Do You Tip for Takeout?
My parents came over on Saturday to hang out with us for a bit. When dinner time approached we decided to order from a chain restaurant that is just a few minutes away from my home.
I logged onto the restaurant’s website and placed my order, which included a meal for each of us, four in total. The meals were relatively straight forward, no ridiculous instructions or special details.
When I arrived at the restaurant the spaces for carry out were all occupied so I parked a few spaces away and walked inside. My order wasn’t ready yet, so I waited in a cramped little space until it was complete.
While I was waiting the cashier offered to let me pay in advance. I handed over a $5 coupon and two gift cards, which my parents generally used to pay for our meal.
As the cashier handed me the receipt she said, “make sure you fill out all three lines.” The three lines included tip, total and signature. I crossed out the line for tip, wrote in the total and signed it. When I handed it back the cashier was visibly disgruntled.
Had I called in my order or waited in my car for someone to bring it out to me I would have tipped, but given the fact that I ordered online and went inside to pick up my food I didn’t think a tip was necessary. The cashier clearly thought otherwise.
I know someone had to cook my order and bag it, but is that really worthy of requiring a tip? As I stood there waiting for my food I wondered if most people would tip in this circumstance.
Do you tip when ordering carry out? If you placed your order online and went inside to pick it up do you think you should be expected to tip?