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Tipping for takeout

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#31 lindag

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:33 AM

I frequent a local Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza place quite often.  I tip $1 for my (usually $12 or so pizza) because:

I always call ahead and order by phone, and my pizza is ALWAYS ready when I arrive, and it is always perfectly made, and the employees are very courteous and pleasant.  Otherwise I don't usually tip for a take out order unless something was out of the ordinary.

#32 annabelle

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 08:23 AM

You have a personal relationship with this pizza place and the OP does as well with the take out places she frequents.  I do not.  Therefore, I do not leave a tip for the person who hands me my coffee and points me to the salad bar.

#33 Lupinus

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 02:10 PM



At the local place where I get take out frequently and they know me? Sure. My order is always correct, it's always ready when I get there, and unless there's a new person behind the counter they know me when I walk in the door. So I toss them a couple bucks.


But that's the exception. My general rule is that I don't tip for take out.


Delivery is another story and I tip for delivery. But for places that charge a delivery fee or someplace that is litterally right down the street I don't usually tip as much as I would had there been no fee or the drive is going to take longer than a minute or two.

#34 DTBarton

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 07:17 AM

I tip at full service restaurants where a bartender or server handles the order. Typically 10%. 


I also tip at carryout places where there is a tip jar and where I am a regular or  where the counter person goes out of his/her way. Usuallly a buck, maybe two. I figure it is a long term investment on future orders. I always tip baristas for the same reason.

I agree with Holly, that's about my philosophy.  I'll tip a little extra at places where I'm a regular and routinely get good food/service.  I generally believe that folks that work at restaurants probably aren't getting rich and they work hard so a little gratuity from people who can afford to take out dinner seems appropriate.