I didn’t tip my Outback Steakhouse to-go – and got a rude “tip” in return

Its ever fresh in the outback…literally.

A woman on TikTok shared that after picking up her takeout order at an Outback Steakhouse, she allegedly left her a “passive-aggressive” note on her receipt after she didn’t leave them a tip, sparking a debate in triggered the comments.

The creator, who goes by the username @blacartistrybyknicole on the social media app, has already garnered over 161,000 views with the video.

In the video, she shows her receipt, which totaled $96.41. The “tip” section had been circled and marked, presumably by an Outback employee who worked at the restaurant.

“It was circled on my receipt,” she wrote in white letters above a photo of the coupon. “Am I wrong in not tipping takeout? I mean, I had to get it.”

The user followed with the hashtags “#OutbackSteakhousetripping” and “#Passiveaggressive”.

The Post failed to reach @blacartistrybyknicole and has also reached out to Outback Steakhouse for comment.

In the video’s comments section, viewers were divided on what the proper etiquette is when tipping for takeout orders. Some agreed with the TikTok creator, saying the restaurant had a lot of “boldness” to be this passive-aggressive.

The user invoked the interaction "passive-aggressive."
The user called the interaction “passive-aggressive.”
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“Wow!” the user wrote. “Your boldness. This dump truck maintenance is getting out of control.”

Another agreed, commenting: “I can’t stand the expectation of a waiter’s size tip when I collect my food. You put it in a bag, you did your job, congratulations.”

“I don’t tip takeout,” explained another. “Part of the reason we’re deported is that it’s cheaper since there’s no one waiting for us.”

One person even compared it to a self-checkout experience at a store.

“It’s like tipping the Walmart employees who are watching me at the self-checkout. I don’t tip takeout,” they wrote.

A debate erupted in the comments section of the post as viewers debated whether or not you should tip on a takeout order.
A debate erupted in the comments section of the TikTok post as viewers debated whether or not you should tip on a takeout order.
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However, some felt it was impolite not to do so.

“A waiter has to make sure the order is correct, packed and ready for you. tipping should be given,” propagated one viewer.

Others agreed, writing: “A waiter will likely put your meal together and make sure your order is correct. They get paid the same as the other servers and work through tips.”

“I could tip a few bucks,” added another.

This isn’t the first time a tipping debacle has made headlines in recent months. Starbucks aficionados were upset at the company’s new tipping feature when they checked out. The card readers now offer the option to tip $1, $2, $5, a custom amount, or nothing.

A Starbucks employee named Tates Rylee even described the new system as causing “social anxiety” in a popular clip she posted to TikTok last year.

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Emma Bowman

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