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Why Do Some Fast Food Workers Get Tips?

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I was up very early this morning and of course that required coffee. But with the first sips of my delicious beverage, a question popped into my head that I just had to get more opinions on.

I’m not sure how often other people still do this these days, but I always leave my change as a tip when I get Dunkin. It’s something I’ve been doing for years and it started for me

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when I worked at a Dunkin Donuts (nearly 20 years ago at this point, good lord!) and I got tips every time I worked.

I really appreciated those tips and at the end of a week of shifts, they could really add up.

Of course I’ve been to those Dunkin locations where tips are not allowed, but for the most part they are and I think people still tip there pretty often. But the question that came to me today was why?

These days, Dunkin Donuts offers a LOT more than just coffee and is just as busy and popular as a McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s would be (if not more so) and I have never thought to tip the workers there.

So why do we tip at Dunkin Donuts? How did this tradition start?

"So why do we tip at Dunkin Donuts?"My theory is that the employees there are making your particular beverage or sandwich just the way you like it. Though I can order my burger “my way” at Burger King and I don’t tip the people in the kitchen for that.

I guess I can’t really think of a specific reason, so maybe you can. Are you one who tips when you get your coffee? And do you have a reason why you do it?

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