Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tipping: How common is it in your country?


According to this survey, a majority of people say that tipping at a restaurant is a common practice, but there are many places where tipping is not required. So, do people tip in your country? If so, where do people tip (e.g., at a hotel, hair salon, taxi, etc.) What country are you from? What percent of tip are you expected to give? Share your ideas.

Randall

6 comments:

  1. I used to think that tipping is the action of rich people when I saw tipping on movies. But in fact, it's really common in some country. I know that tipping is the recompense for the polite service of some body but I think it's not really interesting for the person who does that. May be I don't like it because it's not common in my country, but I think tipping makes us waste money.

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  2. I live in Croatia, and i have to admit that tipping is not very common here, as in some countries.
    Here, we usually tip (only) for a really good service (in restaurants, cafes etc.) but there's no rule how much you tip. The common thing is to round up the bill, though.

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  3. Hallo,
    I am dentist from Poland. Anyone has never given me any tips. I very often take into consideration if I should give some tips to someone. After dipply thinking I take the conclusion that this is very pleasent habit for me when I give some tip to someone. And it isn't depend on someone who take it.
    Wiesiek

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  4. I am from turkey, tipping is so in my country. It's common in restaurants, cafes etc.) I always give some tips when I went to eat or drink sth. It's not so much, I mean it has no ammount for tipping here, and also it's not a compulsory so the people who gives tips doesn't give more than 5 dollar.

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  5. Tipping is a regular habit in Spain, specially in restaurants, cafes and hotels. The amount you leave on the table is usually about 10% of the bill you are paying, but there's no written rule, so if you want to leave a few cents of euro, it's all right. You also tip services such as the gas delivery, for example. They work hard and come up to your door with gas bottles weighing 14 kilos, so I usually give them an euro or so. I can't think of any other situation where I would leave a tip. Best regards. Concha. Spain

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  6. Here in Brazil, the tip (in a restaurant) is already included in the bill. However, it's not mandatory to pay it. It's really up to you. If you're satisfied with the service and everything, you may leave it for the waiter/ess. It's usually 10% of the bill.
    As for other places, such as in a hotel, we usually give a small amount of money ( 2 - 5 reais - Brazilian currency) to the bellhop after s/he's helped you carry your luggage. Again, it's really up to you whether you want to give a tip to the other employees who wait on you.
    But a word of advice: they do expect tourists (especially those who come from other countries) to give them tips.

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Thanks for posting a comment. I appreciate your interesting in sharing your ideas.

Best,

Randall