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Tip Jars

Old 04-16-15, 02:57 PM
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Tip Jars

If you go to Chipotle (or any other "fast food/fast casual" restaurant where you order at the counter and pick up your food at the counter), do you leave a tip?

I've always thought that it's worse to get a shitty tip than no tip. If a customer leaves no tip and the employee was expecting a tip, that can mean either
a) the customer was not happy with the service and chose not to tip, or
b) the customer wasn't aware that a tip was expected

But if a customer leaves a shitty tip, there is no ambiguity. A shitty tip sends a message that the service was shitty.

So, suppose I go to a Chipotle and my burrito cost $9.47. I get $0.53 back in change. If I put the $0.53 cents in the tip jar, that's a 5.6% tip. I'd rather tip nothing than tip 5%. So I keep my change.
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Re: Tip Jars

The only time that I leave anything is if I pay cash and have some change I don't want to carry. And even then I usually keep quarters and only leave pennies, nickels, or dimes. Although these days, I rarely use cash.
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Re: Tip Jars

I try to tip roughly 20%. But I don't think I've ever put money in a tip jar. Why would I 1. Tip someone who didn't wait on me and 2. Tip a "community" pot where people who didn't even have any interaction with me would get a portion? No, screw that.
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Re: Tip Jars

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
I try to tip roughly 20%. But I don't think I've ever put money in a tip jar. Why would I 1. Tip someone who didn't wait on me and 2. Tip a "community" pot where people who didn't even have any interaction with me would get a portion? No, screw that.
You are aware that in many restaurants the tip you leave does not go exclusively to the person who waited on you?
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Re: Tip Jars

Originally Posted by RoyalTea View Post
If you go to Chipotle (or any other "fast food/fast casual" restaurant where you order at the counter and pick up your food at the counter), do you leave a tip?

I've always thought that it's worse to get a shitty tip than no tip. If a customer leaves no tip and the employee was expecting a tip, that can mean either
a) the customer was not happy with the service and chose not to tip, or
b) the customer wasn't aware that a tip was expected

But if a customer leaves a shitty tip, there is no ambiguity. A shitty tip sends a message that the service was shitty.

So, suppose I go to a Chipotle and my burrito cost $9.47. I get $0.53 back in change. If I put the $0.53 cents in the tip jar, that's a 5.6% tip. I'd rather tip nothing than tip 5%. So I keep my change.
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c) the customer is aware it isn't a sit-down and be waited on establishment, therefore contributions to a tip jar don't have the same "rules" as other dining establishments.

Pretty certain also that the workers don't care what percentage of a tip you leave, and would prefer something over nothing.
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Re: Tip Jars

I've been to more Chipotle's than I care to admit. I've never seen a tip jar. Probably shouldn't be there.

Anyway, I picked "rarely" in the poll because I only throw loose change in the tip jar. But since I rarely use cash anymore, it's rare for me to have change for the tip jar.

I used to work at a place that had tip jars. We'd have plenty of people drop dollars in there, once in awhile we'd get someone that drops a $5. For the most part though we got loose change.

We knew the system with tip jars. We knew that, unlike a real restaurant, tips weren't to be expected. So we definitely appreciated loose change over no tip at all. It adds up in the end.
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You are aware that in many restaurants the tip you leave does not go exclusively to the person who waited on you?
Fucking Socialists!
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Re: Tip Jars

Hardly ever. I figure most of the restaurants I go to I spend plenty of money on the food. Sorry Starbucks. You don't get $9 for a coffee and sandwich AND more for a "tip". $9 is enough.
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Tipping is idiotic and should be abolished altogether.

But that's another fight, and a losing one. Anyway, I haven't been to Chipotle in years, but I certainly wouldn't tip at a national chain. I do tip at coffee shops where I know and like the baristas.
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Unless there's a nice ass or tits, no tip for you.
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Re: Tip Jars

I thought Chipotle paid their employees more than average for a fast food place? And I also thought tipping was to supplement works making less than minimum wage?
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Re: Tip Jars

Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
And I also thought tipping was to supplement works making less than minimum wage?
But, isn't that circular logic?

Tips are used to supplement workers making less than minimum wage, but minimum wage doesn't apply to workers in jobs where tipping is expected.
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Re: Tip Jars

Rarely. I never would at a standard take out place or Starbucks.

I have put tips in the tip "box" at the car wash that get split up amongst the people that dry the car.
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Re: Tip Jars

That's what I was trying to say. Why does Chipotle have a tipping jar?
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Re: Tip Jars

I saw a tip jar at a U-Swirl yogurt place. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to put money into it or take money out.
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
That's what I was trying to say. Why does Chipotle have a tipping jar?
Because people put money in it?

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Re: Tip Jars

Originally Posted by RoyalTea View Post
If I put the $0.53 cents in the tip jar, that's a 5.6% tip. I'd rather tip nothing than tip 5%. So I keep my change.
If every Chipotle customer left $0.53 the employees could retire after a week. That place moves the lines something serious.
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Re: Tip Jars

If I have change and I don't want it, I'll put it in the jar, but that's really just dumping off change (and it's honestly really rare). I am pretty much against adding counter service to the places we're expected to tip, so don't do it otherwise.
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Re: Tip Jars

Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
If every Chipotle customer left $0.53 the employees could retire after a week. That place moves the lines something serious.
Yep, and their burritos are quite expensive so my change isn't going in the tip jar.
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Yep, and their burritos are quite expensive so my change isn't going in the tip jar.
$6.50 is "quite expensive"?
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Re: Tip Jars

Originally Posted by fumanstan View Post
The only time that I leave anything is if I pay cash and have some change I don't want to carry. And even then I usually keep quarters and only leave pennies, nickels, or dimes. Although these days, I rarely use cash.
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Re: Tip Jars

I saw a tip jar at a self serve froyo spot.

I was like wtf is this?
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Re: Tip Jars

Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
I thought Chipotle paid their employees more than average for a fast food place? And I also thought tipping was to supplement works making less than minimum wage?
That was the original idea, but a few states don't have different have different minimum wages for tipped workers and you're still expected to tip there.

Minimum wage for tipped workers, by state

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