What’s the tipping etiquette for a fast casual restaurant? Are you supposed to tip a bartender if you just order take-out? What about a place without a server but someone that cleans up after you and serves you beer? We answer these tough questions and more on this episode of the Full Belly Laughs podcast.
Full Belly Laughs Podcast Episode 129 Show Notes
The boys jump out the gate with their opinions on when to tip and when not to tip. The topic of tipping etiquette proves to be deep and hard to navigate. There are a lot of ambiguous food service situations. A fast casual place like Panera Bread and Pei Wei both sort of feel like you should tip. But do you tip when you order take out at a gastropub? Do you tip your local barista? It turns out it’s a bit of a personal preference thing, but at the same time the boys agreed on some hard and fast rules.
Everyone can agree that when you sit down at a restaurant, if they have a service staff you should tip twenty percent (20%). That’s the standard, and that staff counts on that to pay their bills. If the food sucks or comes out slow, that might not even be their fault. Take it out on the restaurant and just not eat their again, but don’t make that food runner sell their Pokemon cards because you only left a dollar.
When the server sucks you should just pay the 20% anyway. At the end of the day that’s what the food really costs. It’s a social construct we all participate in, so much so that restaurant employees make less than minimum wage because of it.
When in doubt we recommend tip. If you can afford to you should always do it. You either end up paying what you should, or really making someone’s day. Either way that’s a win. If you can’t afford to tip, then you should probably not be out buying that thing that might require a tip on top.
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