BLUNDELL: No More Handouts, Why I Refuse to Tip for Pickup Orders

May 12, 2024

Enough is enough. I’m done with the expectation of tipping for pickup orders. It’s time to call out this absurdity and put an end to the guilt-tripping tactics employed by restaurants. Here’s why I staunchly refuse to part with my hard-earned cash for a service that doesn’t warrant it.

Let’s clarify something: picking up food is not the same as dining in. When I choose to collect my order myself, I’m not utilizing the resources of servers, table space, or the ambiance provided by the restaurant. So why am I expected to shell out extra money for a transaction that involves minimal effort on the part of the establishment?

:et’s talk about the convenience factor. The whole point of ordering food for pickup is to save time and hassle. I’m the one who’s inconvenienced myself by driving to the restaurant, finding parking, and waiting in line to collect my order. Shouldn’t the convenience fee be waived in this scenario, rather than added on?

But it doesn’t stop there. The audacity of some restaurants to guilt-trip customers into tipping for pickup orders is nothing short of infuriating. I’ve seen signs plastered at pickup counters with messages like “Tips Appreciated” or “Don’t Forget to Tip Your Heroes.” Sorry, but picking up my food doesn’t make me a hero, and it certainly doesn’t warrant a tip.

Let’s address the elephant in the room: the tipping system itself is fundamentally flawed. It’s a way for businesses to shift the responsibility of fair wages onto customers, rather than paying their employees a decent salary. By perpetuating this system, we’re only enabling and legitimizing the exploitation of workers.

Let’s set the record straight. I refuse to participate in this charade any longer. I’ll gladly pay for the food I ordered, but I won’t be guilted into handing over extra cash for a service that I’ve essentially provided for myself. It’s time for restaurants to reevaluate their tipping policies and start treating customers with the respect they deserve.

To all the restaurants out there: if you want my tip, earn it by providing exceptional service. Until then, don’t expect a handout when I pick up my food.

Contributing Writers

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