Everytime I call for a carryout at a certain sitdown restaurant in my neighborhood, they say this on the phone, "Your meal will be $21.00 and thats after tax and before tip, which we work for very hard here at <restaurant name>".
So I get in my car, drive to the restaurant, get my food and the person says it again.
I’m confused. Why should I be expected to pay tip if I’m not sitting down in the restaurant and eating my food? I understand if you dine in — the server has to get you drink, bread, bring food, check on you, etc. Also you enjoy the ambience.
But if I get the food myself, why do I have to pay tip? I don’t give the cashier at McDonalds a tip for wrapping up my double cheeseburger and putting it in a bag.
That is completely improper for them to ask for a tip, despite what the other answerer, Joe, says. The only reason you should give ANYONE a tip is when they are SERVING YOU, in some inordinate way. I think the reason they are doing this is because they are taking advantage of the economy, but then, this is the restaurant business and those are usually economy-proof because hey, everyone needs to eat despite whether or not Wall Street has been robbed by the rich and the rest of America has to pay for it as a result.
I wouldn’t give them an extra dime if I were you. The only reason you need to tip someone is if you’re sitting at a table and they are bringing you food, or you’re in an airport and the driver takes you to your next terminal, or if someone is bringing your luggage up to your hotel room….things like that. But walking in and picking up your food….to hell with them. Do not allow that kind of behavior by falling for it, because it’s just not right at all.
Written by WEOIII and I am here to help.