Should you tip fast food workers?

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Today’s TRY 98.3 social dilemma is about tips. Here is the email I received.

Hi Jaime. I took my family in the McDonald’s drive-thru. We ordered $60 worth of food so they asked if we would sit aside while they prepared our large order. A few minutes later, a girl brings our food to the car. I take the food and leave. A block away my 15 year old daughter tells me she is mortified that I didn’t tip this girl for bringing our food to the car. She goes to school with her and thinks this girl will tell everyone that her family is cheap. I didn’t realize you were supposed to tip a fast food employee for carrying food through a parking lot. I already spent $60 and had no money on me. I also can’t justify tipping a fast food worker for doing something like running out of food. Are we going to end up tipping everyone eventually? Was I wrong? Help me here. Thanks!


I don’t know if I’m the only one answering this question because I’m what my darling calls “an overflow”. I like to make sure people know they are appreciated, so I will tip, and pretty much anyone who provides service. So I would have tipped him. My 16 year old nephew works in a fast food restaurant and always comes home with tips. So I’m with the girl… I would have tipped.

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