Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor

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2011/12/21 10:16:05 (permalink)

Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor

Since this is more from a customer point of view than a vendor point of view, I'm starting this thread here rather than in one of the professional's forum.
 
What is your tipping policy with street vendors?
 
I admit that I never tip a street vendor, unless I ask for something unusual. For example, at a hot dog stand near a post office where I used to live, I would occasionally make an order to go, but ask to pick it up on my way back from the post office. I always paid in advance, and  gave the vendor an extra couple of bucks (this was an order for several people) in advance as well. Truthfully, his prices were so good that even with the tip, it was still a bargain (and this was one of those guys who, if you asked about his food, would proudly go into great detail; as I have stated in other threads, I usually take this as an indication of quality).
 
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    mar52
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/21 13:09:37 (permalink)
    Honestly I've never thought about tipping a street vendor.  I have told a few hot dog carts to "keep the change" but I really didn't think it a tip.
     
    Really, never thought about it. 
     
    Maybe that's because a lot around her are owner operated.
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/21 14:14:10 (permalink)
    There's a thread on here somewhere about street vendors putting out a tip jar. Pro's & con's were discussed with no resolution as I recall.
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/21 15:06:19 (permalink)
    If you have ever work a day on the street, you would always tip. The vendors work hard, long hours, are chief cook and bottle washer. On some days they make very little, a few tips could make the day worth wide. ................pnwc
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/21 15:17:37 (permalink)
    I would agree with pnwc. These guys really do put in a harsh day begining long before most of us roll out of the sack and at the end of they day they have to restock, clean up and then go home. What I won't do is feed the tip jar at Stabucks.
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/21 16:04:24 (permalink)
    Thank you!  Sometimes you need to knock me on the head.
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/21 19:48:48 (permalink)
    I never put $ in a tip jar. It's a total rip-off for non service! As in places where you walk up to a counter, order your food and wait until they call your name or number to come get your food, utensils and, drink. Yet, they have the nerve to keep a tip jar at the cash register. Screw the tip jar rip-off. As for street vendors, we don't have them in Dallas. And if we did, I'd ignore their tip jar as well. Would you like to see a tip jar at Home Depot? Lowes? Supermarkets? The Gap? Where you get your oil changed for your car? They all work hard, too. I don't see any tip jars in those places.
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/22 09:11:20 (permalink)
    If you are a regular at a street cart you probably aught to tip or at least give a Holiday gift. This pretty much applies to any place you think you might return to on a fairly regular basis. The guy who is known to tip is the guy who gets the best service.
     
    Cheers, John  
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/22 10:37:57 (permalink)
    Here again I would agree with John. Tipping is very subjective. I tip when I feel appreciated or if someone goes the extra inch. While I suspect you will never see a tip jat at home depot the mere act of taking the trouble to read the name tag of the salesperson or checker and using that persons name is not unlike a tip. I stand accused of mellowing out in my old age.
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/22 11:22:51 (permalink)
    John and brisketboy, I totally agree with what you said in your posts. I feel now, my post came off more as a "rant" rather than an opinion. There are always exceptions to every situation. And, I would not want to come off like I were a Grinch or a Scrooge. Actually, I probably would have made a great politician as I have been known to "flip-flop" on many issues.
    post edited by Twinwillow - 2011/12/22 11:25:32
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/22 11:46:16 (permalink)
    Twin I don't think it was a rave. What you said is pretty spot on. I will tip in restaurants because I know how much the wait staff depends on the generosity of the customer. The occasional tip to the paper delivery guy at the holidays. Hell, I've been known to leave a case of beer at the curb for the trash guy. But the tip jar offends my sensibilities as well. The zombie barrista with a degree in liberal arts pouring my mocca latte doesn't qualify,
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/22 11:55:59 (permalink)
    Thank you, brisket boy. Exactly what I meant. It's (just) the old "tip jar" for people performing a perfunctory act that gets me riled up.
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/23 16:10:50 (permalink)
    Foodbme There's a thread on here somewhere about street vendors putting out a tip jar. Pro's & con's were discussed with no resolution as I recall.

    That was from the vendor POV; this thread is from the customer POV. As I mentioned, I tip when I ask for something unusual, or special service. I wish that I had thought of the Christmas tip idea for a couple of vendors whose carts I used regularly over the years, though (these days, I don't have the opportunity to be a regular, anywhere, but if I ever am again, I will definitely remember this).
     
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/23 22:11:04 (permalink)
    for counter service I never tip. they make a regular hourly wage.
    at a sit down place with a wait staff, I always tip accordingly.
    wait staff make less an hour because their jobs rely on tips.
    TIPS = To Insure Proper Service
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/24 00:03:54 (permalink)
    If I know that the person doing the working is not the owner then I will tip. If I ask for, and recieve a special request, I leave a tip.
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/27 08:09:29 (permalink)
    The tipping stuff is getting out of control-a new self service frozen yogurt place in my town, where you do everything yourself, has a tip jar at the checkout.
    I just selected my cup, added my fixings, chose the yogurt-all you did was weigh my cup then process the sale-I should tip you why?
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/27 09:25:34 (permalink)
    BINGO!
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    Re:Tipping the Sidewalk Vendor 2011/12/27 10:38:59 (permalink)
    brisketboy

    BINGO!


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