I happened upon a YouTube video the other day where Joe Somebody asked if you tip for takeout.
I thought it’d be a great question to pose to you as well.
Joe mentions that he’s seen the little tip line show up on his credit card receipts.
He wondered if it was just because the card was run on the same machine as the servers’ checks or if it was because the cashier was really trying to get a tip for takeout.
My Experience with Tips for Take Out – Pizza Restaurant
As I’ve mentioned before, I had a very crazy first job at a pizza restaurant back in high school. I performed pretty much every job but cooking and delivering pizzas so I often dealt with credit card receipts.
At our store, the credit card receipts always printed with a tip line on them, mostly so that drivers and servers could have tips added to credit card bills. I wasn’t aware of any setting to turn it off on take out orders, so all of our take out receipts had the tip line, too.
Personally, I never expected to get a tip for takeout because I didn’t feel it was required. I wasn’t paid a server or driver wage, but I wasn’t making much more than minimum wage either. I don’t think any of my coworkers that worked carry out expected tips either.
Did I Ever Get Tipped for Carry Out Orders?
Surprisingly, yes, I did get tipped very occasionally for carry out orders! I’d say it was a very small percentage of carry out orders that would tip but it didn’t exceed 10% of all customers.
Of the people that did end up tipping me, I’d normally get a dollar or two. There was a rare occasion where I’d get 20% or more, but it was a once a month or less type of occasion.
We did learn who tipped when they came to pick up their pizzas, so we’d always try to be the cashier to ring them up. We didn’t split tips with anyone, so whoever served the customer got the tip.
Do I Personally Tip When I Carry Out?
Nope. Not gonna happen. The person who hands you your meal and rings you up has almost no involvement in the process other than handing you your meal. Why should they be tipped?
In some restaurants there may be a tip pool, but I still don’t see any reason to tip. They cooked your food and put it in a box and handed it to you. That is what you pay for when you order carry out!
What About Fancy Restaurants Like Outback?
Joe mentions that he heard that servers have to man the take out station at some of the fancier restaurants with take out. I don’t know if it is true or not, but I still don’t feel obligated to tip.
I feel if a server is manning the take out table they should be paid at least minimum wage.
If the take out person isn’t paid minimum page, that sucks, but I’m sure they’re making plenty from their tables if they’re a good server. I’d only take maybe 30 seconds to a minute of their time anyway.
So what are your thoughts? Do you tip for take out meals? I don’t!