Here's an interesting question that's bound to get people in an uproar. :)
Dave Ramsey asks whether or not you should tip your carhop.
Until the end of last year, my answer would have been, "I don't go to any places that have carhops." We didn't have any restaurants in Michigan (at least convenient to us) that used them.
Then we moved to Oklahoma and there's a Sonic every three blocks. If you don't know what a Sonic is, some of you may remember the old A&W stands where you ordered from your car and someone comes out with your order.
So, do you tip that person?
Here's what Dave's site has to say on the issue:
One highly informal online poll showed that more than half of the people who go to Sonic don’t tip their carhop. Around 25% said they tip the carhop a buck or two, and less than 5% said they tip 10–20% like at normal restaurants.
One former Sonic carhop responded to the poll saying that they generally don’t expect tips but welcome them when they’re given.
Also, one supervisor at a Sonic Drive-In said on Reddit that all of his carhops make minimum wage and do receive tips more often than not.
The comments seem to have some conflicting information to the above, but the question remains.
Personally, I have wondered about this myself. And as someone said in the comments on Dave's site, they should think about including a tip option when you pay by credit card (which I believe you are required to do -- at least I do on their credit card reader by the menu.) If I'm paying by credit card, tipping by cash is a hassle. In fact, I may not even have cash with me!
So I currently do not tip carhops, but am wondering if I should.
What do you think? What do you do?