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Old 05-15-2007, 07:22 PM   #1
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How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

Just curious. I guess I've always done just a few bucks regardless of the total, since no one's actually waiting on you.

Is this a pretty common practice, or am I just being cheap?
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?
Old 05-15-2007, 07:25 PM   #2
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If I get my own drinks and refills they get nada. If they bring me a drink or a refill of anything I leave a buck or two.
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Old 05-15-2007, 07:29 PM   #3
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How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?
Zero. The only people working on that order are the kitchen staff, and I sure hope they're not counting on the tip pool to take care of them.

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... or a buffet?
If someone actually drops by our table and does something good, 10%.

If no one drops by or if they do bad things, zero.

We do the vast majority of our dining out (as often as once or twice a month!) in full-service restaurants, and there I tip about 20% for good service. We all know we'll be back.
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Old 05-15-2007, 07:57 PM   #4
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

If I pay at the counter and I have to get my own food then I don't tip.
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Old 05-15-2007, 07:59 PM   #5
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Zero for carryout unless they throw in something extra (like dessert).

A couple of bucks for the buffet if they bring drinks and refills, otherwise a dollar for the person who cleans up the tables.
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

I try to refrain from tipping on carry-out, though I always feel guilted about throwing a couple of bucks in the tip jar when they say something like I gave you some bread which is so stupid when the bread is probably included in the price.
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

I'd say buffets and carry out $0 appropriate.
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i cant speak for the rest of you, but the folks I see bussing tables at buffets work very hard. I always tip them

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We tip. If someone is removing our plates and is refilling our drinks. Hell if I know if thats right or wrong heh.
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

Having worked in food service, I tip rather well.

But being severely frugal I don't dine out much.
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

Tip for carry-outs....nada.

Tip for buffet....a buck per person at our table, so normally $2.

(I try to avoid buffets....if I want to wait on myself, I'll stay home! )
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:58 PM   #12
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

Having waitressed at times in my younger days, as did our daughter......we are generous tippers.

And not just for that reason. Our feeling is that if we feel we have to chintz somewhere, it's not going to be at the expense of some person doing a hard job for not such great pay.

We don't usually tip at a carryout place unless there is a tip jar in evidence, but we always leave a decent tip at buffets where the servers bring you a drink and carry away used plates.

Our motto on saving money is never to save money at someone else's expense. If we have enough money to eat out, we have enough money to tip well. If tipping will make us feel strapped, we shouldn't have been eating out in the first place.

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For all the folks saying that they tip at buffets, how much do you tip? Is it the same 15%-20% that you would at a full-service restaurant?
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For all the folks saying that they tip at buffets, how much do you tip?
We do a buck a person presuming some service is provided.
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Buffet/carry-out ~ 10%; full-service ~15-20%, depending on how "full" the service is...
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

Typically a buck a person at buffets. Take out - I don't think I've ever tipped. I may give a $10 or $20 at christmas this year to the cooks at the mongolian grill I frequent once a week.
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:43 PM   #17
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Full service: 20%
Buffets: $1 per person
Takeout: 0
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Old 05-16-2007, 02:23 PM   #18
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

We don't tip at carry out.
If the buffet is one in which people pick up used dishes, refill drinks, etc we tip.
If they are really good (i.e. used plate is taken away while you are getting seconds) 15%. As always, it does depend on the level of service. The better the service the more the tip.
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Re: How much do you tip for carry-out or a buffet?

Carry out... no tip..

Buffet, usually no tip, but will round to the nearest dollar at times...

I don't have refills of water etc... and some buffets you get your own..
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Carryout Zero

Buffet, if they're bussing or bringing things 10%

Full Service 15-20+% unless something in the server's control goes terribly wrong.
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