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Informer: Tip for takeout called for with extra service

Last Modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 4:58 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

If you’re picking up a takeout order, should you leave a tip? If so, how much?

Guidelines for restaurant tipping, according to

Takeout — 10 percent for extra service, such as curb delivery, or for large, complicated orders; there’s no obligation to tip otherwise.

Delivery — 10 percent to 15 percent; $2 to $5 for pizza “depending on the size of the order and difficulty of delivery,” the site reads.

Wait service in sit-down situations — 15 percent to 20 percent of before-tax amount.

Wait service in buffet situations — 10 percent of before-tax amount.

Host or maitre d’ — $10 to $20 for those who help you get a table on busy nights; regulars should occasionally tip a similar amount.

Bartender — $1 to $2 a drink or 15 percent to 20 percent of the final tab.

Valet — $2 to $5 on the return of your car.

Guidelines for other tipping situations, according to the site:

Hair salon — 15 percent to 20 percent, split among those who provided the services.

Manicurist — 15 percent to 20 percent.

Facial, waxing or massage — 15 percent to 20 percent.

Skycaps and bellhops — $2 for the first bag and $1 for each additional bag.

Housekeepers — $2 to $5 a day, along with a “Housekeeping - Thank you” note.

Taxi drivers — 15 percent to 20 percent of the fare (a dollar at the least) and $2 for the first bag and $1 for each additional bag.

Recidivism rates tracked over 5 years

What is the recidivism rate in Louisiana state prisons?

According to the latest state Department of Corrections statistical compilation, released in July, the recidivism — or reoffense — rates for the state’s total released-offender population are 15.1 percent over one year; 28.4 percent over two years; 37.5 percent over three years; 43.6 percent over four years; and 47.6 percent over five years.

Rates, over five years, for specific inmate populations:

State facilities — 14.9 percent, 28.1 percent, 39.2 percent, 42.8 percent and 46.7 percent.

Local facilities — 17.6 percent, 30.7 percent, 39.8 percent, 47.7 percent and 51.4 percent.

Work release — 10.2 percent, 24.3 percent, 33.3 percent, 38.5 percent and 43.8 percent.

Sex offenders — 15.4 percent, 24 percent, 31.3 percent, 41 percent and 47.6 percent.

Women — 9.6 percent, 17.4 percent, 27 percent, 29.8 percent and 33.1 percent.


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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email

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