Tuesday, January 11, 2022

German Learns about Tipping in the U.S.

In the US, and hardly any other country, you pay for the meal and then you pay for someone to bring it to you, because the restaurant is only paying them enough to cover income tax. And then you pay tax on top of it. That's why Europeans have to take a class before traveling to America, and also pay extra for temporary health insurance. Then they go back home and are thankful they live in a developed nation. (via reddit)


Anonymous said...

Also they have trains.

WilliamRocket said...

Driving taxis in Auckland, N.Z. in the 80s, American tourists would get a ride from me and, often with over loud voices, offer me a tip. Back then I was doing two jobs, had a mortgage with 21% interest, a couple of young kids and the loan for the taxi ... money was tight, so it was hard to tell the tourists 'Thanks, but we don't do tipping in New Zealand'.
When I go out to a restaurant I know I have pay what the menu prices are and no more, the wait staff get at least the minimum legal wage of $21 an hour, if not the owners get fined big money.
I think this is normal for every country in the western world except for the USA.

Anonymous said...

> often with over loud voices

What language do you speak in new Zealand?

Anonymous said...

I refuse to play into the tipping game. and those that do are just enabling it. If enough people quit tipping then servers would quit, who wants to work for free. If enough servers quit then policies would change. Simple economics. So stop enabling it.

xoxoxoBruce said...

Well Anon, not being able to go to the same place twice is a hassle.