After my seemingly week-long hiatus, I am back to the normal routine this morning– which is a welcome change!
I ran into an old friend on campus this morning — made my day. One of those people I’ll go 6 months without seeing and then randomly run into — and I’m pretty sure I could go 6 years without seeing him and he’d still run up and give me a bear hug and a familiar smile. There are so few from my class still in Fayetteville (me, Andrew, and Patrick Wilson, Jason Fechter…) - it’s fun to catch up.
So, question of the day. Is it appropriate to tip the carhops at Sonic? Please leave comments with your opinions. My opinion is as follows: I do not generally tip at Sonic for the following reasons:
- I typically order only a drink, or a drink and one food item – so the carhop doesn’t have to wrangle a lot of food on a tray.
- I try to park in the absolute closest spot to the door – I don’t make them dodge traffic.
- Most Sonics now have the outside card-reader, like at gas pumps. They charge the exact amount and don’t give you the option to leave a tip. (I bet the carhops hate those things.) But this does eliminate the counting of change and the two trips to the car to bring me my credit card slip to sign — MUCH less work for them.
EXCEPTION to these rules: I tip if it’s raining or if it’s really cold. For example, Friday morning after I dropped Jeff at work, I drove through Sonic to get a breakfast burrito and the poor girl came out in a parka with fur on it — it was literally freezing. And that particular Sonic doesn’t have the card-reader so she ran my card manually — I rounded my bill up to $10 because I felt bad for the girl. If I had gone this morning, no tip.
My friends Allison and Shorty think they’ve found a carhop-tipping loophole. They use the drivethru. They think you should absolutely always tip the carhop so they avoid it altogether by only using the drivethru. I think that’s cheating.