Tipping Etiquette Around The World [Pic]

Submitted by: honkeylips 5 years ago in Misc

Maybe Mr. Pink should live in China. What do you tip, I-A-B? Are you cheap or generous? Any waiter/waitresses out there?
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Female 105
I worked as a waitress in Canada for a while, most people would only tip 5-10%.
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Male 526
i just tip cows.
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Male 199
@ LastJuggalo

Learn to read.
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Female 212
Mexico - Cash is accepted. Dollars are prefered.
Says nothing about tips. I love you, Mexico.
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Male 147
Well, where I always lived tips are not customary since being a waitress is a normal paying job.

That being said, it`s obvious I rarely tip (tipping never crosses one mind). However, I do round up when given a good service at coffees and I tip a couple of euros when at restaurants and hair dressers where I`m given a good service. Tipping here is an incentive and a show of gratitude for an above average service, not something expected.
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Male 663
@kingpong never heard of a waiter making 30 bucks an hour, I always made closer to 10-15
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Male 5,811
@kingpong: I`m pretty sure I`ve never heard of that up here. Kinda defeats the point of a "minimum" wage.
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Male 639
@patchgrabber, since tips are a given, it is assumed that they will make up the difference in their tips and businesses are allowed to pay under minimum wage. It helps keep restaurant costs down significantly and allows for many restaurants to stay in business longer than they would if they had to pay minimum wage and people who are good waiters can make $20-30 an hour. Everybody wins with this system, except pooty waiters but drat those guys.
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Male 5,811
[quote]They make LESS than minimum wage[/quote]

How does that work? The only people I know of up here that make technically less than minimum wage are grad students.
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Female 324
huh... I`ve never seen anyone tip in the parts of Australia I`ve been to. I won`t be happy if it comes into practice here. We have good wages for 90% jobs, tips simply aren`t necessary.
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Male 4,793
Food Delivery: Speaking as an ex pizza delivery person, we consider all tips under $3 to be bad. They make LESS than minimum wage people, help em out! ESPECIALLY if they are using their own car. many places do not provide a car, and places such as papa johns is still pretending gas is $1.50 a gallon. We pay for our own gas.
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Female 175
I was usually happy to get a tip when I delivered pizza, especially when gas went above 4 bucks a gallon.. though, it seemed the farther I had to drive, the smaller the tip I got (if any)
I especially liked the guy whose order was 19.99 and gave me a 20 and said keep the change.. *sarcasm*
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Male 1,595
These posts are great for trivia.
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Female 309
I work in a pub so don`t get tips, but get a hell of a lot of drinks bought for me. My regulars help maintain my alcohol abuse. So sweet <3
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Male 5,811
[quote]Some jobs don`t require a tip, but when ur pay is 5.50 and hour, tips come in real nice. :)[/quote]

That`s a symptom of a tipping culture. They could just as easily tack a service charge and pay you a little more, they just don`t want to. A service charge would also eliminate cheap people not tipping, but would then also not require servers/dealers/etc. to be extra nice. Also less slutty waitresses.
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Male 14,331
Sounds like Europeans and such leave strippers pennies on the floor. Leave a tip ya cheap f**ks!
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Male 9
In England we tip if we want to tip, not because we have to... me personally: I only tip if they`ve done a better than average job, so like a really really good job :)
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Female 40
I live in Australia and 98% of the time I don`t leave a tip. If I do, its because I`m with a large group of people, and counting out change can be a pain
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Female 546
"I never understood tipping. Do your damned job. I don`t get tips at work...even if I go above and beyond. The most I get is, "Attaboy!"
So, I should pay someone extra for doing what was expected of them?"

I`m a poker dealer and i make anywhere from $1 to $15 a hand, depending on the game being played, how big of a "george" they are, and how nice i am to them. I do my job, and it`s quite expected to get paid for it. Some jobs don`t require a tip, but when ur pay is 5.50 and hour, tips come in real nice. :)
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Female 71
@Samsquanch I totally agree!
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Male 697
"if not a tip is excepted"
wat
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Male 792
I never understood tipping. Do your damned job. I don`t get tips at work...even if I go above and beyond. The most I get is, "Attaboy!"
So, I should pay someone extra for doing what was expected of them?
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Female 859
It`s not really customary to tip in Australia. But it`s super awesome when you do!
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Male 505
I only really tip for above and beyond service. If someone only does their job they won`t get a tip, if they are awful, I might complain.

However if you go above and beyond, then I will tip and sometimes quite a bit. I had one amazing server recently, smiling, polite professional and did an amazing job, not just for my table but looked like the same treatment for everyone. When it came round to the bill he got a 40% tip (bearing in mind that a 10% is the norm) and when he saw that he was really happy about it and I was glad to help.

A tip to me is gratuity, as in thank you for making my meal great, not something that is given for nothing.
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Male 466
Tipping is so wrong its just not even funny.
I pay for the service as part of the meal.
I expect staff to be paid PROPERLY by their employer or I will boycott their establishment.

service is part of the experience.

I have served tables at my mates small Italian restaurant and I was paid properly.Had a customer offered a tip I would have graciously declined as "not necessary I am just doing what I am paid for"- (and thanked them for the gesture).
In fact I felt it would be impolite to accept extra payment.

I will neither pay nor accept a tip.
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Female 123
It`s so wrong that we have a "minimum wage" and restaurants still get away with paying their servers less because of tips. I don`t tip the cook who made my food, but I have to tip the wait-person because businesses aren`t responsible for properly paying them? And around where I live, there is no place with good service and I always tip 20%+. The whole "tip well and you will get good service later" is bullpoo.
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Male 147
Well, where I always lived tips are not customary since being a waitress is a normal paying job.

That being said, it`s obvious I rarely tip (tipping never crosses one mind). However, I do round up when given a good service at coffees and I tip a couple of euros when at restaurants and hair dressers where I`m given a good service. Tipping here is an incentive and a show of gratitude for an above average service, not something expected.
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Female 362
I`ve found that in the US, tipping rates depend on which coast you`re from. On the east coast (at least for the middle-aged citizens), it`s usually 10% for good service and 15% for great. On the west coast, though, (for the same age group) it`s usually 15% for good service and closer to 20% for great.
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Male 234
I hate how the US has come to expect, even demand a tip. You want a tip, it`s your f*cking job to earn it. I have outright refused to tip someone`s bad service.
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Male 1,197
especially these days! with the US dollar tanking so hard!
in poorer countries with spiraling inflations the US dollar is seen as a universal currency, with the value stable from week to week
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Male 626
A few of them specify whether or not to tip in American dollars or the local currency, but why would you tip with American dollars outside of America?
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Male 66
@ickley that kind of reasoning is why the Euro is going to hell.
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Female 375
America is the only place with such an insane `tip culture`. Surely if people stopped this nonsense then the workplaces would be forced to offer staff a legal minimum wage?
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Male 213
Like others have said, wages in Australia are good and staff don`t rely on tips, it`s more of a bonus. I remember about 12-13 years ago in Sydney a situation where a backpacker waitress from England (who subsequently worked for me) got fired for telling a customer not to bother tipping as their boss was keeping the money...she went to the police and they backed the business saying they were entirely within their rights to keep the tips and that they were also within their rights to fire her for bad mouthing the business...not sure if that sort of behavior is still allowed, but goes to show how much value we give tips in Australia...not much.
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Male 700
Agreed, Australians do not tip. The minimum wage for an 18 yr old is about $22 per hour tho so I think that makes up for it
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Male 15,510
To be Cheap-o is a lifestyle too
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Male 8
Australian`s do not tip.

We prefer to keep the business transaction solely between employer and employee.

This way you know the cost of everything ( no surprises) and if employees don`t feel like they are getting paid enough, they can ask for a pay rise from their boss. Who then can reflect that in the cost of goods bought.
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Male 959
why on earth would anyone tip in dollars in a Euro-country. How conceited are Americans that they think dollars are accepted globally?
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Male 2,988
I`m a server and make my living waiting tables at this current point in my life. I get paid $2.13 an hour and thats only so that when I claim my tips at the end of a shift, the government can tax me some how on the money I made. Generally 99% of the money I make is off solely tips. Occasionally I`ll have 1% income from a pay check which just means I didn`t make a whole lot if I`m actually getting earnings on a pay check. (Most waiters paychecks at for $0 due to taxing on tips).
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Male 916
they got australia all wrong.
i`m the only person here who tips... prolly `cause i`m an american expat.

i actually get shouted at by friends for tipping when we`re out because they`re afraid it`ll become the norm and they don`t want to have to learn to tip.
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Male 447
wake_n_bake you can tell people that till you turn blue but they`ll just troll face you and pretend tipping is evil and unnecessary because they are cheap.
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Male 522
silly rabbit, tips are always optional.
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Male 1
Customary in australia? BULLpoo. i live in Australia - Brisbane and i guarantee you tipping is not customary here. You tip ONLY if you had a fantastic time and are a generous person. Most people here do not tip as the government have so many crazy taxes we cannot afford to spare money.
For example i went out for NYE dinner $140 for 2people set menu 3 course, fine dining modern Italian restaurant. at the end of night when i left the tip jar had probably $5 in coins , no notes and about 80 people dined that night.
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Male 358
And tips always should be in the local currency, no one likes getting tips in other currency than the one is used.
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Male 358
In the Netherlands the minimum wages are so high that tipping isnt required for the waiters at all. Personally i only give tips when the service is above average, but this is different when the places get more expensive, there 10%+ is customary)
We usually tip 10% on a evening in a bar, but only because its my local bar, and the service is great(me and my friends do about half the turnover there on a regular saturday :P)

Working in a fast-food-place we rarely got tips (about 5 % of the customers tipped, but usually they did large amounts 20%+).
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Female 54
i work as a hotel housekeeper and we hardly ever get tips. But on the rare occasions that we do, we give WAY better service. In other words please tip your housekeepers! It is worth the money.
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Male 663
If you weren`t expected to tip the servers, then the cost of you meal would just go up. It`s not like tipping is making you pay more, it`s just giving you the option of paying based on the service your receive. Sadly a lot of people are cheap and take advantage of this, making 2.13 an hour sucks.
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Male 72
Yea in the UK restaurants are pretty much the only place you tip, usa tips taxi drivers? i thought that was called the fare.......... and unsure how the optional charge on receipts work, but more than one waiter/waitress has asked me not to pay it and pay them instead otherwise they get to see very little of it. 10% is normally right, jerks get nothing, which seems to be standard and cute women always inadvertently get more its just natural but then afterwards you think, "did i just tip more because she was pretty" and feel a little bit like you just visited a hooker, but without the sticky patch.

Edit: USA people saying service people don`t get minimum wage? Minimum wage in the UK is £6.08, average wage is probably around £12. So they`re far from living in poverty
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Male 1,268
"Where the hell do you live? I don`t think I have seen one of those since 1985."

Pretty sure it`s required to be a full service gas station in the state of New Jersey.
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Female 1,324
I`ve tipped %33 before >> good service and he was cute. There`s only been a couple times when I didn`t tip because we never saw the waiter that was "helping" us.
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Male 289
what most people dont realize is most service employees like waiters/bartenders, is that we dont make minimum wage. there is an entirely different standard for tipped employees. we only have a federal minimum wage of 2.13/hour, and most places pay just that. so we litterally work for what you give us. om top of that, most restaurants do what is called "tip outs" wh and believe me, if you tip poorly, we will remember, and next time we see you, we will give you service to match your poor tip.
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Female 220
I remember hating getting tables from out of country but still gave good service. Once a table came in from a place I cannot remember the name (near the middle east) they asked how much I made an hour and I told them 2.15+tips and when it came time to tip, they left me $100 on top of the grat, which I told them was on the bill.
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Female 3,726
MattyP
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
116 Posts Monday, January 02, 2012 12:40:22 PM
Are we supposed to tip at full service gas stations?
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Where the hell do you live? I don`t think I have seen one of those since 1985.
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Male 1,197
yea, i agree with fat ninja, there is no tipping in australia, unless u are particualarly impressed and feel that way inclined, but it certanly wont be expected
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Male 2,422
There are only 2 times I have received exceptional service at a restaurant that actually warranted a tip. But because I`m a nice guy and a dupe I tip pretty much everybody. Just not as much.
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Male 265
Typically between 15-20% calculated to make the total bill a round number. If I`m in Vegas I normally tip more, I can only imagine how much crap waiters have to put up with there.

I will say that there have been three times in my life where service warranted a 2-cent tip.
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Male 25,416
ITs not customary to tip in aus, its just worth for those that deserve it
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Male 1,678
Paying £12 for something that costs £10 is stupid.
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Female 437
I think it`s a weird idea to be just expected to tip, I only ever do it if I can`t be bothered to wait for the change (and it isn`t very much) or if someone`s been especially nice
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Male 197
Are we supposed to tip at full service gas stations?
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Male 1,832
No less than 10% for poor service? I`m sorry, but drat that poo. Do your job right, get tipped well. Do a pooty job, and I`m not giving you poo.
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Male 2,516
tv remote said [i]The only people I ever see arguing that you shouldn`t tip are cheapskates pretending to be morally outraged at the concept of tipping. There are some people who will make any excuse to declare the service poor and unworthy of tipping.
It`s also hilarious when people go out to eat and then pout, "Why should I pay a person for bringing me my food? I could have done that!" Why those same people don`t simply stay home and do just that the world may never know.[/i]

there`s no moral outrage here we just hate leaving extra money after we already PAID for the service. If it`s not included in the service, it should be. Same goes for tax.
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Male 2,841
Screw tipping. If you don`t like your pay McDonalds is right around the corner.
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Male 1,231
@emmettyville that actually made me lol!
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Male 76
I need to move to Asia. I HATE the concept of tipping. It is the owner`s responsibility to pay their employees, not the customers. When we dine at a restaurant, we`re kind of already paying the servers...part of the money goes towards their wages.
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Male 447
The only people I ever see arguing that you shouldn`t tip are cheapskates pretending to be morally outraged at the concept of tipping. There are some people who will make any excuse to declare the service poor and unworthy of tipping.
It`s also hilarious when people go out to eat and then pout, "Why should I pay a person for bringing me my food? I could have done that!" Why those same people don`t simply stay home and do just that the world may never know.
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Male 1,674
I will tip between 15% and 20%, sometime going higher than 20 but never lower then 15. If I think my waiter is doing a really bad job and should get less than 15, then i will ask to speak to the manager (i can`t remember the last time that has happened). It`s really lame to leave a small tip and then walk out. Most of the time it`s not the waiter`s fault but the management.
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Male 1,920
I was in China about 6 years ago, and we had food delivered to the hotel. I gave the kid 2 RMB (probably $.24), and he looked at me like I was from Mars, then once he realized what it was, he had the biggest smile I have ever seen. It just made his day.
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Female 4,440
we dont tip in nz, we pay a decent wage instead :)
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Male 3,648
It used to be a 10% tip was a good tip. Why has that percentage gone up along with the food?

If the price of food rises then subsequently so does their tip.

Before someone goes off on me about how minimum wage jobs can`t be lived on: well, they`re nor supposed to be. They are unskilled laborers.

Also I usually tip 10%-15% pending on rounding.
I have gone as high as 30% for exceptional service.
And I remember tipping $0.45 for really bad service; funny thing was that I was the highest tipper of my group that time.
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Male 7
lol never given a tip in my life why should i pay them when they get payed to do that job?
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Male 1,586
WOW! The turnover on this one was pretty quick. I just submitted it last night. I always leave a tip. If the service was horrible I tip whatever change I have in my pocket. I did some serving and it pissed me off more to get change than nothing at all. If the service was very good I go 25-30% because servers do usually pool tips and split with busboys and bartenders if drinks are served. I also tip my barber pretty well. He charges $14 for a haircut and I always give a 20 and tell him to keep it. I think if you are a regular anywhere you should tip well. It gives you a reputation and your service is always that much better.
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Male 1,243
No tips is my general policy. I don`t see why people should have to pay twice for goods or services, just sounds like it`s letting the retailers off the hook for paying sub standard wages. I certainly won`t be a part of that bullsh*t system.
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Male 39,935

If there`s a service charge that`s supposed to replace the tip so why tip more?
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Female 3,726
If you don`t/can`t/won`t tip, then you shouldn`t go out to a restaurant/bar/pub/cafe. Cook your own food. There are other ways to be stingy; this is NOT one of them.
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Male 10,440
Ahh I can`t help it. There is too much BS.

Keywords: Don`t expect a tip.

There. Problem. F*cking. Solved. Never bother me again world.
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Male 10,440
aaah tipping. How... silly. I`ve already expressed myself on this issue. No need to repeat.

[quote] 25 - 30% [/quote]
I`d only tip that if there were complementary BJs.
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Male 3,894
I hate that tips are mandatory. It`s like the girlfriend who gets mad if you don`t hold the door open EVERY SINGLE TIME.

This is a nice thing that I can do for you, and you should be grateful when it happens, not angry when it doesn`t.

That being said, I DO always tip. The system just bothers me.
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Female 2
I make sure to always tip my hairdresser a few dollars because I`ve been a customer of hers for many years and she does a great job.

Overall, I`m a generous tipper and regularly tip between 15 and 25 - 30% for most services. I think the only time I never left a tip was when I was at a local Applebee`s many years ago and the service was horrendous. The waiter never came by from the time I got my drink - somebody else actually brought out my food.

The few other businesses I patronize frequently receive high percentage tips, mainly because the service has always been outstanding, and the quality of goods/services received has been, too.
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Male 1,510
"My waiter was horrible, so I`m only tipping him 10%." Dumb, don`t give him anything.
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Male 675
Me and my friends only tip if we had good service. We`re never ask much, walk by every once and a while to be sure our drinks never run dry, be friendly and courteous, and try not to be a snob. We`ve tipped as much as 50% of the bill for good service, and as little as 2 cents for poor service.
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Male 355
I am not sorry to say that if you give me bad or extremely slow service I will not tip you. Matter of fact if the service is so bad I will write a big fat 0 on the tip area and then at the bottom of the recipe i will write why I did not give a tip.
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Male 807
Really, it comes down to the meal for a waiter, they are tipped based on the food which may or may not be in their control, if I am having to pay for a crappy meal, no tip for you...hate the $0.50 to a $1 for each beer though, they must make a fortune on that, unless it is a tip pool which I doubt for bartenders
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Male 878
Why would you go to Europe and tip someone with dollars? If you tried tipping a US server or bartender in Euro they would think you were a fool.
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Female 2,674
"who tips their barber?!"

I do. I drive ~45 minutes to my barber because he does such a good job (I used to live closer that`s why I started going to him in the first place). He deserves a tip, especially since his prices are very reasonable.
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Female 2,674
I never understand why anyone should tip anything, even 10%, for "poor service". If the food is disgusting, the wait time atrocious, the waiter extremely rude, etc, why do they deserve any tip? I don`t care what the person has gone through tbqh. If they want a good tip (or a tip at all) they should do their job properly. It shouldn`t be expected no matter what, so that someone could be rude and etc to the customer and still get tipped for it.
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Male 2,586
I generally tent to tip 10-15% or as some people have mentioned, rounding up... but I don`t get the high tips for bar-tenders, wine stewards or *barbers* (who tips their barber?!)

ok, if I am with a group of 10 people and we each have a £20 meal - yeah each throw in a couple of quid to make a tip of £20-30 - that`s fair, the waiter has done some work worthy of that tip... but if I went to an uber-posh place and spent £200 for a meal for two people (Ramsay`s for example), I don`t see why I should tip £20-30 for the amount of service I have received.

I mean, the waiter didn`t cook the food of distill the beer so why is the act of writing down something, and bringing over a few items worthy of £30?! I`d go to the kitchen myself to save that amount of cash!
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Female 3,726
@ Carmium: because people in the service industry doesn`t make a living wage and most rely on tips to LIVE. Also, you may have shoddy service but you never know what someone may have went through that day.
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Male 416
Yeah, these figures seem off to me. And it of course doesn`t take into consideration the variety of services/tipping situations. I think there`s a danger in publishing such a poster (i.e., a little bit of knowledge is dangerous).

In general, most Mediterranean European countries will include service charges with the restaurant bill. In touristy areas such as Spain, France and Italy, this will usually be around 5-10% and another 5% on top of that is reasonable, bringing the total to about 10-15%. 10% is reasonable; 15% is on the high end.

I agree that Americans going to Europe tend to overtip and Europeans coming to the US tend to undertip. But, this isn`t a question of generosity or jerkness (respectively); it`s simply ignorance of regional customs.

In general, I have found that I receive better service in Europe than in the US. There are, of course, exceptions. I think customers do get better service when the servers receive a living wage rather than rely on
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Female 6,381
North Americans appear to be the over-tippers of the world, and I don`t understand why shoddy service still deserves 10%! It`s harder to leave nothing today unless you are paying cash, because everyone has those potable debit and credit machines and you`d have to do it in front of your server`s face!
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Male 2,790
meh
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Female 3,726
When in Germany, not all people will accepts dollars as a tip. It really depends on the region. Also, typically you just round up. For example if your bill is 23,02E, you would just give 24E. I normally add on a Euro or 2 with rounding, depending on the service. And with France, that`s DEFINITELY not true, visitors ARE expected to tip. I have always tipped while in Korea. That is true for China, only been once for a few days but did not tip on the advice of a co-worker. Switzerland is ridiculous, EVERYTHING if so damn high. I tipped but not that much, believe me, they are NOT hurting when it comes to money. Brazil, I have always tipped....

I think this poster is outdated...what year is this from?
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Male 878
I worked in a hotel bar for awhile in California. The English and Australians were very bad tippers.
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Male 26
uk is completely wrong you dont get a tip unless your a waiter, bartenders get nothing.
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Male 598
my favorite, (and most lucrative), tip jar that i used was while working at a chinese food booth at local fairs each summer.

it said, "Tiping is not a city in China"
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Male 1,803
Stupid post reply thing... most of us Europeans don`t realise the tipping culture in N America. I hate it, far prefer when it`s included in the bill.
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Male 1,803
In the UK (I`m a Brit) I round up any cab fares to the nearest £, ditto my barber. For pubs, if it`s busy I`ll tip the guy if I want fast service for the rest of the night otherwise if it`s my local I`ll tip them probably one beer in a hundred. They expect no more - there`s a (reasonable) minimum wage in the UK that you can survive upon unlike the US where tips are a key part of their take home pay.

The problem with a lot of Europeans is that they don`t realise how critical the tip is for US workers (and to some degree Canadian ones either). I once tipped 50 cents in a touristy bar in Montreal for a 64 CAD bar bill cos I`d been literally chasing the guy around the place and it was supposedly table service. He came running out after us demanding a better tip, I refused & called me lots of nasty things in French so I told him in French to back off or we could discuss his attitude with his boss, whereupon he did back off. I will tip properly in the US, but most of u
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Female 412
What happened when they wrote the UK one? "EXcepted?" Bad form.
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Male 2,516
I absolutely despise tipping
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Male 1,586
Link: Tipping Etiquette Around The World [Pic] [Rate Link] - Maybe Mr. Pink should live in China. What do you tip, I-A-B? Are you cheap or generous? Any waiter/waitresses out there?
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