Credit card receipts and that tip line

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    Mar 20, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    So random...but I've been wondering and have been curious about the tip line on a credit card receipt and who gets it. When I sit down to a meal at a restaurant, I tip and I know it goes to my waiter. That's pretty straightforward.

    But how about when I purchase something at the counter with my credit card? For example at starbucks. I don't mind tipping but where does it go then? Does it really go to the guy who took my order? Or does it just go straight into the pocket of the owner? If it goes to the owner then I'm going to have to start carrying cash around so that I can drop my change into the tip jar.

    Does anybody who has worked behind the counter know?

    (Just to be clear - I'm not asking about how much to tip; I've already been involved in those heated discussions. I'm just curious where my tip actually goes.)
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    I only tip waiters (as far as cases where a tip line on a credit receipt is involved).
  • commoncoll

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    Mar 20, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    Some places, the waiter gives you a receipt which has their name on it and the cashier knows to whom the tip goes to.

    I don't know how Starbucks goes though. Perhaps you can ask them?
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    You've had "heated discussions" on tipping?
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    Mar 20, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    Jockular saidSo random...but I've been wondering and have been curious about the tip line on a credit card receipt and who gets it. When I sit down to a meal at a restaurant, I tip and I know it goes to my waiter. That's pretty straightforward.

    But how about when I purchase something at the counter with my credit card? For example at starbucks. I don't mind tipping but where does it go then? Does it really go to the guy who took my order? Or does it just go straight into the pocket of the owner? If it goes to the owner then I'm going to have to start carrying cash around so that I can drop my change into the tip jar.

    Does anybody who has worked behind the counter know?

    (Just to be clear - I'm not asking about how much to tip; I've already been involved in those heated discussions. I'm just curious where my tip actually goes.)

    It depends. Some establishments split all tips among various personnel. In California, at least, it is illegal for the business to keep any of the tips. Don't know about other states. Any actors here (waiters) who have the real skinny?
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    Mar 20, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    People tip at Starbucks?

    But yeah.. Depends on the restaurant. Some places pool all the tips and distribute equally, and at some places your tip goes to whoever served you.
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    Mar 20, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    xrichx saidPeople tip at Starbucks?




    No, but it's a brilliant strategy move on their part if they're adding a tip line to their credit receipts. I'm sure they figure a percentage of their patrons have enough money to throw around indiscriminately and won't mind shelling out a couple more bucks when they see a space to add more money.
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    Mar 20, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    i don't know who/what/where I need to tip anymore.

    I pay for a carwash (handwash) and several people do the job up to the finish, do I tip?

    If I pay for movers, do I tip them when the job is done?

    If I order takeout, do I tip?

    If I order at the counter (like Starbucks or Coldstone), do I tip?

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    Mar 20, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    I don't tip at the counter places - even if there is a line.

    One thing I will say though - is be careful. Make sure you write a zero in and bring the total down. Don't just leave it blank and sign.

    I did that one time and the place wrote in a $5 tip.

    Lesson learned.
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    Mar 20, 2012 11:59 PM GMT
    onaquest said
    I did that one time and the place wrote in a $5 tip.

    Lesson learned.


    You could have disputed that though. Paying by credit/debit gives you immediate protection for all that kind of bullshit.
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:19 AM GMT
    I always cross through the line, and almost always tip with cash.
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    One thing I have never understood was places that you can call in an order and then pick up.

    They have an option to tip and I always think to myself. I called in the order, I came to you to get it, I pay for it and have to drive back home and you're still asking for a tip?

    WTF bro?
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    Jockular saidSo random...but I've been wondering and have been curious about the tip line on a credit card receipt and who gets it. When I sit down to a meal at a restaurant, I tip and I know it goes to my waiter. That's pretty straightforward.

    But how about when I purchase something at the counter with my credit card? For example at starbucks. I don't mind tipping but where does it go then? Does it really go to the guy who took my order? Or does it just go straight into the pocket of the owner? If it goes to the owner then I'm going to have to start carrying cash around so that I can drop my change into the tip jar.

    Does anybody who has worked behind the counter know?

    (Just to be clear - I'm not asking about how much to tip; I've already been involved in those heated discussions. I'm just curious where my tip actually goes.)



    You really shouldn't be tipping at a coffee house anyway. I know people have been suckered into it the past few years, but it's not appropriate. They are paid at least minimum wage, therefore tipping should not come into play.
  • thadjock

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    Mar 21, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    I always leave the tip in cash for the waiter, even if i know i'll be paying for the meal with a credit card. I just draw a line or put a zero on the tip line of the receipt. that way it gives the waiter(waitress) control of the tip ,

    the only time it's been a problem was once at my favorite really nice italian place i put the cash tip inside the credit card booklet they bring you, and the waiter didn't see it right away, he chased us to the street to ask what was wrong with his service. ....

    when i told him where the tip was he was mortally embarassed, but we all had a good laugh about it, and now we get ultra-VIP service anytime we go there.

    remember : cash is king, help kill credit card companies!
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    Claystation saidOne thing I have never understood was places that you can call in an order and then pick up.

    They have an option to tip and I always think to myself. I called in the order, I came to you to get it, I pay for it and have to drive back home and you're still asking for a tip?

    WTF bro?


    LOL! I had a friend who used to work at those things and he would argue with me that he should get a tip "because it is hard work!" I was like, yea, that hard work...its called YOUR JOB!
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    Claystation saidYou've had "heated discussions" on tipping?



    You should have been there for the heated discussion on using the turn signal. Whew....it got pretty intense.
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    onaquest said
    I did that one time and the place wrote in a $5 tip.

    Lesson learned.


    You could have disputed that though. Paying by credit/debit gives you immediate protection for all that kind of bullshit.


    Credit card yes, debit card - no. The rules are different. I used to work for a bank. People aren't aware of that. If you think you may have to dispute, it's better to use your credit card.

    I could have called the place and complained to the managers, but $5 wasn't worth getting someone fired over.
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    Chainers said

    LOL! I had a friend who used to work at those things and he would argue with me that he should get a tip "because it is hard work!" I was like, yea, that hard work...its called YOUR JOB!


    Yeah no shit, maybe I should start asking for a tip just for the hell of it.
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    onaquest said
    Ariodante said
    onaquest said
    I did that one time and the place wrote in a $5 tip.

    Lesson learned.


    You could have disputed that though. Paying by credit/debit gives you immediate protection for all that kind of bullshit.


    Credit card yes, debit card - no. The rules are different. I used to work for a bank. People aren't aware of that. If you think you may have to dispute, it's better to use your credit card.

    I could have called the place and complained to the managers, but $5 wasn't worth getting someone fired over.


    Its the principle of the matter, I would have filed a complaint with the BBB if they didnt do anything.
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    Claystation said
    Chainers said

    LOL! I had a friend who used to work at those things and he would argue with me that he should get a tip "because it is hard work!" I was like, yea, that hard work...its called YOUR JOB!


    Yeah no shit, maybe I should start asking for a tip just for the hell of it.


    God I hope police officers take up this motto!

    "hey Mr Criminal, it was really hard chasing your ass down the block, got a 20 for me?"
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    onaquest said
    Credit card yes, debit card - no. The rules are different. I used to work for a bank. People aren't aware of that. If you think you may have to dispute, it's better to use your credit card.



    Not really. I bought shoes with debit card online through this fucked up company that put me on some monthly membership and charged me 40 bucks every month for 3 months. I called my bank, opened a dispute, and got all my money back.
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    onaquest said
    Credit card yes, debit card - no. The rules are different. I used to work for a bank. People aren't aware of that. If you think you may have to dispute, it's better to use your credit card.



    Not really. I bought shoes with debit card online through this fucked up company that put me on some monthly membership and charged me 40 bucks every month for 3 months. I called my bank, opened a dispute, and got all my money back.


    Yea the rules are different but fraud is fraud. Ive had someone hack my account and charge my account over 150 bucks once, the company gave it all back.

    Oh Ario, you get gay points for buying shoes online btw.
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    Chainers said

    God I hope police officers take up this motto!

    "hey Mr Criminal, it was really hard chasing your ass down the block, got a 20 for me?"


    LOL
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
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    You should have been there for the heated discussion on using the turn signal. Whew....it got pretty intense.


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    I can only imagine
  • thadjock

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    Mar 21, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidi don't know who/what/where I need to tip anymore.

    I pay for a carwash (handwash) and several people do the job up to the finish, do I tip?
    I dunno i wash my own , but i always tip a valet coming and going just in case, it's more of an offering to the gods of dent free parking than a tip.

    If I pay for movers, do I tip them when the job is done?
    yes, Yes and YES, always, those guys work hard and deserve it.

    If I order takeout, do I tip?
    i always do at mom/pop places i frequent, for others, if there's a jar, i'll throw in the change from my $20 or whatever (couple singles & coins)

    If I order at the counter (like Starbucks or Coldstone), do I tip?
    hardly ever, they're raping u for the coffe in the first place