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Old 05-17-2010, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Is it just me or is the (perceived) expectation of tips getting out of control at semi-fast food places (and carryout)? I consider myself a decent tipper (20-30%) when I'm served but I'm confused about places like Moe's, Five Guys, Qdoba, Quiznos (and all the local joints). Why do they even have a tip option on the receipt? Is it because they 'made' (put together) my burrito in front of me? Is this the difference? In some cases you prepay (tip on credit card receipt before getting the food), so am I pre-tipping so I receive good service? I don't see why these employees are any more deserving of tips than those at places like McDonalds. Should I be concerned that they're remembering me each time I refuse to pay $10 for a ****** burrito? Then there's carryout, if my tip for delivery is for the driver - what is it for with carryout? Rant over, I feel better now.
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:47 PM
 
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The only place I tip other than a regular sit down and be served restaurant is Sonic, and even then it's only 25 or 50 cents.
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:59 PM
 
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The only place I tip other than a regular sit down and be served restaurant is Sonic, and even then it's only 25 or 50 cents.

Exactly. If I am being served by a wait person in a sit down restaurant then I tip.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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If my food comes in a bag and/or box, I'm not tipping. Keeps it simple.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:27 PM
 
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I dont tip unless they bring my food to the table and refill my drink.

Although, I have tipped a couple bucks a few times at local places like The Roasting Company because the people that ring me up are generally pretty cool and remember my order since I always get the same thing.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:33 PM
 
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Places like Shomar's where they bring the food and refill drinks, I generally leave a couple dollars on the table (plus, they really do a consistent good job with food quality and getting the food out quickly).

Places like Nothing But Noodles or Pei Wei, where they bring the food, yet don't serve drinks, it depends on my mood and the food quality and timeliness of the kitchen, I may leave nothing, or a dollar or two at most (one exception, though we haven't been there in a couple years since we moved further away, was the Ci Ci's off 51 in Pineville. There was a hispanic lady that had worked busting tables for 5 or 6 years and was there everytime we were. I would always make sure I handed her a couple of dollars and her face would light-up like a Christmas tree).

Places like Moe's, where you get the food before you pay and your owe drink: no tip. (This is generally reflected in that no one tips in these places as the dining rooms/drink area/condiment areas are generally unkept. I at the point that I'm going to start submitting feedback online to these establishments as I have to wipe my own table and ask for missing condiments and empty beverage containers to be refilled).

Finally, we use alot of Restaurant.com coupons for large take-out orders. In many cases I might add a couple dollars on as a tip when I pick-up the order as I know they aren't making a lot, if any money off the order and it took someone valuable time to pack it all up for me.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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What about Melting Pot where you cook your own food? Thoughts anyone? Do you normally leave as much as you would at a "normal" restaurant?
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:06 PM
 
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Places like Shomars and Pei Wei definitely a few dollars.. What about Starbucks? The drinks are so expensive anyway and I've never been able to justify tipping there.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:10 PM
 
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The only place I tip other than a regular sit down and be served restaurant is Sonic, and even then it's only 25 or 50 cents.

The car hops at Sonic only make server wages just like a server does at Outback or anywhere else like that.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:46 AM
 
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The car hops at Sonic only make server wages just like a server does at Outback or anywhere else like that.
That's not true. Sonic car hops get paid at least minimum wage, normally more.
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