Is anybody else sick to death of being constantly expected to tip? It’s getting to the stage now where tipping is automatically expected when virtually nothing has been done to earn it.
Tipping: A European Perspective
Before I go into too much detail, let me just say that I am from the UK and I only moved to North America in 2012. Back in Europe, tipping is very different than it is here in North America. When you are provided with a service that might be worthy of a tip in the UK, tipping is entirely optional. If you order a meal and the waitress is a delight, goes out of her way to give you excellent service and generally improves your experience at the restaurant, sure you might tip her for the stellar service you have received, but you might not. By no means is a tip ever expected, and when you do give one it is particularly appreciated as the member of staff knows they have done an excellent job. This encourages them to provide excellent service to the next customer, and the next etc. You see, there is a motivation to give good service, otherwise, no tip! Simple, right? The better you are at your job, the more you make in tips. [Read more…] about Is Tipping Becoming a Form of Taxation?