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Entertaining & Etiquette 24

Do you tip your butcher?

PaulF | Jun 15, 2015 09:07 AM

In addition to some nice beef and chicken, the butcher shop I go to also has a selection of hot sandwiches and sides -- so you can buy meat to take home and cook or buy your lunch and take it to go or just eat it there. They have a couple of tables and a counter along the window.

If you pay with a credit card, they ask you to sign your name on an iPad mini that they have mounted on the register. When you sign, there is a place to add a tip. You can "check" no tip, 15%, 20%, 25% or add your own amount.

I'm never sure what's expected here. If I've engaged the butcher for a few minutes and asked a few questions, sometimes I leave a tip. But sometimes I don't. (If I get a hot sandwich for lunch, I definitely tip either 15 or 20 percent).

It feels weird to me to tip 15% on top of paying pretty expensive prices for steaks if I'm going to take them home and cook them myself. But if it's customary to tip ... I'm just curious to see what others do.

So, do people tip their butcher when he or she wraps up a few cuts of meat for you to take home?

(I definitely don't tip, btw, when I buy meat in the grocery story, but I would tip if I bought some sandwiches for lunch in a grocery story. But in a grocery store, the deli counter where you get your sandwich is not the same as the meat counter where you pick up your meat.)

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