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Who And How Much Do You Tip In Your Country?  
User currently offlineConcordeLoss From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 388 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4348 times:

What is the norm, and how much do you tip different service providers in your country? Drivers, waiters, barbers, etc.


Thank you.


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User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6897 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4330 times:

You do not tip in NZ. A meal at a restaurant has all costs already included and people are on a reasonable hourly wage so don't need to be tipped to make a living.

User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4321 times:

If the service was perfect, then I may give them up to $5. Although most of the tipping money just goes to the owner anyway at some places.

User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4310 times:

There is no norm here. There is not normally anywhere on the reciept to counter for Gratuity. Sometimes you can just leave some money on the table when you leave...if you want to, but it is not expected of you.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4304 times:

15% at a restaurant is pretty much standard in the US...less for bad service, more for good service can also be used as a rule of thumb...if you come to a restaurant in a big group of more than 8, then you usually are automatically charged 18% for a tip...

Greg



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4293 times:

15% is customary, if the service warrants.

I follow this rule:

My first time in a restaurant, club, etc, if the service is adequate, then 15% is the rule. If the service sucks, then I leave 10 cents. When asked, I say the level of service was worth a dime, and that's what I give. If you leave nothing, then it's assumed you forgot.

When I visit places where I'm a regular, I tip from 20-25% easily. Sometimes more. The extra tip is always less than the cost of the 2 or 3 or 4 free drinks, or appetizers I have already recieved . . . I have three places in Anchorage that I'm considered a regular.


User currently offlineCOIAHLGW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4281 times:

The rules on tipping here in the United Stated is complicated! Just look at this link for instance - http://www.findalink.net/tippingetiquette.php


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User currently offlineReady4Pushback From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4278 times:

I find the tipping situation in the States a bit strange. I love going there, by the way, and I think that the service you recieve generally benefits from the culture of tipping.

I'm not entirely sure that's it's really good for the people though. I was talking to this guy in The Cheesecake Factory in Hawaii (Waikiki) a few weeks ago, and was asking him why they didn't have them outside the US. He was saying that it was because no one tips as much as the Americans, and The Cheesecake Factory gives really crap salaries, and expects their employees to make it up with tips. Outside of the US, they would be expected to pay their employees real salaries! A couple of years earlier I was in a TGI Friday's in Florida, and I saw a sign (an official sign), saying just that; that they pay really bad salaries, and therefore please tip.

It's a shame that something that was there to to say "thank you" for good service is being exploited by companies in that way.

When in Britain, I tip at restaurants and in taxis and that's about it, and only if I think it's appropriate. IMO, Britain suffers from generally poor service nowadays.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12878 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4257 times:

Tipping or service charges are usually included in the bill for resturants outside the USA. In part this is to make sure that the taxes are paid. In the USA, to make sure Social Security Taxes are paid, often a restuant will estimate 8% over the revenue/sales of a resturant is to be paid for SS taxes.
In some countries, like Austarlia or NZ or in pubs in the UK, tipping is almost considered an insult, but still I would leave some loose change on the bar. Even where a 15% service is on a resturant bill, I still leave some leftover change on the table if the service was above average. In the USA, at a resturant, I normally tip if alone or with 1-2 others and where not already added to a bill, more than 15%, but not more than 20%. Even outside the USA, there can be exceptions and local rules as to tipping, so one should check tourism websites or books.


User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6897 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4248 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (reply 8):
In some countries, like Austarlia or NZ or in pubs in the UK, tipping is almost considered an insult,

Yes I quite agree, to us it's like saying we don't earn enough of a wage to get by without being tipped . Subservient culture we ain't, bloody minded and independent we are... Also in the UK they buy you drinks instead if you're a barman. It is slightly more palatable to be offered a drink than cash. That said I took any tips if I was offered them when I worked there.


User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4246 times:

Quoting Ready4Pushback (reply 7):
I find the tipping situation in the States a bit strange. I love going there, by the way, and I think that the service you recieve generally benefits from the culture of tipping.


I disagree, I tip amply nearly all the time (20% if service is decent, plus skycaps, hairdressers, etc.), but I think a problem is that it has become to be accepted that you automatically deserve 15% from a person.


User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4245 times:

well if we are talking about a restaurant.....if I get good service, then I will leave $20-50.....if I get EXCELLENT service....ie everything I ask for is done and the waiter/waitress is funny (makes some jokes) AND if they are cute.......$100. I don't tip my barber....that would be an offense and he already gets paid enough.......as for drivers, I rarely use our driver and when I do well since he works for us....no tipping.

User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4233 times:

I guess tipping is more of an American thing, not very common in Malaysia. In most restaurants or hotels, 5% service tax is automatically added. Waiters do not depend on tips. I guess the only person who deserves to be tipped is the porter who helps to carry luggages to your room. Tipping a taxi driver is unheard of, unless you don't have the right change.

User currently offlineConcordeLoss From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4227 times:

How much do you tip taxi drivers?

I usually do $3-5.



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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4222 times:

In the US 15% is the standard, although I usually tip 20%. Now, if you want to get in good with a club/bar/etc., and you want them to know your name and greet you as Mr./Mrs. X, I usually drop an enormous tip every once in a while. It guarantees you better/priority service each time you go in because they will think, "maybe if I do this they will tip me really well again." It's like baiting a shark, put a little blood out they come around, feed them a big meal once, and they will stay around. But, you have to feed them a good meal every once in a while so they don't leave...the rest of the time, a little blood will do.

Make sense?

UAL


User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4217 times:

For me its always a minimum of 20%. If the service was totally outstanding then 25%. The 15% rule was for the 90's, most people now days do 20%.


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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4213 times:

To be honest, I almost feel as though tipping is required in the US and it creates a culture of entitlement and as a result, the service level drops!

That being said, I am under the impression that most servers at restaurants are not paid much more than minimum wage, because of tips.

A popular method of doing it here in LA is to double tax, which results in a 16.5% tip in Los Angeles county and 14.5% tip in Ventura County.



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User currently offlinePilotJmartin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4214 times:

I like the EURO way, I think the tip is included. In Canada its about 10 to 15%. I usualy tip around 15%

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4201 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (reply 8):
In some countries, like Austarlia or NZ or in pubs in the UK, tipping is almost considered an insult,


lol not the case for Austarlia in my experience. Tipping is becoming quite common - although we are not quite at the stage yet where every employee in a 10ft radius gets a tip. We usually tip Pizza delivery guys and at restaurants. Tipping in hotels is extremely rare though it does happen. And we don't tip taxi drivers.

I think this tipping thing is mainly so rare in Australia because minimum wage or the average wage of a waiter actually isn't that bad - so why tip someone gettin $20 an hour?

QFF


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8434 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4172 times:

Usually only tip the pizza delivery boy as I've been in his position and I know that those people who wait for you to give them five cents are the most annoying. I also usually tip the taxi driver when I've had a night out on the town and can't be bothered waiting for him to give me the change.

User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2868 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4167 times:

Its all on the mood in this case, if i feel generous, its a good tip otherwise no tip at all--usually its around 8-10% of the bill

User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2232 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4164 times:

12-15% to bartenders ,waiters and delivery boys
none to cabbies.
In other things there are no rules, you may leave some and you may not, it totally depends on you. For example there is no custom of tipping the hairdressers, yet some people (including me) do.



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

No tipping here, I once got a 20 cent tip, very happy. Made my day  Big grin

User currently offlineFiatstilojtd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

In Austria it is not necessary to tip, anyway you can tip if you want - it is no offense....  Big grin.

In Hungary you should give a tip despite the fact that you pay more than the Hungarian citizens when you talk in a foreign language....because the people don't earn much money.....


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31568 posts, RR: 57
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4145 times:

Depends on the Cash I have on hand,mostly 10-15%.
regds
MEL



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25 Post contains images Pe@rson : Tipped £2.50 in Eastern Origin, a lovely Chinese restaurant, last night.
26 Post contains images NumberTwelve : Eih, Pe@rson, this tip was just 2 FR tickets (+taxes)
27 Post contains images Pe@rson : What do you think I am? Generous?
28 Post contains images NumberTwelve : Generous - a FR customer? not really
29 Post contains images Pe@rson : That's why I have a sufficient load of money in my bank.
30 Garnetpalmetto : I tip bartenders 15% of my check, waitstaff at restaurants have sliding scales - excellent service sees 25%, good service gets 20%, average service ge
31 SFOMEX : In Mexico we tip the supermarket guys who help you putting your groceries in a bag. We do it because they are children (12-16 y. old) who don't get pa
32 Slider : I just got into an argument with someone about this....their assertion was that they shouldn't tip 15% based on the full amount, since that usually in
33 Post contains images Banco : Why would you do that? There's no tipping culture in pubs, so why do it? To be honest, having worked in pubs in the past, if someone leaves money on
34 Bongo : Usual in Colombia is 10%. It is automatically included in the bill, but there's always a side note that says that you are not obligated to give the 10
35 Wietse : I always round the figure with a cabbie, so if the fare is 22,7 euros, I give him 25. I also always tip bouncers at the clubs if I had a safe and good
36 Caribb : In Canada it's roughly 10% on the total before tax or 15% of the total after tax. So it you leave cash leave 10% on the pre tax total, if you pay with
37 TACAA320 : In Costa Rica is 10% service tax [called "tip"]. Some people, since it is included in your bill, give an Xtra 5% is the service was good. Otherwise no
38 BananaBoY : I kinda disagree. I have always thought the norm in restaurants to be 10% for good service and more for excellent. Having said that, I would have no
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