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Old 05-19-2012, 01:48 AM
 
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What are some countries where you don't need to tip (for food, taxi, etc)? England comes to mind. I'm in China right now and there's no tipping here for the most part.
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:13 AM
 
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In many countries in western Europe a service charge is added to your total bill at restaurants and other service establishments. Check the bill. If service is included, leave some change or round up to the next euro. The wait staff is paid salary (they also get a formal training - about 3 years), and don't work for tips. Tips are appreciated but not expected. Most people round up the bill.

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Old 05-19-2012, 07:05 AM
 
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In Israel one does not tip taxi drivers. Also in most Israeli restaurants (except of some outdoor cafes) a service charge is added to the bill so one doesn't need to give a tip.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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In many countries in western Europe a service charge is added to your total bill at restaurants and other service establishments. Check the bill. If service is included, leave some change or round up to the next euro. The wait staff is paid salary (they also get a formal training - about 3 years), and don't work for tips. Tips are appreciated but not expected. Most people round up the bill.

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In most of Western Europe you do not tip. At most, round the bill up (e.g. round 98 Euros up to 100).

Some countries have service in the bill but do not actually list it as a service charge (e.g. Switzerland). In some countries, tipping is actually seen as offensive. The US approach of tipping 15% is the exception, not the norm.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Zero tipping in Japan as well. It was great to have meals and know exactly what the bill would come to since taxes are built in and there's no tipping. People actually get confused if you try to tip.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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In India, tipping at a restaurant is appreciated but not expected. Same goes for taxi drivers as well.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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In most of Western Europe you do not tip. At most, round the bill up (e.g. round 98 Euros up to 100).

Some countries have service in the bill but do not actually list it as a service charge (e.g. Switzerland). In some countries, tipping is actually seen as offensive. The US approach of tipping 15% is the exception, not the norm.
I find it a bit degrading ( that's not the best word for it, but I hope you understand my point) that some jobs are not paid properly, and people work for tips.

BTW: if you tip just 15%, you look "cheap". It's expected to tip 20% at least...
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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I find it a bit degrading ( that's not the best word for it, but I hope you understand my point) that some jobs are not paid properly, and people work for tips.

BTW: if you tip just 15%, you look "cheap". It's expected to tip 20% at least...
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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I just got back from Trinidad and tipping was not customary. However, a 10 percent service charge was usually added to meals and menus generally had both the pre and post service charge prices for each item.

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Old 05-19-2012, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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I find it a bit degrading ( that's not the best word for it, but I hope you understand my point) that some jobs are not paid properly, and people work for tips.

BTW: if you tip just 15%, you look "cheap". It's expected to tip 20% at least...
While I agree with tipping generously in countries where it is used to make up for the lack of minimum wages, I've never understood the attempt to inflate the rate in the U.S. from 15 to 20%. Since the meal prices have inflated over time, 15% is worth more in absolute dollar amount now then it was 20 years ago. So assuming a constant rate of inflation for all expenses there shouldn't be any need to inflate the gratuity rate.
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