I would like to take this opportunity to inform the general public of Bloop that many curb-side takeaway persons make the exact same as a service, for example 2.13 an hour.
WE ARE NOT MCDONALDS. YOU SHOULD TIP. AND WE WORK HARDER THAN SERVERS BECAUSE THERE IS NO LIMIT ON HOW MANY ORDERS (TABLES) WE GET. We also are expected to assist the servers, by running food, drinks, etc.
Also, many dining restaurants have a thing called TIPSHARE, in which servers pay a certain percentage (for me, 3%) of their total sales into a pool of money that is redistributed to hostesses and bussers, for example. If you do not tip your server, THAT MONEY COMES OUT OF THEIR POCKET.
These things do vary among different establishments, but both of those things are common. Tip your to-go person, tip your server.
Both of those jobs require you to be on your feet for long hours, carry heavy trays of food and drinks, have order accuracy, a high level of customer service. It IS a job that can be well done and should be well done, but I would not call it "easy." I would call it a job, just like any other job. It is a service industry, and tipping is expected, and I think deserved. A good server really cares about the quality of your evening and does everything to ensure you have a good time. Not every server is a good server, and blatant bad service should be penalized.
Whatever your opinions about the "system" on tipping the service industry, remember that the person you are about to stiff is a person with bills and responsibilities and not tipping could mean the difference between having rent paid or not. It was really painful during the summer working in to-go and having our livelihood depend on people who think I'm not suppose to be tipped because I'm in to-go, getting stiffed on the majority of my orders, when I rarely made a mistake and treated people really well (for example, giving free to-go drinks for anyone waiting on an order, even if they were early).
Attitudes like "Someone else will tip" is what made me less than minimum wage last week (in to-go). And it's bullshit.