cbavasi wrote:I always make a point of looking to see if the service charge is included b/c as mentioned by OP there are a few places that don't and the wait staff look hassled - so I make sure to leave some dosh. But I do wonder if the staff are paid more by the hour???
I was a waitress in the summers in NYC and can remember being warned that "foreign" people don't tip from the veteran staff ... it wasn't until I dated (and married) a foreigner that I realized it's not the "norm" to tip 15 - 20% at a restaurant.
My biggest question is always with grooming - hairdressers, beauticians... etc. In the past I've always held to my tipping standard - but found that no one else does - and asking my friends who are not American - it's unusual to tip... but after 11 years abroad I'm still always sort of stuck with what to do.
In re: to taxi drivers I always round up - and tip extra if they drop me off in an area that is full of traffic and they are not going to pick up another fare right away.
Personally, at the places that don't have a service charge, I always tip - and make sure the people I'm with know that there is not service included (they usually are surprised to find that it's not) ... but I've found that these places are frequented by expats (i.e. Jones, Beviammo) so I wonder what the catch is for the owner? Do they pay the staff more? The places are always packed so it's not a question of lack of tables... but if the patrons don't know to tip then it's a lose/lose situation for the staff if they are not compensated through their paycheck.Brah wrote:Good, I'm not alone....but we still don't know what to do collectively.....
It works differently in Berlin (perhaps all of Germany?). Service is included and it is illegal to represent that it is not. Though still a few places in the really touristy parts are reported to rubber stamp bills with 'Service not included' for the more obvious tourists.Strong Eagle wrote: In essence the service charge is a convenient way for restaurants to tag 17 percent onto the listed price (don't forget GST, which is inclusive for most everything else). I'd like to see the service charge stamped out.
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