When you order take out, do you leave a tip?

@miamilady (4916)
United States
October 9, 2007 6:32pm CST
If you leave a tip, how much do you leave? I'm never sure what to do when I go pick up something I ordered for take-out. In some restaurants I've seen people leave tips. In some places it seems as if tipping is not something you do for takeout. I pretty much always thought of tipping as something you do for waiters or waitresses. It didn't occur to me that you're supposed to tip until I went to some places here in Miami. They are small diner type restaurants that serve cuban food. They usually have a window where people go to order coffee or a quick snack. Usually people will leave a tip of their change. I'm a little confused about the tipping etiquette on take-out food.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
10 Oct 07
I believe that it is appropriate to give a tip when you order take out. After all, they are bringing it straight to your door. Any more convient than that and they would have to eat it for you too,LOL.
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@kodie420 (872)
• Canada
10 Oct 07
Well when it comes to tipping at restraunts I will as long as the food and service was decent. Without sounding like a idiot these people already get paid a salary for working there and those hours so I really don`t see why we do tip them. I was a roofer for many years and that was hard work but we did`nt get tips. My overall point is I think there`s jobs were people are working in way more hazardous and deadly positions that deserve tips that don`t get them so why should someone who works in a nice environment get one. Although this is what I believe I don`t practice it. Again if the food is good and is served fast and decent sure Ill tip five dollars or something but as for take out food I don`t ever tip these people because most of the time they get cash every night from there employer and most get their gas payed so why give these people a tip for driving your food to your house it just makes no sense to me. Anyways great post but this is merely just my opinion.
5 Dec 07
well i'm a student so not earning much to leave tip for some one so i don't.
@academic2 (7005)
• Uganda
5 Dec 07
Am sorry to say this, am damn mean, I wont tip anybody for a service I have fully paid for, why should I do that? It ammounts to being wasteful because am ver particular with my accountability, how would I account for a tip?
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
7 Nov 07
I top if I eat in or if I get delivery. I don't tip if I pick up. If I eat in, I get more service than putting food in a container and bagging it up. If I get delivery, they've had to find my place and bring it to my door, so they get a tip. If I get take out, I don't tip.
• Canada
7 Nov 07
I only tip if we eat in or have something delivered. The rate I tip is 10% for delivery, 20% for dine-in and 10% for poor service. I never tip for pick-up orders If tipping is the normal etiquette in your area then I would recommend going along and tipping at whatever the going rate is.
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
7 Nov 07
That would depend If I order Takeout who do I time the cashier for taking my money? NO I DONT tip for Takeout. now if they do home delivery I tip the delivery person
@callarse1 (4787)
• United States
7 Nov 07
A tip is optional but not required. They are not serving you, you are taking it out and not eating it. You don't tip at McDaonlds when you order "to go", nor do you leave money when you take out at Starbucks, but as you know it is your option. If you think the restaurant/worker did a good job with your order you may consider leaving a tip. However it is not required on these types of orders.
@lkbooi (16093)
• Malaysia
7 Nov 07
I only leave a tip to the waiter or waitress if the restaurant does provide satisfactory services. I never give any tip for any take away services unless it is compelled to do so as to following the local custom concerned.
• Kottayam, India
13 Oct 07
Usually we don't need to give.
@HighReed1 (1126)
• United States
13 Oct 07
We sometimes order food to pick up from Chilis or Texas Roadhouse. I don't leave anything, or even sign the credit card receipt, until I check the order. If it's right, I add a couple bucks on the receipt. If it's wrong and has to be corrected, they get nothing. I don't know about take-out etiquette. I just like to recognize that (sometimes) they actually do a good job. If I'm just going up to a window, I don't tip. For coffee and a snack...? Nope.
@cjthedog64 (1552)
• United States
12 Oct 07
People seem to expect a tip for everything nowadays. My opinion is that I tip for service. If you give me great service, I'll consider tipping. Handing me a box of food and my change isn't worthy of a tip. Being a good waiter is. I just don't understand why people think that everyone needs a tip...
@sigma77 (5384)
• United States
12 Oct 07
I didn't think this was required. Should I tip the person who gives me my Taco Bell order? I will gladly tip for waitress/waiter service. I have not heard of tipping for take-out service. Delivery to your front door, yes, but take-out, I don't think so. I might be wrong on this one.
• United States
11 Oct 07
According to tipping etiquette you don't have to tip at take out or places like coffee shops.
@peanutjar (5200)
• Canada
11 Oct 07
Yes we do leave a tip,even though its not alot or a big one,atleast its something.Take out is no biggy.Take the food and put it in a box or bag.If its a coffee and its a dollar,i will leave 20 cents or 25 cents.Sometimes i dont leave anythingif its small like this.Its just pouring the coffee in a cup and putting the lid.:)
• United States
11 Oct 07
I don't leave a tip if I go to pick the food up. I only leave a tip if go to a restaurant and have someone serving my table.
@mummymo (23707)
11 Oct 07
Gosh I really don't know for sure but if I get take away food delivered I usually try and tip the delivery person otherwise no I don't usually tip- why I don't know but there you go! xxxx
• United States
11 Oct 07
NO I dont. I know what you mean like we eat out and take out sometimes like at Denny's or something half the time we take out is because we dont have money to tip. Rarely do we tip unless we sit down. Then well we do.
@sandwedge (1340)
• Malaysia
11 Oct 07
take out, no tips required. if you are dining in, then you may want to tip cause they are SERVING you with your whim and fancies. ake out, they just stick their head out of the windows and pass you the food.
@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
11 Oct 07
I do sometimes if they have a tip jar placed on the counter. If they don't then I don't LOL