If only Oprah would have done one of her final shows on tipping, the world would be a better place. Well, at least if you’re a waiter.
Saints quarterback and local hero Drew Brees caught some slack nationally when it was revealed he only tipped $3 on a $74 to-go order at a restaurant near his home in San Diego.
Some say a tip isn’t required on a to-go order, others say it is. I like to tip on to-go orders for two reasons: first, I order to-go orders a lot; and second, I want to take care of the people who take care of me. Simple as that.
Waiters and waitresses earn about $2 an hour before tips, meaning the tip is where they earn their money. The standard amount to tip when eating at a restaurant is 20%. That means 20% of the total bill, including the alcohol and the tax. 20%! That’s the standard in America.
On to-go orders, 8-10% is standard. Someone is packing that food for you and taking time away from their regular customers to take care of you.
I love Drew Brees. The single greatest Saint player ever. The Super Bowl MVP. But Brees did just ink a $100 million deal. He should tip a little bit more than $3 on $74. I bet he learned his lesson. Now let’s play some football.