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#1 4 months ago

Does anyone else here tip when at a restaurant, etc?

The culture seems more in America but it's becoming bigger over here too. I only really do a few quid if nothing was bad about the meal or service but some people tip regardless?

What about you guys? What is a reasonable tip?


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#2 4 months ago

15% is pretty standard over here.


I'm not entirely sure why Tipping is a thing. Mostly I think places use it to justify not paying them minimum wage which kinda sucks. It can be a good thing though. I know people who make more in tips than they would even getting paid minimum wage.


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#3 4 months ago
Posted by RadioActiveLobster

15% is pretty standard over here.


I'm not entirely sure why Tipping is a thing. Mostly I think places use it to justify not paying them minimum wage which kinda sucks. It can be a good thing though. I know people who make more in tips than they would even getting paid minimum wage.

That's essentially the reason. Tipping in the US is necessary because of the horrendously low wages received by service staff. In Europe - or at least Denmark - it's purely a bonus for staff as their wages are negotiated to a much more fair position due to unions and what not.


Here, tipping is a bit unusual unless you have a particularly big feast with excellent service. The word is also different. "Drikkepenge"(meaning drinking money) refers back to the roots of tipping here, where the intention was to sweeten life up a bit by giving you enough to get beer with your food instead of just water - if you were a lower class worker, that is.




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#4 4 months ago

The worst part is how some places require all tips to be placed into a communal jar, which is then distributed to everyone in equal portions. Say your server was upbeat, friendly, knew every detail about every dish on the menu, and even suggested certain pairings. You leave a 50% tip, because you were so impressed.


I have news for you. That server is only going to get a fraction of it. You just paid for EVERYONE'S lunch.


Yeah. No. If I am treated to spectacular service I want that tip to ONLY go to the server who provided that spectacular service.


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#5 4 months ago
50% tip

Jesus if I could tip 50% I wouldn't even ask the question. lol.gif  


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#6 4 months ago

Tipping is, like others have said, a way for largely American businesses to offset their responsibility to pay a fair wage.  They will deny it, but they're absolutely wrong.  American business has a big interest in screwing over employees by paying them the least and calling them the worst, while they make the most amount of money doing the least amount of work.


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#7 4 months ago

Tipping is not very common here, but has increased a little bit. Generally I tip at restaurants and for fast-food deliveries (unless service is bad of course) - good idea to stay on the good side of people who serve you food I think.

Minimum wage in Germany is better than in other places, but those guys can still use a bit of an extra. Same for the guy from post office bringing me big amazon packets and taxi drivers. Generally people are treated worse the lower their wage, so they appreciate even a little gesture.


There are lot of people who do useful work for you and who do not get tips because it is not customary. Sometimes people give them a little something for Christmas in that case.




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#8 4 months ago
Posted by MrFancypantsSame for the guy from post office bringing me big amazon packets....

Now there is something I had not even considered. Guitars, amplifiers, speaker cabinets, I have ordered some quite sizeable stuff, not to mention heavy stuff. Perhaps I should tip them for the trouble.


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#9 4 months ago

Not sure.  I've seen inside delivery packaging plants and those people work like slaves eight hours a day with no air-conditioning around a bunch of equipment that can easily crush or slice off one of your limbs and they don't make more than minimum wage.  I think they deserve the tip more than the delivery driver.  


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#10 4 months ago

It's becoming.more common and expected if you go out for a nice meal but not too common elsewhere. Working in hospitality for a long time has made me more appreciative to good service and I will tip a couple of quid if the service and food were both good. 

Was filling in some hours at the local last summer and had an American group in. One of them kept rippling after every drink and I had to tell them that they needn't not give me extra money per drink, we aren't like that here. 




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