Do You Guys Tip For Counter or Drive Thru Service?

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    Jul 30, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
    I was at a Burrito Place, where three people were involved in my getting my Burrito to me. Do you guys tip for counter service?

    I don't feel counter and drive thru service is the same as full service. Surely counter service staff get paid more per hour than a full service waiter. Right?

    I'm confused-Please Enlighten me? icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 30, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    Oh, you're referring to the tip jar next to the register, right?

    Often times, I don't. But if the person behind the counter is friendly and cheerful, then I'll drop some change in the jar.
  • beefymus

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    Jul 30, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    It depends on you. I wouldn't for drive thru service though. Never heard of that but then again, I don't drive. Counter service I do at the local starbucks. I drop change in their jar daily before I hop on the train to go to work. I see the same, cheerful faces daily and they know me by name and they have my "grande red-eye" ready for me as I am coming through the door. If you feel like the service is friendly and polite, it doesn't hurt to give a little. That's only if you can fit it in your budget though.
  • beefymus

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    Jul 30, 2009 11:26 PM GMT
    LOL..Bon Qui Qui does deserve a huge tip! Can't get enough of her..icon_smile.gif Thanks for the laugh todayicon_smile.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jul 30, 2009 11:44 PM GMT
    I tip for counter service at summer places, like ice cream stands, that's about it.
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    Jul 31, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
    I would tip Bon Qui Qui!!!
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    Jul 31, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    Depends on how much change I get, Pocket space and if they have a tip cup
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jul 31, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    I don't tip, but I like to drop my spare change in the charity donation boxes they have right next to/under the register/window.

    IMO, tips are given due to an appreciation and acknowledgement of services rendered by the waiter/waitress - i.e. was your food cold, did they keep your drink filled, ask how things are going every once in a while, etc - the idea is that THEY do the butlering while I do the consuming. If they perform their duties decently (and most do) than I'm more than generous with the tip.

    But in a fast-food/drive-thru, the tacit understanding is that this food was made in about 4-7 minutes, I'm coming to pick it up, it's mass-produced and takes almost no effort on the part of the person serving me to prepare/deliver said food product, therefore I'm not going to pay for a service they didn't render. *shrugs* Obviously there's a sliding scale, but really...that's how I see it.
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    Jul 31, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    The US culture on tipping is OUT OF CONTROL.

    One tips:

    The barber
    The waitress
    The barista
    The valet man
    The coat check man/woman
    The hostess that gets you your food at a restaurant from which you get it to go.
    The bag boy who places groceries in the car
    The bartender
    The ice van man

    etc...

    I am numb to it now, but I get really pissy after I get back from Europe where it doesn't exist.
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    Jul 31, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    Pinny saidThe US culture on tipping is OUT OF CONTROL.

    One tips:

    The barber
    The waitress
    The barista
    The valet man
    The coat check man/woman
    The hostess that gets you your food at a restaurant from which you get it to go.
    The bag boy who places groceries in the car
    The bartender
    The ice van man

    etc...

    I am numb to it now, but I get really pissy after I get back from Europe where it doesn't exist.


    Well correct me if i'm wrong but many europe-y places have the tips built-in?

    I always tip in the little cup if they have one... but honestly i'd never even THOUGHT to tip the counter/drive through people...

    As for the grocery boy bit.. when i had my job at CVS (pharmacy/drug store/photo etc) we were expressly forbidden from accepting tips of any kind - even when you take the little old lady's bags to the car.
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    Jul 31, 2009 3:50 AM GMT
    Cobalt said
    Well correct me if i'm wrong but many europe-y places have the tips built-in?

    Partly right. At least in France "service compris" is included in all prices. Prices rated on the menus are all-inclusive: they include both the 15 percent tip and the sales tax so if you see a sandwich for 2 euro that is all it costs.

    I buy a large slice of pizza from a little store and it costs 1,50 € which is what? like $2 in the states? Seems right, but tip is in there already.
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    Jul 31, 2009 4:01 AM GMT
    Not sure. :-)

    I'll explain if you e-mail me privately.
  • calibro

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    Jul 31, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    Pinny saidThe US culture on tipping is OUT OF CONTROL.

    One tips:

    The barber
    The waitress
    The barista
    The valet man
    The coat check man/woman
    The hostess that gets you your food at a restaurant from which you get it to go.
    The bag boy who places groceries in the car
    The bartender
    The ice van man

    etc...

    I am numb to it now, but I get really pissy after I get back from Europe where it doesn't exist.


    That's because in all those countries you can live off an hourly wage...