OT: Tipping when you pickup food to go?

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by Chuck, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Chuck

    Chuck Guest

    Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    the bar..
    I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    obvious that I was there just for my order..
    Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..

    Is mahi, mahi high in calories when grilled? It was damn good... I
    was just calculating how many times a month I could afford to get this
    salad..
    I may go back and tip the people in the kitchen regardless..
    Chuck (in SC)
     
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  2. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Guest

    Chuck wrote:

    > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > the bar..
    > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    > then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..
    >


    No tip, imho.

    Bob
     
  3. Anthony

    Anthony Guest

    Chuck wrote:
    > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > the bar..
    > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    > then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..
    >


    Tipping is proliferating - used to be barber, cab driver,
    waitstaff/bartenders and folk who carry luggage or get you a cab: but
    now tip jars are all over. Two opposing points of view are:

    1. As a matter of principle I'm not going to be part of the spread of
    this pernicious and degrading practice.

    2. By spreading a few bucks around I can get a lot nicer treatment,
    and the folks who get the money are not generally getting rich in the
    jobs they do.

    I hold to the second view out of some combination of weakness and a
    desire for the easiest ride possible through life.
     
  4. -L.

    -L. Guest

    Chuck wrote:
    > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > the bar..
    > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    > then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..


    I generally do not.

    >
    > Is mahi, mahi high in calories when grilled? It was damn good... I
    > was just calculating how many times a month I could afford to get this
    > salad..
    > I may go back and tip the people in the kitchen regardless..
    > Chuck (in SC)


    Call the manager or owner and rave about your dish - ask to make sure
    your comments are given to the chef.

    -L.
     
  5. Dee Randall

    Dee Randall Guest

    "Chuck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > the bar..
    > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    > then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..
    >
    > Is mahi, mahi high in calories when grilled? It was damn good... I
    > was just calculating how many times a month I could afford to get this
    > salad..
    > I may go back and tip the people in the kitchen regardless..
    > Chuck (in SC)


    I get frozen fillets of mahi mahi at Costco -- really reasonable price.
    Could/would you make this dish yourself?
    I've ordered a grill -- so I will be grilling it as soon as it gets here.
    Dee Dee
     
  6. cathyxyz

    cathyxyz Guest

    Chuck wrote:
    > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > the bar..
    > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    > then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..


    I don't tip at take-out places either....
    Cheers
    Cathy(xyz)
     
  7. Nancy Young

    Nancy Young Guest

    "Chuck" <[email protected]> wrote

    > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > the bar..
    > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > Should I have tipped?


    N. O.

    nancy
     
  8. limey

    limey Guest

    "Chuck" wrote
    > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > the bar..
    > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    > then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..


    I don't.
     
  9. Jessica V.

    Jessica V. Guest

    Chuck wrote:
    > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > the bar..
    > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    > then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..
    >
    > Is mahi, mahi high in calories when grilled? It was damn good... I
    > was just calculating how many times a month I could afford to get this
    > salad..
    > I may go back and tip the people in the kitchen regardless..
    > Chuck (in SC)


    I don't tip for take out, it'd be like tipping the cashier at Macys,
    IMHO. I do tip on take out when I have a huge order and they get a
    busboy to take it out to my car.

    Jessica
     
  10. RobinB.

    RobinB. Guest

    "Jessica V." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > Chuck wrote:
    > > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > > the bar..
    > > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > > Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    > > then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..
    > >
    > > Is mahi, mahi high in calories when grilled? It was damn good... I
    > > was just calculating how many times a month I could afford to get this
    > > salad..
    > > I may go back and tip the people in the kitchen regardless..
    > > Chuck (in SC)

    >
    > I don't tip for take out, it'd be like tipping the cashier at Macys,
    > IMHO. I do tip on take out when I have a huge order and they get a
    > busboy to take it out to my car.
    >
    > Jessica
    >


    I struggle with this as well. I throw a couple of bucks if it's a big order
    or if I am ordering from my usual hangout. Robin
     
  11. zipporah

    zipporah Guest

    Chuck wrote:
    > Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    > the bar..
    > I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    > I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    > obvious that I was there just for my order..
    > Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    > then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..
    >
    > Is mahi, mahi high in calories when grilled? It was damn good... I
    > was just calculating how many times a month I could afford to get this
    > salad..
    > I may go back and tip the people in the kitchen regardless..
    > Chuck (in SC)


    I usually only tip for take-out orders at those places where I'm a
    frequent guest (for either eat-in or take-out). But, at those places,
    the workers usually recognize us and go out of their way to take good
    care of regular customers, so it's a slightly different scenario.
     
  12. RoR

    RoR Guest

    On Mon, 20 Feb 2006 16:24:49 GMT, Chuck <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    >the bar..
    >I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    >I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    >obvious that I was there just for my order..
    >Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    >then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..
    >
    >Is mahi, mahi high in calories when grilled? It was damn good... I
    >was just calculating how many times a month I could afford to get this
    >salad..
    >I may go back and tip the people in the kitchen regardless..
    >Chuck (in SC)



    I tip for *service* not product. Bringing me the product I ordered isn't service unless
    it is a self-service place (imagine a self-cook restaurant?).

    If there is an element of personal service in the transaction, above and beyond what is
    needed to do the job pleasantly, I might offer a tip. The few times I have tried to tip
    for what I felt was over-the-top service it was refused. "It's my job, sir, but thanks
    for the thought."

    But I wouldn't tip for a take home pizza, why for a take home dinner?






    --
    Rick R
    [email protected]ult
    replace default with com to email
     
  13. Dee Randall

    Dee Randall Guest

    ">
    > I usually only tip for take-out orders at those places where I'm a
    > frequent guest (for either eat-in or take-out). But, at those places, the
    > workers usually recognize us and go out of their way to take good care of
    > regular customers, so it's a slightly different scenario.


    Tit for tat -- good system. I like it.
    Dee Dee
     
  14. pgluth1

    pgluth1 Guest

    As someone who has worked as a bartender and was given the responsibility
    to handle carry out food, I must put in my two cents worth. I have worked
    at 4 different establishments, including a major chain (Friday's) and
    none of these places gave the bartenders an extra penny to handle the
    extra work - it was just considered "part of the job." (In fact, in most
    states, the bartenders at Friday's make minimum SERVER wage plus tips -
    $3.00 an hour, not so-called REAL minimum wage. In Chicago, in part from
    pressure from the National Restaurant Association, this server pay has
    only been increased once in 20 years, not like regular pay)

    This is certainly not the customer's problem - they just want service.
    However, it might shine some light on why some customers might be on hold
    for some time, and why the service might be less than stellar when the
    customer asks the bartender to go back in the kitchen for yet another
    side of mayo.

    Frankly, I think the system stinks. Some restaurants, like Outback,
    actually pay people to handle the carry out business. But I have worked a
    dead Super Bowl Sunday where the carry out business is double what the
    restaurant business is, and the bartender makes $5 in tips for all the
    extra work - taking the order, ringing it up, (explaining it to hispanic
    cooks), making sure it is boxed and full of condiments, and then handling
    the cash end.

    Lastly, many bosses (this is usually done on a store by store basis, not
    necessarily "policy") make the bartender ring in all carry out food under
    their number - therefore, the bartender is responsible for declaring tips
    on carry out food - even if stiffed. In some cases, the bartender
    actually LOST money taking carry out food.

    As I said above - it isn't the customer's fault - it's just a crappy
    system. Bartenders just grumble when tipping restaurant guests have to
    wait because they are stuck back in the kitchen boxing up orders for 20.
    The restaurant owners are just too cheap to care.
     
  15. Chuck

    Chuck Guest

    On Mon, 20 Feb 2006 11:51:03 -0500, "Dee Randall"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Chuck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]
    >> Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    >> the bar..
    >> I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    >> I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    >> obvious that I was there just for my order..
    >> Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    >> then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..
    >>
    >> Is mahi, mahi high in calories when grilled? It was damn good... I
    >> was just calculating how many times a month I could afford to get this
    >> salad..
    >> I may go back and tip the people in the kitchen regardless..
    >> Chuck (in SC)

    >
    >I get frozen fillets of mahi mahi at Costco -- really reasonable price.
    >Could/would you make this dish yourself?
    >I've ordered a grill -- so I will be grilling it as soon as it gets here.
    >Dee Dee
    >

    I'll bring the salad fixin's then.. what time? which coast?!
    Oh wait.. tin foil hat subject again!

    I recently joined "sam's club".. .. haven't seen it there..
    The closest costco is 90 miles away in Charlotte NC.. and I do go by
    there often.. just hate the idea of "paying to be a customer" again..


    Thanks for the feedback everyone..
    Chuck (in SC)
     
  16. Nancy Young

    Nancy Young Guest

    Complete coincidence, it wasn't my idea to have Chinese food
    for dinner, and I am never the one to pick it up. Tonight, I did.
    I had *plenty* of time to notice (as someone had walked in and
    ordered over $80 worth of food and they were slammed), that
    they had a Tip Jar! No freakin way am I tipping to pick up the
    food I ordered.

    Call me a bad, bad cheap person, but I think that is over the
    line. What's next, I'll take a Big Mac, oh here's a dollar for
    handing it to me? Unlikely.

    The bartender situation that someone mentioned, that's just
    wrong. No way should someone have to claim takeout orders
    on their ticket/whatever. Not right. I reconsider my thinking on
    that for that reason, though it's not an issue for me, I don't do that.
    Order out from restaurants, aside from Chinese or pizza.

    This tipping thing is out of control. At some point people
    should just do their job that they are being paid for, that's what
    I think. Obviously waitstaff is not paid for that and it's understood.
    In the states.

    nancy
     
  17. On Mon, 20 Feb 2006 16:24:49 GMT, Chuck <[email protected]> rummaged among
    random neurons and opined:

    >Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    >the bar..
    >I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    >I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    >obvious that I was there just for my order..
    >Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    >then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..


    <snip>

    I wouldn't tip for the above. An' another thin', Loosey, what's up
    with the tip jars at coffee houses and the like? I'm supposed to tip a
    barista for doing her job?

    Terry "Squeaks" Pulliam Burd
    AAC(F)BV66.0748.CA

    --
    "If the soup had been as hot as the claret, if the claret had been as
    old as the bird, and if the bird's breasts had been as full as the
    waitress's, it would have been a very good dinner."

    -- Duncan Hines

    To reply, replace "spaminator" with "cox"
     
  18. On Mon 20 Feb 2006 05:28:46p, Thus Spake Zarathustra, or was it Terry
    Pulliam Burd?

    > On Mon, 20 Feb 2006 16:24:49 GMT, Chuck <[email protected]> rummaged among
    > random neurons and opined:
    >
    >>Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    >>the bar..
    >>I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    >>I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    >>obvious that I was there just for my order..
    >>Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    >>then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..

    >
    > <snip>
    >
    > I wouldn't tip for the above. An' another thin', Loosey, what's up
    > with the tip jars at coffee houses and the like? I'm supposed to tip a
    > barista for doing her job?


    Now that's something that really pisses me off!


    --
    Wayne Boatwright o¿o
    ____________________

    BIOYA
     
  19. Dee Randall

    Dee Randall Guest

    "Chuck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > On Mon, 20 Feb 2006 11:51:03 -0500, "Dee Randall"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"Chuck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>news:[email protected]
    >>> Local restaurant (not big city) You must place any "to go" orders at
    >>> the bar..
    >>> I ordered a salad to go (char grilled mahi, mahi greek salad.. )
    >>> I was never asked if I wanted a drink while I waited.. etc. It was
    >>> obvious that I was there just for my order..
    >>> Should I have tipped? No "service" was offered.. They took my order,,
    >>> then took my money.. Didn't really think about it till after I left..
    >>>
    >>> Is mahi, mahi high in calories when grilled? It was damn good... I
    >>> was just calculating how many times a month I could afford to get this
    >>> salad..
    >>> I may go back and tip the people in the kitchen regardless..
    >>> Chuck (in SC)

    >>
    >>I get frozen fillets of mahi mahi at Costco -- really reasonable price.
    >>Could/would you make this dish yourself?
    >>I've ordered a grill -- so I will be grilling it as soon as it gets here.
    >>Dee Dee
    >>

    > I'll bring the salad fixin's then.. what time? which coast?!
    > Oh wait.. tin foil hat subject again!
    >
    > I recently joined "sam's club".. .. haven't seen it there..
    > The closest costco is 90 miles away in Charlotte NC.. and I do go by
    > there often.. just hate the idea of "paying to be a customer" again..
    >
    >
    > Thanks for the feedback everyone..
    > Chuck (in SC)


    I don't pay to belong to Costco -- I paid $100 for a membership and got back
    $400 for the trouble of saving myself money. Two + two = five.
    Dee Dee
     
  20. "Chuck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > The closest costco is 90 miles away in Charlotte NC.. and I do go by
    > there often.. just hate the idea of "paying to be a customer" again..
    >


    Understandable. I put off joining BJ's for a long time. While in theory
    you are right, my savings can pay for the membership in one shopping trip on
    meats. Good quality and the best prices around. I save about $6 a fill on
    propane tanks and I use a couple a month in winter. Some cleaning supplies
    and paper goods are just as cheap at WalMart.
     
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