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Should We Be Tipping Restaurants For Takeout Orders?

I’ve always wondered about tipping on a takeout order.

Whenever I dine out, I always try to stick to 15 percent. If the service is kick-ass, I’ll go with 20 percent. For delivery, I always tip — resonating back to my pizza boy days. The problem, however, lies in takeout.

For call-in, online, and to-go orders, where I have to drive out and pick up the food I find myself in a grey zone. Tipping for me has always been about the quality of the restaurant dining experience or an employee braving traffic to bring me food. When I go pick up a pizza, my human interaction becomes drastically limited leaving me to wonder if I need to tip at all.

Frankly, I still do tip for take out  — although not as high as 15 percent. It’s more like a couple bucks here and there just so that line besides the word “TIP” isn’t blank. Call it Catholic guilt, I guess.

Curious to see if any of my co-workers faced this dilemma, I asked around the office to see if anyone would be willing to share their experiences when it came to takeout orders.

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Here’s what the FOODBEAST crew had to say on the matter of takeout tipping:

Constantine

For me, it depends, to be honest. If I’ve ordered pickup from a phone or over an app, no, I don’t tip, because there’s basically no interaction and I’m just paying for the food. If I’m going to lunch at a nearby restaurant and bringing it back to the office, I may tip, more likely to if the server/cashier is helpful or polite or kind in some way or another that makes the experience better than just calling an order in.

Reach

Yes I tip because I don’t wanna be an asshole. Even if it’s a buck for a small order, I tip. If it’s for Postmates or DoorDash or whatever, I sometimes tip. It depends on if the driver does a good job with the delivery.

Elie

I don’t feel obligated. If the point of sale asks for a tip, I’m whimsical with the amount. It doesn’t follow the 20 percent protocol.

Ashley

I’m the opposite of Reach. I always tip for Postmates and DoorDash orders because the I know how complicated my complex is so it’s cool when they’re able to find my place! If I do takeout, I’ll tip if the person helping me is really nice or friendly. And I agree with Elie in that if I do tip for takeout, it’s usually not the standard 20 percent.

Ricky

At least 15 percent, and if they are nice and personable 20 percent. I worked in the service industry, so I’m probably the exception.

Foodbeast conducted a poll on Twitter asking our followers how they approached takeout tipping. As you can see, a majority of people don’t feel it’s necessary to tip for takeout and if they did, it’s out of some form of guilt.

At the end of the day, however, it’s your money to do with as you please. There’s no “right” or “wrong” answer when it comes to takeout tipping, just some insight from from fellow human beings who enjoy take out.

If you do decide to switch things up and dine-in at a restaurant, don’t be like this couple.

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McDonald’s Announces National Table-Side Service

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Looks like your future visits to Mcdonald’s might get just a little more personal. The burger chain announced Thursday, according to Business Insider, that they’ll be implementing table-side service.

This means, you no longer have to stand in line at the chain’s counter to order, step aside, and wait for your food to be called while you peruse through email.

Available at all 14,000 McDonald’s locations in the United States, customers can now place orders when they walk into the restaurant lobby though digital kiosks. After they figure out what size Big Mac they prefer to satiate their appetites with, they’ll have the option of getting their food delivered to them or picking it up at the counter.

Currently, only 500 locations in the US are offering this service.

McDonald’s has officially taken an entire step of human interaction away from patrons. For those looking for a quick meal, this could easily be a blessing. However, customers will still have the option of ordering up front and interacting with McDonald’s employees.

The company states that they are trying to make the “roll out” happen as soon as possible, though with no hard deadline announced. Until then, it’s burger grilling businesses as usual.

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UNPRECEDENTED: This Korean BBQ Joint Will Deliver Right To Your Doorstep

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There have been many occasions where we’re craving Korean BBQ. Sadly, most places have a two person minimum in order to dine in. Luckily, there’s a loophole.

Gen, the popular California-based Korean BBQ chain, is now offering a service called Gen Delivers. There, patrons can call in and order a selection of frozen meats for $45. While this isn’t exactly all-you-can-eat, the company says that two people have yet been able to finish the meats in one sitting.

Hey, we’re always up for a challenge.

A typical dine-in experience at the restaurant costs about $45 between two people, the only difference is you won’t have to leave your house to enjoy it. You also have to provide your own method of grilling the meat.

Well at least you don’t have to find a plus one to satiate you KBBQ cravings.

Photo: Gen

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Technology

Your Uber Driver Can Officially Double As A Food Delivery Guy

It’s been a week of wins for Uber Technologies Inc. After successfully challenging regulations for full-service pick up and drop off at Los Angeles International Airport this week, the company has announced another addition to its international business model.

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UberEATS, will serve as a second standalone application under Uber Technologies, Inc., and will aim to satisfy hunger, rather than travel needs. UberEATS was launched in early December in Toronto, Canada and will make its way out ‘the 6,’ into 10 major cities, specifically, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Dallas and Austin, by March, the company announced Wednesday.

Of course, Uber itself has no hand in preparing the meals, but will work with local restaurants to ensure the quick delivery of food, “anywhere you can drop a pin,” on your smartphone. Jason Droege, Head of Uber Everything, said.

Uber has been testing the waters of the food delivery biz for some time, according to Wired.com. In fact, the first launch of UberEATS was tested in Spain and Los Angeles, then added in Chicago and New York, the program found success by taking advantage of its expansive network of drivers and partnerships with participating restaurants.

How does it work?

UberEATS will utilize Uber’s network of drivers while out waiting for potential customers. The drivers, will pick up pre-orders as they wait for passengers. Essentially, there won’t be a smorgasbord of items to salivate over, but it is more likely that participating restaurants will have a small menu, updated daily.

UberEATS claims to be able to get customers food order delivered in a turnaround time of 10 minutes.

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Arby’s Suddenly Regrets Turning Away Police Officer, Allegedly

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The Pembroke Pines Police Department in Florida is pretty steamed with a local Arby’s after a worker allegedly refused to serve one of its officers.

Sergeant Jennifer Martin was allegedly mistreated at the local fast food chain and denied service.

According to the employee, 19-year-old Kenny Davenport, he was busy with orders and asked his manager to cover his register. The manager supposedly made a joke that the employee didn’t want to take Martin’s order because she was a cop.

Allegedly, the manager laughed about his Davenport’s right to refuse service to the officer. When Martin did received her food, she asked for a refund being “uncertain” about the condition of her meal.

Davenport said the manager made an unfortunate joke and that he was just trying to clear out the drive-thru when he left Martin.

The Pembroke police chief said that the incident is unacceptable and that they’ll be contacting Arby’s CEO for an apology. There have already been protests against the Arby’s as well as those demanding the worker involved’s termination.

Arby’s CEO, Paul Brown, personally called the police department to apologize for what happened to Martin. Corporate is currently investigating the isolated incident closely.

 

 

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Panera Bread Plans To Tape Kitchen Employees While They Work

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Apparently Panera Bread wants to be Big Brother now. In an effort to improve accuracy and customer service at the quick-service chain, Panera Bread has plans to set up cameras in its kitchens and record its employees putting together meals.

The videos will be monitored by managers and executives to see if meals are being properly prepared by Panera Bread standards. Seems like an appropriate solution to dispel any concern in the kitchen.

Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich recently told Business Insider that he hopes the recordings will help improve the restaurants’ slow-service issue.

Currently, the program is only planned to take effect for a set period of time. However, if results are more than satisfactory, expect all your Panera Bread meals to be broadcast for all to see.

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New App Brings Home-Cooked Meals From Chefs To Your Stomach

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Good home cooking can be incredibly difficult to find. A new app called “Foodie Shares” knows that sometimes home-cooked meals are preferable to eating out. That’s why it lets you order food from home chefs to eat at your pleasure.

Like Uber and AirBnB, Foodie Shares does a background check on all the home cooks on the app. Customers can then browse through the various dishes and chefs, order what they want, and either have their meals delivered or go pick them up. The chefs decide what they want to charge for their meals, so prices vary depending on customers’ choices.

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So far, Foodie Shares is only active in the Santa Monica and Venice Beach areas of California. However, they have plans to expand their services this summer.

While it looks like this is the perfect place to find a home-style meatloaf or other comfort foods, it features more contemporary dishes to choose from as well.

Foodie Shares can be downloaded through the App Store for free.

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New York Dentists Now Offering Wine to Help You Hate Them Less

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Everyone, at the dentist office: “Whine whine whine whine whine whi — wine? — WINE.”

In Manhattan, some forward-thinking dental practitioners have decided to catch clients with honey instead of scary drills. And by honey, we mean alcohol, of course. According to New York news blog DNAinfo, several dentistries have been offering patients wine in their waiting rooms to help “take the edge off,” say patients

At places like Park South Dentistry, visiting the dentist has become more like a day at the spa, with “cozy blankets,” and “warm scented towels” provided, in addition to bottles of red and white wines laid out in waiting rooms for patients to pour “at their leisure.”

“It’s an extra something that helps you dread the dentist a little less,” said a patient at another luxe dentistry Marini and Manci, DMD, “I don’t know why more places don’t do it, quite frankly.”

Part of the reason may be that it’s technically illegal, as none of the offices have been officially licensed by the New York State Liquor Authority.

That said, we can think of at least a couple more places that might be improved by at least a few glasses of bubbly (DMVS, post offices, jury duty . . .).