Lay Off Drew Brees; You Don’t Tip on Takeout.
Other than the Reilly Cooper story, it’s been a relatively slow week for news in the world of sports. Perhaps that’s why this non-story regarding Saints quarterback Drew Brees being an alleged cheap bastard blew up the likes of sports gossip websites like Deadspin and TMZ.
In the event you don’t already know about what the hell I’m talking about, a receipt from a San Diego restaurant circulated online that showed Brees tipping just 3 bucks on a $74.00 bill.
Initially, people rightfully lost their minds about this, because it was assumed that Drew Brees had dined in and tipped next to nothing. If this was the case, then yes, that anger would indeed be justified, because if you’re not tipping at least 20% every time you go out to dinner, you might as well be in Al Qaeda.
But, as it turns out, whatta you know? Drew Brees didn’t dine in and stiff a waiter or waitress at all! Nope, he was just picking up a take-out order, which means that Drew Brees tipped $3.00 too much on that $74.00 bill.
More on that in a second though. Drew Brees took to Twitter after this dumb story became “a thing” and defended himself from the barbs of the Internet Hate Machine who labeled him a cheap bastard, and wrote, ”In case anyone still cares about this report: I tipped $3 on a takeout order. Had we sat down it would have been 20% (plus).”
Drew Brees, you’re a far better man than me, because everyone knows that you don’t tip on takeout.
Seriously, when did this practice of guilting people into this start? Just like, what? In the last ten or fifteen years? Did you drive over to the restaurant? Help pay for my gas to get there? No, you didn’t. So shut up, put my food in the bag, and do your job for whatever your hourly wage is. Don’t like it? Get another job.
Don’t take this as me being cheap. I’ve worked in the service industry. Hell, odds are, I’ll be working in it again sometime in the very near future. I ALWAYS tip at least 20% when I’m dining in, and if I’m more than fair when I’m getting delivery, because I’ve done that terrible job too.
But for takeout? Where I’M the one putting in ALL of the effort? Fuck you. Absolutely not. All you’re going to get is me putting a line through the “tip” part of the receipt just for spite.
Last I checked, tipping is for SERVICE. When I’m picking up the food I’ve ordered, that place has offered me no extra service for me driving all the way over there.
That said, labor is included in the price of the food and thus the reason why you pay $11 bucks for 2 bucks worth of ground chuck, a bun, two strips of bacon and some condiments. You tip for service, not for product.
The very fact that ANY restaurant worker expects something at all for a customer picking up their food is flat out ridiculous. A tip is something someone gives you as appreciation for doing a good job.
You aren’t OWED tips.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on places that have the balls to put a line on their receipts for some kind of fake charity (that you just KNOW is going back to line the pockets of the sleazy restaurant owner) or even worse the ones that have a line to give a few bucks to some terrible cover band that’s playing Smashmouth and Sugar Ray songs.
Bottom line is, is it doesn’t matter how nice the restaurant is or how much money the customer makes.
For a server to expect a tip when a customer is just going there to pick up a “to go” order is beyond ridiculous. There should be NO EXPECTATION of getting tipped for that, because there’s minimal to ZERO effort to do so.
Let’s see, you put the food in a box and put in a few sauce packets and plastic utensils. Big whoop!
An actual server has to give refills on drinks, check the customer during the course of the meal, deal with stupid little kids that won’t shut up, people with fake food allergies like “oh I can’t eat gluten”, and the olds.
Now THAT deserves tipping. But nobody should expect to give a tip for driving to a restaurant themselves and picking up a bag or box of food from a restaurant. I don’t care how expensive of a box they put it in is, that’s the restaurant’s issue not a customer. It’s also not the customers issue what the “to go” server is paid by the restaurant itself. If they have an issue with their regular salary, bring it up to management. Tips are not a given, and they are not a right. Don’t act like that just because Drew Brees has money, the expectation is different for him. It’s not, and you don’t tip on takeout.
Period end of story.
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