward- the cashier is watching me as I'm deliberating how much to tip for ordering just a soda :( It just feels too obligatory. Where I draw the line is blatant ridiculousness- I was at LAX a month ago, buying water from a little stand in the waiting area, where the sign beneath the cashier said that a "service tax" was automatically added to "support the staff" or some such thing! That's what they are paid to do! No offense, but he isn't making or serving food- he is literally paid to stand there and take my money for a bottle of water, so why am I paying MORE to make up for LAX's wage gap?!


That's entitlement gone amok.


That's a fair assessment, Kansas.

Never tip for pickup


After spending so much time in food service, I almost always tip when prompted. I'm not throwing out a 20% tip on a takeout order, but in your situation, I would add a dollar or two. I know I'm not in the majority on that, though. Maybe it has to do with me being a "millennial."


Omg I’m actually 44. I forgot. 😂


I tend to be an above average tipper (20%) for eating/drinking in an establishment for many reasons…

Bartender for 5 yrs college and post- college. Paid the bills and made it possible.
Live in the community I teach in and local places always have current/former students.
Lived thru a pandemic when many hospitality businesses closed (in some cases forever). Overtipped then and still overtip now. Do it now because I can afford to, and because many smaller (family owned) places are still struggling. Don’t tip at National fast food franchises, but my local hot dog, Chinese take out, and bagel shops always get a dollar (or a couple) tip for the effort and service, even for takeout.

Easy way to deal with the request to prepay a tip. “I like to tip in cash directly to my server at POS”.

There should not be an expectation that you tip for anything and everything, but a dollar and a thank you go a long way, and are greatly appreciated by those who receive them. I teach in a public school and there was a message on Google classroom and a donut 🍩 in a conference room. I would have appreciated $1 and a sincere thank you more.


I tip even if I’m picking it up. If someone is preparing my food, I’m tipping.


That's indeed commendable, but the price of your food includes compensation for the person who prepared it. These people are typically paid differently because service staff traditionally receive tips based on the quality of the service they provide to the customer.
I'm not trying to discourage you from tipping as you see fit, I'm just making a distinction about the practice of tipping in general.
I'm sure your tips are appreciated.

No tipping for things i have to do myself


You can always just not tip though? Most places just have one point of sale system for all of their products offered. So even if you're picking up you're using the same system as delivery or eat-in.


This is a really good point. I didn't think about the point of sale system.

I think every worker these days feels like they deserve a tip. In your case, I think it entirely depends on whether you feel like tipping or not. No compulsion here.


I’ve never been asked to tip anyone unless I’m w a large grp in a restaurant where gratuity is in the bill. That’s just bizarre!

I tip for two reasons:

1) if someone has performed a service for me
2) if they are someone I want to support for personal reasons

Selling me something at a retail price is not a service, it is sales. I don’t tip salespeople for reason #1

With you Utah. I waitresses, now called ‘server’ for 7 years, while in HS, in the summer and in college.

I always tip when I pick up. Not as much as when i eat out (typically 20-25% depending on how nice they are) but i even leave a few dollars when it’s a buffet. I always tip everyone. I appreciate the time and effort they put in.

I am so glad you asked this. I feel like everyone wants a tip these days. I never know how much to tip or when.

I picked up a meal about 6 months ago and they charged for a tip. I asked why and was told since so many people are picking up meals and not going inside it is the only way they can keep their waitresses employed.

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