Should Guests Tip for To-Go Orders?
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In his book, Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity, author and former server Steve Dublanica says that when he worked in an upscale restaurant, 80 percent of the time people did not tip on takeout orders.
But given the fact that filling a to-go request takes work -- from helping a guest on the phone, to acknowledging special requests, to packaging the order up properly -- is the dining majority correct in its thinking? I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs if they thought guests should tip when it comes to takeout.
YES, but certainly not 20 percent. Restaurant staff puts orders together, double-checks them to make sure everything is correct, and delivers orders with a smile -- and that deserves a little recognition.
YES: To-go orders have always been a place where I leave $1 to $5 depending on the service. It's still a restaurant, and the pay for them still sucks!
NO: There is virtually no service required for a to-go order, therefore not requiring a tip. Although, if you feel that someone has gone the extra mile, or that you received above and beyond service, a tip would be appropriate.
NO: I do most of the time, but I don't think you need to unless you have someone take it to your car or you see them boxing it up and preparing it for you. Most of the time, it's done by the kitchen and then someone just hands it to you.
YES: A small tip is always nice. To-go orders don't usually involve waitstaff or a tipped employee. Generally, it's the hostess who handles the order. It's a chance for a non-tipped employee to get a little something extra.