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To the extent that we're able, we should patronize, tip, and be as generous as our means allow. Restaurant owners and workers are making a huge effort just to be able to stay in business. If we want them around at the end of the epidemic we should be as generous as we can be.
Tips were used to supplement the wages of wait staff and in some cases shared with kitchen staff. This originated with the fact that a restaurant could set a waiter's wage to meet minimum wage requirement by presuming a certain amount of tips. The employee was really paid $5 an hour but with tips it was $7.50 an hour (or more). This is no longer allowed and wait staff is paid a full wage. The tips are gravy left over from a different time. The people who work at 7-11 or many other retail outlets get the same wage as a waiter but no one tips them. Tipping today is an anachronism.
I don't usually tip on take-out but these are unusual times and we, the societal we, are forcing food service and retail workers to bear a financial burden to, maybe, protect us from harm, and death. That justifies a sizable tip, imo.
If you pick up from a sit-down restaurant, if a waiter or bartender prepared your order, you should leave a 20% tip or cook your own damn food. If you do that more than once from the same restaurant there is a very good chance you are getting tainted food. People remember cheapskates and big tippers.
A take-away place like a Papa John's is different.
We have had to be adaptable. Instead of asking my wife, "Where do you want to go to lunch today?" I am now asking "Where do you want to get takeout today?. Same places we usually go, just eating the food in a different location.
The Mayor of San Antonio just announced that all non-essential business (gyms, bars, etc.) will be closed effective midnight tonight (March 18th), and that restaurants will only be serving takeout. The wife and I are planning a short night out to one of our favorites for Cocktails at The End of the World (As We Know It), with generous tips to the staff. After midnight, the home bar will be open 24/7.
Home delivery is fine for all you city folks, but I live 35 minutes away from the nearest restaurant and, needless to say, they don't deliver out here in the sticks. GrubHub isn't here. I drove through town today and all the sit-down restaurants were closed. The fast food places were open with the exception of the inside dining areas. We have a fabulous Chinese buffet and the sign out front read "Take out only". So I guess they must have laid off at least ten servers for the duration.
I feel your pain. I have delivered pizza in a very small town (as my side hustle while i have kids in college) and might have a work-around for you.
When people outside our delivery area want food and I can't bring it all the way to them, we arrange a meetup inside our delivery area (like at a rest stop inside the delivery area). That way, neither of us has to go the whole way. Phone numbers and instructions help to sync the timing and avoid frustration.
Anyone reading this can choose to tip or not. When I deliver for Papa John's I get $4.70 per hour when I am on the road and a $1.40 payment from your $3.00 delivery fee. So if I have to drive 30 mins for no tip, I am losing money. If a delivery person is rude or dirty, I reserve the right to not tip. But in all other circumstances, I either tip or don't order delivery.
I am already tired of people crying about select microelements of America that are hurting. Millions are hurting, many are dying. Where do you draw the line at this issue? Everyone has a pet cause, or the pet cause of the day. Just stop it.