To-Go Tipping Etiquette

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  1. JasonMC

    JasonMC Stunt Coordinator

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    My wife and I went to Chili's to go tonight. I went in to get the food and they ran my debit card. On the reciept was a place for a tip. I didn't leave any tip since they really didn't do anything (except the cooks).

    What does everybody else do with tips when ordering to go from restaurants?
     
  2. Steve Schaffer

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    If I have it delivered, I tip the same as if it were a regular restaurant--15-20%.

    If I go and pick it up, I don't tip at all.
     
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    My rule is no service, no tip. If I pick it up, then I'm doing the food service and I don't give a tip.
     
  4. Mark Pfeiffer

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    Agreed. If I'm going to the trouble of picking it up, then I don't tip. (FWIW, I think the tip line always shows up regardless of whether you're picking it up or having it delivered.)
     
  5. CaseyLS

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    Off topic: What does FWIW mean?
     
  6. James Landau

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    FWIW = For What It's Worth
     
  7. CaseyLS

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    :b

    oic
     
  8. Mike Voigt

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    I do tip - there is a little service involved, like getting the food together, checking on any other needs, and on occasion a free drink while waiting, etc. - and for that I leave 10%.

    If I use the place frequently, maybe even 15%. That way, I assure myself of excellent service next time - a tactic which has always worked...

    Mike
     
  9. Kirk Gunn

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    Same here if it's one of my normal restaurants where I know the staff. If a bartender or normal waitstaff also has to handle to-go orders, it is a pain for them and a tip will ensure prompt and accurate service !

    Some restaurants have dedicated "to go" areas, so there I only tip a dollar or two depending on the size of the meal.
     
  10. Scott Tucker

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    I will always leave a buck or two since the bartender or waitstaff handles the order for me. If you don't, and it is a place you frequent often, you will wait longer to get service next time.
     

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