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laptopdancer
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January 10, 2012 3:32 pm  

Hello!
My husband and I are moving to STT in the next month or so. We have been down a few times and I have been doing ok with one small issue. Is there a system for the supermarkets that I am missing?

I have been going to Food center and they bag for me and then take the cart outside for me. I have been tipping the man after he puts the bags in my car. Do I have to have him bring the cart out? Can I bring the cart out myself? Am I supposed to tip him (they all seem surprised when I do)? How much is the customary tip if I am supposed to tip?

Thank you so much for your help. I have been reading this site for few months and this and the guidebook have been great resources.


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OldTart
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January 10, 2012 4:52 pm  

I don't shop at Food Center but maybe they have a unique policy not shared by other supermarkets and consider it part of their service that baggers take out the carts - and pay them accordingly since you say the bagger always seems surprised at the tip. (Aside: one of the reasons I don't shop there is because in general I find them to be way overpriced!)

Anyway, I usually tip $1 and sometimes $2 for a particularly heavy load with several cases; Thanksgiving and Christmas a few extra! If there are only a few bags and I don't need the help I'll just smile and say, "Thanks but I can get it this time!" No problem at all. Hope that helps.


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IslandHops
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January 10, 2012 5:40 pm  

Same policy here on STX at Plaza. They bag and cart to your car. I thought it was to prevent thier carts from going walkabout. 😎


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LisaB
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January 10, 2012 7:58 pm  

They do the same thing at Food Town and Pueblo on STX, too. If you don't want them to take your groceries out, just politely tell them "thanks...I've got it" or "thanks, but I'll take them from here." They do (and should) expect a tip for helping you. It's a way for them to make some extra money. It's a nice service if you want it, a little annoying if you don't. Just be nice and polite, smile, and say thanks.


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JulieKay
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January 11, 2012 3:07 am  

I usually don't buy enough for someone to help me to my car - but should I tip the person who bags my groceries in the store?

Moving from Texas, they don't allow baggers to accept tips. Tax issues.


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Linda J
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January 11, 2012 3:41 am  

We don't tip unless the person takes the bags to the car. If we only have 2-3 bags, we just say "thank you, we can get it".


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JulieKay
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January 11, 2012 3:42 am  

That's what I've been doing. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't being offensive. Thanks! 🙂


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georgieboy
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January 11, 2012 11:04 pm  

I'm remembering that it was only the good students who were allowed to do this to earn extra money and it was considered a privilege of sorts.


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A Davis
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January 12, 2012 12:11 am  

i like to tip if the bagger brings my stuff out, starting with $1, at a dollar per bag. that could go up, depends on the person and how well i feel they bagged my groceries and the general feeling they give off, like they are there to help me whether i tip or not. i will tip up to $5 for this.

if the bagger just bags and i don't need help out, i give 1-2 dollars.
now don't y'all tell... i don't want folk rushing me at the food center, LOL!

it is very rare that i don't tip regardless of what i am receiving. one exception - i recently visited a local restaurant, only to receive little more than a grunt from my waitress the whole time i was there, and have her begin to mop right next to me while i was eating, with heavy chlorine... and just bring my bill and put it on the table, no asking if i wanted anything else, or dessert menu or anything. here's the kicker - the change was $5 and a quarter. she had the temerity to break down that $5. i took every lick of my change and put it in my wallet. sad thing is, she likely thinks she DESERVED that tip simply for showing up for work that day. smdh.

of course, i will always feel that it remains at the discretion of the customer to tip or not to tip. but truth be told i generally do tip.


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OldTart
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January 12, 2012 11:58 am  

I'm remembering that it was only the good students who were allowed to do this to earn extra money and it was considered a privilege of sorts.

Several of the supermarkets who hire after-schoolers as baggers keep them on only if their grades are maintained at a high level.

Anita - if I ever get to be a bagger in this or the next life I'll be sure to come and bag where you shop! 😀


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A Davis
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January 12, 2012 12:33 pm  

I'm remembering that it was only the good students who were allowed to do this to earn extra money and it was considered a privilege of sorts.

Several of the supermarkets who hire after-schoolers as baggers keep them on only if their grades are maintained at a high level.

Anita - if I ever get to be a bagger in this or the next life I'll be sure to come and bag where you shop! 😀

ok, who put me on blast? :$) - oh, twas me! LOL!


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laptopdancer
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January 12, 2012 9:32 pm  

Thank you all so much - glad I was doing it right! (tu)


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BeachcomberStt
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January 13, 2012 5:44 am  

I tip $1 at Plaza Extra when they pack my groceries in my car, which usually isn't much.
I don't shop there often and when I do I just pick up a few items that I can carry out myself.


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