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Another tipping observation

Postby Redwinger » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:54 am

NJ and I were out and about the other day in River City running a few errands and picking up a few last minute gifts. We didn't have a lot of time so we stopped for a quick nosh in one of those "cafeteria/deli places" where you go through a line to order, get a self-service soft beverage. Then go find a clean table and wait for someone to promptly deliver your food. Afterwards, someone buses and cleans your table. The clientele appeared to be white bread middle America with a mix of office/retail workers, a few retirees, and the Mommy crowd. But what surprised me in the relatively high traffic grub-grab is that I did not observe a single person throw a buck or two on the table upon departure. I realize that these workers probably make at least minimum wage, unlike tip dependent servers, so maybe that makes a difference to some patrons?? Maybe they are making burial shrouds with pockets these days?
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Re: Another tipping observation

Postby Christina Georgina » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:49 am

Our similar cafeteria has a tip jar by the cashier that is labeled "Tips". Food is ready at the cash register and most people bus their own to the obvious spots around the room so most people would not think to leave a tip
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Re: Another tipping observation

Postby Redwinger » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:15 pm

Christina Georgina wrote:Our similar cafeteria has a tip jar by the cashier that is labeled "Tips". Food is ready at the cash register and most people bus their own to the obvious spots around the room so most people would not think to leave a tip



I don't recall seeing a tip jar at this place, but I may have overlooked it as NJ, as usual, picked up the tab and paid at the register.
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Re: Another tipping observation

Postby Carl Eppig » Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:42 pm

If one does all the work except cooking the food, I agree no tip is necessary; but when food is brought to table or other services provided then a tip is appropriate, tho not the size that one would tip in a sit down situation.
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Re: Another tipping observation

Postby Robin Garr » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:05 pm

Christina Georgina wrote:Our similar cafeteria has a tip jar by the cashier that is labeled "Tips". Food is ready at the cash register and most people bus their own to the obvious spots around the room so most people would not think to leave a tip

That's the common practice at quick-service family restaurants here in the city I believe 'winger is referring to, but since he was discreet enough not to name and shame the place, I can't comment further.
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