|A Hooters Girl will not come with your to go order.|
For starters, what makes you think no work is involved with a to go order? Like always I take the order and deliver the order to you. I also make sure to include anything and everything you might need to enjoy all that boxed-up, fried goodness. I get wet naps and sodas and cutlery and menus and condiments and even a handy reminder on how best to heat all that food up again in case traffic slows you down and it goes all cold. Then I bag it all up and make sure it’s ready to go for you. I collect your money and bring you change. I even wish you a great day as you head out the door. All of that so I can look down and see that you didn’t tip me a dime.
Now I will state that I certainly am not expecting you to tip as much as if you were dinning in. Would I like you to tip 20% on your pick-up order? Hells to the yes I would, but that’s hardly realistic. What I would like is a nice 10% tip that reflects the fact that I am still giving you a valuable service. Because lets face it, me giving you trays of fried food to stuff in your face in the comfort of your own home is a damn valuable service if you ask me.
And besides, I still have to tip out on your food whether it’s to go or not. For those of you unfamiliar with the process of “tipping out,” this is basically the restaurant’s way of compensating other employees who are also vital to your dinning experience. These include cooks, bartenders, hostesses, dishwashers and the like. And whether you realize it or not, all these people are generally somewhat involved in your to go order. And they get their percentage whether you tip or not. That’s right, you don’t tip and I pay tip out from my own pocket. Essentially, I get the honor of paying for part of your experience. Not cool by me.
Then finally there are the people who do what table 81 did last Friday. They come in and order their meal to go, but get drinks and refills and just generally take up my table while they wait for their food. Besides the fact that they take their food home, everything else is exactly like they are eating in the restaurant like anybody else. And then they don’t tip. Now that is pretty much an ideal way to look like a cheap bastard. Congratulations on achieving a new level of awful and ending up on the Internet.
So please tip your server SOMETHING when you order to go food. I promise it will make his or her day. And make you look quite considerate. Now lets hold hands and sing campfire songs!