We don’t eat out at fancy restaurants very much. There’s never anything for the kids to eat, what with all their allergies, and getting everyone to sit nicely and talk quietly and not spill stuff, while trying to shovel food into our own mouths as quickly as possible, is just about the farthest thing from relaxing you can get.
So when Sir Monkeypants and I have a special occasion, we get take out from a local restaurant. We’re not talking five star places, but the kind of places you maybe would have gone to on a Saturday night to grab dinner with friends before a movie. You know, in those days when you did that sort of thing. Most places like this will pack up a take-out order for you if you ask.
Now here’s the tricky part: do you tip? And if so, how much?
The whole tipping thing is just so very beyond me. I feel like I should know what I am doing in this area, as a middle aged adult, but I really have no idea. When to tip, how much to tip, how to do it so you feel more like James Bond and less like Fran Drescher is completely outside my circle of knowledge.
The other day we ordered a pizza from Domino’s. We always drive down to pick it up, because the place is only a few blocks from our house and it seems silly to pay $5, plus driver tip (of course!), to have them drive the one minute it is going to take to deliver it. So this week, I used a credit card to pay, and the credit card machine thingy prompted me to enter a tip.
I think of Domino’s as kind of a fast-food place, like McDonalds. It doesn’t even have any seating. On the other hand, these people are making my food. So are we tipping for this sort of thing now? Am I expected to leave a dollar extra at Tim’s? Should I be tipping the drive-through lady at Wendy’s?
I’m terribly gauche, aren’t I? YIKES.
My mom went to DisneyWorld at Christmas, and every single place they ate had pre-calculated an 18% tip and a 20% tip for her to choose between. What has happened to the standard 15% tip? Is that out the window now? There was also a note in her hotel room suggesting she leave a 20% tip for the maid at the end of the week – a “tip” that would have worked out to about $300 PER ROOM. Do people actually do that?
My mom wasn’t too impressed that an already expensive trip cost her almost 20% more with the tipping. Me, I’m pretty embarrassed that when we went to Disney last January, we took almost no cash and what we had was only in $20 bills, so we ended up not tipping anyone, even though the bus drivers/bellboys/maids all looked at us expectantly all the time. It was so awkward. Am I the only one who ends up in situations like this?
So I ask you, internet:
When you get take-out from a nice restaurant, do you tip?
Would you have tipped at the Domino’s?
How much percentage of tip do you usually leave for food/restaurant situations?
How much tip do you give for other services, like haircuts and taxi rides and deliveries (OMG, am I supposed to tip the FedEx man)?
How much would you tip your bus driver/bellboy/maid while on a trip – a couple of dollars, five dollars, or would you have forked over the $20?