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Tipping at a restaurant question

How much do you tip for curbside service?  

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  1. 1. How much?

    • 20%+
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    • 15%
      14
    • 10%
      8
    • Flat rate - $2 or less
      6
    • Flat Rate - $5
      5
    • Flat Rate -- more than $5
      0
    • I don't tip
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    • Puddy
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Is it customary to tip at a restaurant for curbside service? For example at Outback you can call in an order, and drive over in 20-30 minutes to pick up your food. At the Outback near my house, they come to your car, take your CC or cash and process that, get your food and give change etc. In this case, what, if anything do you tip the person?

 

What if they don't come to your car, and you have to go in to pick up the food yourself?

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I never use curbside service. If I wanted fast food I would have gone to McD's.

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I'm not sure.

 

I've used that Outback curbside service before and used a credit card so there was automatically that "gratuity" line. I think I probably threw a couple bucks on there (would have been about a $20 order for me and wife), so voted 10%.

 

I've been to Sonic a few times here in Austin and have never tipped them.

 

:D

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Never more than $5.00 and nothing at all if I go in and get the order. My wife tips even if she goes in but I really don't agree with that. :D

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I have never used that service either but the $2.00 concept sounds about right as long as the individual isn't an ass. For me it is less about the actual service and more about remembering what it was like when I did stuff like that.

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Curbside or go in and get the order, there is no tip. Walking across the pavement does not warrent a tip.

 

P.S. Never used the curbside service

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the tip meter starts at 20% at the beginning of the meal. it can only go down, not up. the rest is up to the server. and no tip on booze part of bill.

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15% normal but will bump it up or down depending on the service.

 

Edit to actually answer BC's question. :D

 

I did not used to tip curbside but I do now. I usually do Outback, maybe 10%.

Edited by chiefjay

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I don't think a lot of people are grasping this curbside pickup concept that BC is talking about. What service would you guys that are saying depends on service talking about?

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I don't think a lot of people are grasping this curbside pickup concept that BC is talking about. What service would you guys that are saying depends on service talking about?

 

 

 

good point....i dont tip for curbside

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Never more than $5.00 and nothing at all if I go in and get the order. My wife tips even if she goes in but I really don't agree with that. :D

 

 

Sounds like your wife and my SO go to the same tipping school. :D Being that our curbside bill at Outback is around the $30 range, I usually like to leave about $3 which is 10%. My SO always gives them $5 regardless, even if she has to go in. Now you have to realize that if you ask for extra things like extra butter, for instance, these people get the supplies themselves so if they do me up right, I'll more than likely toss them a 5 spot too. I used to work in the restaurant business so I usually do them up if the service is good.

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I would likely give a small tip.

 

How about the tip protocol at a buffet like Golden Corral where a person brings you dishes, bread and refreshes your drinks ... but you serve yourself in all other ways.

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Curbside = 5-10% (whatever gets you to the next nearest whole dollar ... I'm not putting any more loose change in my pocket)

 

Go inside and get it myself = bupkiss

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You're all wrong on this one...

 

20% is no longer the number, its 30%.

 

And yes, you should tip the curbside people, they're only making 2.16 an hour. They pay there bills with tips.

 

It seems like we've got a lot of cheap asses here.

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And yes, you should tip the curbside people, they're only making 2.16 an hour. They pay there bills with tips.

 

It seems like we've got a lot of cheap asses here.

 

 

I agree you should tip them but you should NOT tip them the same % as you do your server if you were inside the restaurant. The curbside servers can take care of many more orders than the servers inside (plus they aren't checking on you, getting refills, etc.).

 

10% is the ticket for curbside.

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Mrs HR is a great cook. I don't do "curbside" anything. She gets the same tip she's been getting for the past 31 years.

 

And I give her 100%.

 

Even if she asks for more.

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I have heard that the people that work the "To Go" side, have to do all the boxing up of the food, making sure you have utensils, etc., so yeah, I throw them a couple bucks.

 

I usually tip 20%, but I don't include tax in figuring it when I sit down inside to eat.

Edited by CaptainHook

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You're all wrong on this one...

 

20% is no longer the number, its 30%.

 

 

Care to back that up with a link? I don't know anyone that tips 30%. :D

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You're all wrong on this one...

 

20% is no longer the number, its 30%.

 

And yes, you should tip the curbside people, they're only making 2.16 an hour. They pay there bills with tips.

 

It seems like we've got a lot of cheap asses here.

 

 

I tip based on service, not a percentage. Give me good service, I give a good tip (always look both ways before crossing).

 

Give me bad service, I give a bad tip.

 

F all the 20% crap, the "they make x per hour crap, and anything else like that... Its their JOB. If they perform well, they get rewarded. Maybe not by everyone, but that is how they make their money.

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Curbside service is almost as hard as waiting tables. I worked for OSI (Outback, Carrabbas) for years. I did curbside (and a couple hosteses :D)a couple times, its not easy. First you have to take an order over the phone which sux. The ticket writing and dropping is exactly the same as the servers. Next time you go to Outback look at the archaic ticket system they use, its a pain. Durring the rush you have like 20 bags of different peoples food that has to be kept in order. Add in rain and this job defenitly sux. Unless a bartender is putting your "to go" order together it is customary to tip exactly as you would a server.

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Curbside I do 10%+. Never as much as when I go inside where it's normally 20% for obvious reasons.

 

30% now at a place that isn't that upscale??? I vote they get another job. :D

 

And don't let mah sweet ice tea run out. :D

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Curbside service is almost as hard as waiting tables. I worked for OSI (Outback, Carrabbas) for years. I did curbside (and a couple hosteses :D)a couple times, its not easy. First you have to take an order over the phone which sux. The ticket writing and dropping is exactly the same as the servers. Next time you go to Outback look at the archaic ticket system they use, its a pain. Durring the rush you have like 20 bags of different peoples food that has to be kept in order. Add in rain and this job defenitly sux. Unless a bartender is putting your "to go" order together it is customary to tip exactly as you would a server.

 

 

Yeah it seems like the only real difference is they're not refilling your drinks. But the packaging of the order could be a little more involved than just bringing it out to the table.

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