Whats the Point of A Tip? Is Tipping Compulsory In Your Country?

@Nardz13 (5059)
New Zealand
July 16, 2007 7:18am CST
What Is tipping all about? Whats the point of a tip? Is tipping compulsory? What happens when you dont give a tip? Explain and give your views on this post... Thanks to all in advance...
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@kudeshi (529)
• India
16 Jul 07
Hi my dear friend, No tipping in not compulsory in my country. But at some places, say in a restaurant or in a hotel where you stay, the staff do expect a tip from you. But it's not at all compulsory. I think in France tips, are compulsory. What about your country, is tipping compulsory ?
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
17 Jul 07
Hi there. No in my country tipping is not compulsory nor is it customary... Thanks for your comment friend...
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
16 Jul 07
In the US it is common courtesy to tip in different situations like food service in a restaurant other than fast food, hotel conseirge service, taxi drivers, hair sylists. I'm sure there are more that I can't think of right now but those are the main ones that come to my mind. The only ones I use on a semi regular basis and tip are food service workers and hair stylists. The reason we tip is for the good service they have given us. A lot of time their hourly pay they get from their company is very minimal. So basically the depend on their tips as their main salary. Here it is customary to tip 18-20% of the total bill.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
17 Jul 07
Hi there. Wow customary to tip 18-20% of the total bill, and that will definetly come in handy for the working person... Thanks for you comment also...
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@avanlatt (16)
• United States
16 Jul 07
From my understanding and the way i was raised tip means to insure prompt service. i think it is 15% . I personally only give a tip to good service. but i also take into account how busy the establishment is at the time. If i feel i recieved poor service i have no problem with not leaving anything. I have never had anyone chase me down for not leaving a tip but if you frequent the same establishment they may remember you for being stingy and will either give better or worse service. On the other hand if you leave a tip for poor service maybe next time you go if they remember you they will try harder.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
17 Jul 07
Hi there. Ok awsome you clarified alot, to tip for the quality of service... Thanks for the comment...
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@arcidy (5016)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I dont think we really should have to give tips it is there job to serve us so I dont know why we have to tip them I kind of wish baggers should ger tipped because technically isnt it the same thing as a server we give them there food lol man if I got tipped for every person I bagged I would be rich I would be making more money ont tips then my paycheck.
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@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
25 Jul 07
You make more than 3 bucks an hour, though. Do your local waiter a favor and eat at McDonalds.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
26 Jul 07
Hey. I kind of had those same feelings until I read the posts and learnt a bit about tipping... Thanks for your response...
@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Yes, Nardz, but you don't live in the US. Ive noticed that in most countries, service fees are included and I presume the servers make at least minimum wage. Arcidy lives in the US and it is horrible that he/she should rob a server of a living wage just because he/she doesn't get tips. He/she should know better.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
17 Jul 07
well it depends if it is good service or not. i do give tips.... if it is worthy. it is to show my appreciation to the person who did something for me. i am a singer and for those hard to sing songs it is very nice to see when people give tips, it is showing also their appreciation to what i sang for them.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
17 Jul 07
Hi there. Great, tipping can also be for showing ones appreciation to a service done for them... Thanks for your response...
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
17 Jul 07
yes that is the meaning of tipping for me
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@Madona1 (2097)
• Gibraltar
28 Jul 07
Tipping is sort of recognition of the good service. Therefore, consumers had better tip the waiter/waitress who serves them well except there is a self service. In Gibraltar and Spain, we normally tip 10 per cent of the bill. Some restaurants even mention in the menu or noticeable area that the prices of the food and beverage don’t include the service charge in signifying the consumers to pay tips. Apparently, tipping is not compulsory. If the service is poor, I will pay less or no tips. If the service is good, I will pay 10 per cent of the bill as I expect the good service for the next visit. Otherwise, I may get ‘spit’ on my food. Hahaha…
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
29 Jul 07
Hey. I can understand tipping for good service now, after reading so many post lol. In my country we dont tip, I know alot of foreigners come over here and tip for service though... That would be a big bonus for our food and beverage, hotel or motel workers... Lucky them...
• United States
25 Jul 07
here in the USA..one gives as one thinks is best.. tip means to ensure promptness..but i think a lot of people are overtipped for just doing their job..i used to be a bartender..a long time ago and I got tips and you are never wrong to tip a bartender..especially if you drink mixed drinks or straight booze..like scotch..I would give a complimentary drink for my good tippers or a "extra" good drink ..so if someone did not tip..i still gave them service but who is going to get the royal treatment? the tippers...but that is your choice.. in cases where there is eight or more in a group at a restaurant they usually add a 15% tip anyway..so don't double dip (tip twice) just like in Japan or Europe..but most places in the US don't have this..
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
26 Jul 07
Hey. Fantastic, great response, Thank you...
@dbhattji (2507)
• India
25 Jul 07
No tipping is not compulsory in India, but we do tip the waiters in hotels, apart from that we do not tip others like taxi divers, rest room attendants. TIP is to ensure prompt service and a way of saying thanks.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
26 Jul 07
Hey. Awsome, thanks for your quick and sharp response...
@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
25 Jul 07
In the US, waiters and waitresses make about 3 bucks an hour which is 4 dollars less than the federal minimum wage. In order for them to make a living wage, tips are necessary. The first 10 percent of the food order goes for taxes. Therefore, if the server is tipped less than 10 percent, they are essentially paying for you to eat at their table. Most servers also have to tip the bussers and the bartenders so that's more of their money gone. At the end of the day, if they don't get at least 20 percent from a table, they have lost money from that table. People in the US who don't know how to tip should not eat at a restaurant. McDonalds and Burger King don't need tips.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
26 Jul 07
Hey. What a way to make a living, you really dont know if your going to have enough money to cover your personal living expenses until the end of the night, when it comes to adding up your tips... Wow!!! Thanks for the great response...
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
17 Jul 07
tipping is not compulsory here in the philippines, well in most restaurants I know. I don't know if its compulsory in very fancy restaurants for I haven't eaten in one. ^__^ I think tipping is a way of showing that a customer was happy with the service of the waiter who attended to his needs. i've given tip in some of the waiters I have encountered and that's because they were nice, friendly and polite.^__^
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
18 Jul 07
Hi there. Yes as I have learnt from other comments, tipping is for the quality of the service... In my country tipping is not compulsory, nor is it customary... Thanks for your comment...
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
17 Jul 07
Tipping is acknowledgment of good service. It is usually done in hotels, on cruises, in restaurants, any place someone waits on you, make your bed, serves your food, etc. Usually there is a certain amount placed on your bill. The general salary of service workers are generally low (after all, they do not need a good education to wait on tables) and the tips enable them to make a little more. For that reason, they make sure they do their best to please you, because they know that they will not make enough but you will not frequent that hotel, restaurant, cruise line, etc. If you don't give a tip, you may get poor service the next time, but usually my husband tips and it is put on his bill, so we never got that problem. I would if the service is poor and you do not tip, talk to the management. They would probably fire him or at least giving him a warning.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
18 Jul 07
Hi there. Thank you for your well put explanation for the meaning of Tipping... Awsome...
@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
25 Jul 07
"after all, they do not need a good education to wait on tables" What a sickeningly condescending statement. Those people work hard and deserve a good salary. I put myself through college waiting tables. Education is more than books. Life is education. What you said was pure snobbery.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
22 Jul 07
Well, I'm rather late on responding to this discussion and others have certainly answered your question already but I might also mention that here in the US waitters and waitresses are often paid less than minimum wages and are expected to make up the difference with tips - no tips means very low income. Years back I was a waitress for a time and believe me I worked hard for my tips. Now days I tip high for good service and tip very very little for bad service.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
24 Jul 07
Hi there. Awsome thanks for your comment...
@ssf12ster (489)
• India
10 Oct 07
yeh it is compulsory.bu not forced upon.they mumble and grumble at you and also laugh at you.so better give in advance if u wish!
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
10 Oct 07
I used to work in different resto and food chain. i even became a manager of one of it. Tip is not a compulsory thing. It is just a "token of gratitude" coming from the customers who are satisfied, overwhelmed, or simply just wanna give something out of the services the employees rendered them. In fact, in other resto, they don't have tips at all but rather service charges.
• Philippines
10 Oct 07
In our country, tipping is not a compulsary. It depends on the customer if you want to give a tip. I'm not really sure why people give tip. I guess they just wanted to give...
• Canada
24 Sep 07
Tipping in not compulsory in our province...but most of us do tip in restaurants when they do a good job. The guideline used to be 10% of the bill before taxes...now it is in the range of 15% and up to 20%. We also tip those who carry bags into hotels, hairdressers are other areas where tips are expected by staff. I think tipping in service industries is fine...although I am still a little perplexed about why some are singled out as deserving of tips while others are not. How about those who sell shoes...their work is challenging at times...and requires patience for those who ask to try on 20 pairs of shoes and don't purchase one of them? They also have to contend with smelly feet...trying to convince a customer that smaller size doesn't fit...you know lots of hassles and little reward. What about those who pick up our garbage...I think they should be tipped but aren't. So even though tipping is not compulsory...my hubby and I do it when servers warrant it. If not...and we're dissatisfied we do not reward them for it and do not leave anything. Usually we make a point of telling them why so they can hopefully improve and eventually gain more income. Anyway, that's my perspective on tipping! Raia
@shooie (4986)
• United States
24 Sep 07
Sometimes I tip and sometimes I don't. It depends on the service I am given. There are some jobs here that pay really low because they know people will tip the waiters and stuff. I think if you are given good service a tip is a nice gesture.