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Old 07-15-2006, 10:07 PM   #1
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Carside To Go - Tip?

I work at a bank - sometimes we order take-out from nearby restaurants. A few days ago we ordered from Applebee's. They have carside to go service. You call in the order & they bring it out to your car when you get there. This was my first time using this service. I asked others who had done the pick-up before, about tipping. I was told no - no tip involved. When I went there the other day with my husband, he was a bit dismayed that I didn't have the extra money for a tip. He felt that it should have been offered & the girl who brought our food out seemed to be waiting for something. I've been feeling so guilty since then that I feel like I should go back, find that girl, & give her a tip!

What's the protocol? Will someone spit in our food the next time because we didn't tip this time?


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Old 07-16-2006, 09:11 AM   #2
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I'd tip. They're saving you the trouble of getting out of the car and going into the restaurant to pick up your order.

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Old 07-16-2006, 09:16 AM   #3
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Please give them a tip. Those kids don't make squat. The restaurants are allowed to pay servers below minimum wage, as their tips constitute part of their earnings. It's a loop-hole in the law that I think is quite unfair.
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Old 07-16-2006, 09:42 AM   #4
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Tipping is very irritating to me sometimes. I understand that they don't make a bunch of money, but heck, neither do I!!!! I suppose I could see a buck for bringing it out to the car......I guess. I wouldn't give any more than that though. It's not like they took your order, or refilled your drinks. They ran it our to your car. I'd say a buck is plenty, and believe it or not, I'm a very good tipper.

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Old 07-16-2006, 09:48 AM   #5
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I'm on the fence with this one. And I was waitressing back in the 70's where we were paid $2.50/hour "because our tips made up the rest". And you know what? Those of us who gave good service ended making, on the average, about $10/hour, which was pretty darn good back then. But we were providing cheerful yet serious attention to our tables/customers & deserved that money. We weren't just walking out the door & handing someone a bag.

However, to be frank, I don't think that carrying a bag out to a car constitutes a service that deserves a tip. A chimp could probably carry a bag out to a car without dropping it. It's just one tiny step up from going thru a fast-food drive-thru. How many of you leave tips at McDonalds?

I doubt the person delivering the bag to the car has checked the order to make sure it's correct or had anything else to do with the order - they're just moving it from Point A to Point B. In my mind a tip is meant to be a reward for good service, not an automatic given because the food industry doesn't pay its employees enough. If I'm dining at a restaurant & the service is abysmal, I don't leave a tip - nor do I usually return to that restaurant.

I don't think you should feel badly at all, & if that person made you uncomfortable because she was obviously "waiting around for something" for walking 10 feet out of the restaurant & handing you a bag - shame on her, not you.

Oh - & before you all think I'm some kind of cheapskate, for decent, not even exceptional, service I always leave a tip of between 20-25% - regardless of the restaurant.
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Old 07-16-2006, 09:58 AM   #6
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Hmmm - I've never the 'car service' thing with Applebee's or any of the other places where that's catching on - however, we do have 'Sonic' here, where they have the curbside 'roller-skaters' who bring your order out - like a 50's style burger place. I do give the kids a tip, although it may be just 50 cents of a buck, depending on how much I've ordered. They do check your order - I was inside one day (before I realized you shouldn't go inside at Sonic, lol) and saw all of the kids looking in the bag and at the drink orders before they carried them outside. They do work hard - and especially here in SC, in the heat as well!

And I don't leave a 'routine' tip at restaurants; drives hubby crazy, but their tip is based on their service - period. I don't knock the tip if the food is bad - that's not their fault - but if the service is bad, they get less from me.
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Old 07-16-2006, 10:30 AM   #7
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There is an interesting website devoted to this very topic of tipping at www.bitterwaitress.com. You'd be surprised which celebrities are considered cheapskates.
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Old 07-16-2006, 10:35 AM   #8
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I think websites like that are ridiculous & are just looking to glean points because supposed "celebrities" were served. WHO CARES!!! They're still just people, & if they don't think the service they received was decent, they have just as much right to tip accordingly. Folks who start these types of websites are just looking for notoriety - nothing else.
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Old 07-16-2006, 12:19 PM   #9
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I usually tip, but I always tip and usually overtip waiters. They're scary to me for some reason.
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Old 07-16-2006, 12:33 PM   #10
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Banana Brain - tipping because you're "scared" is definitely NOT a reason to tip.

And I find this subtle underlying thread that people are afraid NOT to tip because they think they're going to get substandard (or contaminated) food next time around is really really sad.

I hope that anyone reading here who is a part of the food service industry reads this - because it's unbelievably SAD & FRIGHTENING at the same time.

Food service folks - you're not curing cancer, you're providing wonderful/decent food for people who appreciate it. Whether it's McDonalds or the local pricey bistro, you folks need to get a grip.

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