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To tip or not to tip?



After reading this story on Bellasugar,  I got to thinking.  It seems like almost everywhere you go, clerks have tip cups out and expect you to contribute.  I am more than happy to tip a waitress or a hair stylist the standard 20% but the guy that Quiznos who made my sandwich?

My stepmother says she always tips the drive through coffee clerks.  Always. My coworker says she has an issue with tipping some one to hand her food.  I can understand both points of view.  On one hand, working at Dunkin Donuts probably bites the big one so anything that might brighten their day or encourage them to be nice to customers is probably a good thing.  On the other hand, they aren't waitresses.  Tips don't make up a huge percentage of their income.  They do get paid a fair hourly wage already, so do they really need to be tipped on top of that?



How do you guys feel about this?  Do you tip anybody who hands you food or are you more discriminatory with your gratuities?

GregS GregS 6 years 5 weeks
I tip between 15 and 20 for wait staff at restaurants, although I will give them much less if they give me poor service and more if they give me great service. More for my hair stylist because she does a good job and I like her. I never tip the lady that makes my lunch salads, or a Starbucks-type place. I just don't do it. I always tip the pizza delivery guy. The pies are always hot. No matter whether they get a tip or not, I always ask them how they are today, thank them for their service, and wish them a good day/evening. If I know them a little, I'll ask about their weekend. It's the cheapest and most effective tip I can give. Recognizing their humanity brings a smile to their faces, and gives me good and prompt service.
kmbieker kmbieker 6 years 5 weeks
I have wacky rules for coffee shops since I used to be a barista. Watch when they make the drink... If you are at Starbucks (or any other chain coffeehouse), chances are they will just push a few buttons and then stir everything together. That requires absolutely no skill whatsoever. No tip. But, if you're at a real coffeehouse, they will likely have to grind the beans, tamp them, and then they will time the shot to make sure it dispenses properly. While they are pulling the shot, they will steam the milk, and (unless they are very, very, very good at their job) they will have to have a thermometer in it to make sure it gets to the right temperature. You also have to hold the pitcher at the correct angle and move it so it steams correctly. And they'll do this all in about a minute or two. This deserves a tip, even if it's just a little bit of leftover change. And, even if I'm at a fancy coffeehouse, I won't tip for regular coffee or tea or something super easy like that. Tipping should be just for the drinks they have to specially make for you.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 6 years 5 weeks
UGH! ...have HAD service.... edit button would be nice! :rant:
MartiniLush MartiniLush 6 years 5 weeks
The way I look at it, kim, if you have has service that is bad enough that you aren't leaving a tip and are talking to the DESERVE a freebie something or other! ;)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years 5 weeks
Not that I complain just to get the freebies!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years 5 weeks
Yeah, haus, I always try to talk to the manager if I'm not leaving a tip. (Plus, usually they will give you a free appetizer on your next visit or take money off your bill for that day if you complain.)
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years 5 weeks
I've not tipped for bad service but I had a friend who told me that when that happens you should talk to the manager and explain why you're not tipping or otherwise the server will just think you're a jerk.
starangel82 starangel82 6 years 6 weeks
I tip well for good service. I tip even better for excellent service. I don't like tip jars. I also don't tip when I go to pick up the food from a take-out place... delivery is another story.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years 6 weeks
Sometimes it seems those that can't accept tips are the ones that most deserve them.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years 6 weeks
Blues and kas, I really think working in customer service makes a difference. (And I think everyone should work at least one customer-service oriented job at some point, but that's another topic for another day.)
kastarte2 kastarte2 6 years 6 weeks
I worked in customer service for a long time and still do work with the public in a service capacity so I think that is part of why I have the outlook that I do about tipping. The guy who double bags $200 worth groceries at the grocery store can't accept tips, so I am not sure why we should feel obligated to tip some one for simply pouring a cup of coffee. And, yeah, minimum wage sucks, but if we tipped every one who makes minimum wage, we would all need tip jars, too. There are a lot of retail and service jobs that only pay minimum wage and the girl running back and forth from dressing rooms to the sales floor to help customers find the perfect pair of jeans, she doesn't get a tip. :shrug:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years 6 weeks
And I've used up my "as well" quota today, as well.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years 6 weeks
Kim I worked in retail and in a customer service oriented job for a very long time as well. And I busted my ass. My opinion on tipping probably has something to do with that as well. :)
amybdk amybdk 6 years 6 weeks
Those chocolate chunks were suuuuper intense! I always like their mint chocolate chip. And I would get my birthday cake from there every year. I don't even want to think of how much fat I inhaled! ! ! !
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years 6 weeks
I will have to check for it around here! I used to get it all of the time when I went to school in Dayton and I was thrilled when I found it in the grocery store in NE Ohio, but I wasn't aware that it was sold nationally! Yay! (Raspberry Chip was/is my favorite.)
mrsld mrsld 6 years 6 weeks
Poudeez- No such thing! Even when they say they add 18% for large parties if you are unhappy speak to the manager. They can take it off the bill. As a former waitress I am very generous but if I get bad service I am very vocal.
amybdk amybdk 6 years 6 weeks
Oh Kim.... How I miss Graeter's! Guess what? I can buy it in the grocery store now.... they're selling it nationally, apparently!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years 6 weeks
I tip the "standard" people (hair dresser, delivery people, wait staff (obviously)). But, I don't typically tip Starbucks workers, etc. (My Chipotle doesn't have a tip jar, but the people there are rude anyway.) I did use to always tip the people at Coldstone and at Graeter's (an ice cream place). I'm not sure why/how those two places became my exceptions. Although, I will say, the Graeter's tip jar actually went toward a college fund for employees, so that may be part of why I tipped there. I think part of the reasoning behind me not tipping is that I've worked in retail for quite some time. I know I work harder and give more/better customer service than the person who rings me up at Starbucks, and I don't get tips! (And I know this because I work cash wrap from time to time. It's insanely easy.) I have been offered tips for consultations I've done at Sephora, but I've never accepted.
poudeez poudeez 6 years 6 weeks
In other countries they don't tip. Ever. It's part of the person's job and at the end, we pay for their services. I tip when I feel like I've received exceptional service. Someone explain to me why bartenders expect me to tip them after they pull a beer out a fridge and pop it open? For $3 I'll grab the beer and open it myself. Oh, PLEASE explain MANDATORY gratuity (especially if the service is lousy). me no like.
amybdk amybdk 6 years 6 weeks
oh yeah! I forgot about delivery drivers. I do tip them as well.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years 6 weeks
me too genesis! i tip my delivery drivers very well (even though they actually make pretty good money). i'm impatient, so if a bigger tip gets my food to me faster, i'll take it. i never have to wait more than 20 minutes either!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years 6 weeks
I always tip the pizza guy at least 25% It might seem excessive but I never have to wait the full 40 min for my pizza. It's there in about 20.
Roarman Roarman 6 years 6 weeks
If it is a small, local place I tip. Big chains, I don't tip, unless like others have said I don't want/need the change.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years 6 weeks
mrsld mrsld 6 years 6 weeks
Bluesarah I hate ( :love: ) when you comment! I can never concentrate on the topic...I get lost in his eyes. :faint: