Tipping for TakeOut?


Am I alone in taking pointed notice of all the tip jars that have blossomed on business countertops? From delis to pizzerias, Chinese takeout joints to barbershops, the word has spread like wildfire: If you put out a tip jar, people will fill it.


What’s up with all those tip jars?

Tipping has spread to businesses where the customer does a lot of the work.

Well, maybe they will, but I have yet to be shamed (if this is the right word) into casting my coin into the tip jar fountain. Perhaps it is the scientist in me, but I try to reason the situation out like this: I call in my order to the Chinese restaurant. I drive there to pick it up. I pay the menu price. Why on earth would I pay more than they are asking for their product?


Doing so strikes me as positively un-American.


Tipping used to be confined to service-oriented occupations: waitresses, taxi drivers, doormen. Now it has spread to businesses where I seem to be doing most of the work.



I’m a big tipper.

At restaurants, when someone is catering to me, bringing me dishes, making sure I have water, asking if I want dessert.


When I place an order for delivery, because someone has to bike or drive my food to my house.

I tip hotel maids, bellboys, waiters, waitresses, hairstylists, nail salon staff, curbside check in baggage handlers and anyone who provides me direct service with a smile.



Should we start tipping teachers, pilots, doctors? After all don’t they provide services too.


Should you now feel compelled to part with your money simply because there’s a little styrofoam cup that says “Tips” on the counter at the local grocery, bakery or icecream shop?

Truth is that business owners should pay employees what they are worth, and wages should be taxed. This way bartenders and the food industry don’t have to hide behind “tips” and duck taxes eh.

Wev’e turned into a society of beggars. Today there is a tip for everything. Jars are set up for cooks, even..cashiers.
Talk about tacky and unprofessional.


So let me understand this… We have to subsidize the employee salaries because the employer won’t?

Incidentally, the US and Europe are some of the only places in the world where tipping is even customary or expected.

I heard someone saw a tip cup taped to a drive threw window.

Wouldya say the sense of entitlement in America is just a bit over the top.


What say y’all friends.


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17 Responses to “Tipping for TakeOut?”

  1. Neil says:

    Ha! My oldest daughter works at a premium ice cream store, and for some reason they have a tip jar. I always put in a dollar because she’s supposed to sing and thank us. But if it weren’t for her being there I would never tip! Do we tip at McDonald’s?

  2. David says:

    “Truth is that business owners should pay employees what they are worth, and wages should be taxed.”

    Half right. Business owners should pay employees what they are worth, true.

    No one (NO ONE!) should be taxed on their income. No one. Not ever. Period. Taxed on their consumption? Sure. Income? Not. Read The Fair Tax book. Seriously. Buy a copy and read it.


    Oh, and I do reserve the right to tip folks who give service whether their employers “pay them what they are worth” or not.


    Of course, when someone gives lousy service, the tip they recieve might well be, “If you gave decent service, I’d tip you with money. But since your service sucked dead bunnies through a straw, your tip is simply to do better next time if you expect a tip.” In fact, “might well be” has translated into “darned well WAS” on more than one ocassion (and yes, many, many moons ago, I earned my way with tips. Good service always equaled good earnings, as well it should have.)

    As for the example given at the head of this post, tipping for NO service? Not a chance, bubbas and bubbitas.

    Here’s a tip for folks who put out a tip jar for NO service: “Always bet the leading apprentice jockey to show.”


  3. Always On Watch says:

    I don’t usually contribute to the tip jar. After all, most of those businesses are not a piano bar!

  4. Defiant_Infidel says:

    I love it. You leave me smiling. Logical to the letter. Wow.

  5. Kevin says:

    Can I borrow a dollar?

  6. TJ's Anti-contrarian Blog says:

    You’ve been memed again…
    Words this time please…

  7. Donald Douglas says:

    Nice post! I’ve noticed those darned tip jars. Even at coffee shops, when one’s already been reemed for a double latte!

  8. Next Stop Lauderdale says:

    Here is an interesting question. If you go to a buffet and a waitress takes your drink order and then points you to the buffet table what is the basis for the tip?

    We had courteous and good service when I took my family a couple of Sundays ago and I tipped 20% but my general theory is when you get reduced services (not in drive thru our counter pick up) I tip 10% instead of 20% as long as the person is basically not detached from everything.

    Also, what is the right tip for Valet Parking when they move the ar 10 feet and the parking is free…….does it depend on whether you drive a 57 Ford or a 2007 Bentley?

    What should you tip the Pizza delivery boy……hmmmm especially when you are paying for delivery.

    My general tipping policy is 20% for reasonably decent service. When the waitress keeps forgetting to do what you ask or is talking rather than serving most of the time I’ll discount it to 15% or even less if I want to make a point.

    Must admit I usually don’t end up tipping housekeeping staff when I am in an out overnight, and I usually don’t even see them. ………..steve

  9. wytammic says:

    Oh, great post Angel. I see the tip jars everywhere and I basically only tip for full service at a sit-down type restaurant. I see the dumb tip jars at McDonalds and the foo foo coffee shops. I guess the way I look at the foo foo coffee (I don’t buy it often because it’s too expensive) is that when someone is charging $4 for coffee, that should about cover it all.

    I know Steve, we use to tip the pizza deliverer, but now that they tack on a delivery charge, what do you do? We stopped eating so much pizza :)

  10. Strawberry says:

    Angel – you are so right! Tipping has become another way of receiving a handout for doing nothing! If you do not leave a tip, they look at you with this really disgusted look! The foo foo coffee shops do not do anything extra to deserve a tip. Waiters and waitresses who continually serve and make sure you have what you need throughout your meal deserve the tip. I wonder if I put a tip jar on my desk at the school district – if I could make some extra money for the service given? Oh wait – that’s not allowed!

  11. KKarLLmM says:

    Thanks so much for the heads up Angel..
    I thought those cups were SAMPLES of American currencies that we ,the customer were allowed to take from.
    All those pictures of George Washington, i was so certain it was the stores way of being patriotic, and sharing with me.
    I guess next time i will leave them a tip….how about….WATCH THE CUP!!!!

  12. sayitlikeitis says:

    At Duncan Donuts, those who receive small change after their order out of LAZINESS add the change to the tip cup rather than opening their pocketbooks or finding a side pocket.

  13. Jack says:

    I generally do not tip for take out, but I don’t have a problem with anyone putting out a cup. No one is forcing you to tip. It is your own choice.

  14. dapoppins says:

    All the drive through coffee places here have tip jars in the window. I just pretend they don’t. I think it is really tacky too.

  15. Chris says:

    LOL good post. I am tempted to put up a jar on my blog and see if it works… ;-) Don’t have as many followers as you yet though. Must be the pink background! :-P
    I would at least use the money for a good cause- a home-defense fund.

  16. cube says:

    I agree with you. I simply ignore the tip jars when I feel a tip is unjustified. I’m not going to be guilted into something I don’t want to do.

  17. Incognito says:

    I agree, but I have to say I always feel compelled to leave something. And I do. I’m a sucker.