By bensim64 - 10/01/2015 16:35 - United Kingdom - Coventry
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Hi, as the author I just wanted to clear this up. I'm not cold or heartless, but I forgot my Oyster card (what you need to get a bus home in England) and had given my last bit of change for the tip! I was hugely embarrassed as I always tip (although not mandatory in Britain as in America; mostly because American staff are for more helpful and nice). However, as I do go there fairly often, I will obviously tip more next time!
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16, waiters/waitresses can earn more money on their base salary than those working in shops, adding a tip to that can usually just go to the restaurant and not the actual waiter. I hate places that require you to tip, I don't go back if they do. I only tip if I got good service, give them something to work for.
#59- Many states have a separate minimum wage for tipped employees, as they're expected to supplement their income with the tips they earn. This isn't true for every state, though- I live in Washington and the minimum wage is the same for both tipped and non tipped employees.
I don't tip anyone for anything. They're already getting paid to do the job.
In tipped positions (at least in the US), the people working rely on their tips to get by. Many restaurants pay their workers far less than minimum wage, so they need those tips to survive. If you're not going to tip, don't go out to eat. Those people have enough to deal with without getting shafted by cheapskates.
Different cultures. Outside of the US, wait staff and delivery staff are paid full wages. Tipping is not required or expected. In Japan, I was told off for trying to leave a tip - the waiter was genuinely insulted (I am not a beggar, who does this guy think he is, giving me money I didn't ask for?) If the deal is that your pay comes from the tips and that everyone knows it (US), not tipping is akin to theft. In the most of the world, the real cost of the meal is what's printed on the bill and the tip is just a small token to say "thanks" when the service was particularly good. When you see a foreigner against tipping, don't think he is a cheapstake. Just understand that he is from a culture where tipping is viewed as an exception or even as a somewhat patronizing gesture.
Coming from the UK I only tip if I've had good service and it's usually if only if I know the tips are kept by the person we're giving to. It may sound a bit harsh but I'd imagine it would be the same if I went to the US. I 100% understand that wait staff are underpaid there but that doesn't mean you can skimp on good service and expect a tip. I've had friends over in the US expected to give a tip a strange their service hasn't been very good. As before I understand they're underpaid but they still need to work for a tip!
You live in the U.K since when has been giving tips the norm there?
Typically if you can't even afford a bus home, I wouldn't go out and eat, and tip at that, when it's cheaper to eat at home.