Most of the time I let my wife decide how much the tip should be. Having worked as a waitress for a few months she knows how hard those waiters and waitresses work and how they depend on their tip. In addition, I’ve always been taught to tip the standard amount as a minimum and then tip more if the service was especially good – i.e. never use the tip as “punishment” (this just makes the server upset and doesn’t inspire them to do better. Instead, speak to the manager about what can be improved in the future).
However, this weekend I ran to Chili’s to pick up some food as part of their Carside-to-Go program. There are many traditional restaurants that are offering this service and I find myself taking advantage of them more and more – so naturally the question of tipping comes up. On the receipt that I sign there’s always a space for tip, but how much do you tip a carside-to-go server?
One perspective is that they don’t do very much other than throw your food in a bag and bring it to your car – a whole 5 minutes of work. The other view is that they are still paid the same meager minimum wage the other servers are so they are depending on those tips to make decent money.
So, how much should you tip your carside-to-go server?